About Me & Contact

I moved to Slovenia in 2007. I came here alone without knowing anyone – some call that brave – others mad! However, I’m still here, have all but mastered the notoriously difficult Slovene language and now call Radovljica ‘home’.

My main passion is hiking in the mountains of the Julian and the Karavanke Alps, both of which are on my doorstep. I also enjoy cycling, running and eating chocolate (well we all have our vices!), and am a bit of a foodie in general.

I make my living mainly by translating; all manner of things – websites, leaflets, brochures etc. (from Slovene to English). I am the English language copy editor for a Slovene energy portal and also proofread and edit other documents, books etc. as well as doing some English tuition.

By writing this blog about my life here and all the great places I like to go, I aim to share my love of Radovljica and the surrounding areas, and help promote it to both tourists and Slovenes alike, whilst also including information about other destinations further afield in Slovenia too.

I have co-written a guidebook about Slovenia (http://komshe.com/guide.php?guide_id=14), recorded a DVD about beekeeping in Slovenia for the Beekeeping Museum in Radovljica, and run an English Book Club.

I hope to provide some interesting information about my home town of Radovljica and other places around Slovenia and encourage potential visitors, both from abroad and from within Slovenia, to come and see it for themselves.

FACEBOOK – If you would like to keep up-to-date with the latest information about Radovljica and the surrounding areas, and you are a Facebook user, be sure to ‘like’ the ‘Adele in Slovenia’ Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Adele-in-Slovenia/605410972861690

PINTEREST – To see more photos of my adventures in Slovenia, see the ‘Adele in Slovenia’ Pinterest page – http://www.pinterest.com/adeleinslovenia/

WORK WITH ME – If you have a product or service (restaurant, tourist attraction etc.), that you think might be of interest to readers of this blog, please contact me by email to: adeleinslovenia@hotmail.com

MORE ABOUT ME – See me in this edition of the tourist programme ‘Na Lepse’, broadcast on 5.2.2016 – http://4d.rtvslo.si/arhiv/na-lepse-oddaja-o-turizmu/174386896 (the part about me if straight after the ad-break).

You can also read more in these media interviews (in Slovene):

Planet SIOL – http://www.siol.net/novice/svet/2015/01/adele_gray_anglezinja.aspx

Lipov List – http://www.youblisher.com/p/1041552-Revija-Lipov-list-12-2014/

And in this interview for JANA magazine (objavljen 2014 – povzetek clanka):

Britanka Slovenijo postavila na turistični zemljevid sveta – Blog Adele in Slovenia bere 35 000 ljudi iz 105 držav

Ko je Adele Gray pred 8 leti v spletni brskalnik vtipkala narava, hoja, aktivne počitnice, ji je program ponudil Slovenijo. »Kot večina ljudi na svetu o Sloveniji nisem vedela nič. Odpotovala sem brez pričakovanj. Tam pa me je čakalo presenečenje.« Gorenjska, še posebej Radovljica, sta jo tako očarali, da se je septembra vrnila še za en vikend, potem spet oktobra. »Takrat sem šla na planino Vogar. Ko sem občudovala prekrasen pogled na Bohinjsko jezero me je prešinilo, da si želim ostati tu, se prebujati ob pogledu na gore in naravo.« Ker jo v Londonu takrat ni nič vezalo, se je odločila, da poskusi zaživeti v Sloveniji. Adele zadnjih 7 let živi v Radovljici.

Zelo lepo govorite slovensko.

Govorim slovensko z močnim angleškim naglasom (smeh).

Se je bilo težko naučiti našega jezika?

Ko sem se preselila nisem znala povedati ničesar drugega kot dober dan. Kmalu sem začela obiskovati individualne ure. Šla sem približno dvajsetkrat po eno uro, potem pa odnehala. Gradivo je bilo zastarelo, način poučevanja dolgočasen. Mogoče sem bolj zahtevna, ker se tudi sama ukvarjam s poučevanjem jezika in vem, da je učenje jezika lahko zelo zabavno. Zato sem se odločila, da se začnem učiti sama. Striktno sem se z ljudmi pogovarjala samo po slovensko. Na začetku sem imela kar nekaj težav, saj je večina z mano želela govoriti angleško. Vendar se nisem dala in sem jim odgovarjala izključno v slovenščini. Zdi se mi pomembno, da človek obvlada jezik ljudi med katerimi živi. Poznam precej Angležev in Američanov, ki živijo ali so živeli v Sloveniji in se sploh niso lotili učenja, ali pa so poskusili in obupali.

Čeprav živite na Gorenjskem govorite zelo pravilno slovenščino.

Smešno bi bilo, če bi govorila v dialektu. Sem pa imela z gorenjskimi izrazi kar precej težav. Ko sem obiskovala kuharski tečaj so se tečajniki ves čas pogovarjali o šporhetu, jaz pa nisem imela pojma o čem govorijo. Ker besede nisem našla v slovarju, sem se odločila, da začnem sestavljati svoj slovarček gorenjščine.

Koliko besed ste zbrali do sedaj?

Ne vem, približno 5 strani A4 formata. Zdaj sem že kar domača tudi s štumfi, britofom, cajtngi in štacuno. (smeh)

Pred slabima dvema letoma ste začeli pisati blog o Sloveniji – Adele in Slovenia (https://adeleinslovenia.com/). Danes vas bere že skoraj 35 000 ljudi iz 105 držav. Imate najbolj obiskan blog v Sloveniji. Od kod ideja zanj?

Nataša Mikelj, direktorica zavoda Turizem Radovljica mi je januarja lani predlagala, da bi začela skozi svoje oči pisati o življenju v Sloveniji. Blog se je zelo hitro prijel.

Zakaj je vaš blog tako obiskan?

Več razlogov je. Eden je ta, da o Sloveniji piše zelo malo tujcev, ki tu živijo. Kot tujka imam o Sloveniji drugačno predstavo kot jo imate vi, ki ste tukaj rojeni. Kadar pa že beremo denimo o Gorenjski, povsod opisujejo samo lepote Bleda. Saj je lep, ampak tam ni nič drugega kot jezero, otok in grad. Ni muzejev, galerij, ni veliko pešpoti, razen tiste okrog jezera. Drugi razlog je ta, da je moj blog čist. Na njem ni nobenih reklamnih sporočil. Ker ne pišem za neko podjetje, sem lahko nepristranska. Tretji razlog je prepoznavnost. Če v Google vtipkate besede: gore, pohodništvo, čokolada, julijske Alpe, Karavanke, se bo moj blog pojavil zelo visoko. Četrti razlog je ažurnost. Ko se ljudje na nekaj navadijo, jih ne smeš razočarati. Zato so redne objave zelo pomembne. Vsak ponedeljek objavim nov blog v katerem opišem kje sem bila in kaj sem počela za vikend. Vedno se odzovem tudi na komentarje. Poleg tega pa redno spremljam tudi objave na spletni strani Tripadvisor. Ker je tam oglaševanje prepovedano, se vključujem v debate in ljudem ponudim v branje svoj blog.

Imate precej odzivov. Kaj vam pišejo bralci?

Ravno te dni mi je pisala gospa iz Anglije, ki je bila poleti s sestro in možem v Sloveniji. Dve noči so prespali v Ljubljani, 5 noči na Bledu, gospa je šla s sestro in gorskim vodnikom na Triglav, soprog je ta čas izkoristil za fotografiranje in pohajkovanje po Pokljuki, potem so šli še za nekaj dni na Sočo in v Piran. Napisala mi je, da so se imeli tako lepo, da se bodo zagotovo še vrnili. Ta gospa pred mojim blogom sploh še ni slišala za Slovenijo. Neka Američanka pa mi je napisala, da bi prihodnje leto rada prišla v Slovenijo in naredila gorsko turo od ene planinske koče do druge. Ljudje se mi pogosto zahvaljujejo, ker pišem blog o Sloveniji. »Hvala, da pišete ta blog. Upam, da bom kdaj lahko obiskal te krasne kraje, ki jih opisujete.« »Ko berem vaš blog imam občutek, da tudi sam obiskujem to lepo deželo.«

Oktobra je zaradi vašega slikovitega opisa Gorenjske k nam pripotovala tudi skupina Havajcev.

Ko je Stephen Chung, vodja skupine turistov iz Havajev, po spletu brskal za podatki o Sloveniji, je naletel na moj blog. Napisal mi je sporočilo in me prosil naj mu svetujem kaj bi si bilo v Sloveniji vredno ogledati.

In kaj ste jim priporočili?

Ker so prileteli v Trst so si najprej ogledali slovensko Istro, Koper, Izolo, Piran, potem so odpotovali v Ljubljano, ki jih je navdušila z mostovi in Plečnikovo arhitekturo. Pot so nadaljevali proti Gorenjski. Najprej so obiskali Škofjo Loko, potem Radovljico. Skupaj smo se sprehodili po starem mestnem jedru, v lectarski delavnici gostilne Lectar, kjer so imeli kosilo, pa so izdelovali lectove srčke. Nekaj dni so preživeli še na Bledu in v Bohinju, potem so se odpeljali v Muenchen, kjer so z obiskom Oktoberfesta zaključili svoje potovanje.

In kje vam je bilo najbolj všeč?

Vsa Slovenija mi je všeč, ampak Radovljica se mi še vedno zdi najlepša.

Zakaj ravno Radovljica?

Ko sem bila prvič v Sloveniji sem se v Radovljico pripeljala s kolesom iz Bleda. Ko sem se vzpenjala z Lancovega proti Radovljici sem bila navdušena nad prekrasnim razgledom na Jelovico. Radovljica ima super lego, kamor koli greš je iz nje dobro izhodišče. Zdaj, ko imamo avtocesto, do Ljubljane potrebujem le dobre pol ure. Čeprav je mesto majhno, ima vse kar človek potrebuje za kvalitetno življenje: kino, gledališče, knjižnico, kopališče, muzeje, galerijo. Zadnje čase se tudi precej dogaja.

Če se še malo vrneva k blogu. Zanimivo se mi zdi, da je polovica vaših bralcev Slovencev. Zakaj vas berejo?

Pravijo, da pri meni dobivajo ideje za izlete. Poznam namreč veliko poti, celo nekaj takih, za katere celo domačini niso vedeli. Sem res navdušena obiskovalka vaših gora, veliko tudi kolesarim. Radovljica pa je odlično izhodišče. Letos poleti sem veliko pisala tudi o kulinariki, saj je bilo vreme res grozno. Kadar pišem o hrani se ljudje precej odzivajo. Zdaj pišem o projektu Okusi Radol’ce.

Če bi primerjali življenje tu in v Angliji?

Težko bi primerjala London in Radovljico. Pa vendar. Ko sem prišla kot turistka so bile cene precej nižje kot v Angliji. Zdaj, ko tu živim in moram plačevati stroške bivanja, ugotavljam, da je življenje dražje. Predvsem davki so višji. Lani so se podražile tudi komunalne storitve za stanovanja v katerih živi samo ena oseba. Meni se to ne zdi logično. V Angliji samski plačujejo 25% manj. Sicer pa me v Sloveniji najbolj moti politika in vaša birokracija. Vsakič, ko dobite novo vlado, dobite še kakšen nov davek.

Slovenci smo med seboj zelo sprti. Veljamo tudi za nevoščljive, smo polni predsodkov. Zakaj mislite, da smo taki?

Mislim, da je to predvsem zaradi zgodovine. Mogoče se bo, ko se bodo zamenjale generacije, kaj spremenilo. Mladi odhajajo v tujino in bodo videli kako je drugje.

Vi ste kot otrok videli kar nekaj sveta. Rojeni ste v Bahrajnu. Menda ste se v svojem življenju zamenjali kar 35 bivališč.

Večji del otroštva smo se zaradi očetove službe selili po različnih državah Srednjega vzhoda. Ko sem bila stara 9 let smo živeli v Savdski Arabiji. Ker starša nista želela, da bi tam hodila v šolo sta me poslala v Anglijo v internat. Ko sem bila stara 13 let sta se starša vrnila v Anglijo. Vendar nismo dolgo živeli skupaj. Pri 16 sem se že odselila na svoje. Potem sem se veliko selila po Angliji. Ko sem končala študij, pa sem se preselila v London. Zdaj sem v Radovljici.

Nameravate tu ostati?

Zdaj prvič čutim, da imam dom. Čeprav mi včasih ni lahko, mi je tukaj všeč. Ne želim se več seliti.

73 thoughts on “About Me & Contact

  1. Hello Adele,
    I like your blog and I would like to exhange a link with you.
    Please check my website www:slovenia-activity-holidays.com and let me know what you think.
    Thanks
    Kind regards,
    Barbara Hunt

  2. Hi Adele,
    Just adding Uroš’ restaurant/hotelette to our portfolio, and while looking around, bumped into your blog. Like it very much (very rare for me to say that).
    Also like that you’re offering translation/editing services as a native-speaker: Slovenians defend their own English to the death… and they really need some help (especially given the standard of English to be found on Slovenian websites for… translation services).
    I hope that we might need your services as a guide sometime in the future – especially if and when we have guests staying at Vila Podvin. Maybe some other stuff too (are you good at arranging stuff… logistics… networking?)
    Keep up the good work.
    Oh, and I only have nice things to say about Barbara Hunt (hello Barbara).

  3. Pozdrav Adel, apsolutno delim tvoje utiske o Sloveniji, posebno o Radovljici i Gorenjskoj. Mi smo se porodično doselili u Radovljicu pre dva meseca. Došli smo iz Srbije, male zemlje koja je nekad bila deo čuvene Jugoslavije, baš kao i Slovenija. Možda smo i komšije, iz Prešernove 🙂 Ono što čini Sloveniju rajem na Zemlji je lepota životne svakodnevnice. Mi više nemamo osećaj da moramo da otputujemo negde daleko kako bi napunili “baterije” i proveli se nezaboravno. Sada nam je dovoljno samo da izađemo napolje i krenemo u šetnju ili se provozamo najviše sat-dva do nekog novog super mesta u Sloveniji. Se vidimo 🙂 ! Tamara

  4. Hello Adel, absolutely share your impressions of Slovenia, particularly on Radovljici and Gorenjska. We are moved to Radovljica two months ago. We came from Serbia, a small country that was once part of the famous Yugoslavia, as well as Slovenia. Maybe we are neighbors of Prešernova 🙂 What makes Slovenia the paradise on Earth is the beauty of everyday life. We no longer have the feeling that we have to travel far away to recharge the “batteries” and spend the unforgettable. Now we only need to get out and go for a walk or a ride in the most an hour or two to some of the new cool places in Slovenia. Se vidimo :)! Tamara

    • Hello Tamara,
      Thanks for your comment. It’s great to hear you have found and are enjoying reading my blog. Yes, we probably are neighbours in Presernova so maybe we will meet some day! I hope to keep providing you with inspiration for things to do, places to go etc. in and around Radovljica.

  5. Hello Adele,

    I just bought a house in Pristava pri Mestinju, near Podcetrtek, as it is my aim to retire in Slovenia. I come from Malta which although is a bueatiful warm island, it is very small (320 sq km) compared to Slovenia. Although surrounded by sea and very mild temperatures in winter ( in summer it does get very hot) I for one miss the beauitiful country side since Malta is very barren.
    I have visited Slovenia and former Yugoslavia for the past 20 years and it has never ceased to amaze me.

    Any suggestions to make me settle in Slovenia more comfortable would be appreciated. I am looking for a good company that does turnkey projetcs as it is my intention to renovate my house.

    I also intend to do my best and try to learn Slovenian. Any suggestions for a good teacher on a one to one basis appreciated.

    Rgds
    Joe

    • Hello Joe,
      Thanks for your message and it’s good to hear you’ve found my blog. I hope you are ready and prepared for the LONG, cold Slovene winters, which will be nothing reminiscent of winters in Malta! Of course Slovenia is also a pretty small country but it is very diverse and there is a little of everything for everyone! Perhaps it would be easiest if you send me your email address and I can write a bit more about life here. As I’ve re-iterated previously in my various blog posts, Slovenia is a wonderful place to come to on holiday but it can be a very difficult, not to mention expensive, place to live and make a living, but if you don’t need to make a living i.e. are retired with a good pension pot, it should certainly be easier. Send me an email and I’ll get back to you.
      Regards
      Adele

  6. Hi Adele,

    Just ‘discovered’ your blog and read some of it – I really like what you’re doing and I’m particularly impressed by the fact that you’re translating from Slovenian into English. I was born and raised in Slovenia in a village near Ljubljana, but I’m now living in England, and I’m aware of how difficult the Slovenian language really is. Of course this blog is in English, so I’m unable to test you a little bit… I’m pleased that your blog is popular and that you manage to make a living there – congratulations and keep up the good work!
    Regards, Mateja

    • Hi Mateja,

      Nice to hear you’ve found my blog and thanks for the feedback. Yes, Slovenian really is difficult but I have, and will continue to persevere with it. I hope reading my blog reminds you of home a little! 40cm of snow fell yesterday! Regards, Adele

  7. Hello Adele, I have just discovered your website and am slowly reading through it. I am travelling to Slovenia in May from Australia and will be based in Bled where I am doing a 10 day cycling trip through Helia which, as you probably know is a tourist company based in Bled that does bicycle hiring. I’m a bit of a cycling nut, nothing strenuous but enjoy ambling along quiet bicycle trails so am very much looking forward to my trip. Any information you could give me would be much appreciated particularly about eating during the day while I am cycling. Sounds a crazy request but I have an intolerance to gluten so I have to watch what I eat. Thank you.

  8. Vse pohvale za ta blog. Živim v Lescah in sem presenečena koliko se da napisat o Radovljici in okolici. Jaz poznam samo ceste in trgovine, za vse ostalo izvem šele od tujcev. Res je, samo oči je treba odpreti. Mogoče bom sedaj, ko bom brala ta blog znala bolj cenit kje živim in kar imam.

    • Hvala za pohvale! Ja, res je, ko zivis nekjer vse zivljenje ne opazis vec lepote okrog sebi. Jaz tudi isto opazujem kadar grem sedaj v Anglijo kot turist in vidim stvare, ki jih sploh nisem nikoli prej opazila. Upam, da bo blog tudi v prihodnosti koristen. Lp, Adele

  9. Hi Adele, I love your blog and your very informed posts on the Slovenia Tripadvisor forum. I wondered if you might take a few moments to give some advice. My husband and I wish to visit the Bled/Triglav area to hike but are limited to the last week in June – arriving around 20th. We very much wish to summit Mt Triglav but heard it is advisable to wait until July at least. I know every year is different in terms of snow etc but in your opinion is it generally possible to summit in late June – are most huts usually open? If we based ourselves at either Bled or Bohinj (which should we choose) could we do a two/three day hut to hut route taking in the summit? We are very experienced walkers with some scrambling background – we have used cables etc before but do not intend to rope up – I hear this is not really neccessary?

    Your thoughts are much appreciated!

    Lisa (Scotland).

    • Hello Lisa, Thanks for the feedback re the blog. You are correct in saying that its very difficult to predict what conditions will be like in June. In general its a bit too early to go to Triglav and, for sure you would need, at the least, crampons and ice-picks. However, it really depends on how much snow we get for the rest of the season and the temperatures. Most years however, snow remains up there, in places at least, well into July/August. The huts closest to Triglav usually open at the beginning of July. Ropes are not an absolute necessity but are recommended, helmets too. Personally I would choose Bohinj over Bled, particularly if you are more into nature than touristy areas. Even if you can’t do Triglav, you could still do a nice multi-day route up from Bohinj taking in places such as the 7 Triglav Lakes valley. If you need any more help and advice, feel free to drop me an email. Regards, Adele

  10. Hello Adele,I just came across your blog and read it with great interest. I am also an Englishwoman who bought a house in Slovenia, in the Tolmin area. I am keen to learn the language and have enrolled for a two week course in The Centre of Slovene Studies in March this year. If you can offer any advice on courses please email me at lauramcneill@gmail.com also I would be interested to know more about personal language classes that you offer and the price etc. Great blog! keep up the good work. Laura

    • Hello Laura, Thanks for the feedback. I’ve heard the courses at the Centre of Slovene Studies are supposed to be quite good, but personally I find the best thing is just talking to people and being insistent that they don’t talk to you in English! People, of course, like to speak and practice their English so you have to be quite persistent and of course it’s difficult until you get to a good enough level with your Slovene but being persistent paid off for me. Good Luck! Adele

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  12. Hi Adele!

    Just came across your awesome Sunka-V-Testu recipe on Taste of Divine, which was so awesome to read and learn about (and eventually try)! Big fan of your recipes 🙂

  13. Pozdravljeni, Adele! Slučajno sem naletel na vaš odličen blog in bi vam rad samo izrekel pohvalo. Sam živim v Mariboru, a izviram iz Radovljice in se rad vračam v te lepe kraje. Lep pozdrav!

    • Pozdravljeni Ales, Hvala za pohvalo 🙂 Napisati blog vsak teden ni mala malice tako da kaksna pohvala vedno mi daje za naprej. Radovljica pa je vsekakor lep kraj. Upam, da boste se kdaj potepali v nasem lepem mestu. Lp, Adele

  14. Hello Adele
    We’ve read your post “The Bohinj Highlands and the Tourist Cheese Route” while we were planning our trip to Slovenia. Now that the trip is almost here – we want to weave the route into it. How can we get some directions to the some of the highlights you described? In particular we’re looking for some authentic villages, places to try the local produce etc.
    Hope to hear from you soon,
    Iris & Yoel

  15. Hi Adele
    Hope all well with you. Just enjoying reading your blog again as will be back in Slovenia this coming weekend. Definitely wetted my appetite. In particular, keen to explore area around Solcava Panoramic Road. Looks spectacular and particularly unspoilt. Just wondered if you can give me some pointers on best way to get over there coming from Bohinj? Not in any particuar rush but a quicker route will give me more time to explore what looks like a lovely area. Will be driving and know that some of those more remote roads can be fun. Looks like options are cutting in and out of Austria from Zgorrnje Jezersko or through Kamnik and up towards Luce. Is that right? What are your thoughts on those routes? Thanks for any advice. Rgds Julian

    • Hi Julian, Nice to hear from you. I’ve long wondered why you suddenly went AWOL! Do you still have your house in Bistrica? If you get lucky with the weather then the Solcava Panoramic Road is well worth the trip. My recommendation would be to go to Kamnik then via Gornji grad, via Slovenia’s lowest mountain pass. It is, of course, a bit more windy but it’s not that bad or long and also you get to see more en-route. If you wanted to come back a different way then I’d also recommend going via Mozirje as there is a lovely flower gardens there – Mozirski gaj – and you can walk along beside the Savinja river, or, as you mentioned, via Jezersko but that will take a bit longer. Funnily enough, I’m just writing a blog post about Jezersko now and so you’ll be able to read that next week too! Regards, Adele

      • That’s great, thanks Adele. Will defintely check it out. Yeah, still got our place. 10 years now. That’s just flown by. Guess you’ve recently celebrated your first decade in Slovenia. Crazy. As the kids get older (youngest now 9) we can be a bit more adventurous (although still hard to beat a lazy summer’s day mooching around by the lake!) so your blog is a great source of ideas. All the best and hope to share some good pics soon. J

  16. Hi Adele, Miguel and I can’t thank you enough for all the tips and recommendations ! We loved Slovenia , and plan to be back soon!

  17. Hi Adele. Great and useful blog. I planned to go to Romania in June 2016 but after reading your blog, I really would like to go to Slovenia. However, the cost of living seems high. I’m leaving from Montreal and it will be quite expensive (more then $1,000 CAN) and the airfare will eat up part of my budget. Do you think it is possible to stay for 2 weeks with 1,000 euro. I intend to stay in cheap hostels, maybe rent rooms on Airbnb. I’m not so much into museums, I prefer outdoor activities like hiking or explore the cities by foot.

    • Hi Sylvie, Nice to hear you’ve found my blog and that it’s encouraged you to visit Slovenia.
      The cost of living is expensive, in terms of living here, however, for tourists it usually represents quite good value. I’m sure it will be more expensive than Romania, but less expensive than some other European countries. Did you mean that your budget is 1,000 euros including the airfare, or do you have 1,000 euros still after paying the airfare? The problem is that Slovenia is not well-connected in terms of international flights, so you would have to fly to one of the neighbouring larger airports in, for example, Munich, Vienna, or Venice, then get a transfer here (look at Go-Opti, they have very cheap transfers). Since you mention you like hiking, that is free! However, having a rental car would make it much easier for you to get around, though its doable by public transport but you are more limited where, and when, you can go. I think that if you have 1000 euros (after paying the airfare) it’s certainly doable. Let me know if I can help more. Adele

      • Super!!! Thank you for the information. Yes, it is 1,000 euros after paying the airfare. I will check the airfare for the places you mentioned and also for Zagreb in Croatia. However, if I plan to stay around the Gorenjska region, I should land to Venice

      • Hello Adèle,
        I decided to go to Slovenia for 2 weeks June 16. I am shopping for a affordable place to stay either in Radolvljica or Bohinj. I would like to participate in a race while I will be there. I heard about a 10km in Radol’ca in June. Do you have information about it? I saw a website but it is only in Slovène!

  18. Hi Adele, just came across your Adventures on Kum post via Twitter, and read your introduction. Lovely to hear of someone else who has settled happily in Slovenia. I first visited away back in 1986 and fell in love, returned many times over the years and always hoped to be able to live there. Two years ago I was able to buy a house in Dreznica near Kobarid and I’m in the process of gradually spending more time there as I head towards early retirement, when I’ll live there full-time. I adore the mountain views, the clear air, the wonderful food and wine, and the generosity of the people.
    Being from Scotland I’m hoping the winters won’t be too hard to take while the rest of the year the weather is usually far better! Heading over there in a few days times for a short visit – had hoped to be there for Xmas but work has got in the way. I wish I had your skills with the language but hopefully I’ll have enough to get by, and my neighbours have been wonderfully helpful.
    Curiously I’ve never visited Radovljica though I’ve passed through it plenty of times – it’s hard to tear myself away from the mountains lakes and rivers. Your description encourages me to visit it and explore more, and I’ll read the rest of your site as soon as I can.
    Best wishes for your continued happiness in this delightful country.

  19. Hello again Sylvie, great to hear you have decided to visit Slovenia, and particularly Radovljica! No problem with helping you re accommodation but I would need to know a bit more about your requirements and budget. Send me an email and we’ll take it from there. Regards, Adele

  20. Dear Adele,

    Finding your blog made me a very happy dreamer 🙂
    I discovered Slovenia 4 years ago and came back for a trip 2 years ago and since then my dream is to move and leave here. I am looking for people that had this experience and could advise me how to approach this move. I am very happy to have found you and I hope we can keep in contact over e-mail, I would like to learn from you more about Slovenia.

  21. Hi Adele, I just found your blog and already shared your latest article on my facebook page:) I live here in Slovenia since 2,5 years with my Welsh husband Chris, we run here a small B&B close to Postojna. I am very impressed about how you have learned Slovene! I thought that I could learn it in a year but I have to say I’m still mainly communicating in English:(
    If you ever come to Postojna area, please come to see us, you can email me on hanna@lipizzanerlodge.com.

    Take care, Hanna

    • Hi Hanna, thanks for your message. I will have you in mind should I be in the Postojna area and keep your contact details. Yes, Slovene takes a LONG time to learn. You have to be really patient and persistent and do your best to not allow yourself, or others, to communicate with you in English. Best regards, Adele

  22. Hello, Adele!

    In planning a three day trip to Lake Bled with my husband on May 27-29, I stumbled upon your website and am so happy I did!!! I see you share a passion for hiking and adventure and would absolutely love to get your advice on which hike to take while we are in the area. We are planning on seeing Ljubljana on Friday before driving over to Lake Bled where we will be staying. The next day, we are hoping to visit the Vintgar Gorge and are spending the afternoon canyoning. Our last day (Sunday the 29th), we wanted to do a solid, strenuous hike. We do not have mountain climbing equipment, but we are very fit and active, and are looking for a challenge with some great views. Perhaps you have a suggestion? I have done a lot of searching, and it seems there are a multitude of trails–I am just having trouble picking the right one! I would LOVE to hear from you 🙂 Thank you for your time and help.

    Kindly,

    Rachel

    • Hi Rachel,
      Great to hear you have found my blog and it has helped in your trip planning. Yes, you are right, there are lots of amazing places to hike so it’s a tough choice, especially since you only have one day. Perhaps it would be easiest if you send me an email and let me know a bit more (approximate ages, how many hours you’d like to hike, what you main interests are etc.), then it will be easier for me to make a suggestion or two.
      Regards,
      Adele

      • Hello, Adele!

        Thank you so much for getting back to me! I am so very excited to hear your suggestions!!!! I am 23 and my husband turned 26 today! We are up for a full day hike–start in the morning and end late afternoon. We love a challenge and just nature in general. My email is rachel.j.hathcock@gmail.com

        Looking forward to hearing from you, and ever thankful for your help!

        Rachel

  23. Hi Adele
    Information is great, thank you! Our family of 4 is going hiking in Triglav National Park this summer, and this was very helpful. I would like your feedback on our itinerary and any suggestions you may have. Day 1 : Stara Fuzina to Vodnikov, Day 2: Vodnikov to Koca pri Triglavkih jezera, Day 3: Out through Dom na Vogajru. We would like to limit the hike to 3 days, 2 nights. Not sure if we will have time to summit, or if we should stay at different huts. Could you give us some advice?

    • Hi Daja, The path from Stara Fuzina to Vodnikov dom is pretty long, 4-5 hours, going from 600m up to over 1800m altitude. I’m not sure of your experience in hiking and/or fitness levels, so without knowing more about you and the age/ability of your children, it’s difficult to advise. You may encounter some snow in shaded areas. Otherwise the plan you have made sounds fine for 3 days.

  24. Hello Adele, thank you for sending me your site. I am envious that you are living there as I used to live near Kobarid and absolutely loved it. I feel so at home when there and those mountains are amazing! Now with my new business Slovenian Beekeeping I get to come over twice a year with my Beekeeping Tours to Slovenia! So now two months a year I am there. My tours take us to the museum in your town. I also have American friends who moved from Bovec there last year, the Kelly’s, do you know them? I will be over again in the fall so maybe we could meet when we come to visit the museum. I will email you also. Suzanne Brouillette

  25. Hey Adele what a fantastic resource you have created, I came across you through tripadvisor and searched out your blog for info on Slovenia. I’m heading there tomorrow and want to get some hiking done in Triglav National Park. I don’t suppose you’ll be out hiking over the next 10 days??!!

    • Hi Trudy, nice to hear you’ve found my blog and its been of use to you.

      You’ve timed your trip well as it looks like the weather is going to be good.

      I hike often but have to work too. Unfortunately it’s not all play!

      You can let me know more about your plans by email if you want.

  26. Hi Adele,

    Just wanted to thank you so much for all the wonderful information that you have on this blog site regarding traveling in Slovenia. Being from the U.S. we were finding it challenging to get good information on how to go about hiking in Triglav National Park. We were there in August for a few weeks and your willingness to help was invaluable! We had such a lovely trip on our 5 day hut to hut vacation in Triglav as well as going to Bled and Lake Bohinj. We definitely would not have been as organized without you. Thanks for meeting with us and pointing us in the right direction!

    Ben & Kira (Colorado) and Larry (New Mexico)

    • Hi Ben, thanks for the feedback. I’m so pleased to hear that you, Kira and Larry had such a lovely time on your 5 day hut-to-hut hike in Triglav National Park, and that my help and advice was invaluable! It’s always nice to receive such feedback and know that all my hard work pays off! Hope to see you in Slovenia again sometime! Best regards to you all, Adele

  27. Adele – I have often thought we are very similar. We first came to Slovenia in 2008 and have been at least twice a year since (despite living in the Caribbean – my three favourite things are hiking, running and food! I have been reading you blog on and off for ages but just wanted to send a message to say thank you for introducing us to the Karavanke. We have so many favourite walks ‘the other side of the motorway’ but having read your blog, did STOL a few days ago- wow! Loved it and can’t wait to go back to explore more over there. Would love to hear about runs you like. Today we did Sredna Vas, around Bohinj and back to Brod and loved it but also like shorter stuff (yesterday did a five mile Gorjuse – Koprivnik run. Anyway – thank you for the Karavanke suggestions! Maria

    • Hi Maria, thanks for the feedback about my blog. It’s always nice to know its of use, especially so in your case it seems! It’s a long way for you to get here from the Caribbean. I think I’d miss the mountains if I were there, however, I wouldn’t miss the long, cold, snowy winters. Perhaps I’ll come over your way one of these winters!!!

      Also great to hear you hiked up to Stol. I love the fact the Karavanke are so much less crowded than the Julian Alps, and equally as beautiful with the added bonus of views over Austria too. There are plenty more hikes like that!

      In terms of running, at this time of year i.e. when it’s hot, I like to run alongside the Sava river e.g. from Radovljica down to Lancovo, then to Ribno or Selo. It’s also nice to run on the Forest Natural Trail (gozdna ucna pot) in Radovljica, and across the back of the Sobec Camp.

      All the best,
      Adele

  28. Good evening Adele,

    First of all, fantastic blog! I am a keen traveller and always enjoy reading about various destinations.

    I am hoping you can help with a query I have. I am very close to booking flights to Ljubljana in Jan, around 14th for about 6 nights. My thoughts were to visit Bled (looks stunning) and then Ljubljana, 3 nights in each. I now have a young family, two daughters aged 4 and 1. In your opinion, would 3 nights in Bled then 3 in Ljubljana be suitable? My main concern is whether there will be enough to do in Bled for my 4 year old to keep her occupied.

    Questions like will everything be open, Castle, shops, restaurants etc. Also, do any of the hotels allow use of their pools? If I arrived on a Sunday will there be shops open to buy basic supplies? I like the town where you live too, Radovljica, maybe that could be a focus for a morning or afternoon? I am sure Ljubljana will have plenty to see and do so your opinion on Bled is very much appreciated. I would consider 2 nights Bled and 4 in Ljubljana. Btw, we are not skiers but a little snow play would be good.

    Thank you for taking the time to answer.
    Kind regards
    Richard

    • Hello Richard,

      Thanks for your feedback re my blog. Always nice to hear it’s of use to keen travellers such as yourself.

      I’d be happy to give you some advice, but I need to know first if you will have a car or not, as that will have an influence on what you can see and do.

      Drop me an email (email address is on my blog) and let me know, then I’ll get back to you.

      Regards,
      Adele

      • Hi Adele

        Thank you for your reply.

        I can’t seem to find your email address sorry though I am on my mobile. What page is it on, probably staring me in the face!

        Basically I will be using public transport, apart from maybe a private taxi when I land to get to Bled. Hope to use a bus to get to Ljubljana.

        Thank you for your time and help.
        Richard

  29. Hello Adele,

    Hopefully Slovenian life is treating you well! The blog is great, and the information is not only practical but very insightful as also.

    My family is planning on visiting in the spring, my wife is half Slovenian herself and her family is in Maribor.

    Any great places to visit there that you would recommend? I know this may be a bit of a random question, but football is huge there. Have you ever been to a game before? I know that in some parts of Europe, football matches can get a bit wild, would you consider it safe for my family and I to attend? We have a 4 year old and a toddler.

    Also, what is your favorite native Slovenian dish?

    Thank you,
    France

    • Hello France, I’m glad you’ve discovered my blog and found it of use. Thanks for the feedback, always nice to hear from readers!

      As I live in the Gorenjska region, I am much more familiar with this area, and would have no problem recommending places for you to go in this area (Radovljica, Bled, Bohinj, Kranjska Gora, Kranj etc.), but I’m afraid I don’t have any great insiders tips when it comes to the Maribor area. If you like hiking and other outdoor activities, I would certainly recommend going to Maribor Pohorje and/or Rogla, and the Zrece spa is also nice.

      I’ve never been to a football match here, so I’m afraid I also can’t comment much on that. I watch the news, though, and occasionally it seems there might be a little crowd trouble if there is a match between 2 of the biggest rival teams here. However, it’s nothing on the scale of the kind of stuff I’ve seen happening elsewhere, so I can’t see that it would be a problem for you to go with your family.

      This blog post should help you with some food ideas – https://adeleinslovenia.com/2016/02/18/love-food-love-slovenia-10-must-try-slovene-foods/

      Personally, I love štruklji and krapi, and in winter also stews and soups such as goulash, ričet and jota. But, of course, my real favourite things are desserts and chocolate! So, the sweeter the better! If you haven’t tried it, then try gibanica, but it’s definitely best served warm (in my opinion!).

      Regards,
      Adele

  30. Hello Adele,

    first of all, thanks for your blog. I’ve been following it for about 3 years. It’s a pity I didn’t know about it when I visited Slovenia (including Radovlica!) in 2013.

    I think I’m in love with Slovenia. I like to read about places there and watch pictures but I would also like to know more about the people, how they are and the way they live. I’ve read a book (Forbidden bread, by Erica Johnson Debeljak) but I can’t find any other apart from that. Do you know any books from where I could get a sense of the Slovenian lifestyle?

    Thank you,

    Saioa

    • Hi Saioa,

      Thanks for getting in touch, it’s always nice to hear from readers of my blog.

      I’ve also read the book you mentioned and I, like you, some years ago was trying to find something to read in a similar sense, but there’s really not that much available. I mean there certainly are books about Yugoslavia, but they tend to be heavy on history, and there’s not much about general life. ‘Forbidden bread’ is somewhat dated now, so that also doesn’t give a true reflection of Slovenia nowadays i.e.post-socialism, a member of the EU, etc.

      If I can be of any help with any specific aspects, then do let me know.
      Regards,
      Adele

  31. Hi Adele,

    First of all, thanks for the awesome blog! It’s a great resource, and it makes me pretty jealous of your Slovenian life!

    I am planning on visiting Slovenia with a friend this April for about a week, and was wondering if you could give us some advice? We are particularly interested in the hiking culture, and specifically the mountain huts. We are hoping to spend about three days hiking, and would love to stay at a hut or two during this time.

    It seems like lots of the Triglav hikes will still be snowed in at this time. Do you have any other recommendations for mid to late April hiking? What sort of altitudes can we expect to be hikable? We don’t plan on having a car, so ideally something that is accessible by bus or train.

    Thanks so much! Any advice, resources or info would be greatly appreciated!

    Miles

    • Hi Miles,

      Thanks for the feedback re my blog. It’s always nice to know all my hard work is appreciated!

      Hmm, it’s pretty difficult to give you advice about April at the moment, as its impossible to know how much snow there will/could be by then.

      All the mountain huts in the high mountains will be closed, that’s for sure, though there are a few huts that are open year-round, such as Dom na Komni on the Komna plateau above Bohinj Lake. You could easily hike up there in April, though you will most probably need crampons if the path is icy (you could get away with the lightweight ones). To get there you can take a bus to the Savica waterfall at Bohinj, from where the hike begins.

      You could also consider some hikes in the Karavanke Alps. Though, I’m not sure where you are planning to stay, so it makes it hard to know exactly what to recommend since you are reliant on public transport.

      Otherwise, it’s best to get in contact with me again nearer the time, when I’ll know more about the snow conditions and will be able to give you more advice.

  32. Hi Adele
    Just wanted to thank you for your wonderful website. It is such a pleasure to read. I am an American of Slovenian descent – my mother’s parents were both from Slovenia; emigrating about 1882. It’s nice for me to read your site as my ancestors were from Rovte pri Podnart and Spodnja Lipnica and baptized in Selca and Kamna Gorica. I have visited Slovenia twice now and was able to visit the ancestor’s areas as well as spend a few hours at the Archdiocese Archives in research. I feel so at home when I am in Slovenia. We also stayed at Kunstelj ( based on your website) and had a wonderful time with Tony. His daughter was on vacation – but Tony was such a great chef and was so hospitable to us. We are retired and would live in Slovenia if not for our grandchildren.
    Again – thanks so much for your website – it’s great.
    Juliana Tomse Black

    • Hello Juliana,

      Thank you so much for taking the time to write to me. It’s always lovely to hear from readers of my blog, and to know that all my hard work goes to good use! I also forwarded your message to Maja (Tony’s daughter) at Kunstelj Inn. I do hope you will keep reading my blog and will also have a chance to come back to Slovenia again some time soon. And if/when you do, feel free to get in touch. Best regards, Adele

  33. Hi Adele,
    First of all, I love your blog! It has so much good info for trip-planning!
    My sister and I are coming to Slovenia March 24th for some hiking. We liked the idea of doing one of the hikes you suggested in your blog about “Highlights of Triglav National Park” :

    Krn Lake (1391m)
    –start from the car park at the Savica waterfall in Bohinj and walk up to Komna(1520m), onwards past the Koča pod Bogatinom hut to the Vratca saddle then descend to the Dom pri Krnskih jezerih hut (1385m) (stay the night). The next day get up (very!) early to hike up Mt. Krn, then returned the same way back to Savica.

    Is this hike one that can be done in late March? Do you have any suggestions for others in Triglav National Park?

    Kind regards,

    nancy

    • Hi Nancy,

      Thanks for the feedback. It’s always nice to hear my blog is of interest and of use! If you plan to hike at the moment you will most definitely need crampons and full winter hiking gear as there is still a lot of snow at higher levels and ice lower. The other problem is that none of the mountain huts are open at this time of year so I would really advise against it. The only hut that is open year-round in the area is Komna, so you could maybe stay there and hike in that area for a day but you have to realise that it is still very much winter in the moutains and unless you are very experienced hiking in winter conditions, then it’s better to stick to routes at altitudes of less than 1000 metres at the moment. Regards, Adele

  34. Res simpatičen blog Adele. 🙂 Imam pa nekaj vprašanj, ki se nanašajo na vse vsebine, ki jih pišete in me zanima ali je možno kje dobiti vaš kontakt (e-mail)?

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