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Italy and Slovenia, August 2000

 

Welcome to our 2000 vacation pages.  We spent the last two weeks of August in Italy and Slovenia.  We flew into Venice and stayed there for two and a half days.  Then we took the train to Slovenia.  For seven days we visited the Slovenian towns of Piran, Bled, Ptuj, and Skofja Loka, Triglav National Park and the Bohinj region, and the capital city of Ljubljana before returning to Italy.  This last leg of our trip took us around the Veneto, the mainland region of what was once the Venetian Empire.  After stops in Vicenza, Verona, and Padua, we returned to the States.

 

Venice

 

We started our trip in Venice. It was hot and crowded, but when we managed to get away from the tour groups, it was a very pleasant place to be.

 

Venice
Venice

Venice Lagoon

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Venice
Venice

Basilica San Marco

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Venice
Venice

The Domes of San Marco

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Venice
Venice

Venetian Canal - Rio del Vin

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Triglav National Park
 

After Piran, we took a train through the scenic Soca (pronouced Socha) Valley to reach Triglav National Park, the only National park in Slovenia.  We stayed in the park at the Zlatorog Hotel on Lake Bohinj.  Nearby, just outside the park, is the town of Bled and the lake of the same name.  We spent one day there walking around Lake Bled and visiting the island church and the castle.  The next day when we walked around Lake Bohinj was the only day we had really bad weather.  It poured!

 

Bled
Bled

The Church of the Assumption, on an island in Lake Bled

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Bled
Bled

Blejski Grad (Bled Castle) and Church of the Assumption

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Triglav National Park
Triglav National Park

Church of St. John the Baptist on Lake Bohinj

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Triglav National Park
Triglav National Park

Houses in the village of Polje in Bohinj Region

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Piran

 

After we left Venice, we headed into Slovenia. First stop, Piran, a picturesque town on the Adriatic Sea. Piran which is full of Venetian Gothic architecture, has been settled since ancient times and was known to the Romans as Piranum.

 

Piran
Piran

Tartinjev Trg with the Church of St. George in background

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Piran
Piran

Street in Piran - Zupanciceva Ulica

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Piran
Piran

At the Harbor

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Piran
Piran

Piran from the Town Walls

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Ljubljana

 

Our journey continued from Triglav National Park to Ljubljana (pronounced Yoob-yah-nah), a small capital with less than 300,000 people.  We spent our final three days in Slovenia based here, with day trips to Ptuj in the east, and Skofja Loka nearby.

 

Ljubljana
Ljubljana

Old Ljubljana and the Ljubljanica River

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Ljubljana
Ljubljana

Presernov Trg

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Ljubljana
Ljubljana

Cevljarski Most (Shoemaker's Bridge)

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Ljubljana
Ljubljana

Across Tromostovje (Triple Bridge)

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Ljubljana
Ljubljana

Presernov Trg from above

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