I’m back today with our Diary of Slovenia Day 3 post. On Day 3 we had breakfast at the Tourist Farm Touristica Kmetija Kosir in Kranjska Gora, toured the Postojna Caves, and visited the Predjama Castle. We finished our day with a drive to the capital city of Slovenia: Ljubljana.
If you’d like to read more about our travels to Slovenia, click here.
A Diary of Slovenia Day 3: Touristica Kmetija Kosir
This morning had breakfast this morning at Tourist Farm Touristica Kmetija Kosir in Kranjska Gora before heading down the road to the world-famous Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle.
Touristica Kmetija Kosir has been in the same family since the early 1900s. Staying at their guesthouse means easy access to the town of Kranjska Gora, and an 800-meter walk to the best-known ski area in Slovenia. You may not think of Slovenia as a ski country (in fact, you may not have thought much about Slovenia at all before now), but it is, in fact, really mountainous.
The Swiss, German, and Austrian Alps run all the way into western Slovenia, where they’re known as the Julian Alps. The scenery (and apparently the skiing, too) are spectacular. Kranjska Gora is a quaint ski town, that sits just at the foot of the mountain. You can literally walk from the base of the slopes to the old town’s Christmas market. It’s a pretty neat place.
An Ornate Wood Stove That’s More than 100 Years Old
The guesthouse itself was nice! The hostess made fresh bread each evening for breakfast the next morning. This didn’t surprise me too much until her husband pointed out to us that she makes the bread in the 100+ year-old wood oven in the guesthouse dining room!
The wood oven is beautiful: Double doors with ornate brass hinges and handles are mounted on the short end of the oven, while the length of the oven is decorated in tall and narrow deep green ceramic tiles. The first tile depicts traditional Slovenian musicians playing the wedding music for a newly married farm husband wife. Each tile after that shows the couple dancing, spinning, and embracing.
I wish I’d gotten better pictures of it, but this snapshot of Small Shaw and I (taken on my old-school iPhone 4s) was the only picture we took. By the time I thought to ask Nick to take one of us, my good camera was already packed, along with the rest of our baggage, into the SUV for our drive from Kranjska Gora to Postojna.
The hostess told us about her own marriage, and shared stories with us about immigrating from Germany to Slovenia, learning the language, and encouraging their two twenty-some daughters to learn as many languages as they can (Italian, German, Slovenian, and English, to name a few).
It puts American foreign language learning to shame when you talk to people in old-world Europe who can speak three, four, or even more languages with near perfect fluency. We’re lazy and egocentric in the USA. Shame on us. 🙁
The farm guesthouse was a neat place to stay. In addition to the homemade bread each morning, the host and hostess brought in cheese and milk from a local dairy farmer and all of their juices and jams are made fresh from the fruits and herbs they grow right there in their own garden.
We ate homemade strawberry, rhubarb, cherry, and plum jams. I had piping-hot coffee, while Nick got to try homemade apple and even elderberry juices. What a cool way to taste local Slovenia and support local Slovenian family-owned businesses.
Traveling from Kranjska Gora to Postojna
Our drive from Kranjska Gora to Postajna was hazy and overcast, but not bad at all. In total, it took around an hour and a half, and by the time we arrived at the famous Postajna Caves the haze had burned off and the sun shone beautifully down on the park grounds.
Touring Postajna Cave
We had a quick lunch in a cafe just outside the cave entrance, then took the hour-and-a-half guided tour of the (stunning, incredible, HUGE) cave system. It’s hard to get good pictures inside of a cave without using a tripod, but here are a few of my favorites from the Postojna Cave tour:
There was a small Christmas market with around ten booths set up just outside, so when we finished the tour of the caves, we check out the market. For Small Shaw, the most exciting part of the day was the stall with live sheep inside. She could have stood there all day watching the sheep eat hay (I’m not even kidding).
Visiting Predjama Castle
Eventually, we pried her from the sheep’s fence and headed back to the car for the very short drive down the road to the Predjama Castle. Predjama Castle is famous for being build into a mountain with caves behind it. We’ve seen and visited our fair share of castles and castle ruins over the last three years, but this castle really impressed me:
The Drive from Predjama to Ljubljana
After two tours and about four miles of walking, pushing a stroller, carrying a toddler, and being around crowds, we were glad to sit down in our quiet car for the drive to Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital city. Nick and I chatted and snacked while Small Shaw sawed logs in her car seat, clutching her prized Christmas gifts (two baby dolls) and several other toys. Before we knew it, we were checked into the City Hotel in downtown Ljubljana.
All in all, it was a great day. We had family time together, we made special memories, and we were reminded (I think, at least) of just how big the world is. It’s easy to get used to where we live and the way we live. Seeing a country so close to Germany where the language and culture are each quite a bit different feels like a real adventure to me.
As we wind down tonight, I’m thankful for the opportunity to take trips like this together. Hopefully, our family back in the U.S. can forgive us for accepting the opportunity to move so far away when we had the chance. It’s been an incredible few years overseas.
Read more about our trip to Slovenia:
Diary of Slovenia: Day 1
Our drive from Germany through Austria and into Slovenia, including an impressive Stau on the autobahn, an 18% grade mountain pass, and an old biplane parked in someone’s front yard.
Diary of Slovenia: Day 2
A photo journal of our second day in Slovenia, spent exploring Kranjska Gora. Waterfalls, mountains, playgrounds, and more!
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