Day Five: Podkoren to… Podkoren
We pick up the trail in the hamlet of Podkoren, Slovenia nestled beneath the Julian Alps. On stores of potica (Slovenian sweet bread stuffed with a ribbon of walnuts and cinnamon) from the previous night’s dessert, we shoved off for a loop ride around Podkoren. First stop: the Laghi di Fusine (Fusine Lakes) just back across the Italian borders, then a stop at the Planica ski jumps. Lastly, a trip into the popular Slovenian ski town Kranjska Gora for a bit of local flavor: polenta covered in smoked cheese sauce and a glass of white wine. All in a day’s work!
Day Six: Podkoren, Slovenia to Bled, Slovenia
And the next day, we’re chasing rain (or is it chasing us?) all the way to the shores of the lake in Bled, Slovenia. Some of us got wet, some of us holed up in a restaurant like medieval lords and ladies under siege. In the end, we all made it to Bled in time for a wine tasting with pours taller than the puddles outside. As the Daniel (our Slovenian wine connoisseur) said: “We’re in Slovenia, they must drink like they’re in Slovenia!” No complaints here.
Day Seven: Bled + Rain = ?
Another rest day (ahhhhh). After making the trek from our hotel to the clients’ ritzy one (Hotel Triglav), we attacked strong cappuccinos and peered out the tall windows at a gray, soggy sky. Although half of the clients showed up half-heartedly in riding gear, everyone agreed the short loop ride to Vintner Gorge was a wash (literally). Instead we opted to meander into town (bedecked in umbrellas) in search of Bled’s famous cream cake. Later on, when the weather improved, we’d make the journey to dramatic Vintner Gorge.
Day Eight: Bled, Slovenia to Adergas, Slovenia
Another damp morning only added to the magical exit from Bled, especially since additional dampness stayed in the clouds. Today’s highlights: a fascinating stop in Kropa to learn about the excruciatingly hard yet interesting lives of iron workers and lunch (another round of Slovenian garlic soup for this gal) in the colorful center of Kranj. Extra points for dodging the rain during both stops!
Mama also cranked up an old music box in the hallway, circa the 1800s and worth over 60,000 euros. It played less than a dozen tunes, of which we heard two or three…
After the museum portion, we were fortunate enough to see an iron forging demonstration. The grandfather of the man who gave the demonstration was the last generation of traditional iron forgers in Kropa.
On the next Sylva Lining… the wolf pack makes it to Ljubljana, Slovenia and the tour’s end (tear). Then, Sylva and Tyler go it alone in Croatia for a week-long island bike tour. First, a little Ljubljana teaser…