Last night we came back from a long weekend skiing trip to Les Carroz in France. We were a fun little group consisting of Michael, Michael’s friend Paul, his girlfriend Hannah, and Will, a friend of Paul’s. All of us stayed in the apartment of Hannah’s parents which is located a few minutes walk from the ski bus stop. Hannah and Paul were such amazing hosts. They even got coffee and croissants for us from the local coffee shop in the morning :)
The first day of skiing in Les Carroz was superb. We had close to perfect snow, sunshine non-stop, not a single cloud, and it was nicely cold. Paul learnt skiing as a child which you can see the minute he starts racing down the slopes. The dynamics of our ski group worked perfectly: I love to go fast but my knees need frequent breaks (and my technique is far from perfect). This way I could relax for a minute each time when we were waiting for everyone to catch up.
I usually go skiing around April so that the days are a bit longer and it’s not so freezing cold. Yet going skiing in winter means that you can ski during sunset which was super beautiful. I didn’t bring my camera on the first day and only had the GoPro with me. I haven’t checked the videos yet but I hope there will be some sunset material. I did bring my camera the next day when, of course, the sun entirely disappeared and it was foggy and snowing. What a timing!
Split was the first stop on the Croatia & Slovenia road trip. We flew from London to Split and spent one night there before taking the ferry to Hvar the next afternoon. Lots of friends were already arriving that night with the rest flying in the next morning. I was still in recovery mood from my cold so I only joined for an early dinner and then went straight back to the hotel to watch movies. It turned out that this was the right decision :) The others went on until 3 am and some of them had a bit of a rough morning the next day. I, on the other hand felt much better the and managed to squeeze in some sightseeing in Split before we took the ferry to Hvar.
These are the photos from the walk through the old town of Split. If you haven’t visited Split yet, add it plus the beautiful surrounding islands to your travel bucket list!
During the girls road trip that I did last September, Ljubljana was the penultimate stop. We arrived just in time for dinner in the evening and continued further on to Lake Bled (our last stop) on the next day after sightseeing in Ljubljana.
We rented a loft in a former aristocratic townhouse that had been converted into a hotel. The loft had two floors for the four of us which was perfect. There was also a huge bathtub that we used for a little bikini / SPA session with lots of bubbles later that night after coming home from dinner. Nope, these photos will not make it onto the blog :)
DINNER in Ljubljana
We had dinner at Manna, a lovely restaurant with really good Slovenian food. We were seated on the upper floor which had a perfectly cozy ambiance. The waiters were incredibly friendly and the food was delicious. We decided to order a 7 dish tasting menu which meant that we spent quite some time at the restaurant. Of course, all courses were accompanied by the matching wines :) I definitely want to return to Ljubljana again to try out some other restaurants and maybe experience their nightlife. A lot of people say that the Ljubljana craft beer scene is amazing so while beer isn’t my go-to drink, I might give it a try!
Sightseeing in Ljubljana
The next day after breakfast we joined a historic walking tour. The first hour was really interesting and explained all the major buildings around the market place, as well as the meaning of the various sculptures and bridges.
Bye bye Walking Tour
As we were just coming from a long weekend on the beach in Hvar and Pula, having planned for mostly warmer temperatures, we were not really prepared for the colder weather during our day in Ljubljana. Even layering up with all sorts of jumpers didn’t help much anymore after one hour of moving at a snail’s pace. So we ditched our lovely walking tour to warm up in a coffee shop.
Off to the Castle!
After some hot coffee, we felt much better and decided to visit Ljubljana Castle. Lucky us, there was a funicular that brought us up to the castle – no need to walk up and freeze even more. The views from the castle are really impressive. Yet the castle museum as such was a bit underwhelming. I prefer it if things are left rather ‘authentic’ so you can imagine how people lived there once. Ljubljana Castle is a bit too modern now for my taste. But it’s still worth visiting, so do plan in some hours for this part of the sightseeing. There are so many pretty and cool things to see and do here and a lot of these places a worth capturing the moment for and maybe even posting it on social media for people to see. When I posted photos from places I had visited on this trip, I started to notice growth when it came to instagram followers, so I’m glad people online are loving the content as much as I enjoyed visiting places like the Ljubljana Castle.
Where are the girls?!
I was so distracted by taking photos of the beautiful views that I didn’t realize that the girls continued with their tour of the museum without me. So when I turned around, I was on my own. Haha, took me a while to find them again as, of course, my phone’s battery was quite low by that point.
The Boat Ride
I finally found them again around an hour later when we were all meeting in time for the boat tour that we had booked for 3 pm. Lesson learned for traveling with more people: It might come in handy to book some activities in advance for the day. Well, or just make sure your phone is properly charged :)
The only good thing about the boat tour though was the fact that I found the girls. During the first 30 mins, we passed by pretty much nothing noteworthy at all. And it was cold and RAINY. Of course, our boat had outside seating only. Yeeey. By the time that we finally arrived at the famous bridges of the old town, we were chilled to the bone and wet. At least I got to take some pretty photos.
One Day in Ljubljana – Impressions
I teamed up with Slovenian designer – she is based in Ljubljana :) – Sanda Vidmar for the giveaway of this adorable bird earring The Little One: a baby shallow earring handmade in sterling silver. The giveaway ends after Valentine’s Day on 15th Feb.
I really love the symbolism behind Sanda Vidmar’s jewelry. The Little One comes with the following words:
‘While learning how to fly, he fell down a couple of times, he hit a tree and got his feathers wet. It didn’t stop him though, oh no. He’s no softie, this one. He’ll go places, I tell you!’
He also has a big brother, which I’m wearing in this post. To see more of Sanda Vidmar’s pieces, hop over to her website here.
You can enter the giveaway via Rafflecopter below. Good luck!