Slovenia: Castles & Caves
The next day had waves of mixed weather- one moment there were heavy storms and then sun and sweaty hot heat. Thankfully we had planned a day of exploring a castle, eating meals under cover, and to be freezing hundreds of meters below in caves. They were the perfect excursions for a wacky weather day! Luckily, parts of the drive turned out to show some beautiful landscapes!
PREDJAMA CASTLE: A medieval castle that looks like a fairytale that has been perched in the middle of a 123 meter-high cliff for more than 800 years!! Behind the largest cave castle in the world, there is a network of secret tunnels from where the knight Erazem of Predjama would set out on expeditions! The cave under the castle is home to a colony bats, leaving the caves closed to tourists during their hibernation period throughout the winter.
VIVARIUM: While we waited to enter one of the caves we made sure to check out the Vivarium next to it- an underground speleobiology exhibition that houses special features of the subterranean environment & mysterious creatures of the underground world. The most popular: the “baby dragon” or olm!! At only 25-30cm it’s the largest among cave-dwelling animals. It’s completely adapted to life in the dark (which is why it lacks color), has a life span of up to 100 years, & can go without food for several years!
POSTOJNA CAVE: We took a ride on the underground train for a 3.7 km long journey into an insanely magnificent cave where we then walked around before taking the train back out. (The world’s first railway in an underground cave opened here in 1872!!)
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Our roots will forever be from here, America, born and raised. Yet, life requires us to move more frequently than we care to count. Whether living stateside or abroad, you can always find us traveling somewhere. We scout out places that you only think you can dream of one day seeing and we seek out those that aren’t found in guidebooks. We then bring them to life here in our travel memos, so hopefully, one day you too can visit them or at least be able to live vicariously through us. This blog isn’t just about crossing off places from a bucket list. It’s about absorbing and learning how other cultures grow and fit into the same world that we do. Life is short and the world is big. Enjoy and get out there!
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