Skocjan Caves and Transfer to Venice

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Exiting Skocjan cave system to Velika Dolina. Caves are about 40-60 minutes back off the coast from Piran.

Day 11 (May 29) - Trip to Skojcan Caves, Transfer to Venice/Mestre

Our final day dawned to a windy, humid morning on the coast.  Ate breakfast, loaded the luggage, and departed Piran for the hour long drive to the Skocjan Caves.  As we left the coastal region it became cooler and more overcast and by the time we reached the Caves proper it was a steady downpour.  And much colder.  Made a dash from the parking lot to the ticket office line, and waited for our trip through the caves.  An hour long trip through the Skocjan Caves (my first visit to a UNESCO World Heritage Site outside the US), displayed some amazing views in several large caverns.  Watching the Reka crash below us from the walkways was an intersting site.

Reka River flowing through the Velika Dolina (a region where the cave system collapsed years ago). It can't be seen in this picture but there is a land bridge that crosses above the river between the two collapsed dolinas here.
  It had been years since I had gone caving at Mammoth Cave in the states so it was difficult to compare but these caves were an impressive display of the power of nature.

On exiting the caves Klara and Renata had our last lunch waiting for us in the covered (thankfully) picnic area.  We enjoyed our last lunch as a group, offering celebratory congratulations for Jeff and Carrie's anniversary.  Before we knew it the taxi that was to take the six of us to Venice had arrived and we were transferring our luggage from our trip van to the minivan taxi.  And as quick as that we were saying our goodbyes to Klara and Renata who would be driving back to the Czech Republic as we headed to Venice.

Random Observations:

  • Nearly getting killed on the drive to Venice.
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Exiting Skocjan cave system to Vel…
Exiting Skocjan cave system to Ve…
Reka River flowing through the Vel…
Reka River flowing through the Ve…
UNESCO World Heritage Site.
UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Reka River flowing into the Sumeca…
Reka River flowing into the Sumec…
photo by: i_am_dennis