Four day tour Slovenia

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Ljubljana. Fountain, representating the three rivers going into Ljubljana
I don't like xmas, I dislike the commercial part and I hate the traditional xmas songs All I want for xmas and the rest. You probably know which songs I mean... So I decided not to be home for xmas this year. I didn't had enough money to return to the Caribbean, but I had enough to visit my friend Janja. I worked with her in a Summer Camp in New York State, USA.
 
My flight was on the 23rd of December at 12.10h. I almost missed mmy flight because I took the train too late and there were about a hundred people in line before me at the in check desk of KLM... With some complaining and smiling I managed my way up to a special desk. Check in was succesful. At the moment the boarding started I arrived at the gate and walked right to my chair at the window. While I was ready to go, not every one was.
Close up fountain
Or actually every thing... The transport belt for lugage was stuck to the plane and had to be removed after it was fixed...
My first stop was Paris where I had to wait a little more than two hours. I didn't know that Charles de Gaume was such a big airport. I had to go from terminal F to G which took me 10 minutes with the transfer bus. My next flight was to Ljubljana, Slovenia. Again I had a window seat and had the best views ever. The sky was clear, just here and there some clouds. I could see the Dolomites of Italy and the sunset. Amazing!!! I already took 40 pictures before arriving in this Central Europe Country.
 
Slovenia belongs to the European Union since 2005 and has the Euro since 2007, something not many people know of.
Ljubljana. Stairs which are build so that you don't feel you're walking up or down.
Slovenia is definitely not East Europe or Balkon. The country is very well developed and modern. People work hard and are friendly. Nature is beautiful: mountains, agreculture, cities and beach (14km long, between Italy and Croatia). With only 2 million people and almost the same square miles as the Netherlands, Slovenia is really quiet and there is much space every where.
 
Since Janja had to work when I arrived her sister Mathea picked me up from the airport and took me to their house. I met her parents and little nephew Eric. He is eight months and soooooo cute! He is smiling all day long and is learning to walk. We had dinner and after that Mathea drove me to Ljubljana, the capital, where my friend works in  a sport shop. When she finished we went down town and met a few of her friends for a drink.
Ljubljana center

Every where on the street you could buy xmas stuff and hot wine and hot wiskey. They offered me a hot wiskey and I tried it. It doesn't really taste like wiskey anymore because there was a lot of sugar added when it was boiled. It was better to drink it at once, than sip it...
On wednesday Janja had to work until early afternoon, so after a good night sleep I went with her sister, kid and boyfriend to a huge indoor shopping mall to spend a few hours. In the afternoon Janja gave me tour through Ljubljana. The old city, the new city, down town and Ljubljana Castle on the hill. After that we met another friend had a tea in a bar. I was cold!!!! So it was Xmas Eve... We had dinner at Janja's house with her parents and sister. Her dad is a funny man so we had a good time. I drank the local beer Lasko, her dad preferation.
Ljubljana. Church.
In town I drank Union. I always prefer to drink local beers instead of the world famous ones...
 
Next morning there were a lot of presents under the xmas tree brought by Santa... There were some typical Dutch thigs and cookies and Santa had some presents for me too.  After these surprises Janja took me to Bled. A famous outdoor sports region with a great scenery, a church on a island and a castle. We walked around the lake and had some great views. It took us about 1,5 hour with a break to eat kremsnita. Delicious. It's some kind of cake with yellow and white cream with a crusted top and bottum. Really, really good! 
Slovenia is a beautiful country. The funny thing is that it is quite hard to tell real things sbout your own country.
Ljubljana. Center. This guy is a famous poet and wrote the national anthum. Forgot his name...
Most people don't travel much in their own country when they live in a small country like Slovenia or the Netherlands. I found that out too when she was here, in the Netherlands. I was lucky my mom joined us to some places because she could actually tell something interesting...
We had the plan to go skiing on Friday, but it was too foggy, so we went to the sea side. Janja's friend Tina joined us. Croatia actually claims the 14km long seas side of Slovenia, but the European Union decided it's Slovenian ground. The weather was much better here and we enjoyed the sun and the breeze. We could see Croatia at one side and at the other side was Italy. We visited the popular place Portoroz, where rich people build theor houses on the hills. From here we walked in an hour to Piran.
Ljubljana. Church. Looks like our Sinterklaas, 5th December celebration in the Netherlands.
A village with a long history and some nice old building. Two weeks before we were there, there had been so much rain that the square at the harbor was under water.
I drove back to Ljubjana where we had some drinks in the city center. When we came home Janja's parents had some friends over. One of the women did fortune telling with tarod cards. I never done something like that before but she wanted to tell my story. I had to pick all the cards and at the end she told me my future. It was really funny. I like to believe some things she told and the other I already forgot. We had a good time!
 
In the end I had to pack my stuff again. My flight was 7.15am so we had to leave 5.30am. Janja's dad came with us to the airport. It was time to leave. But off course not without any delay... It was freezing cold and snowing a bit. Before the take off the wings of the plane were made ice-free... Good to know that... I saw sunrise over the Dolomites and it was just as amazing as the sunset I had seen coming to Slovenia. I had a really good time!
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Ljubljana. Fountain, representatin…
Ljubljana. Fountain, representati…
Close up fountain
Close up fountain
Ljubljana. Stairs which are build …
Ljubljana. Stairs which are build…
Ljubljana center
Ljubljana center
Ljubljana. Church.
Ljubljana. Church.
Ljubljana. Center. This guy is a f…
Ljubljana. Center. This guy is a …
Ljubljana. Church. Looks like our …
Ljubljana. Church. Looks like our…
ljubljana
ljubljana
Ljubljana castle
Ljubljana castle
Ljubljana, the old city
Ljubljana, the old city
Mountains by Bled
Mountains by Bled
Ljubljana. Church. This guy looks …
Ljubljana. Church. This guy looks…
Ljubljana, new town
Ljubljana, new town
Ljunbljana, old city
Ljunbljana, old city
Castle of Bled
Castle of Bled
Lake of Bled
Lake of Bled
Ljubljana, Dragon bridge
Ljubljana, Dragon bridge
Dragon brigde
Dragon brigde
Ljubljana Castle
Ljubljana Castle
View from my friends house
View from my friends house
Portoroz, boulevard
Portoroz, boulevard
Portoroz
Portoroz
Piran
Piran
Piran
Piran
Piran
Piran
Piran
Piran
Janja, me and Tina at the boulevard
Janja, me and Tina at the boulevard
Ocean side
Ocean side
Ljubljana center
Ljubljana center
Me and Janjas little nephew
Me and Janja's little nephew
De-icing the wings
De-icing the wings
Mountain by Bled
Mountain by Bled
Lake of Bled
Lake of Bled
Church in the lake of Bled
Church in the lake of Bled
Castle of Bled
Castle of Bled
Bled Church and Castle
Bled Church and Castle
Bled lake
Bled lake
Dragon Bridge Ljubljana
Dragon Bridge Ljubljana
Dragon Bridge and Ljubljana Castle
Dragon Bridge and Ljubljana Castle
8,181 km (5,083 miles) traveled
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