The last two days we have been busy seeing what Slovenia is really all about, the great outdoors. We started yesterday by going southwest to the Karst region and visited the Postojna caves which was nice but a bit on the touristy side. You have to take a rather expensive tour that includes tow journeys with a small train. Even though photography was forbidden I snapped a few shots on the way out.
From there we went to the smaller than expected but nonetheless impressive Predjama castle that grows on the mouth of a gigantic cave like some kind of mushroom.
Since our hire car allowed us to move faster than usual we hurried off to the next goal, Skocjan cave in the same area. This is less touristy though you are still forced to take a walking tour. The cave itself is also nicer, though not as abundant in drip stone features, the gigantic underground canyon is seriously awesome. A better description is here: http://photowithoutcamera.wordpress.com/2012/08/02/skocjan-cave-556-pm/
Having spent one day underground we felt it better to remain outside today. We drove north to Bled which is situated right at the foot of the alps with a beautiful lake in front. We rented a boat and rowed around the lake stopping for a swim at the small island in the centre.
We ended with a hike through the nearby canyon and some excellent river trout for dinner.