The most stunning thing about Slovenia is its lush countryside. Everywhere you look, its green meadows with wild flowers in yellow, pink and purple. These amazing woodsheds that are up on poles, with a slanting roof. Very old but also very cool. Wood stacked perfectly in rows. And no matter where you look a church roof sticking up in every village. Even in the big cities you are not far from green spaces. Parks and walkways lines with trees. Even when we stayed in Ljubljana on the first night it was only 100 metres from the countryside. Wednesday we travelled from Bled to Ljubljana arriving at the park and ride for the night. It was still a public holiday so very quiet. Parked up with electric and facilities for €3.20 for the night (€2 for the access card, and €1.20 for parking) this includes 2x bus passes as well. We walked to the old town a small 3km walk alongside cycleways. The old town sits on an emerald-green river and has many beautiful bridges that cross back and forth. Each bridge unique, it was fun crossing back and forth. Dragon bridge with its dragon statues, the three-way bridge that has three points where it turns and butchers bridge, with these slate like statues of torso and skeleton remains. Just to name a few. On top of a hill sits the Ljubljana castle and the view down over the city below, spreads out in many a direction. The architecture is old and quirky in parts, also with large squares and market stalls. Overall a lovely city to visit. Thursday night we stayed just out-of-town at pu Kovacu, a restaurant where if you eat there its only €2 for electric for the night. As it was our anniversary on friday we decided to have a meal and at the bargain price of a set menu at €10 + drinks each, you can’t complain. What a great night chicken soup, followed by salad, bean and sauerkraut. Mains I had snitzel, and Jas had the pork ribs with potato, eggplant and courgette. Dessert chocolate crepes. We were stuffed. Jas had two large Slovenian lager and I had two large wines, washed drown with shots of their own firewater schnapps. Today we bid farewell to the lovely owner and his goats & pigs in the backyard, and headed to Sevnica. Parked up below the grad (castle) and overlooking Sevnica where Melania Trumps grew up. We had a quick wander around the castle grounds, but the weather was turning and we ended up in horizontal hail on the drive to the next stop Kostanjevica na Krki. A tiny town on an island on the river Krki, beautiful but would be more stunning in summer, when the weather was better and not so wet. So we decided that Novo Mesto was next on the list. So after 3 hrs of tiki touring around………

We are now parked at a fab camperstop in Novo Mesto, run and owned by a guy with a hotel, he drives you to the camperstop next to the castle. Situated in a lovely green field with all facilities and a short walk to town. I think we will be here for two days. Slovenia so far has been fab. The countryside greener than New Zealand, the housing quaint, the roads very good and the people lovely and welcoming. We have driven a lot of the country in 4 days which says it’s not that big and with just over 2 million people not over populated or westernised. Many farms still using traditional farming methods. Food is cheap as is alcohol, fuel is €1.28L for diesel and a 100GB SIM is 19.95. Not as much history as other countries but if you love hiking, water and greenery its a must see place to visit