Winter travel

The end of the year is always a great time to travel, either to snow covered lands or Christmas decorated cities. I had a chance for both, but my train conection didn’t allow much time off, so I didn’t get to see much of the Christmas decorations of the Austrian cities Salzburg and Innsbruck. Nevertheless, a short stay in south Tyrol mountains was very pleasant.


Time to relax and a fresh start

In the last year, the nearby botanical garden (Arboretum Volcji potok) became a place I visited weekly. Not every day, but still many times a week. Despite this many visits, it’s still a great place to relax, enjoy a walk, or run after our toddler on the children’s playground. The changing nature does the trick, there’s always something to see.

Winter Copenhagen sunset

I just noticed I haven’t posted anything this month yet. Well, I’ve been very busy. Not at work, though. Now that I look back, I actually spent only 4 days at work, had a week long stay in Copenhagen, and the rest of the time I was on a sick leave. December is typically the most active month of the year with many celebrations, however I spent most of it at home taking care of my baby, or more appropriately my little boy. Luckily, he got the chicken pox a week after we came back home, so at least our stay in Copenhagen was the best time of the month. Luckily, we weren’t blown away by the strong winds, however we did loose the stroller’s rain cover, by the wind of course. Half of the time it was cloudy, but on the other days I got to enjoy lovely sunsets by the sea.

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Autumn is near

Last weekend I used being up early in the morning, and went for a long walk to the Arboretum Volčji potok. It helped that I didn’t have a car for the day, and I walked there. According to Google it’s 6.6 km one way. A nice distance, and very managable as the route there is pretty scenic. I started off when the fog was still there, and the day just got better and better. Almost there, the view suddenly appeared. No longer under the tree shadows, the mountains came into view with some patches of fog lifting, and made the day very promising.

A view of the mountains

I left home without having a breakfast, as I was planning to have a bite at the botanical gardens. There’s not much there, just a small cafe serving treats. And the chocolate croissant was a treat. In case you’re wandering, the extra cup of milk was for the baby, not me.

Late morning breakfast in the sun
Late morning breakfast in the sun

I didn’t stay long there, as I was in a hurry to make it home on time for lunch. On our way out of the botanical gardens, I took more photos. I was a bit surprised to see the turtles sunbathing, as I haven’t seen them before. Well, they were partly hidden in the tall grass by the pond. It wasn’t hard photographing it, as it hardly moved while I took shots from various angles.

A turtle in hiding
A turtle in hiding
Always a working bee
Always a working bee
Unidentified bug
An unidentified bug and plant
Overview of the French Gardens
Overview of the French Gardens
Green was still the predominant colour
Green was still the predominant colour

Although green was the predominant colour, autumn colours were already showing in some parts of the park. I’m definitely going back soon to see more of the changing colours.

A glimpse of the autumn colours
Autumn reflections
Autumn reflections

On the way back I passed this old water mill, and I had to take one more picture.

An old water mill
An old water mill

A trip down the memory lane to the sea

This was the first summer in a long time when I didn’t go to the seaside for at least a day. Considering I spent more than 3 years living on the coast, and enjoying the salty air, I might think I wouldn’t miss it, but I do. A trip down the memory lane brought some nice memories of swimming in the cool sea, walking down the promenade or simply enjoying sunsets at the beach. We only have about 46 km of the coastline, but we do have some beautiful spots along that line.

Sunset at Piran
Sailing boats
Sunset at the pier in Portoroz
Looking down at my favourite beach in Slovenia
Mooring boats at the pier

The Wild Lake

The Wild Lake (Slovenian name is Divje jezero) is a karst siphon lake located near Idrija, Slovenia (45°58′56″N 14°1′41″E). It’s one of my favourite places and has a special place in my heart. The lake is close to where one set of my grandparents came from, and as a teen I often cycled to the lake and back when I stayed there. The lake is protected as a natural monument. It’s located between the rocky walls, and is also partially hidden from the road. The tall trees surrounding the lake are reflected in the water, and give the lake its specific blue colour. Additionally, it’s also known for its flora and fauna. In the lake you can find the brown traut, and in the caves bellow the water numerous underground animals, including the famous proteous. Around the lake in cold and shady niches, more than 150 different ferns and seed plants, of which many are typically found in the Alps. If you’re ever in the vicinity, this is a place worth to stop by even if it’s just a short break on the road.

The Wild Lake
The Wild Lake
Panorama of the Wild Lake
Panorama of the Wild Lake
The rocks reflecting in the clear water
The rocks reflecting in the clear water