Winter travel treats

Whenever I go abroad, I look for a Starbucks. It was in Starbucks caffe at Munich’s Central train station where I first tasted a Chai Latte, and I can still remember how I liked the surprising sweet and spicy taste, although it was almost a decade ago. Ever since, when I have a chance, I do my best to grab a cup of Chai latte to keep me company on my travels. Interestingly, on my way to Innsbruck I accidentally passed another caffe, Coffee Fellows and saw a Chai Latte on their menu. I decided to risk it, skip a Starbucks and give a chance to the Coffee Fellows. My afterthoughts, it was well worth it. Less sweet Chai in a combination with a blueberry muffin was a perfect snack to continue my train ride. I was only too slow to take a picture of the muffin, so there’s only a picture of two nicely decorated paper cups to enjoy.

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.


A visit to Amsterdam

As I’m getting ready for my next business trip, I realized I haven’t finished my post on the last trip. I spent 5 days in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in early September.  I didn’t have much time for sightseeing, but since this was my second time there, I simply enjoyed the scenery and warm weather. I discovered some interesting bookshops, and brought home lots of new books to read in the near future.

Destination Lake Bohinj

Last Sunday in August, I finally took my family to Lake Bohinj. I usually go there at least once a year, as it’s one of my favourite places in Slovenia. It’s a combination of wild nature, clear water and pleasant climate. Since the summer holidays were ending, I was expecting a bigger crowd at the lake, also due to the nice weather, but I was wrong. There were visitors at the lake, but it wasn’t as crowded as during the summer season. This year, the lake was unusually worm, and that attracted many people to go there for a swim and to cool down.

If you’re planing a visit to Slovenia, Lake Bohinj should be on your list if you like nature. The coordinates of the eastern side of the lake are 46.278917, 13.885511. Basically, most of the infrastructure is a few kilometers away from the lake, and that makes it even more attractive. There are a shop, a turist office, a boat rental, and several cafes close by, but it’s the landscape that brings you to the lake, and you don’t really miss anything. The lake is also a starting point for hiking trips to the surrounding mountains. Water is usually prety cold, but refreshing and very clear. This summer, however, the temperature rose to about 24°C for several days. Even this last Sunday, the water was still refreshing, and swimming in the lake made my day even better.

St. John the Baptist's Church by the lake
St. John the Baptist’s Church by the lake
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Lake Bohinj
Fish in the lake
Fish in the lake
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Colours of the lake
Under the trees
Under the trees
Fish in the lake
Fish in the shallow water of the lake
View across the lake
View across the lake

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

The Wild Lake

Every now and then, I visit the Wild Lake (slovenian Divje jezero), located near Idrija. The lake is special in many ways. It is protected as natural monument since 1967. It is small, but goes very deep. The steeply inclined tunnel has been explored to the depth of 160 m. The lake is also the source of the river Jezernica, a tributary to river Idrijca, and at 55 m the shortest  river in Slovenia. What I like about the place is the nature. It is surrounded by high rocks and tall trees, and is a very relaxing place with its green waters.

Wild Lake
Green is everywhere
Tall trees surrounding the lake area