05 Jul, 2016

Photo Love Story: Slovenia, a Gift of Nature.

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05 Jul, 2016

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When I told people about where I was headed to this time, I repeatedly heard: “Slovenia? Where the hell is that?”

Pretty far off from anything resembling our own home town of Düsseldorf, Germany, 5 of my dearest friends and I settled down for nearly a week in a small house literally in the middle of nowhere in the mountains, about an hour from the capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana. 

 

Check out this post if you want to read more about 2-week trip to Slovenia.

After having spent the first night camping in Bavaria right by the Königssee, we headed through Austria (what a scenic drive that was!) and towards our house, which was right by Lake Bohinj. We had found the house, pretty much by chance, on Airbnb while looking for a place surrounded by nature, giving us the chance to do a lot of hiking, canoeing, kayaking and more. And that is exactly what we did the entire week.

 

While in Bavaria the weather was definitely not on our side (We had to pitch our tents in the rain and take them back down in the rain, yay!), the more South we drove, the better the weather got. Until our last night in Slovenia, the weather was absolutely perfect. Here are some impressions of our week in the mountains:

 

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A rainy, but beautiful morning at the Königssee in Bavaria.

 

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Our view after a short hike right by the Königssee.

 

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Translation: “This isn’t a toilet! I don’t shit in front of your house either!”

 

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Making our way down to Slovenia through the Austrian mountains.

 

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The first thing I did after arriving at our house.

 

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Our garden.

 

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Our precious little cottage in the middle of the mountains.

 

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Our wonderful van 🙂

 

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Lake Bohinj in all its glory.

 

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After hiking up 900m in 2 hours this is the view that presented itself. So very worth it!

 

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Canoeing on Lake Bohinj.

 

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On our last night, when the sky suddenly turned completely dark.

 

If you ever get the chance to take a trip to a place completely off the grid, please take it!! I cannot tell you how (re-) energizing it is to actually be out in nature without WIFI, no city noises, no cars, just the subtle ringing of cow bells from the next paddock.

There were entire evenings and days where we wouldn’t even once look at our phones, unless it was to check the time (which hardly ever happened either, because we just let the time pass) and I can tell you: Without our phones constantly in our hands we actually talked for hours, made music together, read books and just enjoyed nature and each other’s  company. I always find it hard to imagine this when caught up in everyday life, but through doing this you really can connect with people and your surroundings on a deeper level.

 

To read more about my 2-week trip to Slovenia, check out this post.

 

Have you ever been to Slovenia? Have you ever taken a trip purely to be in nature or have been completely off the grid? What was it like for you?

 

 

6 Comments:

  • Ella July 06, 2016

    Beautiful photos! I love the idea of taking a trip purely to be off the grid and with nature and I’d love to take a trip like that myself at some point. I’ve actually been thinking about going on a quiet getaway to Slovenia in the near future to a place where nature is abundant, but I don’t think I’m ready to be completely off the grid yet. I still need to do more research. Any suggestions and ideas would be much appreciated 🙂 haha.

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    • Denise July 06, 2016

      Thank you, Ella! I can definitely recommend doing it! We literally just looked for places in the middle of nature on Airbnb. At first we were thinking of going to Scandinavia actually, but then found this little place and I’m so glad we did! If you need any pointers, just let me know! Maybe I’ll write a post about some time, too 🙂

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      • Ella July 11, 2016

        Thank you! And finding an awesome AirBnB rental in nature sounds like a great way to go about it 🙂 I’ll keep that in mind and I’d definitely love to read a post about it, if you’re going to write one. I’m sure it would be very helpful to a lot of us 🙂

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