Krvavek is a popular ski resort in Slovenia and it lies between 1450 and 1971 meters above see level, that's roughly 4 to 6 thousand feet. Tanja had mentioned that hiking is a popular thing to do in Slovenia so when she asked if I would be interested in hiking at Krvavek, I decided to go for it.
There are year round cable cars that transport you to up and down the mountains but we decided to tough it out by walking. The hike was challenging and I was panting like a dog but it felt so good seeing how high we had climbed from where we had parked.
The views were amazing of course and since it was during the week, there were no crowds. From the photos below I am not sure that you can tell how high we had to climb but I hope you get an idea, it was a physically tough climb despite my regular gym sessions that I thought would guarantee my endurance.
After the hike we stopped at a local restaurant where Tanja encouraged me to take a shot and have some homemade apple strudel. I can't remember the name of the drink but I learned that it's customary to take a shot of it after hiking to kind of boost your energy. It was actually pretty good!
That's it! Folks, my last full day in Slovenia was well spent and by the time I went to bed in the evening, I was tired but super happy that within a week I had managed to see and do a lot. This trip has been nothing short of amazing. I have two big trips in November so do check back for updates. Hopefully covid restrictions will not alter my plans.
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To enter Slovenia you need either a negative covid test taken not more than 72 hours prior to your trip, or proof of a covid vaccine.
Masks are required in all indoor places and some restaurants will require proof of vaccine to admit you in.
The local language spoken in Slovenia is Slovenian but English is also widely spoken as a second language.
Since Slovenia is part of the EU, they use euros, credit/debit cards are also widely accepted.
Slovenia truly is a gem and such a beautiful country, very clean too! I am so glad I decided to check it out. Folks are friendly and helpful too!
Kudos to me for updating this blog with my cell phone. I did not have an adapter to help charge my laptop, I was bummed at first but it actually worked out just fine.
My connecting flight to the US was via France (CDG) and guess what? The flight ended up being cancelled so I was stuck in Paris for the night. The airline did place us in a hotel and gave us meal vouchers.
I had to take another covid test at the CDG airport because my flight cancellation messed up with the timing of the covid test I took in Slovenia prior to leaving. The test was so uncomfortable as they dig way up your nose.
On the subject of covid, airlines require you to wear surgical masks and not any other kind. Thank goodness they do provide you with one when you board the plane. I had a clothe mask so I needed to switch.
I have had my share of experiences in all kinds of airports but I have to say that CDG is the worst! Its huge to begin with, it's super confusing and it's crowded so expect long lines.
I have been to Paris before but I was toying with the idea of checking out the city in the morning prior to my afternoon flight but I am so glad that I did not risk it. By the time I got through my covid test and border control, I had spent like 3 hrs. Had I decided to come 2 hrs prior to my flight like I normally do, I would have definitely missed my flight.
Right now I am seated at a cafe having had the best salad ever and so relieved that I have plenty of time to relax prior to my flight. A lot of people missed their flights coz they were stuck in the long lines at border patrol.