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It’s harder to find a place ...

Ernest Hemingway wrote about the Battle of Caporetto. Photo: rtvslo.si

It’s harder to find a place on Earth more beautiful than the area around Kobarid in western Slovenia. Known in Italian as Caporetto, it was also the stage of some of the worst fighting in World War 1. The Battle of Caporetto was the twelfth battle of the Isonzo (known in Slovenia as the Soča) which claimed around 200,000 Austro-Hungarian casualties and around 2 to 3 times as many Italian casualties. It was made famous in literature by Ernest Hemingway, whose book “A Farewell to Arms” takes place during the time.

If you want to have a very special marriage ...

If you want to have a very special marriage, try having it on the island of Bled. You get there by taking a traditional wooden boat. That’s the easy part. When you arrive, the groom must carry his bride up the 99 steps that lead...

Everybody knows the famous cviček ...

Everybody knows the famous cviček wine from Lower Carniola. (Dolenjska) The wine has been around since the Middle Ages, although back then it had a different name: Marvin. Even Valvasor wrote about Marvin, which probably came...

Have prices gone up in Slovenia ...

Have prices gone up in Slovenia since the economic crisis? The answer is yes. A kilo of rice is 25% more than it was before 2008. The price of a fresh trout has risen by about 17%. Even the beloved krof (or doughnut) has jumped...

Many of Slovenia’s great poets ...

Many of Slovenia’s great poets died young. Slovenia’s ultimate poet, France Prešeren, died at just 48. The great writer and poet Ivan Cankar died at the age of 42. And, most unfortunately, the modernist Srečko Kosovel died at 22...

The Butcher’s Bridge in Ljubljana ...

The Butcher’s Bridge in Ljubljana was opened just recently, but has been a long time in the making. The plans were laid down in the 1930s by Slovenia’s star architect, Jože Plečnik. There are various sculptures on the bridge,...

In the Slovenian version of the nursery ...

In the Slovenian version of the nursery rhyme Frere Jacques, they ask if Mojster Jaka is still sleeping. But when it comes to sleeping nobody in Slovenia beats King Matjaž. According to the legend, the King was good but had many...

Edvard Rusjan was a pioneer ...

Edvard Rusjan was a pioneer in early flight. Just six years after the Wright brothers first took to the skies in the United States, Edvard Rusjan took off near Gorica in a biplane that he designed. On a promotional tour of his...

The lands that are currently in ...

The lands that are currently in Slovenia have at times belonged to numerous states and empires. Before Slovenia finally achieved independence, parts of the country were in the Roman Empire, the Frankish Kingdom, the Holy Roman...