8 Reasons to stay at The Grand Hotel Toplice

“Your room comes with a boat,” said the lady at the front desk. Upon hearing this, my husband’s eyes lit up like headlights and the scowl he’s politely been trying to hide from the hotel staff upturned to a big, beaming smile. It was late in the afternoon when we reached Grand Hotel Toplice in …

Best photography moments in Lake Bled, Slovenia

Picture this:   A calm lake surrounded by the soft slopes of alpine mountains. A small island in the middle, just big enough for an old, white church—the sound of bells ringing from its clock tower. Couples paddle away on their wooden row boats making ripples on the otherwise still water. White swans parade close …

Design Hotel: Vander Urbani Resort

If, like me, you have a weakness for the old and traditional,  Old Town Ljubljana will make you swoon.  With churches from the 15th century, baroque architecture from the 1700s, and city tales that go back to Jason and the Argonauts—you’ll be sure to get a full dose of all things old and beautiful.  But …

Postcards from Predjama Castle

“Another castle?” my husband asked with an exasperated look on his face.  Having visited over 30 countries in the past three years, it’s true that I have dragged my husband through many a castle—perhaps 40? 50?  I’ve honestly lost count.  At one point—please tell me if it’s a guy thing—the castles have started to look …

Inside Postojna Cave

Like most caves, Slovenia’s Postojna Cave is cold, dark, and damp. But unlike typical caves, it’s also beautiful, at times incredible, and even quite magical. Postojna Cave is a short 40-minute drive from Ljubljana and is one of the must-sees in Slovenia and this general area of Europe. I confess that visiting a cave in …

24 hours in lovely Ljubljana

Our trip to Ljubljana came at the end of a very busy time at my day job. To those who don’t know this fact about me, I work in the crazy world of advertising—highly notorious for toxic hours. The month leading up to our Slovenia trip was also the countdown to the World Cup and …