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By: Neven Kahlina
The newlyweds Sam & Neven decided to make their honeymoon trip traveling through the Europe this year. Before they left, I asked them to keep a diary, so that I can create a blog and post it on my web page. They did an excellent job, and I am happy to post their diary as it was written by them. It’s a bit long but it is worth reading as they experienced some unbelievable events and visited some incredible sites.
SLOVENIA & CROATIA
July 19 – 22, 2009 – Jezersko, Bled, Vrsic and Postojna
Early Sunday morning we drove to Slovenia (near Kranjska Gora) for an event that my dad organized called “Meeting of Generations”. It was a gathering of former Yugoslavian cycling legends, an event that attracted a large number of former Yugoslavian cyclists from 60’s, 70’s and 80’ for a group ride to Jezersko.
This was a special event that we have been looking forward to for quite some time. I think it’s fair to say that it was a success. We enjoyed following the group and taking pictures. At the end of the ride there was a barbecue with a live band. It was a lot of fun watching and listening to these guys telling their stories of past cycling adventures.
The day ended with a bunch of the Zagreb cyclists getting a ticket from the cops for riding too fast and disturbing the traffic but in reality it was a ticket for “being from Zagreb”.
The following day we went to a small town of Bled where we spent the day walking around the lake and sightseeing in the area. This was followed by a trip to Vrsic the following day. Vrsic is a famous mountain in Slovenia where cycling races had a famous mountain top finish. We followed the cyclists with the car and took pictures. It was a lot of fun as the mountains provided some amazing scenery and the cyclists put on a brave performance.
The last day of our Slovenia adventure took us to the caves of Postojna. These caves are some 20 km deep and a little train took us underground to the place where we could go for a hike through the cave. This is a national park and is strictly protected. We couldn’t even take pictures as our guide threatened to take away the cameras. The caves are truly amazing and took millions of years to form. Definitely something to see if you are ever in Slovenia.
After the caves we headed towards Croatia again to the town of Labin to visit family. Unfortunately we had a little incident at the Slovenian/Croatian border and two vehicles were turned around and sent back to Munich Germany. Apparently some vehicles are not allowed in to Croatia and had to be exchanged back in Germany.
July 22 – 25 2009 – Labin
Back in Labin, visiting family again and spending some time on the beach. We enjoyed our time with Samantha’s mom (Cindy) and Robert as well as visiting family and enjoying the beach with Sanja, Jeremy, Christina, Lenard, Vera and Zdenko.
July 25 – August 1st 2009 – Losinj
My parents have been going to Losinj with their friends for several years now and I have always wished I could join them.
This year I was finally able to join the group. The group consists of several friends who are cyclists that used to ride together in their younger days and now get together on this island with their families every two years. This year the group was 38 strong.
Every day the guys would go for a bike ride in the morning and upon their return the party and beer drinking would start. There was never a dull moment as the alcohol flowed like water. We were singing, dancing and enjoying the beautiful weather and Adriatic Sea in front of us.
One day we chartered a boat and as a group want on a boat tour of the islands. It was an unforgettable experience. The island of Losinj is very beautiful and the Capitan took us to secluded lagoons accessible only by boat. We drank gemisht and sljivovica all day and had one of the best lunches I’ve had the whole trip. They barbecued squid on the boat and served it with salad and potatoes…..yum.
August 1st – August 5th 2009 – Return to Canada through Zagreb and Munich
Well all good things come to an end and same applies to our vacation. We visited Zagreb for two days and then headed to Munich Germany to catch a flight back home to Edmonton. 40 days might seem like a long time but on our last day we wished we still had another 40 left to spend in Europe.
We experienced so much in such a short time. It was an unusual honeymoon but one to remember. Thanks to all who gave so generously at our wedding.
By: Neven Kahlina
Tags: Summer 2009