The last two days we have been busy seeing what Slovenia is really all about: the great outdoors. We started yesterday by going southwest to the Karst region and visited the Postojna caves which was nice but a bit on the touristy side. You have to take a rather expensive tour that includes two journeys with a small undground train. Even though photography was forbidden I snapped a few shots on the way out.

Riding on the cave train
Shot from inside the cave

From there we went to Predjama Castle that is built in the mouth of a gigantic cave like some kind of mushroom. It was smaller than expected but nonetheless very impressive.

Predjama Castle
Me and Yini in front of the castle
Looking out from the caves behind the castle
another view because a castle in a cave is cool

Since our rental car allowed us to move faster than usual, we hurried off to the next goal, Skocjan cave in the same area. This is less touristy than Postojna Cave though you are still forced to take a walking tour. The cave itself is also nicer, though not as abundant in drip stone features; the gigantic underground canyon is seriously awesome. For a better description, check out my Frozen Moment

Two shots looking out from Skocjan Cave

Having spent one day underground we felt it better to remain outside today. We drove north to Bled which is situated right at the foot of the alps with a beautiful lake in front. We rented a boat and rowed around the lake stopping for a swim at the small island in the center. It was a really lovely place.

Sitting on the sore of Lake Bled
Rowing out to the island in the center
The island church in the middle of Lake Bled

We ended the day with a hike through the nearby canyon and some excellent river trout for dinner.

Yini in the little canyon near Lake Bled