Chapter 2: Dober dan from Slovenia & Croatia!

Jess & I sitting atop a castle wall in the Lake Bled Castle, Slovenia, June 2013. © Deja'vu Gallery

Jess & I sitting atop a castle wall in the Lake Bled Castle, Slovenia, June 2013. Photo © Deja’vu Gallery

I was never a sneakerhead, and I honestly don’t think I qualify as one now [these dudes are hard core in their culture]. But I do admit some sneakers have called out to me in the past — their appearance and character as unique as my personality. And.. This seems to be how I united with my studded black leather Aldo sneakers. Two days before flying off to Italy for the Sole Stories project I cruised over to the Plato’s Closet in Clarksville, IN — I was hoping to find sandals or shorts. Here I will insert a fair warning to all thrift shoppers: If your local Plato’s Closet is of a decent size… GOOD LUCK. You think you’re going in for one item but there’s a 95% chance you will walk out with AT LEAST one extra item. Let’s just be real! Because that is what happened to me!

I was roaming the aisles for my shoe size… desperate for some black or brown sandals, and I kept finding sneakers I thought were pretty cool, but they didn’t resonate. Either they looked stupid on me, didn’t feel right on my feet, or I thought the price wasn’t fair. Then… Oh yes.. By chance.. Then..I found my beloved black sneakers. Oh my God. I ran to them and thought to myself, “Please, oh please, let them fit me!” I was ecstatic when I saw myself in these sneakers man. Not going to lie. They are so bad ass, in my opinion [and that is all that matters]. They look like they had a nice roll with their previous owner, but there I was to rescue the rock-n-rollers and return them to their glory! I here declare that these sneakers made me fall in love, and this was the beginning to my fascination with sneakers. Period. It was perfect timing, because within the first week of arriving in Italy I realized that Italians LOVE sneakers too! [I’ll touch on this more later.] Oh, hey, did I mention these babies were only $8? And they didn’t smell. So, I win!

DAY 1: SLOVENIA

Jessica decided to whisk me away to Croatia my first weekend in Italy. We packed for the weekend [and yes, my awesome Aldos made the selection for my first adventure trip]. We drove through the Dolomites into Slovenia and stayed in a newly built, 4 star hotel, which was tucked away in an area with beautiful landscapes.

A view of the beautiful countryside on the way to the hotel. Slovenia, June 2013 © Deja'vu Gallery

A view of the beautiful countryside on the way to the hotel. Slovenia, June 2013 Photo © Deja’vu Gallery

The receptionist and another fellow employee were quite friendly, and when I told them about my vegetarian diet they suggested the restaurant atop the Lake Bled Castle. One of the employees used to work there, so he made a call and hooked us up with a reservation for the next day! I was extremely flattered by his hospitality and kindness. Jess and I decided to drive near Lake Bled to find a place to eat for the night, and we found an adorable restaurant — Vila Ajda Bled. The scenery was gorgeous and serene and our waiter was very nice.

I ordered buckwheat dumplings with mushrooms [13 Euro] and Jessica ordered fish and a bucket of “home potatoes” I believe. That is code for delicious french fries, heehee. Overall, the food, drinks, staff and view were awesome! [I will have a more detailed review of the restaurant up soon!]

We walked through a patch of woods behind the hotel to digest our food and then we decided to hit the beds and wake up early for our adventure at the castle.

DAY 2: LAKE BLED CASTLE, SLOVENIA

There is only so much I can say about this adventure! I would rather have the photos do most of the talking! So here is a look at how awesome our time was on top of the castle! Of course, it is a MUST to have macchiatone con cacao [macchiato with cocoa] every morning before we do ANYTHING! So, this is what we ordered first!

After the espresso woke us up Jess decided to order some food, but I was still full from the breakfast at the hotel. So I went light, and spoiled myself with a Slovenian dessert that sent my mind into the clouds!

After eating and sipping on some great sparkling white wine, we got up to do what we love to do — PLAY!!

After our fun at the castle, we hopped into the car and headed straight for Croatia. We wanted to get there before it was dark. We had reservations at the hostel House Tina. After we settled into our room, we drove down the road to a restaurant for dinner.

We were pretty beat; after all, we did have a long day. So we headed back to our hostel to shower and sleep. Here’s a snapshot of an outside lounge area there. I thought the place was very charming, welcoming, and comfortable to stay. The hosts were very nice too.

Snapshot of a lounge area at House Tina. Photo taken with my Samsung Galaxy Note II. Rakovica, Croatia, June 2013.

Snapshot of a lounge area at House Tina. Photo taken with my Samsung Galaxy Note II. Rakovica, Croatia, June 2013.

DAY 3: PLITVICE LAKES NATIONAL PARK

Sole Stories Chapter 2, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia, June 2013. Photo © Deja'vu Gallery

Sole Stories Chapter 2, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia, June 2013. Photo © Deja’vu Gallery

Of course, Jess and I started our morning off with some kind of caffeine [no, they didn’t have espresso 😦 ] and breakfast. Our hostel hosts made every guest breakfast, which was lovely. We wasted no time getting ready…before noon we were at the national park. It is so beautiful there, so vivaciously green! It was very humid that day,  but it did not keep us from enjoying the beauty.

Jess and I thoroughly enjoyed our adventures across the border to Slovenia and Croatia! We loved the hospitality, the gorgeous landscapes [I didn’t know it was THAT beautiful], the food, and the languages. We learned “Dober dan” which means Good day/Good afternoon [dobar dan in Croatian] and “Hvala” which means Thank you!

Until next time guys!

Peace,

T.O.

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4 thoughts on “Chapter 2: Dober dan from Slovenia & Croatia!

    • akosmopolite says:

      Thank you Jennifer! I’m not done yet… I’m waiting on the photographer… We have more trips to post. I’m just playing the waiting game lol. I’m trying to be patient. Thanks again 🙂 ❤ Namaste

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  1. Deb says:

    Absolutely loved the time I spent in Croatia several years ago. On one of my trips we visited Lake Bled. It was, and looks like still is, a very beautiful place. Glad you are enjoying your journeys.

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