Can you believe May is almost over? And I don’t just mean Theresa (poor thing, could anyone do that job though, really?) It was a month packed with travels, but the place I’ve been most excited to tell people about is Slovenia. I think I might base a book in Slovenia next. Here’s why.
FOOD & WINE TO DIE FOR
Slovenia has no less than 24 gastronomic areas, and three wine-growing areas. And Ljubljana (the colorful capital) has some of the best food I’ve ever eaten! If you’re headed over, check out the tour by Ljubljana Yum. We munched, chewed, sipped, slurped and giggled our way through 3.5 hours of unbelievably good cuisine and wine with our local guide. We got the lowdown on the city’s history too, so our PacMan style guzzling route doubled as an historic tour. Bonus!
In a romance novel… a bold British wine-merchant gets a tip about the perfect Slovenian blend. But to swill, pour or sell it (and reap the rewards) he must first get past Katja Kovač, heiress to the country’s biggest wine estate. Too bad her daughter is as headstrong as her.
YOU CAN’T BEAT LAKE BLED
Fog clings to mountain peaks, and silver clouds cast reflections in the eye-poppingly pretty Lake Bled. Just an hour and a half from Ljubljana by car, Lake Bled is Slovenia’s most popular tourist haunts, but don’t let that put you off. It was definitely one of my favorite stops. We took a boat to the tiny church in the middle of the lake’s island, where the bell is said to grant wishes!
In a romance novel… Destined for an arranged marriage to a man she doesn’t love, tourist/successful lawyer Melissa (?) makes a wish in a tiny island church. But what happens when the bell brings three very different men, each with the potential to be perfect?
WEIRD STREET ART
Metelkova is the coolest part of town… if you enjoy the feeling of being judged by an army of skin-less bone gremlins, or an oversized spider. This autonomous social and cultural centre in the city centre of Ljubljana is basically a bunch of squats/art spaces covered in graffiti, and it makes for some seriously fun selfie-taking.
In a romance novel…an anonymous, impoverished artist works his talents to the max, creating heartfelt sculptures by night. Who is he? Why does he paint tears on all his women? One snooping reporter vows to locate and reveal him… but what happens when they fall in love?
I love when my travels get the creative juices flowing. Where have YOU been lately, that you’re set on writing more about?
Spread the love, everyone. And happy travels! x