And, breathe…

Just as I was this time last year, I am currently emerging from a six-month spell of heavy-duty travel research and writing – and damn it feels good to have the monster deadlines behind me.

Despite the stresses and long days of writing, it’s been another fabulous period for enriched travel and supercharged sightseeing. It began just after Easter, when I took off for nine weeks of island-hopping through the Cyclades group of Greek islands (including the megastar islands of Mykonos and Santorini). That was two months of Greek cliche overload: whitewashed villages, crystal-clear seas, beachside tavernas, etc etc. It was also a slog at times, on and off ferries to reach 24 islands.

I was home in June for just under four weeks, before packing my bags again and heading back to Europe. This time: Slovenia, an incredible surprise package, and a six-week trip of wonder (how does a country half the size of Tasmania pack in so much treasure?).

My favourite element of travel in Slovenia is the diversity found there, from the Alps to the Adriatic Sea, enormous underground caves to fairy-tale-worthy lakes. It’s a remarkable places that swings from snowcapped mountain peaks, to Tuscan-style rolling hills covered with vineyards, to coastal towns rich in Venetian heritage. I adored it, even if the Euro-summer heatwave took its toll on my energy levels at times. It was more than worth it for these lovely panoramas…

Perfect chapel at Kamniška Bistrica

A picture-perfect chapel at Kamniška Bistrica

 

Cable-car views and mountain peaks, Velika Planina

Cable-car rides and mountain peaks, Velika Planina

The church-topped island in Lake Bled

The church-topped island in Lake Bled

Hot-air ballooning over Lake Bled

Hot-air ballooning over Lake Bled

Lake Bled gets all the attention, but Lake Bohinj is just as spectacular

Lake Bled gets all the attention, but Lake Bohinj is just as spectacular

Views everwhere - including from a hotel car park in Bovec

Views are everwhere – including from a hotel car park in Bovec

The water of the So?a River is an impossibly beautiful colour

The water of the Soca River is an impossibly beautiful colour

The serene lake views from Most na So?i

The serene lake views from Most na Soci

Piran - easily the prettiest town in Slovenia

Piran – easily the prettiest town in Slovenia

Exquisite sunset light in Piran

Exquisite sunset light in Piran

Just a castle inside a cave - at Predjama

Just a castle inside a cave – at Predjama

Magnificent frescoed hall in Brezice

Magnificent frescoed hall in Brezice

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