Monday, June 2, 2014

From Kodreti to Divača to Ankaran

May 31st – Today was an uphill and downhill day with winds coming at us no matter which way we turned! We began by biking to Stanjel where there is another castle on a hill.

Stanjel with the requisite castle on the hill!

Biking along we pass a lot of World War I and especially WWII Memorials. This one had a single pine tree topped by the Slovenian and European Union flags. We're still waiting for someone to explain the symbolism and history of these trees to us!

Darrell at WWII Memorial with Tree
We found ourselves in the red soil country that creates a special wine called Teran that our hostess last night had told us about. You can see the soil really is red!

Red soil of karst region with grapes for Teran wine
Near the end of our day, we came to the Lipica Horse Stud Farm. This is where the world famous
Lipizzaner horses have been bred since 1580. We didn’t take the tour of the farm but biked along the white split rail fences and saw some of the renowned white horses in the pasture.

Lipinzzaner Horses at Lipica Farms
As we approached Divača we saw a large sinkhole but didn’t take the time to walk around it. The pattern we’ve been having lately is nice mornings and then the clouds build up in the afternoon and it rains. We have been lucky in making it to our rooms before the sky lets loose!

June 1st – Today was our fastest day of biking yet because we were leaving the hill country and heading to the coast. We had some beautiful long hills to cruise down. We crossed the border into Italy and were only a few km away from Trieste, before we turned south and reentered Slovenia!

Entering Slovenia after a short trip through Italy
I haven't been biking in a skirt (photo above) but this is a skirt - so I flip the skirt part inside the shorts while I'm biking and then I can pull it out when we go to a restaurant, hotel or museum!

We had a picnic lunch beside the Adriatic and then got to our quaint hotel at Vila Andor. Only one day left in our trip!

Darrell with our bike bags at the charming Vila Andor

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