Monday, 5 November 2012

Flood in Tolmin, NW Slovenia – 5 Nov 2012

We spent the night in the town centre of Tolmin. It rained overnight and lucky for us we were on higher ground. We were not aware of the severe flood warning issued by the National Environment Agency but we did notice that the river level was high when approaching Tomlin the evening before. 

We were not aware of the severity of the flooding until we made our way out of Tomlin.
Our first attempt to get onto route 102 toward the border with Italy was not very successful. Here’s a photo of the flood level at 9.10 am just near the junction to Pokopalisce.

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We were back at the same place an hour later only to find that the water has risen further. Note the partially submerged road signages in the photos below taken at 10.50am.
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Seeing that we could not go towards the border, we decided to back track to Most Na Soci. Unfortunately, that road is also badly flooded. We managed to see how severe the flood is this time around. See the photo below taken at 11.00am.
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Another view of the swollen river:
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We returned to Tomlin town and asked the locals for directions towards the border. We were told of a village road with a bridge that connected back to route 102 that we could take.

Photos of the flood along the road towards Dolje village:
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Is that the bridge that we have to cross??
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Single lane bridge just wide enough.
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Driving on route 102 towards Italy

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More flooded areas en route.
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Sunday, 4 November 2012

Bled, Slovenia (4 Nov 2012)


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Bled Island and the Assumption Church. It’s the only real island in Slovenia.

We reach Bled Castle at around at 10.40am. It’s drizzling and foggy this morning. Temp at 12oC. Armed with an umbrella, I set out for a tour of the castle.

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Colourful old town of Kranj, Slovenia (3 Nov 2012)

We had a late start today, leaving our hotel at Medno at noon for Kranj. It’s 11oC outside and it’s a short 15 mins drive away.

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Friday, 2 November 2012

Ljubljana (2 Nov 2012)

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Dragon Bridge (1900-1901).
Unlike elsewhere, you can find the name of the architect written on most of the signboards here.


Thursday, 1 November 2012

Novo Mesto to Ljubljana (31 Oct –1 Nov 2012)

It’s Halloween today. Here the locals observe Reformation day on 31 Oct and it is a public holiday so almost all shops are closed. The town is pretty quiet too.

We had coffee and spent a good part of the morning arranging our shopping from last night (winter stuff etc) and all the things we had brought along for our trip in our Sorento. Naturally, we had overpacked at the start of this trip and ended up throwing quite a few stuff out.

We left Novo Mesto at about 3pm. Hungry, we went in search of a restaurant. Not an easy thing to find on a public holiday.

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At Zuzemberg we came across Gedzo Restaurant and decided to give it a go. This photo is taken after we had our lunch/dinner. It’s already dark outside. That’s the downside of travelling at this time of the year, you lose daylight super fast.

Autumn colours in Slovenia

Here's a video of our drive north towards Llubjana. It's been drizzling.. so what else is there to do but to sit back and enjoy the drive..



Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Croatia–Border crossing to Slovenia (30 Oct 2012)

Today we headed for the Slovenian border (Jaravski Brod / Metlika).

On the Slovenian side, the custom officer called an insurance agent so we could buy insurance (30 days insurance cost us EUR 217.50). The officer asked to see all our documents especially on our Sorento, including our Malaysian Driving license despite having showed him our International Driving permit. He also questioned us about our Malaysian road tax disc which was still displayed on our windscreen but had expired about 10 days ago. Took us a while to explain that the Malaysian road tax is not the same as MOT and that our Sorento is save to drive. After all the explanation, he wasn’t convinced and wanted us to get their local road tax and test etc. Good thing for us the insurance agent understood and helped us to explain to the officer on the matter. Happy that our Sorento was road worthy, he let us move on. We got our documents checked and stamped, thank the officers and left.

The snow on the hillsides from last night and the winding roads diverted our thoughts from the argument at the border. Even a land slide further down the road creating a small traffic jam did not bother us that much. Driving towards Ljubjana through snow covered villages and mountains was a first for us.We stopped for photos and dad manage to make a tiny snowman too. We drove to Novo Mesto where we stayed the night.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Rastoke, Slunj (28 Oct 2012)

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It's a cold day today. It rained last night and when we woke up, our Sorento had her first snow cover at Slunj

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RASTOKE, SLUNJ

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Water everywhere

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Autumn at Plitvice Lakes National Park (27 Oct 2012)

Here we are at one of the largest national park in Southeast Europe and a UNESCO world heritage site.
Founded in 1949, the park is made up of 16 cascading lakes.

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Monday, 22 October 2012

Bosnia & Herzegovina - border crossing to Croatia (22 Oct 2012)

We drove along the E761. We just love driving along these roads at our own pace taking in the views of the valley and mountains.

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Just 1 km from rest area outside Kupress, driving downhill Dad was stopped for not wearing his seat belt. I was driving and nicely enjoying the winding roads that I did not realise he did not have his seat belt on. We got away with a token 5 Euros, chit chat for a bit and the same policeman told us that UN Malaysian contigent served here. Further down the road, we see empty houses riddled with bullet holes, even cottages belonging to farmers were not spared.

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Travnik (21 Oct 2012)

Travnik is located 90km west of Sarajevo. Photos of Travnik skyline taken from the Medieval Fortress.:

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Friday, 19 October 2012

Bosnia & Herzegovina (19 Oct 2012)–Mostar, Blagaj and onwards to Sarajevo

We started our morning at the Stari Most (Old Bridge) over Neretva River and a visit to the Old Bridge Museum. The museum had quite a lot of information on the Old Bridge since its original construction in 1566. The wooden bridge, as it was then, took 9 years to plan and build. Over the years, it was fortified and strengthened. In 1993, the bridge was completely destroyed in the conflict.

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Bosnia & Herzegovina (18 Oct 2012)– Travel from Klobuk to Mostar

Bosnia & Herzegovina was not on our planned route but we decided to give the country a visit as we were so close to it. We reached the border post at about 10am and within minutes we were stamped in. We bought 5 days insurance cover at the border for 47 Euro (a 3 day cover costs 26 Euro), much more expensive compared to what we paid for Montenegro but we had no choice. 


The scenery that greeted us on entry was breathtaking. It was nice driving down the winding road that took us from Klobuk towards Mostar.


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Vilusi border – Montenegrin border crossing to Bosnia (18 Oct 2012)

We were up just after 7am and the temperature outside was very low (4oC). There were frost on the grass and mist in the air. We packed and headed out just after 8am.

Breakfast at Vilusi
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We came across this café on the way to the border and decided to stop for breakfast. Dad had soup and omelets. Mum and I had coffee and sandwiches.

 
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Breakfast was alright, nothing too fantastic. The lady (we think is the owner), however, was very friendly and showed us around her café. We did not speak each other’s language, so it was mostly pointing and waving and lots of smiles!

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Kotor, Montenegro (17 Oct 2012)

The coastal town of Kotor was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979. Today, the bay of Kotor attracts cruise ships and luxury yachts of all sizes to its shores.


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Street in Kotor

   
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Street in Kotor