Australian guests hosted by IPA Slovenia

13 Dec 2019

IPA Australia member Ian Hicks and his wife visited Slovenia in October, and Viktor Zupančič, a long-time member of IPA Slovenia, who works at at the Operation and Communication Centre of the General Police Directorate in Ljubljana took great care of the visitors.

Our guests had travelled to Ljubljana from Dubrovnik, where the 64th IPA World Congress took place. Fortunately, Slovenia is small enough, so that in a short amount of time one can visit the majority of attractions. Viktor and his wife Nina prepared an interesting programme for our Australian guests, which was full of activities. The day after their arrival they visited the wonderful landscape of Gorenjska. ‘First, we made a stop at a church in Brezje, then we visited Šobčev bajer. We continued towards Bled, where we took some photos and enjoyed the famous Bled cream cake (kremšnita) with an amazing view of the castle. We also drove to lake Bohinj and Kranjska Gora, all the way to lake Jasna. We finished off the trip at waterfall Peričnik in Mojstrana’.

ausslovOur guests also visited the coastal region (Primorska), where they stopped at the Socerb castle and enjoyed the sea view. ‘In Izola we took a walk at Simon's Bay, we visited Strunjan above Moon’s Bay and rested our eyes on the blue sea. Afterwards, we also took a turn past Piran, Portorož, and Lucija, before returning to Ljubljana. They concluded their day with the visit of a salt room (salt therapy) in Ljubljana, which was their first experience of that kind’, Victor reported.

The visit from our Australian friends was short, but they still managed to explore most of the country. Of course, we could not miss out the Postojna cave. In the Štajerska region Karl Petelinšek and Anita Kovačič Čelofiga welcomed them in the name of IPA Slovenia. As it is a tradition, they stopped in Trojane and had an opportunity to taste our largest doughnut. Karl showed the guests his home with beautiful views, many animals, and a huge collection of medals, won at different sport events. Anita waited for our IPA friends in Maribor, where they exchanged gifts and then visited one of the largest wine cellars in Europe. As it is a custom in the Štajerska region, wine tasting was of course included. On the way to Ljubljana there was a compulsory stop at a beer fountain in Žalec, and kranjska klobasa (kranjska sausage) went great with the beer.

Saturday was dedicated to exploring Ljubljana. Firstly, a photo with a Slovenian policeman in a uniform in front of the Ministry of the Interior was taken. Afterwards the walk around town included the Triple Bridge, the market, Dragon bridge, and the old town. The sightseeing finished with a cup of coffee at Skyscraper with a view of Ljubljana castle, where Victor presented Ian and Nina with some Slovenian products and souvenirs. In the afternoon, it was already time to say goodbye, but with a promise that they will meet again. Happiness and satisfaction were mutual.

Fell in love in sLOVEnia! Why visit Slovenia?

This hidden gem of Europe has all the history and culture of the old world, yet there is no mass tourism. Slovenia is home to hospitable people, wonderful nature and excellent food.ausslov2

Besides traditional touristic attractions, it is also worth visiting numerous other places and events, such as the traditional Ptuj carnival. Postojna cave with the olm is very well known, and you should not overlook lake Bled (especially recommended for romantic souls), our highest mountain Triglav and Idrija, a town famous for handmade lace and a mercury mine that is listed in the UNESCO world heritage list. 

Maribor, where tourism is still developing, is the home of the oldest wine in the world, and people of this region often joke that alcohol can be felt in the air. The small seaside town of Piran will amaze you with exceptional architecture and excellent local cuisine.

Despite being one of the smaller countries, Slovenia is hiding numerous intact nature spots– more than half of its surface is covered in forest! When going on a hiking tour, do not forget the traditional Slovenian cuisine that is particularly delicious in the Prekmurje region. 

Viktor Zupančič, IPA Slovenia

Anita Kovačič, Public Relations IPA Slovenia