Slovenia

Faces of Slovenia

Have you ever thought of traveling to Slovenia? BCD highly recommends this gem of a country! About the same size as Massachusetts, Slovenia is small but has a wide range of landscapes that span the Julian Alps and the Adriatic coast! Let us show you some of the warm & welcoming people we crossed paths with in Libujana, Piran, Radovljica and Soca Valley to name a few Slovenian locales! Here is a slide show of some of the smiling faces BCD encountered on our journey across Slovenia, set to traditional folk music.

Faces of Slovenia

Piran Salt: Slovenia's Adriatic Sea Salt Harvesting

Home to the world famous Piran Salt, the Slovenian coastal towns of Piran and Portorož are located on Slovenia’s 28-mile stretch of Slovenia’s Adriatic coastline, and are awash in customs associated with the sea. Experience the area’s historic salt-harvesting and maritime traditions with a visit to Sečovlje Salt Pans and by attending the annual St George Festival, which celebrates divine intervention rescuing fishermen from a thunderstorm.

Piran Salt: Slovenia's Adriatic Sea Salt Harvesting

Slovenia’s Sticna Monastery Illuminates Manuscript Tradition

A visit to Slovenia’s Sticna Monastery is a must! Walk the hallowed halls where more than 70 illuminated manuscripts were created by monk scribes between 1175 - 1181. Channel your inner scribe by having a go at calligraphy! Admire the cloisters, beautifully painter by John of Ljubljana. Sticna Monastery resonates with a legacy of rich traditions.

Slovenia’s Sticna Monastery Illuminates Manuscript Tradition

Ana Ros of Hisa Franko Restaurant: On Risk & Re-Learning Traditions

Ana Ros is co-owner of Hiša Franko restaurant in Slovenia's Soca Valley, where she designs creative dishes with strong flavours and locally sourced ingredients. Let her share her ‘Kilometer Zero’ philosophy, how she combines innovation with tradition, the pros & cons of working with your spouse, and the benefits of being open-minded. She integrates Slovenian heritage and traditions within her food, and what’s she learned from the cuisines of other cultures.

Ana Ros of Hisa Franko Restaurant: On Risk & Re-Learning Traditions

Slovenian Beekeeping: The Poetry of Agriculture

Slovenian beekeeping is a unique form of art in Slovenia. The honeybee is revered in Slovenia and and beautifully painted Slovenian bee hive panels are used to house the bees - sharing a cultural tradition, preserving Slovenian folk tales & local spiritual beliefs.

Slovenian Beekeeping: The Poetry of Agriculture

Slovenian Beehives and Lessons in Harmonious Living.

Slovenian bee hives are an art form in Slovenia, and Slovenian beekeeping is a culturally important tradition. After three years of lobbying by Slovenia, in 2017 the U.N. declared the 20th of May as World Bee Day. Slovenians are champions of honeybees and their essential contribution to our ecosystems. Meet Blaz Ambrozic, the Honey King of Selo Village and one of Slovenia’s youngest beekeepers

Slovenian Beehives and Lessons in Harmonious Living.

Easter Baskets in Slovenia: At Tustanj Castle

Ever wonder how other countries celebrate Easter? Or how and where certain universally-practiced traditions originate from? Let BCD share with you Slovenia’s Easter traditions. Get a tour of Tuštanj Castle, owned by Pirnat Family since 1874; learn about the castle’s rich heritage before heading to its 17th century chapel where Easter service is conducted and the traditional Easter baskets of the local townspeople are blessed.

Easter Baskets in Slovenia: At Tustanj Castle