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.
Slovenia is home to a truly magnificent breed of stallion called the Lipizzaner. A breed that dates back over 2,000 years and was the favoured horse for war commanders and European royalty, the pure strength and agility of this horse is unrivaled. BCD went to the government protected Lipica Stud farm to marvel at this breed and see it training for skills such as the High School Dressage and ‘airs above the ground’. Expect to be wowed at the sheer power and elegance of this protected breed. As always, let BCD inform and educate you on the cultural highlights of a destination before you travel!
The 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. Soak up the exuberant Neptune’s Baptism, a procession by boat from Portorož to Piran. Indulge in some thalassotherapy at one of the seaside spas. BCD offers you the up-close and personal experience of seeing Slovenia through the eyes of its locals.
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.
Fascinated by Medieval architecture and spiritual practices? Then 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. Let BCD guide you through this fascinating portal into Slovenia’s culture and, as always, offer ideas for your travels!
Are you a Foodie? A risk-taker? A creative? Then you’ll love meeting renowned chef Ana Ros in this thought-provoking Q & A. With her husband Valter, Ana 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. Find out how she integrates Slovenian heritage and traditions within her food, and what’s she learned from the cuisines of other cultures.
Vida and Joze Koželj’s 200-year family heritage of beekeeping inspired them to set up a museum in their home town of Smarje Sap displaying a brand folk art unique to Slovenia. The honeybee is revered in Slovenia and since the 18th century, painting the wooden boxes used to house the bees has been a cultural tradition, preserving & sharing local folk tales & spiritual beliefs. Let BCD show you these fabulous pieces of folk art, along with commentary from the Koželjs on the paintings’ history & symbolism.
After three years of lobbying by Slovenia, in 2017 the U.N. declared the 20th of May as World Bee Day. Slovenians founded the science of apiculture and 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, and let him share with you the cultural and practical significance of these vital pollinators. Let BCD give you the back story and local perspectives on Slovenia’s' cultural heritage before you travel!