Slovenia, Meadows and Hamster tractors

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Very easy pass from Tarcento in Italy led me to Kobarid in Slovenia, a town famous in WW1 as Italian supply town. The front line astonishingly followed the peaks of a ridge of mountains that form part of the Alps. Krn (2250m) was the scene of many grizzly battles that ran for years in the winter and summer. Casualties numbered in the 100’s of thousands. Its interesting to note how the museums in Italy focus on the logistics, bravery, courage and harsh conditions endured where as the museums in Slovenia portrayed it as an invasion by Italians and Germans who came as liberators, only to find a population who had a different culture and language and didn’t really want them there.

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high up on these mountains the Italians and Germans slogged it out with the Austro-Hungarian empire

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Kobarid WW1 museum

I now realise what I’ve missed so much in northern Italy, its meadows. My route can be described as Alpine meadow where farmers hang the freshly cut grass on wooden racks to dry in the sun. I love the name of the tiny two stroke tractors that are used for general farm duties, ‘Hamster’.

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This river had my name on it. Although it as a warm day, the waters were glacial. I didn't stay for long after that!

Then to Tolmin where I met a mechanical engineer who had moved back to his home area after a much wanted job offer. I was given the low down on places to visit and more importantly, food to try.

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Recommended local speciality, Frikka. Chaddark (a mozzarella like cheese), potato, onion omelette. Not the healthy option, but just what I need

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WW1 Cemetery

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Gorge

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A cave that you could just walk into. It was very cold inside.

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Gorge

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War memorials are common, they often relate to an event the took place right on that spot. This is from WW2

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Reminders of the action seen in the past

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Beehives in a truck

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Wood in, planks out

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First lake visited, Bohinjsko jezero. Crystal clear water, swarming with fish and just about warm enough to swim in.

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4 thoughts on “Slovenia, Meadows and Hamster tractors

  1. Anonymous

    Interesting what you said about the museum’s recollection of history. While in Osaka I went to the Japanese Museum for Peace just banged on about how awful the Americans were for dropping 2 A-Bombs on them.

  2. Interesting what you said about the museum’s recollection of history. While in Osaka I went to the Japanese Museum for Peace just banged on about how awful the Americans were for dropping 2 A-Bombs on them.

  3. Renaud et Kristell

    HI John,
    We hope your travel follow to be good!
    We don’t know if you are steel in Slovenia, us we are back in France, and we are very happy to have seen this country!
    Nice to have meet you!
    Bonne continuation!
    Renaud et Kristell, les deux français du camping Vili près de Tolmin

    • Croatia now, about to go home for my brothers wedding.. Looking forward to that, then back on the road.. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday, Slovenia is great, its quite busy here in Croatia..

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