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War Bugs – Dragon Fire, by DJ Lu

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Slovenia Day Trips: The Summit of Mt. Slavnik

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What do you do when ominously dark clouds gather and thunder claps loudly just a few minutes before you’re about to set out for a short drive to a mountain peak?

On this day, we accepted the dare. And, for the most part won. Above is a view to the southeast from the summit of Slavnik, at 1028m (3373 ft), one of the highest mountains in Slovenia’s Istria, a region in the country’s southwest. This view faces Croatia; the border is just a few kilometers to south.

The spare mountainous plateau on which Slavnik sits is known as Čičarija (pronounced Chee Cha Ree Yaa) –Ćićarija in Croatian, Cicceria in Italian– one of Slovenia’s least populated areas, which spans much of the area between The Bay of Trieste and the Kvarner Bay near Rijeka and Opatija, Croatia.

The mountains in this immediate aren’t as picturesquely dramatic as their northerly Alpine cousins, but it’s nonetheless an inviting area whose attraction lies in the views its position affords. Nothing in Slovenia rises higher than Slavnik to the west, thus offering clear views of the Adriatic, the Bay of Trieste, Slovenia’s Julian Alps and Italy’s Dolomites.

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Slovenia’s Pericnik Waterfall – The Only Introductory Guide You’ll Ever Need

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This is the upper falls of the Pericnik Waterfall in Slovenia’s Triglav National Park, probably the country’s most famous falls –and one of its most visited.

The upper falls, which is about 16m (52ft) high, sits atop and feeds the main falls, which drops 52m (170ft) down a rock face that was just behind where I was sitting to take this photo. The water is as refreshing as it looks and spray is everywhere.

Located just off the road from the village Mojstrana to the attractive alpine Vrata valley (map is below), it’s easy to get to and most accessible of picturesque mountain waterfalls.

Reaching the lower falls requires a steep 15-minute scurry up a trail to the left; reaching the ridge top and the upper falls requires another steep hike of 15-20 minutes, but it’s well worth the minimal effort – there aren’t too many waterfalls where you can admire them directly from the top as you stare down a sheer rock face. Take your time; the trail is exposed and well-worn in places and be mindful of the slick surfaces, especially at the upper falls.

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Hello & Welcome!

I'm Bob Ramsak, a reporter, photographer and blogger driven by a lust for travel, art, culture and justice. I have a goal to visit all 195 countries recognized by the UN and then open a small cafe in a quiet seaside setting.

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In the meantime, Piran Café, occupying this space on the web since 2006, is my notebook, an ever-evolving collection of experiences, moments, images, reactions and vignettes, both long-form and short, connected and propelled by those primary passions and published here to inform, inspire, entertain and engage.

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War Bugs – Dragon Fire, by DJ Lu

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