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We passed through Austria on our way south (to Italy) and then again on our way back. The first time we travelled the Silvretta High Alpine road and the second time we travelled the Grossglockner High Alpine road. The Grossglockner is fabulously scenic...

Overlanding Austria

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We passed through Austria on our way south (to Italy) and then again on our way back. The first time we travelled the Silvretta High Alpine road and the second time we travelled the Grossglockner High Alpine road. The Grossglockner…
<div dir="ltr">We only had 3 nights in Slovenia. Hopefully we'll do some more one day, but at least we did the part called <i>Gorenjska</i>, as well as crossing the Triglav National Park on the <span>Vršič</span><span> pass.</span><br /><span><br /></span>The Slovenia Tourism boards official website (http://www.slovenia.info) says:<br /><blockquote><span><i>"If by some misfortune you were only allowed to visit one region of Slovenia, there is no doubt that Gorenjska would be a good choice."</i></span></blockquote>And, forget the guidebooks! This website has plenty of great information.<br /><br />So, at least we did the best part.<br />On our first night in Slovenia we tried to <i>pamp</i> on the pass going through Triglav National Park. Ourselves and a Spanish <i>ice box</i> (that's what we call the normal white motorhomes found commonly in Europe) were in a parking lot that didn't have any signs telling us we couldn't stay there (whereas other parking spaces did), but a man from National Parks came and told us we couldn't stay within the park. So, with a tremendous storm brewing, and not wanting to continue up through the bends in bad weather, we had to go back down to a campground. The storm struck as we were descending and when we arrived at the campground we couldn't even see more than a few meters in front of Blac.<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-QABj1kftQ2Y/VbCph4J5uiI/AAAAAAAACyw/bZxQc20VBf0/s1600/IMG_0149.JPG"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-QABj1kftQ2Y/VbCph4J5uiI/AAAAAAAACyw/bZxQc20VBf0/s400/IMG_0149.JPG" width="400"/></a></td></tr><tr><td>Crossing Triglav National Park on the Vrsic Pass.</td></tr></tbody></table><br />The next day we crossed the pass, stopping at a cute Russian chapel and a few viewpoints. The pass was built by Russian POW's and many died in an avalanche.<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2OKDK9kALtg/VbCphjlX6AI/AAAAAAAACyo/EByBIhsjC_8/s1600/IMG_0162.jpg"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2OKDK9kALtg/VbCphjlX6AI/AAAAAAAACyo/EByBIhsjC_8/s400/IMG_0162.jpg" width="300"/></a></td></tr><tr><td>The cute Russian Chapel on the pass in Triglav National Park.</td></tr></tbody></table><br />Next stop was Bled. It is possibly Slovenia's number 1 tourist destination and it deserves all the visitors. A pretty lake with a castle on a hilltop, an island in the lake with a pretty church on it, and mountains as a backdrop to everything else. We cycled around the lake, I sampled Slovenian wine (very good), and I hiked! Yes, finally my knee is enough improved that I felt it was okay to try a short  uphill hike. The hike was a difficult one up (611m) to a viewpoint over the lake. I went alone (Hendrik, I think, might have told me to turn back), and slowly. At the top I sat for a long time taking in the splendid view and feeling proud to have done such a difficult (if short) hike 6 months from my original problems, and confident I'd make it down okay, slowly. (I did!)<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-EfMsixX8rhY/VbCpjsrKNiI/AAAAAAAACy0/9Sj0u1E6gg4/s1600/P1340837.JPG"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-EfMsixX8rhY/VbCpjsrKNiI/AAAAAAAACy0/9Sj0u1E6gg4/s400/P1340837.JPG" width="400"/></a></td></tr><tr><td>The view of Bled from Ojstrica Viewpoint. The view was splendid even if I was at the wrong hour of the day for a great photo (at least by going early in the morning I had the view to myself!)</td></tr></tbody></table>Later that day we also did Vintgar gorge. It's a longer hike, but not so difficult and I've been capable of that type of walking for a couple of months. It's also extremely spectacular: a river rushes through the gorge and they've build a walking path along the sides so that it can be visited.<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-cEzPgbZ1iP4/VbCrHYh9OYI/AAAAAAAACzA/SFJ_R2d61xQ/s1600/IMG_0168.jpg"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-cEzPgbZ1iP4/VbCrHYh9OYI/AAAAAAAACzA/SFJ_R2d61xQ/s400/IMG_0168.jpg" width="300"/></a></td></tr><tr><td>Vintgar Gorge, Slovenia</td></tr></tbody></table>Next, we visited another lake (Bohinj) and took a drive through some countryside to find a border crossing without using a motorway (for which you need a vignette, which aren't so cheap for us). In the Slovenian countryside two agricultural systems got our attention as these were done differently to what we'd seen in other parts of Europe and the world. Firstly there were hay drying racks everywhere, with small rooftops. And also, the Beehives, like the one shown below, many of which had wheels under them for moving. Many that we saw were very colourful, although we didn't see any with artworks on them, although it was popular historically in Slovenia.<br />Next was Austria.<br /><br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hL15IqxlIKA/VbCrPq5LCgI/AAAAAAAACzI/OOloLnXiHYo/s1600/P1340847.JPG"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hL15IqxlIKA/VbCrPq5LCgI/AAAAAAAACzI/OOloLnXiHYo/s320/P1340847.JPG" width="320"/></a></td></tr><tr><td>Slovenia beehives.</td></tr></tbody></table><div><br /></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-3FHHSTWy5vk/VbCphkx7z-I/AAAAAAAACys/epnbViTd0eQ/s1600/IMG_0163.jpg"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-3FHHSTWy5vk/VbCphkx7z-I/AAAAAAAACys/epnbViTd0eQ/s320/IMG_0163.jpg" width="240"/></a></td></tr><tr><td>Slovenian hay drying.</td></tr></tbody></table><br /></div>

Overlanding Slovenia

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We only had 3 nights in Slovenia. Hopefully we’ll do some more one day, but at least we did the part called Gorenjska, as well as crossing the Triglav National Park on the Vršič pass.The Slovenia Tourism boards official website (http://www.slovenia.info) says:…
We don't usually visit cities, as I've said before: they're more churches, plazas, and museums. But, I've always wanted to have a romantic gondola ride in Venice. So, H took me there for my birthday!Northern Italy has been fantastic, and Venice has bee...

Northern Italy

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We don’t usually visit cities, as I’ve said before: they’re more churches, plazas, and museums. But, I’ve always wanted to have a romantic gondola ride in Venice. So, H took me there for my birthday! Northern Italy has been fantastic,…

Overlanding in Europe

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I think that most “overlanders” in Europe haven’t heard of the term,  so I’ll just have to keep using the words overlander and overlanding,  and defining them until people get used to it.  For those of you reading that are…
On a recent trip to Holland we parked almongst the other motorhomes at Keukenhof Gardens, and realised that we might be the black sheep of the European Motorhomes.Our Blac doesn't look like other European Motorhomes! (Keukenhof Gardens).

Standing out from the crowd

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On a recent trip to Holland we parked almongst the other motorhomes at Keukenhof Gardens, and realised that we might be the black sheep of the European Motorhomes. Our Blac doesn’t look like other European Motorhomes! (Keukenhof Gardens).…

Home is where the heart is

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For a wedding present we were given an decorative item… white painted heart to put on the wall, the words on it: “Home is where the heart is.” When I opened the wrapping I thought “what will we do with…

A blog about overlanding

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I haven’t been blogging much lately. That’s because I never intended for this to be a blog about my life, but for it to be a blog about overlanding and travel. So, as we found ourselves in Belgium for the…
Often people think that this 'overlanding lifestyle' is really special. But (although it's fantastic) it's not that special, there are plenty of other people driving long term around the world, or a section of the world, in a motorhome or on motorbikes...

Not the only overlanders

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Often people think that this ‘overlanding lifestyle’ is really special. But (although it’s fantastic) it’s not that special, there are plenty of other people driving long term around the world, or a section of the world, in a motorhome or…

No surgery required!

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A couple of weeks ago I posted that I had been told that I’d need surgery to repair my knee. Well, yesterday I finally met with the specialist and said he believes that it is better not to operate and…

Surgery required

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Good news and Bad news….We are very happy that we flew back to Belgium to get my knee diagnosed. It turns out that it is serious and needs to be operated on. But, it’s a relief that it should be able…
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Let there be LED light!

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After spending the best part of two months in Alaska and Canada we were used to having plenty of daylight as we setup camp and prepared the evening meals. Unfortunately, as we headed further south, the nights got darker and…
We have left Venezuela, so it's now probably safe to summarise how I felt about overlanding in Venezuela.To be honest, I was a bit nervous about travelling in Venezuela. I skipped it as a backpacker in 2010, but travelling as we had done across the Guy...

Overlanding in Venezuela

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We have left Venezuela, so it’s now probably safe to summarise how I felt about overlanding in Venezuela.To be honest, I was a bit nervous about travelling in Venezuela. I skipped it as a backpacker in 2010, but travelling as…

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