The green capital and the city of canals
Arriving to Ljubljana
As we rolled down from the mountains, the landscape changed considerably, but the Alps still loomed in the background. A few hours before arriving to Ljubljana, we had no definite place to stay for as long as we wanted to, but everything worked out at the end.
On our first day, we went on a free walking tour around the city. As we were just starting it, we noticed a bike traveler girl, who had the same Alpkit rollbag as me as seemed to be on a long bike tour too. We decided to stick with the tour, where we learned a lot about Slovenian history and checked out all the famous sites. It was a bit too long though and not that interesting, so we regretted not saying at least hi to her.
Ljubljana has a really nice layout, with the river Ljubljanica cutting it in the middle, cafés on one side, farmers market on the other,with lots of bridges connecting it all. Watching over it all the castle sits on top of a hill in the background. This area is a big car free zone with an abundance of trees and free electric mini taxis roaming around. No wonder it was chosen as the green capital of Europe two years ago.
Meeting interesting people
Starting out in Italy
Before arriving to Italy, we checked out Stanjel, which is a pretty ancient town in Slovenia, with a big castle and some ruins on the top. We had to climb quite a bit to get there, but it was really worth it.
After we crossed the border, we planned to go to Venice. We were in a tricky situation even before getting there, as there are not so many hiding spots for wild camping along the coast. One night we were even forced to sleep in a car park, which was only possible by some friendly Italian’s help.
Getting into Venice with the bikes proved to be even a bigger challenge, because we were quite unlucky with warmshowers and couchsurfing requests, and we received conflicting info whether you could even push the bikes inside the city. Of course we went in, since we are stubborn as hell and we chose this route only because of Venice. But we had to realize at the entrance that we either pay 20 euros to store the bikes in a garage, or find a really good hiding place for them nearby, since it was really impossible to get them inside, not just because we didn’t want to risk a fine.