The Best of Slovenia

The Best of Slovenia


Hi, I’m Rick Steves, back with more of the
best of Europe. This time, it’s beaches, caves, and Alps – enjoying a cultural workout…in
Slovenia. Thanks for joining us. Tiny Slovenia – with just two million people
– is one of Europe’s most unexpectedly delightful destinations. Located where the Germanic,
Mediterranean, and Slavic worlds come together, Slovenia has a unique appeal. We’ll enjoy the playful architecture and lively
café culture of its capital city, row to a church-capped island, explore the Julian
Alps, descend into a massive cavern, and sunbathe with Slavs on the tiny but inviting Slovenian
coast. During most of the 20th century, Yugoslavia
was on the other side of what was called the “Iron Curtain.” As Yugoslavia broke up into
separate countries in the 1990s, Slovenia became independent after a 10-day war. We
begin in the capital city, Ljubljana. After relaxing at Lake Bled, we loop through the
Julian Alps and the historic Soča River Valley. We end at the Adriatic resort of Piran. Ljubljana feels small. It is, with only about
a quarter-million people. But it’s by far the country’s largest city, its cultural capital,
and a charming place to kick off any Slovenian trip. A fortress has capped Ljubljana’s hill since
Roman times. As if turning its back on its hard-fought history, the city playfully straddles
its sleepy river. Ljubljana is laid-back – the kind of place where crumbling buildings seem
elegantly atmospheric rather than shoddy. In its relaxed pedestrian center, it seems
all roads lead to the main square. Fancy facades and whimsical bridges ornament daily life
with a Slovenian twist. Centuries of rule from Vienna under the German-speaking
Hapsburgs seems to have both inspired an appreciation of the good life and strengthened the local
spirit. The statue of France Prešeren, Slovenia’s greatest poet, reminds locals that their language
and culture are both distinct and worthy of pride. The Triple Bridge – where the town square
joins the river – is both a popular meeting place and a beloved symbol of the city. The bridge seems almost Venetian. That’s because
the architect recognized that Ljubljana is located midway between Venice and Vienna,
and the city itself was – and still is – a bridge between the Italian and the Germanic
worlds. The riverfront market is a hive of activity,
where big-city Slovenes enjoy buying directly from the farmer. Over time, shoppers develop
friendships with their favorite producers. In this tiny country, it seems like everybody
knows each other. Some farmers still use wooden carts to bring veggies in from their garden
patches. The market is a perfect opportunity to connect with the locals. Rick: Dober dan.
Vendor: Dober dan. Rick: Cherries?
Vendor: Yes. Rick: Half kilo. How do you say “half-kilo”?
Vendor: Pol kilo. Rick: This is your farm?
Vendor: Our farm, yes. They are fresh. Rick: Yes, they look good. These scales allow buyers to immediately double-check
the arithmetic…just in case. The Hapsburg days left locals with the old
saying, “Trust is good; control is better.” Half a kilo, it’s just right. The market’s picturesque colonnade is designed
to link the town and the river. It feels made-to-order for conviviality – enjoying a drink or observing
the market action. Nearby, vintners proudly share their wines. These wines, from the northeast
of Slovenia, are considered some of the country’s best. Perhaps Ljubljana’s single best activity is
simply strolling the riverfront promenade and sitting in an outdoor café to watch the
stylish Slovenes strut their stuff. As home to the country’s main university, youthful
Ljubljana is busy with students. An earthquake leveled the town in 1895. It
was rebuilt in the Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles so popular in Vienna, the empire’s
capital at the time. Ljubljana remains a treasure-trove of engaging architecture. This striking building
was designed by an ambitious architect, hoping to forge a uniquely Slovenian style. But the big name in local architecture and
urban design is Jože Plečnik. Like Gaudí shaped Barcelona and Bernini shaped Rome,
Plečnik shaped Ljubljana. He lived in the early 20th century, studied in Vienna, made
his name in Prague, and had his greatest impact right here, in his hometown. The prolific Plečnik essentially remodeled
his hometown with his distinctive classical-meets-modern style. Along with the Triple Bridge and the
market colonnade, Plečnik’s genius for urban design – the ability to connect Ljubljanans
to their city and river – is evident in his Cobbler’s Bridge. Because he loved his town,
walked to work each day, and had to live with what he designed, Plečnik was particularly
thoughtful about incorporating aesthetics, nature, and people’s needs into his work. The house of Ljubljana’s favorite son is on
an unassuming street. But behind the gate, in his garden, the creative world of Plečnik
opens up. Guides, passionate about his work, give meaning to his home. Natalija: So, this is Plečnik’s room, where
he worked, and he slept here. Rick: So his bed right next to his work table.
Natalija: Yes, absolutely. Rick: And a single bed – was he never married?
Natalija: No, he was married to the architecture. But on the other hand, you have here a gilded
sculpture on the top of the ceiling. Some kind of a muse, you know. But if you look
all around, you will see there are many, many personal objects…his glasses, or – for example
– his hat. He was famous by that hat. He was always wearing it and always dressed in black.
Rick: So, Plečnik is very important to the Slovenian people.
Natalija: Absolutely. He left such a strong mark, not only in Vienna and Prague, but definitely
in Ljubljana, because all the land accesses and river accesses are designed by Plečnik.
Rick: And his heritage lives on today as the people enjoy his city.
Natalija: That is the most important. All the bridges are crowded, you know. Architecture
really lives, even nowadays. If this city works for its people and fits
their character, it’s at least in part thanks to Jože Plečnik. In Slovenia, so small and so laced with modern
freeways, virtually every sight is within an hour or two of the capital city. We’re
headed north, into Slovenia’s Julian Alps. Our first stop is the country’s top alpine
resort: Lake Bled. Since the Habsburg days, this is where Slovenes take their guests – whether
kings or cousins – to show off their natural wonders. The castle is striking, as are the views from
the castle. Lake Bled retains an aura of the Romantic Age. Slovenes are particularly fond of their famous
local pastries. The decadent kremšnita artfully sandwiches layers of cream and vanilla custard
between sheets of delicate crust. Lake Bled’s iconic island is the focal point
of any visit. Romantic pletna boats, unique to this lake, ferry visitors back and forth.
Locals still build their pletnas by hand with larch wood from a design passed down from
father to son for centuries. There’s no keel, so the skilled oarsmen work hard to steer
the flat-bottomed boat with each stroke. The island has been a special gathering point
through the ages. Ninety-nine steps lead from the dock up to the summit – and the Church
of the Assumption. A local superstition claims that if you ring this bell three times, your
wish will come true. While no motorized boats disturb the tranquility
of Lake Bled, it does have its human-powered speed boats. Bled is the rowing capital of
Slovenia. Crews stroke rhythmically through glassy waters, merging natural and human grace. Strolling the three miles around the lake,
visitors enjoy ever-changing views. Also enjoying dramatic lake views are handsome villas, mostly
from the 19th century. My favorite was once the vacation villa of
Yugoslav president-for-life, Marshal Tito. Slovenia was one of six republics that united
to make Yugoslavia – a country that existed basically from just after WWI until the 1990s.
Tito, a larger-than-life, strong-arm dictator, was the one leader able to hold that troubled
union together. When Tito ran Yugoslavia, he huddled with
foreign dignitaries – from Indira Gandhi and Nikita Khrushchev to Kim Il Sung – right here.
After Tito died in 1980, his villa was converted into a classy hotel, offering guests a James
Bond ambience. In this high-end suite, you can actually sleep in the dictator’s bed.
And visitors can use Tito’s personal desk for something I bet he never imagined…sending
an email. Here in what was Tito’s ballroom, a mural
survives, telling of World War II heroics. After the Nazis bombed Belgrade and took over
their country, the ragtag gang of Yugoslav patriots, inspired by charismatic commanders,
formed a resistance army. Vastly outgunned, they fought back valiantly, eventually defeating
the German invaders. Tito and his Partisan Army booted the Nazis
without Soviet support. That’s why, unlike his Eastern European neighbors, Tito could
and did chart his own course – independent from the USSR. My friend and Slovenian tour guide Tina Hiti
is joining us to help sort out the Yugoslav puzzle. Rick: I find this propaganda so stirring.
I can see how it would make people just want to wave a flag.
Tina: Yeah, this is a very typical socialist realism propaganda. It was all over Eastern
Europe, and if you look at the picture, you can see the proud workers, you know, carrying
their tools. You can see them with shovels. And then you can see here the true representative
of a strong woman carrying a child and proudly waving the flag. But still, you know, it’s
a propaganda of Eastern Europe – but it was so different over here. We were never inside
the Warsaw Pact. That’s why maybe the faces are a little happier.
Rick: So, how was communism in Yugoslavia different from all the communism we think
about with the USSR? Tina: Well, we chose our way. The “Third Way,”
we called it, and it was a lot different – like we could travel, we had free market economy,
and there were jobs for everybody. The social system was good.
Rick: Tito had some magic ability to bring it together.
Tina: Well, probably his magic ability was that he was a mix of all the nationalities
that included Yugoslavia. His mom was a Slovene, his dad was a Croat, and his wife was a Serb,
so he was the only true Yugoslav there was. Rick: Today, are you happier with or without
Tito and Yugoslavia? Tina: I will say I was happy that I could
live a part of Yugoslavia, but I am happy to be living in European Union as well now. This land has seen lots of change. But one
thing that’s constant is the warmth and hospitality of its people. Tina’s having us over for dinner to meet her
family (Rick meeting family.) Uh-oh, little Anže’s more interested in bedtime
than us. While Grandma and Grandpa take care of him, Tina and Sašo are giving us a peek
at their apartment. They converted the attic of Tina’s childhood home – creating plenty
of space for their growing family. Tina: Here we are.
Rick: Whoa. This is quite a surprise. When you come in, you don’t realize how much is
here. Sašo: It doesn’t show from the outside, does
it? Rick: You wouldn’t know, looking up here.
It looks just like a loft. Sašo: : It’s a secret compartment of our
house. Rick: With Grandma and Grandpa downstairs.
Sašo: Built-in babysitters. This is our living room. This is where we spend rainy afternoons.
Rick: This is very comfortable and very spacious, really. Above Grandma and Grandpa’s…now,
I still can’t get over that, because – I’ve got to say – in America, there is a stigma
about people in their thirties still with their mom and dad, raising their kids upstairs.
Sašo: That’s the usual thing around here. Tina: Very typical.
Sašo: Alright, and this is the little kid’s room…
Rick: Anže. Sašo: …Anže is his name. The room is soon
going to be shared by another baby, which is due in four and a half months.
Rick: In four months? Sašo: We are almost halfway through.
Rick: Anže will have a roommate. This is great.
Sašo: Yeah, ha ha ha. While the two families live separately, they
share lots of dinners. And the hearty local food provides a good foundation for a lively
conversation. Rick: This is very interesting to me, because
this is food I would think about in Germany or Austria or in the north. But, we’re right
in the middle…Italy, Germany. And how does that affect your culture?
Sašo: We are punctual when we need to be punctual. We will be on schedule when we need
to be on schedule. But we can also be really laid back, relaxed, mellow about certain things.
Rick: If you’re angry what would…? Sašo: We will curse. Seriously.
Rick: In Slovene? Sašo: Absolutely.
Rick: What would you tell me? Sašo: I would say, may you get kicked by
a horse Rick: That’s your worst?
Sašo: …or “three hundred hairy bears.” This would be just about our worst.
Rick: Three hundred hairy bears? Sašo: Yes.
Rick: That’s worse than “Your mother wears army boots.” Rick: Gorazd, you grew up with Tito. Are you
nostalgic about Yugoslavia? Gorazd: No, no. Not nostalgic, because now
we live better than in former Yugoslavia. There in former Yugoslavia, there were good
things and also bad things. Maybe one of the better things was for young families, because
they can get apartment, they can get job. Bad things about Yugoslavia was maybe because
there was no good stimulation for good workers. For good or bad workers, the wage was all
the same. Rick: So, Yugoslavia was good for bad workers.
Gorazd: Good for bad workers, yes. Rick: And today, capitalism has changed – good
for good workers. Gorazd: It’s good, yeah. There’s really no better way to get to know
a place, than enjoying a meal with a local family. This northwestern corner of Slovenia – within
yodeling distance of both Austria and Italy – is crowned by the Julian Alps. Exploring the Slovenian countryside, you get
the feeling things work. Valleys that just a generation ago were industrial wastelands
are green and getting greener. Villages gather around Baroque bell towers amid rich farmland.
The unique roofed hayrack is recognized as part of the national heritage. In this unpredictable
climate, hay is hung on the rack to dry. These Alps, with their craggy limestone ridges,
bring to mind Italy’s Dolomites just over the border. Like the more famous Alps of Austria
and Switzerland, the Julian Alps are busy with nature-lovers both winter and summer.
In the center of this region stands Mount Triglav, Slovenia’s symbol and tallest mountain.
Locals claim that you’re not a true Slovene until you’ve climbed Triglav. Vršič Pass, which comes with 50 hairpin
turns, was originally a military road. It was built during World War I by 10,000 Russian
prisoners of war. In 1916, an avalanche thundered down the mountainside, killing hundreds of
these workers. This little Russian chapel, built where the
final victim was found, offers today’s visitors a chance to pay their respects to those who
made this scenic drive possible. At the crest of the 5,000-foot-high pass,
there’s snow even in late May. The road switchbacks down into the valley
of the Soča River. Springy suspension bridges offer a memorable roadside stop. The Soča
continues to cut its way deeper and deeper into this gorge. Tiny bits of limestone – the
geological equivalent of sawdust around here – reflecting under the brilliant blue skies
gives the river its rich turquoise color. While the valley is a favorite for nature-lovers
today, it has its dark side. This was the scene of some of the fiercest fighting of
World War I. With over a million casualties, it was nicknamed the “Valley of the Cemeteries.” This peaceful river valley was known as the
Soča Front, or the Isonzo Front in Italian. Before independence, before Yugoslavia, Slovenia
was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. In 1915, neighboring Italy declared war on the
empire. They quickly took this valley, driving the Austro-Hungarian high into these mountains
– from where the Austro-Hungarians fended off ten bloody uphill Italian offensives. The Kluže Fort keeps vigil over the narrowest
part of the valley, which leads from Italy, through Slovenia, toward Austria. The Austro-Hungarians
knew if their enemies could break through this front, it was a straight shot to their
capital, Vienna. But the Soča Front was 60 miles wide, and
many of the defenses were more crude and remote. Every ridge was strategic. And much of the
fighting was actually done high, way up on the frigid mountain cliffs. The defenses included a web of tunnels that
went all the way to the tops of the mountains. A museum in the town of Kobarid tells the
story of the Soča Front and humanizes the suffering of this horrific but almost forgotten
corner of World War I. This was unimaginably difficult warfare – waged in the harshest
of conditions. Trenches were carved into ice and rock instead of mud, and many ill-equipped
conscripts froze to death. During one winter alone, some 60,000 soldiers were killed by
avalanches. Just above town, a somber memorial to the
Italian attackers was built in the stern Fascist style under Mussolini. It memorializes 7,000
Italian soldiers – victims of just one battle. The poignant reality: costly battles eventually
fade into the history books…like the Soča Front. A short drive takes us into a totally different
landscape: Slovenia’s Karst region – a high, fertile, and windblown plateau. In this land
of stout hill towns and rugged farmers, grapes for the full-bodied local red wine thrive
in the iron-rich soil. Since the limestone upon which everything
around here sits is easily dissolved by water, the Karst is honeycombed with a vast network
of caves and underground rivers. The most dramatic cave to tour is Škocjan.
Visitors begin by seeing a multitude of formations in a series of large caverns. Guides tell
the story as, drip by drip, stalactites grow from spaghetti-thin strands to mighty sequoia-like
stone pillars. In the grand cavern, the sound of a mighty
river crashes through the mist. Chiseled into the wall, the scant remains of century-old
trails evoke the early days of tourism here. It’s a world where a thousand evil Wizard
of Oz monkeys could comfortably fly in formation. Crossing a breathtaking footbridge 150 feet
above the torrent gives you faith in Slovenian engineering. The cave finally widens, sunlight
pours in, and visitors emerge – like lost creatures seeking daylight – into a lush canyon. Nearby, wedged into another Karst-region cave,
is Predjama – one of Europe’s most photogenic castles. There’s been a castle here for nearly
a thousand years. The mouth of the cave provided a strategic place for some feudal lord to
stick his fortified manor house. This version dates from the 16th century. While there’s little reason to go inside,
the castle makes an ideal spot for a scenic drink – and a great capper for our visit to
the Karst region. While neighboring Croatia is famous for its
coastline, Slovenia enjoys its own 29-mile stretch of Adriatic seafront – that’s about
one inch per resident. Its best stop: the town of Piran. Many Adriatic towns are overwhelmed by tourists
and concrete, but Piran has kept itself charming and in remarkably good repair while holding
the tourist sprawl at bay. Crowded onto the tip of its peninsula, Piran can’t grow. The
main square was once a protected harbor…until it began to stink so badly, they had to fill
it in. A colorful mix of work and pleasure boats fill today’s harbor. These days, Piran’s walls are inviting rather
than defensive, and the town is simply an enjoyable place in which to relax. Explore
the evocative back lanes. Hike up to the cathedral, scale the Venetian-style bell tower. On top,
catch your breath by enjoying views of Piran and nearly the entire Slovenian coastline. The traffic-free harborfront – lined with
Slovenes enjoying fresh seafood – is made-to-order for a stroll. Swimmers frolic, while sunbathers
claim more than their share of the national coastline. Piran clusters around its showpiece square,
Piazza Tartini. As with most towns on the Adriatic, it was long ruled by nearby Venice
and retains its Venetian flavor. In fact, the town’s officially bilingual: Slovene and
Italian. Today, the square is enjoyed by visitors and locals of all generations – savoring the
good life where the Slavic world, the Alps, and the Mediterranean all come together. This fascinating and offbeat corner of Europe
is one more example of the Continent’s many hidden charms. I hope you’ve enjoyed Slovenia.
I’m Rick Steves. Until next time, keep on travelin’. Credits: This time it’s beaches, caves and alps and
enjoying a little cultural workout in Slovenia. Thanks for joining us.

100 thoughts on “The Best of Slovenia

  • March 19, 2019 at 10:55 pm
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    Been to more than 20 countries in Europe, Slovenia is just my type of vacation country, the peaceful environment, the breath taking landscape, the nice people…
    Will come back for my honeymoon 🙂
    Much love from Cambodia

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  • March 24, 2019 at 4:19 pm
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    Very beautiful,gr. from the Netherlands

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  • March 26, 2019 at 6:13 am
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    Very nice and beautiful 👌👍

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  • March 31, 2019 at 12:19 pm
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    Slovenia is the sweetest ,the prettiest ,the most soul-soothing country on the Earth !

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  • April 1, 2019 at 9:26 am
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    I love Slovenia. Same as Indian State Himachal Pradesh. Love you Slovenia from India

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  • April 6, 2019 at 1:14 am
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    Oh, WHY are Americans so uniformed?! Yugoslavia was never behind "iron curtain"… you should be embarrassed….😯

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  • April 17, 2019 at 9:20 pm
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    Southern Austria…boring and cold.

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  • April 25, 2019 at 8:48 am
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    Hi Rick Steve. I've watched all of your "The Best of Europe" YouTube videos… And I anticipated that there will be more of it. 😊. I hope you have a chance to feature for "The Best of Asia" or Philippines.😊 🇵🇭👍✌️👏.

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  • April 25, 2019 at 9:21 am
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    I never been into any of European countries but I absolutely like all "The Best of Europe", especially when I started as one of the subscribers of Rick Steve's YouTube channel; it seems like I'm already in Europe.
    I almost finish traveling the European countries… Thanks to Rick Steve 😊👍👏.
    Scotland, Slovenia, Croatia, Italy and among others are some of my favourite countries to visit at least once in a life time. ❤️ from the Philippines 🇵🇭. 👍👏😘

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  • May 8, 2019 at 6:01 am
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    What a lovely country, greetings from Philippines! 💙

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  • May 13, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    I see what you tried to do with your word play at 2:06 . . . Ljubljana used to be called Laibach (Laibach – Laid back), very tricky Mr. Steves', very tricky 😉

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  • May 15, 2019 at 5:30 am
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    Thanks, Rick! Slovenia looks like a charming country.

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  • May 16, 2019 at 5:45 pm
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    Slovenia looks very beoutiful,I never understood why the Sloveens ever thout they had any lincks with the Slavs and the Serbians?,formed a Kingdom,Yugoslavia whit them.

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  • May 19, 2019 at 3:02 am
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    Kraski Teran my favorite wine.

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  • May 19, 2019 at 11:56 am
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    Awash Melkassa? How?

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  • May 20, 2019 at 6:48 am
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    The Countryside looked scenic to me. The cities had interesting artitecters. But I I'm not a huge fan of Cities. The countryside showed however was very nice.

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  • May 23, 2019 at 11:35 pm
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    First Lady Home country🇸🇮🇺🇸

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  • May 24, 2019 at 7:10 am
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    zz heart is Ricksteve or Rick Steve is my heart…………..
    Proverbs 4:23 New International Version (NIV)
    23 Above all else, guard your heart,
        for everything you do flows from it.

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  • May 24, 2019 at 7:25 am
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    1 Corinthians 15:10….10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.

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  • May 25, 2019 at 4:59 pm
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    I'm scared of visiting these European countries .i dnt want to go there anyday

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  • May 29, 2019 at 3:10 pm
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    WHERE IS POSTOJNA JAMA?

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  • June 1, 2019 at 11:07 am
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    A wonderful video. I went to Slovenia in 2015 and stayed in the beautiful village of Kransja Kragora a ski resort. From the village there was a local bus service to Ljubljana which I went on, a beautiful city, I also took in Bled Lake and visited the castle there. At our ski resort village there was nightly entertainment in the village square opposite the beautiful church. Myself and my partner spent two memorable weeks in Slovenia during a really hot summer, certainly one of my favourite places in Europe to visit and being in the moutains similar to Austria. Greetings from the UK.

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  • June 3, 2019 at 10:55 pm
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    Thank you Rick for sharing this beautiful video of my beautiful country, my Slovenia. ♥️♥️♥️

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  • June 9, 2019 at 6:25 pm
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    The great video made by the gentleman.

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  • June 11, 2019 at 7:32 am
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    Truly a hidden gem. Planning to visit soon!
    Love from India.

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  • June 13, 2019 at 8:11 pm
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    Our USA First Lady is from Slovenia. She Is a fine First Lady and represents the USA Excellent.

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  • June 17, 2019 at 10:50 am
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    I didn't know this country is wounderful and very beautiful 💕

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  • June 19, 2019 at 7:28 am
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    It's very nice think

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  • June 19, 2019 at 9:53 pm
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    Slovenia is beautiful everywhere you go! And most people don't even know it's a country, lol

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  • June 28, 2019 at 5:08 am
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    When is "Rick Steve's Asia or Africa" episodes coming ?

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  • June 29, 2019 at 5:01 am
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    15:33 Quoting that in an International Economics paper

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  • July 4, 2019 at 10:43 am
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    Love from India… Love to visit…

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  • July 6, 2019 at 8:41 pm
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    I am from slovenija

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  • July 8, 2019 at 5:51 am
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    Brit Ambassador, just another spy. What's new. He aught to shut his mouth and watch as Prince Andrew is taken down by Epstein Documents. MAGATrump2020usus.

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  • July 14, 2019 at 10:35 am
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    wow amazing, very beautiful country.

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  • July 15, 2019 at 12:42 pm
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    SMEĆE OD DRŽAVE I NARODA

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  • July 15, 2019 at 2:57 pm
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    Slovenia is much more of a Western European country than its former brothers (croatia, montenegro, serbia…)

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  • July 17, 2019 at 1:19 pm
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    NICE COUNTRY WITH BAD GYPSIS !

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  • July 18, 2019 at 7:48 pm
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    Great video of a beautiful place.

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  • July 18, 2019 at 7:56 pm
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    Thank you.

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  • July 19, 2019 at 6:01 am
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    All of your videos are great

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  • July 20, 2019 at 6:55 am
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    Never behind a 'iron curtain'.
    Learn history!! 🤨

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  • July 21, 2019 at 4:03 am
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    Slovenia is beautiful….

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  • July 22, 2019 at 4:33 am
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    Beautiful

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  • July 22, 2019 at 7:35 pm
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    Slovenia is a hidden gem. Worth visiting.

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  • July 27, 2019 at 3:33 am
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    I love slovenia greetings from mexico

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  • July 29, 2019 at 2:25 pm
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    Thanks for the great images.

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  • July 29, 2019 at 9:07 pm
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    Omg it was a wonderful and amazing place very interesting,i really wish and hope that I really come over in this country,thank u for the video 😇😇

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  • July 30, 2019 at 3:45 pm
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    Prelepa zemlja!

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  • August 1, 2019 at 9:16 am
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    very uncommon to walk in a Slovenian house with shoes !!

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  • August 1, 2019 at 12:39 pm
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    This is probably the best presentation of my country on youtube! Great work, come back and add a presentation of the eastern part of Slovenia

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  • August 7, 2019 at 4:49 am
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    Beautiful video, thank you very much.

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  • August 7, 2019 at 8:55 am
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    We was visited the country Slovenia. A very nice place , beautiful country.

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  • August 9, 2019 at 3:51 am
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    Wish I were there. Do the people speak English

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  • August 10, 2019 at 10:38 am
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    I knew a girl called Kaja from Slovenia. No wonder she was so nice.

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  • August 10, 2019 at 5:51 pm
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    Slowenien ist wunderschön.

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  • August 11, 2019 at 9:19 pm
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    Well the reason why it's still a stigma is re have a heck of alot more room.theres tons of houses.theyre country is like the size of what Minnesota?

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  • August 12, 2019 at 12:20 am
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    I always go thru Slovenia when going to Italy, never put Slovenia as a final destination while traveling and this spring I'm changing that! Whenever I'm on twisty roads of Slovenia I get overwhelmed by nature and beautiful scenery, people are welcoming and always friendly, Slovenia proves that you don't need size to be GREAT!
    Pozdrav za Slovence iz Srbije, prelepu državu imate! 💙

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  • August 12, 2019 at 1:41 pm
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    I love Slovenia

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  • August 13, 2019 at 7:13 am
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    Looks cleaner than my country (The Philippines)

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  • August 21, 2019 at 4:46 pm
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    I wanna move to slovenia.

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  • August 23, 2019 at 11:33 am
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    Europe is beautiful 😍

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  • August 26, 2019 at 6:43 am
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    Greetings to beautiful Slovenia 🇸🇮 from Greece 🇬🇷. 🇬🇷❤🇸🇮

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  • August 26, 2019 at 8:59 am
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    Slovenija je res prečudovita tako da jo priporočam vsem 🙂
    Slovenia is truly amazing so I recommend it to everyone 🙂

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  • August 27, 2019 at 5:57 pm
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    Slovenia is a perfect example of the saying "Good things come in small packages." It's one of Europe's small gems.

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  • August 28, 2019 at 6:10 am
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    Women who wear glasses and have a drink have very sexy breasts

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  • August 30, 2019 at 11:16 am
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    Ja tle je lepu

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  • September 14, 2019 at 5:54 pm
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    Beautiful ! On my bucket list..after retiring ,healthy and still in shape ,will enjoy it !

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  • September 15, 2019 at 3:52 pm
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    when was this filmed? very nice documentary, i am from the slovenian coast myself

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  • September 22, 2019 at 2:16 pm
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    Can anyone make a comparison between Ljubljana and Maribor? Thank you very much.

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  • September 25, 2019 at 11:54 am
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    🤩Thank you Rick…u r a nice man.Pls visit India,the land of Yoga,spirituality n philosophy!
    Love from India!💖💚💖🙏🙏🙏

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  • September 26, 2019 at 5:55 pm
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    Wow!!! I'm fall in love with…….

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  • September 27, 2019 at 6:42 am
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    We were never behind the Iron Curtain. Our borders have always been open.

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  • September 28, 2019 at 10:29 pm
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    Awesome???!!!! 🇸🇮

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  • October 11, 2019 at 8:33 pm
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    Piran is Italian Venetian

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  • October 11, 2019 at 8:33 pm
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    Pirano

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  • October 15, 2019 at 4:04 pm
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    I am from japan.l went to Slovenia to meet my aunt.Slovenia was so beautiful !

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  • October 20, 2019 at 8:04 pm
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    Toj nasa drzava, najaca. Sam sama skoda da je Jugoslavija razpadla – res smo ga vladal.

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  • October 23, 2019 at 3:08 am
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    Slovenia is one of the most underrated countries in Europe!

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  • October 25, 2019 at 10:03 am
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    george clooney on 4:20

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  • November 3, 2019 at 2:49 am
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    There's a shortage of blondes in Slovenia.

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  • November 4, 2019 at 5:32 am
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    Ayyyyy that’s my family’s museum

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  • November 13, 2019 at 7:43 pm
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    FACK YOU GO SLAWS FROM ALL YU.

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  • November 23, 2019 at 1:45 am
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    Dear Slovania, wish to in that heaven in my life in a couple of years. One of the best places to live. How nice ppl… God bless u all n God bless that beautiful land.

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  • November 26, 2019 at 7:41 am
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    Two words: Luka Dončić

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  • December 2, 2019 at 10:45 pm
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    I live in Slovenia and is sucha beutifoul country you should tottaly visit Bled & Bohinj i'm amazed how beutifoul this places are

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  • December 9, 2019 at 12:23 pm
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    i'm from Piran madafakaaaassssss. The most beautiful town. My birth town.

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  • December 21, 2019 at 9:06 pm
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    Yugoslavia was never under the iron curtain!

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  • December 23, 2019 at 10:26 pm
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    Rick how you call TITO dictator? how you discover that !? He deliver free health care for all, very cheep food with good quality and houses for all , free education inside and outside the country's but you dont care of that..

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  • December 31, 2019 at 1:54 pm
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    I’m from slovenia and i’m happy that i live in one of most beautiful places on earth

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  • December 31, 2019 at 2:17 pm
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    Yugoslavia wasnt on the other side of iron curtian, thats just wrong

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  • December 31, 2019 at 9:15 pm
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    Im a slovenian and yes its beautiful But why didnt you visit the east side of Slovenia.
    In slovenian "lepo potovanje"
    Nice trip

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  • January 3, 2020 at 6:48 pm
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    Hello Rick Steves!

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  • January 6, 2020 at 7:24 pm
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    We landed in Belgrade back when Tito was still in power. My crew and I found Tito to be a nice dictator, frankly. Because we had to get to Budapest to work a flight to Toronto the following day, and getting across the border into Hungary turned out to be a royal pain. In fact the Communist guards disallowed us entry at all. So we had to limo all the way back to Belgrade and wait for the morning's flights into Budapest, where the young women at the Hungarian airport shops asked us to smuggle letters into Canada for them, as everything in Hungary was censored. By comparison, Tito was a great leader, and I'm not kidding. Loose, and not a monster at all. This all occurred in approx. 1974; not sure. We were in no way hassled in entering Yugoslavia.

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  • January 7, 2020 at 7:09 am
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    And as always everyone forgets the eastern part of Slovenia (Maribor, Ptuj, Celje, Murska Sobot ..)

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  • January 11, 2020 at 8:20 pm
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    Slovenia is the Switzerland of the Balkans 😂, and i love it, they are very corny and friendly, good people 🇷🇸

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  • January 12, 2020 at 5:28 am
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    One of the places on my "To visit" list. Beautiful country indeed, and I love Rick Steves videos.

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  • January 12, 2020 at 7:29 pm
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    Slovenija je sicer majhna, vendar zelo lepa. Jaz živim v Ljubljani v novih Jaršah.😃

    Slovenia is small country, but it is very beautiful. I live in Ljubljana in the part called nove Jarše.😃

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  • January 12, 2020 at 7:31 pm
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    Jugoslawija wa fül besere wie jezt !!jedes republik alein.Für mich ist selbe wie amerika get aus andere.für folk ist das sechr schlim,traurig.scheis unsere politik …und jezt mit eu ist noch schlime…

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  • January 16, 2020 at 11:29 am
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    Vsi Slovenci roke gor!!! Hvala da sem si v tem zivljenju, izbrala to drzavo🌈.

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