One more sleep and we'll be heading home. Taxi is arranged to pick us up at--are you kidding me?--5 a.m. Flight is at 6:45.
Said goodbye to Venice.
Crammed 9 people and one "Ferrari"(ride-on toy) into a van headed to Ljubliana.
Went for our last meal in Ljubliana.
Saw even more cool things in Ljubliana:
Came full circle as we walked the same lane to our hotel after dinner as we did from our first hotel in Ljubliana.
Tucked in early in our triple room. Did I mention 5 a.m.!!
Now here's the best of the best. Cue the tear jerking, triumphant music and imagine the images of these great moments projected in slow motion.
Most crowded: Venice
Most unique: Postojna caves
Most surprising find: Piran salt pans
Most awe inspiring: Murano glass demonstration
Most verklempt moment: Ratzendorf
Most serendipitous: Baroque concert in Maria Saal
Most old-world elegant hotel: Quattro Fontane, Lido
Most high end hotel: Arcotel, Klagenfurt
Most beautiful terrace: Miracolo de Mar, Piran
Most able to charge anything electronic anytime: Mike
Best farmer's market: Klagenfurt
Biggest pretzel: farmers market, Klagenfurt
Most stairs: path to slap Savica (waterfall)
Highest heights: Bohinj gondola
Lowest depths: Postojna caves
Best alarm clock: Mike (needs a snooze button)
Best blogger: Karen
Best editor: Dianne & Mike
Best server: George at Julia's
Most gassy: Mike
Most disappointing: seeing a McDonald's on Venice
Most bossy: Karen (no she's not)
Most snotty (ie congested): Dianne
Best navigator/map reader: Karen
Best decipherer of street/water travel: Dianne
Best expression: Mike's: What is that, a ham sandwich?!
Best breakfast: Quattro Fontane hotel, Lido
Best chocolate: salted dark chocolate, Piran
Best pizza: Dvor Pizzaria, Ljubliana
Most inviting city centre: Ljubliana
Best transportation: Venice's water busses
Most enthusiastic travel info lady: Novo Mesto
Most pastoral: Pollandl & Obcice
Best laugh: Mike spitting out his first taste of Gorgonzola
Best purchase: umbrellas & wellies
Best main course: Michael's smoked Gouda and pancetta ravioli, Julia's in Ljubliana
Best appetizer: raw scampi & sea bass, Piran
Best chocolate cake: Cacao, Ljubliana
Best bread: Bohinj
Best oil: pumpkin
Best panoramic view: Ljublianski Grad overlooking entire city
Best showerhead: hotel Pri Mraku, Ljubliana
Best ice cream: Piran
Best smell: Jasmine bushes, Piran
Best bouquet: lilacs from Ratzendorf, lily of the valley from Klagenfurt and jasmine from Piran (our own bouquet)
Most blisters: Dianne with 5 in one day on two feet
Best drink: Borovnicevek
Best beer: Slovenian Union
Best shopping: Murano
Most lost: Venice day 2
Most spontaneously helpful: Guesthouse Stari Tisler
Most eccentric artist: Bobi, Lake Bled
Most gracious: Quattro Fontane, Lido
Best insider knowledge: Miracolo de Mar, Piran
Best idea for 3 travelling: putting meals, hotels & attractions on one credit card
Best fortress: Predjama castle
Best hotel booking website: booking.com
Best prepared: Dianne: pharmaceutical collection and blister relief
Best sounds: birds & church bells
Best travel companions: US!
Most fearfully anticipated visa bill: OURS!! Mike is wanting to start a non profit "Siblings See Slovenia Society" to off-set travel expenses