Hiking and biking around Velika Planina and Bled

After our day in Ljubljana we met back up with Bostjan to go on our first day hike to Velika Planina.

Velika Planina, Slovenia’s largest alpine meadow, is where the farmers move their animals, particularly cows, in the summer. Not surprisingly then, one thing you see a lot of along the way are cows.

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Exploring Ljubljana

With a population of around three hundred thousand, Ljubljana is not a big city but it has one thing in common with Toronto, and big cities all over the world, a struggle balancing the needs/wants of those who drive and making the city a more livable and walkable place. 

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Arriving in Slovenia

Our trip to Slovenia was organized through a company called Slotrips, more accurately a collaboration between Katy and Domen from Slotrips. They offered a great mix of self-guided and guided itineraries. We’re still mid-trip but I can safely say that they are one of the better organized companies we have ever traveled with.

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Venice in a day – ticking boxes and staying awake

When Katy realized that she would be in Milan for work, we decided to add on some time at the end for a family trip, assuming we would be in Italy, maybe spend time around Florence.

When we started looking into it and noticed just how close Slovenia is, well, let’s just say I’m writing this in Ljubljana.

As it turns out, if you’re visiting Slovenia, it’s often recommended that you fly into Venice as the closest large international airport. What we decided to do, was for Ella and I to fly to Venice and meet Katy who would take the train from Milan. Then, rather than head straight into Slovenia, we would spend the day in Venice so Ella could see where one of her favourite kids books, Olivia Goes to Venice, took place.

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A bucket list item for Katy – A “hut” over the water

The last stop of our Katy Celebration Tour was the Ayada resort in the Maldives. This stop allows Katy to tick-off the “go to the Maldives and celebrate in an overwater villa” item on her bucket list.

Staying in a villa over the water in the Maldives automatically meant we would be staying in a resort a little more on the luxury end than we’re used to. Just how much more luxury started to become clear the moment we landed back in Male, before we even boarded our flight to the Gaafu Dhaalu atoll where Ayada is located.

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Four Blissful days in Dhigurah

I still remember when my mum turned 40. I was 10. I didn’t really get why it was a big deal, but I knew it wasn’t a normal birthday. Afterall, it’s not every birthday where you throw a party and invite all the guests to write messages in marker on the bathroom wall. It’s a milestone event.

As I mentioned in a previous post, with a milestone birthday on the horizon for Katy (of an unknown number), she decided she wanted to tick a few items off her bucket list. As a reminder she had three in particular in mind:

  1. Pay off our mortgage
  2. Swim with whale sharks
  3. Go to the Maldives and celebrate in an overwater villa

So that’s how we found ourselves in the Maldives.

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Suba Aluth Auruddak Wewa – Happy New Year

Our first day of 2019 was our last full day in Sri Lanka. Our itinerary for the day was unfortunately car heavy and took us from Udawalawe National Park south to Mirissa. From there we followed the coast west and then north back to Negombo to catch our flight to the Maldives the next morning. Fortunately we had a few stops along the way to break up the day and stretch our legs.

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Wait… is that palm tree on fire?

One of the nice things about staying in Ella is that you can easily get to a number of hiking trails and things to see that can be easily accessed. One of them is a hike up Little Adam’s Peak which is how we started our fourth day in Sri Lanka.

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Visiting the home of Ceylon tea

Day 3 of our Sri Lankan adventure was supposed to start with with abseiling down a waterfall. Unfortunately, the reality on the ground was that getting to said waterfall was too far out of the way for us to make the rest of the stops on our packed tour.

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A golden temple, magic plants and a sacred tooth

Because this was our first big trip without Ella in years, and because Sri Lanka was an add-on to our trip to the Maldives, Katy put together a pretty packed itinerary. In our 5 days we are covering what most would typically do in two weeks.

Having travelled from Negombo (outside Colombo) to Dambulla – the most northern point of our trip – on our first day, our second day saw us go south toward Kandy.

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