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secrets about sLOVEnia

Updated on December 22, 2013

SUNNY SIDE of The ALPS (Europe)

Why I decided to write this lens about Slovenia?...Not just only and alone to inform you about one of the most beautiful countries in Central Europe (the most Northern Country of Former Yugoslavia), but most of all because Slovenia is deep in my heart. Born, living and working in Belgium, I feel Belgian, I feel Flemish, but with Slovenian blood in my vains. My parents emigrated to Belgium (province of Limburg, near the border with the Netherlands, not far from Maastricht) in the early 1950's, because my father found a job in the coal mines. After he died in an accident (1963), my mother decided to stay in Belgium, because of the wishes of my brother and me.

I'm so grateful to my mother for that decision, for 2 reasons:

1/ I got the opportunity to finish my education, to obtain my master's degree in psychology and family sociology, in the Flemish language, I was familiar with, so I could build my life, my family, my professional career in Belgium...where I'm fully integrated;

2/ My mother also gave me the love for Slovenian culture, language...so I kept feeling sLOVEnian :)

I'm so grateful, thanks to my beloved mother, for the fact, I have TWO motherlands.

A big part of my life was also dedicated to Slovenian culture: songs, music, gastronomy, politics, cultural life, language...

But also almost whole my life I was collaborating in local Slovenian Associations.

You can imagine my happiness, when Slovenia declared her independance from Yugoslavia in 1991, to FEEL the new freedom of Slovenian people, IN Slovenia, but also abroad. On this moment, as Belgian-Flemish citizen, I'm proud of the European membership of my second homeland.

Just take the opportunity in my following modules to learn about Slovenia, on the Sunny Side of the Alps.

In other Lenses you can read about my feelings about Spain, Javea and Salobreña, discovering them the last 12 years.

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Birth of my PASSION to TRAVEL

I certainly believe, my deep passion for travelling was born during my childhood, when we started to travel to Slovenia (period of Former Rep. of Yugoslavia), to visit our relatives. As little family, without relatives in Belgium, my mother has the deep desire to visit them as much as possible. So my passion to travel was born. After Slovenia, I started to discover capitals in Europe... More about this I will unveal in other lenses. Also my feelings for culture, art, music, languages... is connected to Slovenian way of life.

This I will develop in future new lenses.

Prebold, near Celje

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Village where my mother was born, and where most of my Relatives live

Where is Prebold in Slovenia?

A marker -
"prebold,slovenija"
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My TRAVEL Passion

A life history

For sure, my passion for travelling was born during my childhood, when our little family in Belgium started visiting relatives in Belgium. Living, working in Belgium, I experienced this country as my first home country.

Living as Slovenians in Belgium, we integrated totally, BUT we didn't want to be "assimilated". We kept our love and respect for the roots, loving the Slovenian language, habits and living style, songs, music, art, culture, and most of all, the exceptional beautiful nature of the Alp landscapes. So Slovenia became my second home country.

Since I started to travel more the last 12 years, during discovering capitals in Europe, with this passion I discovered also Spain, as my third home country. It means, I feel home and comfortable in 3 European countries, whenever I am in those countries. So I may call myself a lucky guy.

TRIGLAV National Park

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Highest mountaineous area around the mountain Triglav

BREZJE - Marija Pomagaj - Best Known Pilgrimage

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Brezje: place of pilgrimage, situated in Southern part of the Alps

Discover Mountain Area around BREZJE - Order Slovenia Maps

Where is Brezje in Slovenia?

A marker -
"brezje,slovenija"
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sv. VISARJE (Monte Lussari - Italy) - One of the famous Slovenian Pilgrimages

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Place of pilgrimage on a high mountain, situated in the Italian 3-border area

(Austria-Italy-Slovenia).

Feel sLOVEnia

Where is Ljubljana in Slovenia?

A marker -
"ljubljana,slovenija"
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Do you know Slovenia?

What is the Capital of Slovenia?

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Vocabulary Builder Slovenian:

Language fun for the family - All Ages

(PC/Mac)

Talk Business Slovenian

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I feel

sLOVEnia

Escucheon of Slovenia

Slovenian Anthem

Text: Poem of France Preseren (1800-1849)

Past Slovenian Currency?

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What was the Name of Slovenian Currency BEFORE the EURO?

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Slovenian EURO Coin - Member of EU since 2004 - Euro Currency since 2007

On the Coin: Slovenian Poet France Preseren, who wrote the text

of the Slovenian National Anthem.

Do you love vacation in cities? mountains? at some beach?

You just love only city-vacations, maybe only enjoying nature of mountains, or beach holidays?

You just love only city-vacations, maybe only enjoying nature of mountains, or beach holidays?

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      • poldepc lm 5 years ago

        I love all of them; going several times each year on vacation, or holiday trip, so once I do some city trip; but being on vacation in Slovenia, or Spain, I have mountains and beach vacation the same time...

      Ever been in Slovenia? - Do you know Slovenia?

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          poldepc lm 5 years ago

          @StewartClan: you're most welcom, thanking you for your visit, squidlike, votings, and your lovely comment; the weather in Slovenia is "continental"...warm in spring, hot in summer, nice soft in autumn, but severely cold in winters with lots of snow; just like it must be...:)

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          StewartClan 5 years ago

          This looks like a lovely place to visit, I wouldn't have thought of it other than arriving here. Is the weather warm? It looks like it would be. Thanks for this intereseting lens!

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          poldepc lm 5 years ago

          @anonymous: that's a lovely statement...I agree... :) thx for this comment

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Yes Slovenia is most beautiful countries in Central Europe!

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          poldepc lm 5 years ago

          @JoshK47: it is...and you're most welcome; thanking you for visiting my lenses, squidlike and comment

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          JoshK47 5 years ago

          Sounds like quite a lovely place - thanks kindly for sharing!

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          poldepc lm 5 years ago

          @TaniaStar LM: aha :) razumem...seveda obiscem Slovenijo letno, kolikor je mozno; zdaj sem v Spaniji, kjer letno prebivam poletje; v septembru pa grem za krajsi teden obiskat sorodnike...lp, polde

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          poldepc lm 5 years ago

          @TaniaStar LM: you will never regret visiting Slovenia...I can guarantee you THANKS for commenting

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          TaniaStar LM 5 years ago

          Great lens about beautiful country Slovenia. You just have to visit it :)

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          poldepc lm 5 years ago

          @randomthings lm: so my parents emigrated to belgium :) ...Once you will have the chance to visit slovenia; you can verify this beauty of the alps...Thx for visiting the lens, also for you comment

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          poldepc lm 5 years ago

          @anonymous: with pleasure; thx for your visit and comment

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          poldepc lm 5 years ago

          @sherioz: i'm proud of my country, as I'm too of spain, just enjoying it now...thx for your visit and comment

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          peggygallyot 5 years ago

          I would love to visit as I can see that it is a beautiful country

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          poldepc lm 5 years ago

          @peggygallyot: once you will for sure...Thx for the visit and comment...

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          randomthings lm 5 years ago

          I have not been there yet...my grandparents emigrated to the USA in the early 1900s, so I have a great pull to visit Slovenia! Thanks for the great info.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I've wanted to go to Slovenia for years! Thanks for writing this lens :)

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          sherioz 5 years ago

          Looking forward to learning more about this country.

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          poldepc lm 5 years ago

          @Sky-lab LM: I just do the best I can, to express my feelings about sLOVEnia; thx for your nice comment

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          Sky-lab LM 5 years ago

          You made a nice portrait of our country! :)

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          poldepc lm 5 years ago

          @dc64 lm: thanks for your visit and nice comment...

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          dc64 lm 5 years ago

          I would love to visit every country in the world to revel in the culture, but I feel that may never happen, especially since I like routine and structure, and hate to fly. I have a very good imagination and virtually travel to these places, so thanks for being my tour guide.

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          poldepc lm 5 years ago

          @julieannbrady: Thx for your nice comment; "once" you have to try to visit sLOVEnia :):):) The "love" in sLOVEnia was not found by myself; it is the national quote from tourist offices in SLO to promote SLO...but anyway, thx for the comment

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          julieannbrady 5 years ago

          I have been close to visiting, but haven't made it there! Love the "love" you have found in S-LOVE-nia!

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          poldepc lm 5 years ago

          @Ninche: thx so much for your visits squidlikes and comments...A pitty, but I live about 1200km from the Slovenian border :):):):)

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          Ninche 5 years ago

          Yes, I live really close to Slovenian border and have some friends there. Very pretty lens!

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          poldepc lm 5 years ago

          @termit_bronx: aha pravi Slovenec iz domovine?...lep pozdrav iz belgije...:) Predstave je se v pripravi...imamo prevec lepega za predstavite, kajdane?...Hvala za komentar...

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          termit_bronx 5 years ago

          Greetings from Slovenia, thank you for presenting our country in such a positive way :)