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KOPER, SLOVENIA

Someone has said that if you can place Slovakia, Slovenia and Slavonia you know your European geography. Koper is Slovenia’s only seaport so definitely it is a working port. We did a lot of tendering on this part of the cruise and Koper was a tender port. There were available excursions to Lake Bled and the Julian Alps as well as Ljubljana, both excellent destinations which we had visited a year ago. One thing we learned on that trip is that Slovenia is riddled with a network of caves: even one requiring a train trip for a mile into the cave [then segregation by language for a very quick paced walk through the most scenic areas]. We chose a half day excursion to Poroz, a modern resort and as such not too interesting and Piran, a preserved medieval town with many photo opportunities. a lovely port and fortifications dating back to Venetian rule and Byzantine threat . On a personal note I grew up in a rust belt city with a large population of Slovenians. I was a pretty faithful listener to The Slovenian Hour on the radio Sunday mornings: it was preceded by the Hungarian hour and followed by the Polish hour. An accordianist on the dock was playing tunes straight from the Slovenian Hour and it brought a tear or two to my eyes.

Later in the day we went walkabout in the main town: The towns along this coast tend to have cathedrals on the model of Saint Mark’s as did both Piran and Koper. There is an interesting Venetian city hall on the main square and a small old town where cars are excluded.
KOPER, SLOVENIA:  A WORKING PORT
KOPER, SLOVENIA: A WORKING PORT
KOPER, SLOVENIA  MORNING MISTS
KOPER, SLOVENIA MORNING MISTS
PIRAN, SLOVENIA
PIRAN, SLOVENIA
PIRAN, SLOVENIA  OLD TOWN
PIRAN, SLOVENIA OLD TOWN
PIRAN, SLOVENIA  WINDOW
PIRAN, SLOVENIA WINDOW
PIRAN, SLOVENIA  TARTINI SQUARE AND CATHEDRAL
PIRAN, SLOVENIA TARTINI SQUARE AND CATHEDRAL
PIRAN, SLOVENIA  GIUSEPPI TARTINI
PIRAN, SLOVENIA GIUSEPPI TARTINI
PIRAN, SLOVENIA  PORT
PIRAN, SLOVENIA PORT
PIRAN, SLOVENIA  KNOCKER COLLECTION
PIRAN, SLOVENIA KNOCKER COLLECTION
KOPER, SLOVENIA  VENETIAN STYLE CITY HALL
KOPER, SLOVENIA VENETIAN STYLE CITY HALL
KOPER, SLOVENIA  OLD TOWN PASSAGE
KOPER, SLOVENIA OLD TOWN PASSAGE