My mother and I went with her cousin Anka and her two sons, Miha and Grega (whose name my iPad just tried to autocorrect into Gregarious. Funny!) on an izlet, or day trip, to Piran, a beautiful town on Slovenia’s relatively tiny stretch of coastline on the Adriatic. The weather was a vast departure from the dreary rain that Ljubljana had gotten for the previous several weeks, and we were rewarded (or not) to a hot, sunny day.
We started with a visit to Piranske soline, or Piran salt flats. Do you use sea salt in your cooking? This is the type of place where it is harvested.
After catching a shuttle into town, we took a break to get some lunch at a restaurant along the water.
The water was so gorgeous that I was seriously tempted to run into a shop and buy a swimsuit so I could jump in. With the cold weather that we had been getting in the capital, I hadn’t even considered the possibility of going swimming that day!
We explored the streets of the town and climbed up the hill for a panoramic view. Mom and Grega climbed up the bell tower of the church there while I, um, took a nap in the shade below :).
We did some shopping and recovered from the steep walk down with a mandatory coffee break in the square.
Grega, lookin’ sporty in a salt harvesting hat
After an additional stop for dessert in Portorož, a nearby coastal town (did I mention that we tend to eat a lot when we go on an izlet?) we headed back to Ljubljana.