PART ONE: THE ROAD TO DOM KAVKA
I was told I was going to a place called Dom Kavka, a lodge in the distant Slovenia Alps quite near the border with Italy. In order to get there I flew from Burlington, Vermont to JFK Airport in NYC, take a shuttle bis to Newark Airport, fly from Newark to London Heathrow, take a shuttle bus from Heathrow to London Gatwick, take a flight from London Gatwick to Venice, get picked up in Venice. Then I would get to chill for a day or so in the mountains and then go on to Dom Kavka itself. I was starting to get a strange feel about this strange place.
First stop was a place called Log Pod Mangrtom and a stay in a small inn there near the end of the valley. It was fantastic.
The sign explaining the valley of log Pod Mangrtom
In the wood-fired hot tub at the inn
The border with Italy, just above Log Pod Mangrtom
Cafe at the border
Looking down into the valley from the border
Mountains around Long Pod Mangrtom (next few shots)
Along the road in the bottom of the valley
Upon leaving Log Pod Mangrtom the plan was to drive through another beautiful valley and then over a scenic pass, finally up into the hills above Bovec where Dom Kavka was said to be.
We went to the valley pof the Soca River, famous for its unusual color, its clean taste, and its constantly cold temperature.
Mountain above the Soca.
Slovenia's highest waterfall
Bojana on the bridge
Below the falls
Mountain viewed from town of Soca
Soca Valley house
Near the highest pass in Slovenia, highest place accessible by road
Vista from the top of the pass (similar shots follow)
Cars stopped at the top of the pass
Sign along the road
View from a place called Heaven, a few kilometers from Dom Kavka as we climbed the mountains again
We arrive at Dom Kavka
Here come the students...
END OF PART ONE