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logo OHS slo+engPretekli konec tedna je svoja vrata obiskovalcem odprlo več kot 100 kakovostnih sodobnih objektov v okviru največjega arhitekturnega festivala pri nas – Odprte hiše Slovenije (OHS).

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4. Modra Frankinja, Sevnica

Posted: 19/09/2014 by Sixtine Rose Boyer in FEEL SLOVENIA
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festival modre frankinjeSevnica, a small city located in the lower Sava valley, in central Slovenia. Every year since 2010 already, the municipality of Sevnica welcomes the wine festival “Modra Frankinja” (blue Frankish in english). If you are visiting Slovenia, or just living there, and you would like to get a feeling of the Sava valley region, you should probably stop in Sevnica and discover the blue Frankish wine.

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streetwaler

For the last four years The Streewalker inaugurated several open-air ready-made galleries in France, Great Britain, Netherlands, Austria and even South Korea. Kud Ljud with its Streewalking project is coming back to Ljubljana, its origin, so I took the chance to attend one of the english speaking guided tour for the first time, last week, during the street theater Ana Desetnica Festival.

 

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LGBT claims freedom in Slovenia

Posted: 18/06/2014 by Miquel Guijalba in FEEL SLOVENIA
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Ljubljana Pride

Last weekend hundreds of citizens marched on the streets of Ljubljana to celebrate the 30th aniversary of the LGBT movement in Slovenia and to demand more steps forward for new rights, equal status and wider public visibility.

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Vsa večja mesta ga že imajo, od Pariza, New Yorka, Moskve ter Dubaja do Berlina in Splita. Tudi Ljubljana in Kranj ga imata. Govorim o Happy spotu, ki smo ga na mednarodni dan sreče posneli tudi v Mariboru!


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My name is Sixtine, freshly arrived from France. I will spend the next 12 months in Ljubljana, as an EVS – if you want to know more about this, you’ll find all the answers over here.

But how does it feel now? What are my first impressions and steps as an EVS in Slovenia? Let’s go step by step, using the Maslow’s hierarchy of needs

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Vir: Flickr (Phineas H)

Vir: Flickr (Phineas H)

Being a foreigner in a new country makes you feel alone and weird, sometimes, but also unique and different. Four days after my arriving in Ljubljana I feel like a secret agent observing what is happening around myself, observing any details while you are unnoticed. When you are set around the table or drinking a coffee surrounded by Slovenian natives you look like a puppy-dog waiting for the thrown ball, with pretty open eyes and rigid ears. You are not able to understand almost anything although you want to. So you decide to follow the conversation, listen to any words, translating them and try to put sense on what people are talking about.

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evsIn front of you is an interview with Sixtine, a young enthusiastic girl from France who decided to live and work in Slovenia as an EVS (European Voluntary Service) volunteer. Why did she choose Slovenia and what are here expectations? Maybe the following words will encourage you to make a similar international move, but fur sure they will broaden your view on youth mobility…
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FOTO: Lucia Reinsperger

FOTO: Lucia Reinsperger

A river runs through Maribor, Drava and it’s filled with wine. Maribor being the second largest city of Slovenia it has many mouths to fill with the rich and traditional history of winemaking. The home of the oldest grapevine, over 400 years old, it’s even noted in the Guinness World Records! Right on the doorstep of a great wine cellar you can’t leave Maribor without enjoying some samples of the large white wine collection.

FOTO: Patrick Senekovič

FOTO: Patrick Senekovič

Every time I looked towards the hills surrounding the city of Maribor I could see the grapevines all over them. The grapevines towering over the city and reminding me that I was thirsty. Besides it being a reasonable 30 degrees Celsius I couldn’t help it but to drink. When the hills are so fruitful the wine almost drips down into the city and the river has a good nose, as wine enthusiasts say.

FOTO: Lucia Reinsperger

FOTO: Lucia Reinsperger

You know people take their drinks seriously when they name a queen to present and promote the wine! A fair maiden not beyond the age of 26 with a healthy knowledge of the region products is named each year just to be the poster girl. Combine this with a throne and a court of knights and imagine how into wine these people are!

During the whole year there are different events where you can sample and enjoy that what might be Slovenia’s best kept secret. In september Maribor hosts the yearly Old Vine Festival where songs and glasses go hand in hand with dancing and drinking. If you don’t care much for wine but love a good festival then visit the famous international multicultural LENT Festival where tradition meets the modern with live music, great food and welcoming people. It takes place along the banks of the river and in the local parks. A great way to get to know Slovenia and the Štajerska region.

epm_horiz_eng finalBut if you want to travel anywhere outside of Maribor let the wine roads take you there… And for all you young travelers: Maribor is the European Youth Capital 2013 so don’t miss it!

After visiting the Solčavsko region you can really understand why it was selected for the European Destination of Excellence 2009!

FOTO: Patrick Senekovic

FOTO: Patrick Senekovič

People in Solčavsko are living harmonically with the nature. Around 500 inhabitants are settled around tree valleys called Robanov kot, Matkov kot and Logarska dolina. In 1991 they started their story of success. It is supposed to be the only case in Slovenia where local people united in a non-profit association to realize a collective vision for preservation and presentation of the local features. They invest incomes from tourism in protection and development of their green surroundings in the north parth of Slovenia.

The natural beauties of Solčavsko are remarkable at every step! Vehicles are not allowed at Matkov and Robanov kot and that makes it even more interesting. Not so far away in Olševo you can also find a mineral spring where you can refill your bottle with naturally enriched carbonated iron tasting mineral water. You can also visit the highest waterfall in Slovenia – Rinka. A 90 meters high spring of the waterfall gives you not only a spectacular view but also a refreshing feeling in the hot summer days. In winter time the waterfall ice is also a popular spot for climbers.

FOTO: Patrick Senekovič

FOTO: Patrick Senekovič

You can discover the valleys with a variety of sport and adrenalin activities – biking, climbing, paragliding, hiking, skiing, cross-country skiing etc. Or you can just walk around exploring the breathtaking views and enjoying the relexing sounds! Just stop at the The Panoramic Road where you will find your peace and let go of all your worries.

FOTO: Patrick Senekovič

FOTO: Patrick Senekovič

If you want to get more information about the region visit the multipurpose centre for sustainable development Solčavsko – Center Rinka where they answer your question with a different and interactive approach.