Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Go Slo - to See a Tiny Diamond; LIFESTYLE My Holiday

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Go Slo - to See a Tiny Diamond; LIFESTYLE My Holiday

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Byline: Compiled by STEVE RACE

Dave Robson didn't know much about Slovenia - so he took his family on a fact finding tour

SO how much do you know about Slovenia?

No, me neither. I'd heard of its capital Ljubljana, although spelling it proved a challenge, but other than that - let's say it wouldn't be my specialist subject on Mastermind.

So when the chance of a week at a Keycamp holiday home in Ljubljana offered itself, it had to be taken.

We flew into Trieste in North-east Italy - much cheaper than jetting into Ljubljana airport and only 60km or so away from our destination.

But if you hire a car, make sure it has a green sticker on the windscreen - a 'vignette' no less - because it's compulsory and lets you zip through toll booths without stopping.

On arrival at our "Ljubljana Resort" campsite, with its brilliant pool complex next door, we quickly settled into our comfy, well-equipped and spotless mobile home.

Jewel in the crown Then it was off into the capital city where, within an hour, it was pouring down and we were ensconced in an Irish bar, watching Boro on TV lose in the last minute to Liverpool. Good old Boro - they can even do your head in hundreds of miles from home.

That night, it rained so heavily, the French youths in tents at the other end of the site moved en masse to shelter in the shower block next to our chalet. It was like trying to sleep next to a foreign exchange students' party.

No matter - next day, the sun was shining and we set off for the picturesque jewel in Slovenia's crown, Lake Bled.

Ask someone to draw a magic church in the middle of a pretty lake and they'd come up with something like this. It takes a while to walk around it all, but it must be one of the best Sunday afternoon strolls on earth - sorry Ropner Park, you've met your match.

Even the kids seemed entranced by it. I was confident, for example, that son Alex, ten, had fallen under Bled's spell.

Then he said: "What would you do if a donkey jumped out of that bush?" - was a bit of a let down. I guess his scenery appreciation skills need some work.

But it was a magical place and offered a real highlight of our Slovenian stay. …

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