Slovenian Alps hiking
We took a self-guided hiking trip from Mezica through Solcava, Jezersko, Perk, Trzik, and on to Bled.
The best part of the trip was the scenery and the people. Our bags were transported reliably each day to the next "tourist farm". When the driver saw us, he/she always stopped to check in and make sure we were ok.
We never got completely lost, but the directions were lean. No maps, just a book of photos of every "junction", with no mention of the distance between said junctions. This added to the adventure for us, but it takes a positive attitude, and a willingness to walk three miles back up a mountain to find the last junction and start again. We took some photos where the junctions had significantly changed, and shared them with the agency--hopefully they will use them. A map would make this far better.
The food--primarily pork, heavy bread and cheese--three meals a day. Very few vegetables. BUT it was all grown locally, and prepared with care. The food at MBN's homebase was exquisite--vegetarian options, home grown vegetables and options besides just pork.
The people were wonderful. Although most spoke no English, they saw few Americans, and were very curious, friendly and welcoming.
The scenery was wonderful, and the cultural aspects were great--we talked with folks whose families had lived in the same farm since the 13th century. Others talked with us about life under Tito, and the break-up of Yugoslavia.
Bled--our last day--is a well-known resort. We were there during the World Championship Rowing Events. Not planned, but very exciting to be a part of.
Overall, it was a good trip--happy to have done it. The folks at MBN are very responsive, and are clearly trying to make farm tourism sustainable. I would not hesitate to recommend staying at their place and doing local mountain biking or hiking. They have that down. I think the rest of the trip was a little bit less polished--still a new venture, and harder to control the variables.