Let me start my vacation recap by telling you this: I'm not really much of a world traveler.
We haven't been a huge trip taking kind of family. Yes, we've been to Jamaica and the Bahamas a few times. Yes, we went to Australia once back in 2006 as a foursome (which was an amazing adventure). But mostly, we stay pretty close to home.
But when Dan's friend of 30 years decided to get married, we figured it was time for just the two of us to have a little adventure together. Ergo, Hello Slovenia, the site of the wedding.
For the first part of our trip, we stayed in the capitol city of Ljubljana and spent our days in the city as well as venturing out on day trips to see some of the staggeringly beautiful landscape of the country.
You know what comes in really handy on a vacation? A remote shutter release for self-portraits.
And a zoom lens.
We ate leftover margherita pizza while sitting on a bench with this view of Lake Bohinj.
It was amazing to be in a country that goes from alpine landscapes to coastal vistas in less than 100 kilometers.
And don't even get me started on my favorite store of all, Piranske Soline.
Sea salt to die for. Truly. (My favorite souvenir? This thing.)
Of course, the food was amazing every place we went.
And Dan was definitly a fan of the Lasko, Slovenia's number one beer.
But the best part of the trip was being with this guy 24-7. Time to really talk about our lives, our love and how it all fits together.
Some of you who have read my blog know that Dan and I have worked really hard on improving our union, making many needed and difficult changes in an effort to live with a greater understanding of ourselves and each other.
This time together was a sweet and gentle reminder of how far we've come during the past three years.
When we arrived in Krajna Vas, the tiny village where the wedding was being held and we soaked in all that was in store for us. A lovely wine tasting at the home of the mayor of Krajna Vas. (Proscuitto to absolutely die for, cured in his own wine cellar.) A traditional Slovene meal served in a restaurant normally closed for the summer, but opened for the wedding party guests. Nights sitting by the pool in the most rustic of homes imaginable, built in the 1500s, sharing time with old and new friends. And of course, drinking many glasses of teran, a Slovene wine exclusively grown and produced in the Kras region.
And of course, it was a supremely idyllic setting for a wedding. All of the hand-made touches were beautiful and personal. The bride, Kjara, had a lovely, romantic vision, executed with so much charm and style.
Honestly, I have 800 photos and all of them feel special to me. I'm not quite sure how I'm going to layer this into my Project Life pages for the week. I'm sure I'll think of something. For now, I'm designing a simple book I plan to print at Blurb to showcase all of the photos.
For now, I am savoring the sweet memories, and the sweetness even still of coming home to my children and the life for which I am so grateful to be living.
At one of our meals, some of our new friends—these charming, beautiful young women who are friends of the bride—asked us about our relationship. How we came to be. How we knew. How we have made it last.
They found it a very romantic story to be sure, but we realized a little bit of fate and luck always goes along with hard work.
We've had a lifetime of lucky.
And to Chris and Kjara, we wish you much love and happiness in your lives together. As they say in Slovenia, na zdravje!