“This summer we had a great 10-day simultaneous home (full-family) exchange with Eva and Peter and their three girls. We felt like knowing each other even before we met indeed, through phone and Skype. On our first morning at their place, we had been already invited by their neighbors and friends, Natasa and Anton ! We had the great pleasure to discover wonderful spots with them during our stay (especially Soca River!), and also met some of their family who also welcomed us very gently. Their house is big, really styly, confortable, clean, the garden is generous with veggies : it has been for us a real cocoon. The village is nice, with a typical church and its bells, the area is full of interests. Now, there will be a whole bunch of reasons to go back !”
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Where is it?
The house is set in a secure and quiet neighbourhood, at the edge of the old core of a 500-year old village of Osek. The house is facing southwards, its garden continues into lush greens, fields and forests of the Osek surroundings... The village of Osek is bordering onto two other villages ¦empas and Vitovlje (walking distance), with good connections (5km) to the A4 (Venice-Ljubljana) motorway, and to the adjacent towns of Nova Gorica (SLO, 10kms) and Gorizia (ITA, 12kms), but also Triest (40 mins by car) and Ljubljana (50 mins by car). A direct bus between Nova Gorica and Ljubljana stops at Osek 10 times a day, the nearest train station is in Dornberk (5km), the Gorizia (Itay, 12km) train station opens options for travel in the TrenItalia (http://www.trenitalia.com/tcom-en) network...
The house is perfectly located to explore both Slovenian, NE-Italian and also NW-Croatian coastlands, with direct trajectories into the Slovenian Alps and Italian Dolomites (several world-famous ski centres within 2-hours ride), including the famous Soča (Isonzo) river valley (20mins), the Gori¨ka Brda region ("Slovenian Tuscany", 20mins), Triest (45 mins car/train), Venice (90 mins by car, 2 hours by train) and the modernist town of Nova Gorica (15 mins), a twin-town partner of the Italian-Austro-Hungarian charming old town of Gorizia (20mins). It is a perfect departure point for both main-road and dirt-road cycling, as well as radical mountain-biking freaks.
From the sunny Vipava valley (300 sunny days a year!) you can easily reach Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, just 50 mins by car; also the Croatian coast of Istria is reachable within 70 mins, the Croatia islands of Krk, Cres and Lo¨inj are within 90 mins reach), Slovenian coast with tourist towns of Koper, Piran, Izola and Portoro¸ are mere 40+ mins away. The famous paragliding spot of "Lijak" is only 5 km from the house!
Google StreetView of Osek village: https://goo.gl/zKhjeQ
The village of Osek (130-170m above sea level) and its adjoining two villages of ¦empas and Vitovlje are set in the south-western half of the viniferous and scenic Vipava valley, at the foot of the majestic, untouched Trnovski gozd (forest) plateau (800-1300m) that lavishes them, with fresh air and spring-clean water. They overlook the Carst plateau (400-600m), at the other end of which the Adriatic coastline keeps sending in Mediterranean climate, and inviting beach options... Directly from the house one can enjoy several flat or steep hiking and cycling routes, along roads, streams, ponds and lakes, vineyards, including an energy-trail system devised by the famous local geomancy expert and renowned artist Marko Pogačnik (according to his geomancy, the Osek village holds the heart-chakra of the whole region), who was elected UNESCO Artist for Peace 2016-2018. www.markopogacnik.com
Gori¨ka Brda ("The Slovenian Tuscany", 20kms) http://www.brda.si/eng
The "Emerald" (hiking) trail: http://www.smaragdna-pot.com/eng/
+ some other hiking trails: http://www.novagorica-turizem.com/hiking_trails/
Lijak paragliding (5kms): http://lijak-slovenia.com/
River Soca (Isonzo) valley (15kms): http://www.dolina-soce.com/en/
The Slovenian Carst and Littoral region (10-30kms): http://www.slovenia.info/en/Regions/Coast-and-the-Karst-region.htm?_ctg_regije=20&lng=2
Energy trails, litopuncture etc. (touch Osek!): www.markopogacnik.com/
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