Postojna Cave, Wieliczka Salt mine in Eastern Europe Tour 2013

Eastern Europe Tour 2013

Day 1

Arrived at KLIA from Senai. While waiting at KLIA, suddenly heard some youngsters screaming and shouting at the airport. Later I was told that it was due to the arrival of K-pop group ‘Super Junior’. Anyway, I am not a K-pop fan, so didn’t bother to look at them.

Reached Dubai International Airport after around 6 ½ hrs by Emirates on transit to Munich, Germany.

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This chocolate is made from camel’s milk. The price is doubled the chocolate made from cow’s milk but the taste is not much different!

After another 6 ½ hrs flight, finally arrived at Munich. The first itinerary upon arrival was to visit BMW showroom where they show the history of BMW and the various models including BMW big bikes!

 

The BMW headquarter in Munich, Germany

The BMW headquarter in Munich, Germany

 

BMW sports car. Chior, right?

BMW sports car. Chior, right?

 

BMW 4 series. A dream car onlylah!

BMW 4 series. A dream car onlylah!

 

Get the feel of this big BMW bike!

Get the feel of this big BMW bike!

 

The weather was not good. It was drizzling the whole afternoon.

After that we proceeded to Marienplatz, a large open square named after the Mariensaule,  with a Marian column in its centre, with the old and new town hall opposite each other.  It was really crowded in this Square. We also had a city tour. Munich is the third largest city in Germany with a population of around 1.45 million, located by the River Isar north of the Bavarian Alps. Here you can see a lot of people shopping!

It is very crowded here with a lot of youngsters!

It is very crowded here with a lot of youngsters!

For your information, Munich held the 1972 Olympic Games. According to the tour guide, this city produced a lot of scientists in Germany.

This is not a church, but the city hall!

This is not a church, but the city hall!

 

Bought this fresh dates from Israel. Of course you can't find fruits from Israel in Malaysia!

Bought this fresh dates from Israel. Of course you can’t find fruits from Israel in Malaysia!

Had Chinese dinner at Kamyi Restaurant, Munich before we proceeded to Salzburg, the musical city of Austria for a night stay.

 

Day 2

After breakfast, we began our walking tour in Salzburg starting at the birthplace of Mozart located at Getreidegasse, the delightful street in the heart of Austria’s most beautiful shopping belt. We visited the place where Mozart grew up which has been turned into a museum as a tourist spot.

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Soulmate at the entrance.

Soulmate at the entrance.

Salzburg is a beautiful historic city with the magnificence of the Alps and is famous because of the popular evergreen film ‘The Sound of Music’ was shot here. We couldn’t take a lot of pictures as it was raining.

 

This is where 'Sound of music ' was filmed.

This is where ‘Sound of music ‘ was filmed.

 

Lovers like to show their love locked together here!

Lovers like to show their love locked together here!

After lunch, we were on our way to Bled, Slovenia. It was snowing on the way to Bled.

 

Snowing on the way....

Snowing on the way….

 

Stopped on the way for a cuppa. This special coffee mixed with chocolate comes with the cup as well!

Stopped on the way for a cuppa. This special coffee mixed with chocolate comes with the cup as well!

 

Toilet stop at Rosenberger where we had the coffee.

Toilet stop at Rosenberger where we had the coffee.

 

With some of the tour mates at Rosenberger with the Alps at the back!

With some of the tour mates at Rosenberger with the Alps at the back!

Visited the Lake Bled, a beautiful glacial lake in the Julian Alps  and also the Bled Castle, built on a precipice above the city of Bled, overlooking Lake Bled.  It is the oldest Slovenian castle, but too bad, it was getting dark already. In the castle, we got to see the old method of printing manually.

 

Traditional manual printing

Traditional manual printing

We also got to taste the Eastern Europe local cuisine for dinner. Eastern Europe food is a very simple 3 course meal, starting with either salad or soup. Then followed by a main course normally beef, pork or fish topped up with potatoes. Finally you have dessert such cakes, ice cream or fruits. Of course we are not used to their taste. Many of us did not finish the food served.

That night we stayed in Plaza Hotel, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

 

Day 3

After breakfast we immediately travelled to Postojna cave in Slovenia. This cave is the largest cave in Europe which is 27 km long and it is already more than a 1000 years.

 

At the entrance of the Postojna Cave, Slovenia

At the entrance of the Postojna Cave, Slovenia

Took a train ride for about 15 minutes to go into cave. Then had a walk about 1 hr with a tour guide to explain to us the history. No photography was allowed inside the cave. Due to the size of this cave, you don’t find bats or birds inside the cave.

 

The train that took us into the cave.

The type of  train that took us into the cave.

 

The beautiful scenery inside the cave.

The beautiful scenery inside the cave.

 

Salamander shown in the video inside the cave.

Salamander shown in the video inside the cave.

 

However, there is a rare species of animal called salamander which you can find inside the cave.  This small animal has 4 legs and the skin is  like the human being, but quite difficult to sight them in the cave!

This salamander was downloaded from the internet.

This salamander was downloaded from the internet.

After lunch, we had a city tour in Ljubljana and also took a funicular ride up the Ljubljana Castle in the middle of the city to have a panoramic view of the city.

 

Funicular ride to the top of Ljubljana Castle

Funicular ride to the top of Ljubljana Castle

We also visited the St Nicholas Church which was built in 1706. This city is clean and not congested.

 

Soulmate with the tour guide from Ljubljana, Slovenia

Soulmate with the tour guide from Ljubljana, Slovenia

 

 

Inside one of the many cathedrals in Ljubljana

Inside one of the many cathedrals in Ljubljana

Stay  tuned…..

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An experienced Form 5 chemistry teacher from Johor Bahru.