Day 12 Venice, Italy to Ljubljana, Slovenia

Friday  Dateicon  09.08.2013  Tigericon  315km Total:2019km

Luckily it wasn't the usual scorcher but instead a bit overcast when we checked out so it only took 6 breaks to prevent a coronary carrying back the gear to the garage and the bikes.
I really like my panniers, they are very good for transporting things inside but they're definitely not made to be carried any longer distances.
We could have taken a boat-taxi for the bargain price of €70 for 800 meters but I'd rather console myself with a luxury dinner for that kind of money.
Venice is very charming but it definitively isn't cheap.

We get out on the Autostrada towards Slovenia and the Vršič pass.
As per usual there are pile-ups along the way and the Italians rive just as aggressive as the Germans only a lot worse so the name of the game is to keep focused.
Going through the last of the tolls riding off the Autostrada we've paid €32 in total for the pleasure of standing still on their Autostradas.

We went to a couple of places to get a Vignette (a sticker to show you've paid the tax).
I tried explain that I'd happily pay as a car (€15 instead of €7.5) just to get one and have it over with but they refused to sell me one and didn't have one for bikes.
The third one sold me two Vignettes for motorcycles and when I with a broad smile on my face hand one of them over to the bear he just looks at it and then back at me before asking: just why did you buy a Vignette for Austria?
God damn it!

We decide to go over the border anyway and continue on to Vršič.
The roads are spectacular and the view against the mountain backdrop was sublime, we haven't even gotten to the pass and already this is the best riding I've done ever!
We almost alone on the road and not an RV in sight.
When we get on the pass the riding goes from good to amazing.
I think there where a few rain droplets on the pass but I can't rule out that they where my own tears of joy.

Over on the other side we stop at a petrol station to get the much desired Vignettes.
The reason I was adamant about getting these was because I read in a Swedish motoring magazine about someone who had missed getting one and was fined €800.
I really didn't want that that happen.

We get a very warm welcome at check in at the hotel and after freshening up a bit we go out to get supper.
To get to the restaurant we cross a real charming city centre that I regret we couldn't dedicate more time to.
Our destination was an eatery called Spajza.
A nice restaurant even aesthetically that served traditional Slovenian food.
A ate smoked duck breast as a starter and bacon wrapped rabbit as main and Bear had soup of the day as starter and horse (sorry all equestrians) as main.
It was good eating even though I did feel that the more or less raw duck breast grew a little in my mouth for every chew.
The local beer Lasko was excellent.
The prices where more or less like in Venice but this was a pretty classy restaurant.

We did a small tour of the city with a long detour back to the hotel with a stop along the way for some sorbet. Hurray for ice-cream I can eat!


Along the way towards Vršič pass

Pause on the pass, the scenery was exceptionally beautiful. Even though it really isn't my thing I can definitely see why a lot of people are hiking in this area.


The desired Vignette for Slovenia



Ljubljana by night