I love a good road trip, and road trips in Europe are an entirely different beast to an Australian road trip - it's all about the distance. Driving across Australia takes days and is all in one country (and while some might find the desert a bit boring, I find it quite refreshing). Driving across Europe means you can constantly encounter an entirely new country. And driving into Slovenia on a summer road trip while I lived in Germany was another one of those moments where I felt that thrill of being about to discover something new.
The first impressions were good. We approached Slovenia through a tunnel, had our passports stamped (and goodness, you can see from the passport stamp above how long ago it was - it feels like yesterday!) and then one of our first views of the country itself was this - the highway lined by enormous fir trees, the mountains towering around us. This was in the middle of summer so I can imagine in winter it would be a snowy scene instead. In essence, this first impression of Slovenia - green and clean - was the right one for my experiences there. Slovenia is quite a special little country, one that was tucked away behind the Iron Curtain yet didn't suffer quite as badly as most of the others, and has long had help from its close neighbour Italy to keep it modern; it's one of the richest countries from the former eastern bloc. And it's lovely. Don't leave it off your list when you're exploring Europe!