Go with the tourists to see the famous, roam with the locals to see the beautiful.
Although the iconic Lake bled has established Slovenia on the social media map, in reality, this tiny country still remains largely undiscovered by tourists. There are so many hidden gems waiting to welcome you, as soon as you travel beyond the beaten track.
The heart of Slovenia lies in its rural landscapes with picturesque hill top churches, fog filled valleys and the majestic Julian and Kamnik Alps in its back drop. St. Andrew’s church is one such location with dramatic settings, that receives far less than its fair share of visitors. Thanks to my good friend Piotr, I was lucky enough to photograph this exquisite scene from a private property.
We gave up our cozy beds in the wee hours of the night and started our journey to claim the first tyre marks on a remote mountain road that leads to this spot While numb feet were inevitable, I was at least glad to be in good company of my wife, friend and two welcoming local farmers, who also came to enjoy the sunrise.
As we exchanged a few warm words and posed for a quick selfie, the sun quietly rose from behind the mountains and illuminated the other side of this tranquil landscape. I was surprised to notice a artillery post at a short distance, which was part of a fortification system (Rupnik Line) build by Yugoslavia along it's terrestrial western and northern border to counter German and Italian invasions.