Views from the bike, February 2015

All photos were taken around the halfway point between Ljubljana and Venice.

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Riding a bike is the closest thing to flying. (Robin Williams, American actor and bike enthusiast (1951-2014))

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Miren Castle is not a castle but a hill. There once was a castle in Miren but it was destroyed in 1515. The main building on Miren Castle is a church. The hill is also known as Our Lady Beneath the Karst. In the descent from the Karst region there is only one corner which gives a free view to Miren Castle.

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In 1947 allied soldiers drew a white line here in the fields in Vrtojba. Locals first thought it was a joke. But this line became the border between Italy and the former republic of Yugoslavia and between the Western world and the Eastern Bloc. The eight metre high watch tower of Vrtojba, now a small museum, reminds us of times which are unimaginable for today’s younger generations.

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For Dutch viewers: komen of gaan?

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Kostanjevica na Krasu is derived from the Slovene common noun kostanj which means chestnut.

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A traffic warning sign is a type of traffic sign that indicates a hazard ahead on the road that may not be readily apparent to a driver. (Wikipedia)

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