31 July 2009
31.07.2009 -2 °F
Kranj where we wake up in the morning just happens to be about half hour from Postojna Caves and an hour from Lipica so we head that direction.
Postojna Caves are a system of caves that are about 20 kilometers long and a national historic landmark. Entrance to the caves is on a cave train that goes just fast enough to make it exciting. The rock is cut just high enough to go over your head. We go about 2 km into the cave before getting out for the guided tour. The system is HUGE and the caves are so much more interesting than any I have ever been in before.
They are also home to the Human Fish or Proteus Vivarium which is a blind salamander that can live on land or water. The eyes are atrophied and the gills are red. They are very strange looking things that can be up to 12 inches long. They are in a special exhibit and you get flashlights so you can see them.
When the cave experience is finished we finish the drive to Lipica, where we were supposed to have been last night. Lipica is the home of the Lipizzaner stallion.
I first saw these horses when my dad took me to see them perform in Hershey park so they have been special to me ever since. It is amazing to be at the place where it all started.
Lipica used to breed the horses for the Spanish Riding School in Vienna but now they are bred just for Lipica which has there own riding school. Here as opposed to in Vienna you can tour the farm.
Mares and foals are kept in pastures together and it was a treat to see the foals playing together.
We didn't get to see the stables where the school horses are kept but we did see where the ones who didn't pass muster as a show horse. These are used for tourists to ride.
The signs on their stalls display their names, first name from father and second name from mother. Females only get the mothers name.
Next we see the most beautiful and oldest stables where the retired horses get to stay. These horses still get to go to pasture daily. The stud farm has about 400 horses here and they are all beautiful.
After I got my fill of horses we took off towards home where we arrived at 0230. Do we really have to go back to work now?