It was supposed to be epic at some level, but along with that it turned out painful and tiring. My mistake, I trusted road sign more than Google maps. Never do that to Google ever! Getting to Slovenia from Italy by train is difficult because no direct passenger trains run between two countries. If one wants to do it, then take a detour to Austria. Another option is go to a border town, cross over and take train from the other side. I decided to do this and in style, I decided to cross border on foot. Google map told me that Nova Gorica station is approximately 3 kilometres from Gorizia Centrale. This was perfectly walkable. I got the map on my phone and set out. Two things happened, the map on my phone was an image transferred from computer. It would not read fine on phone. So, I could make out direction but not the written instruction and street names. Second, as soon I walked a bit away from Gorizia Centrale I saw a board saying Slovenia is straight down 2 kilometres. I let the difficult to read map go and followed road directions. Two and half hour later, having walked over 8 kilometres, I reached the station missing my train by 30 minutes. It was disastrous, because then next train would be at 14:45 – 10 minutes after by which time I would have reached Ljubljana if I was on the last train.
The wait though made me take a closer notice of these border towns, these two cities are mostly sleepy cities tucked away from prying tourist eyes but have a lot to offer if someone decides to go off the beaten path. Rolling mountains, running streams and woods around make these cities very scenic. Also while sitting there I found out this region houses a mysterious lake which changes its water level randomly and by large – turning in to a puddle at times and flooding the nearby area on occasions. Also, I was told homemade wine from the region is a must try!
Slovakian trains are the most colourful and graffitified trains I have ever seen. They are pretty good and comfortable. Staffs are very friendly. My journey from Nova Gorica to Ljubljana via Jesenice was pretty comfortable and full of scenic beauty. Slovenia is a very beautiful country to say the least. My train journey showed me all kind of landscape one could ask for from green grassy countryside to snow covered mountains. Streams running along the railway line, its gorges and peaks made a beautiful sight. It is a pity that these places are not on must visit tourist maps.
Go explore Slovenia – its valleys, rivers, snow covered mountains and long cave systems. The country itself has some over 1000 caves and I am going to go to a famous one!
7:04 AM – Venezia St. Lucia (Italy) – R 2442 to Gorizia (Italy) at 09:19 AM
9:30 AM – Gorizia (Italy) to Nova Gorica (Slovenia) on foot – 11:45 AM
02:45 PM – Nova Gorica (Slovenia) – 4213 to Jesenice (Slovenia) at 4:45 PM
5:40 PM – Jesenice (Slovenia) – EC 213 to Ljubljana (Slovenia) at 18:31 PM
If you decide to take a walk over the border here, follow the below map: