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Slovenia’s Mother of Dragons

And, no, we don’t mean Melania Trump. Fire up for Slovenia’s Mother of Dragons.

Now, a diversion here (no surprise) and since my own Mother of Dragons dragged me back, kicking and screaming to Scotland, she has turned the new place into Game of Thrones II.

And so a wooden plaque bearing the name Winterfell hangs above our front door.

A ceramic dragon sits in front of the entrance and a Medieval-type mirror is the centrepiece of the front room.

You’ll be a dragon one day: The baby

And she dragged me around Belfast to sit in the Iron Throne and take in the Game of Thrones Tapestry.

Now, if you like your dragons then Slovenia (who knew?) is the place to go. 

Where you can find baby dragons (olms) in the Postojna Caves, 53kms from capital Postojna.

How to baby train your baby dragon

Dragonfire: George R.R. Martin a fan

Now, the best caves have a dragon and Postojina’s are the envy of all others.

The earliest written accounts of the offspring of a terrible dragon living inside Postojna Cave date back to the 17th century. 

In the 18th century, biologists competed against one another, seemingly almost at war about who would be the first to present a new animal species from Postojna Cave.

Giovanni Antonio Scopoli was the first to obtain live specimens of the creatures, and in 1768, the “baby dragons” got a scientific description and a Latin name: Proteus Anguinus.

Even Charles Darwin wrote about the wee fellas from the subterranean world of Postojna in his work On the Origin of Species. 

Slovenian dragon: Melania and Donald Trump
There is a choice of options for the dragon-seeking tourist…

The Tour Postojna Cave, the Queen of the Underground World is priced at €25.80, the package deal includes tours of Postojna Cave and the Predjama Castle for €35.70, down from €39.60.

And 100% cave experience, the package deal includes tickets to Postojna Cave, the Vivarium, as well as the Expo Cave Karst and the Butterflies of the World exhibitions.

And that’s €37.90 of your Earth money, reduced from €45.60.

On the right track

Jump on board: Cave train
Billed as the largest show cave in Europe, Postojna is a 24-kilometre-long cave system.
 
And you will get to feel the magic of the underground world and experience a one-of-a-kind ride on the cave’s underground train. 

The best Knight

Good knight: A step back in time

It’s not just underground that this part of the world captivates. 

From the magical depths of Postojna Cave make your way to the fairytale world of knights.

The Predjama Castle is another must-see Postojna Cave Park attraction – a veritable medieval miracle, perched in the middle of a rocky cliff for 800 years.

And unsurprisingly it’s a great favourite of Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin.

Something for Christmas

Fantasy: With a Nativity theme

Now we presume that there were no caves around Bethlehem when Our Lord came into the world.

But it would have been a dramatic setting, which is what our Slovenian friends believe too.
 
Between 25 and 30 December, you can enjoy their Living Nativity in the cave.
 
It consists of 16 biblical scenes staged inside the cave.
 
Discover the fairytale-like underground world during a 90-minute tour and enjoy one of the most fascinating Christmas experiences in the world! 
 
And maybe make your own addition to the Christmas manger scene… Slovenia’s Mother of Dragons and her brood.
 
 

 

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