An insider's guide to the best of Slovenia
4 foreign writers, 8 years in the making, 1 amazing book
From the same team that's been publishing Slovenia’s acclaimed In Your Pocket branded city and regional guides since 2008, The Slovenia Book is the work of a group of experienced foreign journalists who reside in the country and are passionate about sharing their collected knowledge of this amazing country with the widest possible audience. We've combined all of the hands-on research of our guides with the high quality photos found in your typical coffee table book, to produce what we hope is a great companion on any trip to Slovenia, or a perfect souvenir to take home with you.
What's in the book?
In these pages you can find a very brief overview of Slovenia, including the best ways to get there, some important (and some entertainingly trivial) facts and figures, how to speak and understand the basics of the local language, and a bit about the nation's long eventful history.
With significant input from trusted experts in their respective fields, our knowledgeable local editorial team has compiled thirteen Top 10 lists in fields ranging from food and wine to castles and companies, in order to offer a quick overview of Slovenia's diversity, as well as a sneak peek at some of the content that is covered in more detail later in the book.
While we know Slovenia as a whole perhaps better than anyone - having visited virtually every town, village, castle, tourist farm and church over the the past seven years - we did turn to some of the leading experts in fields such as tourism, culture, sports, business, ethnology, wine and more, to hear their unique perspectives on their respective fields.
The bulk of the book is of course dedicated to showing you the Top 100 destinations in Slovenia, and highlighting the best of what each has to offer. These have been divided according to colour-coded region: Central, Northern, Eastern, Southern and Western.
Each region chapter begins with a map of the relevant region highlighted, so you can see where it is in relation to the rest of the country (which many people have pointed out looks like the shape of a chicken). We've tried to keep the maps as clean, simple and easy-to-use as possible.
We've added some additional informational pages at the end of book, which include extended lists of the Top 100 attractions, annual events, restaurants and winemakers in the country, as well as a directory of embassies, rotary clubs, lions clubs and municipalities. Here you can find a bit more info about the team behind this project, along with a detailed index and the credits for all those wonderful photos.
The Editorial Team
Niko Slavnič, Executive Editor
Niko has family and businesses across the region, and started his career at the age of 16. Since then he has gone on to enjoy many years of entrepreneurial activities, developing various projects and organisations along the way. After a brief war experience following Slovenia's independence, he spent several years working at the Ministry of Interior, which gave him a different perspective and the skill to perceive the world with open eyes. As the manager of one of the best nightclubs in Ljubljana, Niko frequently organised concerts and other events, later going on to graduate from programmes at Harvard Business School and the University of Amsterdam, and he now regularly shares his knowledge at IEDC Bled, ESSCA and other business schools throughout the world. As a business angel investor he is constantly looking for new business opportunities. He has previously published books about venture capital, communication and marketing.
Yuri Barron, Managing Editor
Born in Alaska and raised near Seattle in the United States, whilst studying in Cyprus in 2002 Yuri went on a five-day trip to Beirut, Lebanon, and ended up living there for more than four years, supporting himself in a variety of respectable professions, such as online gambling, writing university papers, trading options and laptop DJing. After travelling to the World Cup final in 2006, the breakout of the Hezbollah-Israeli war led to him being unexpectedly stranded on a friend's couch in Prague for several months, which turned into nearly one year (mainly on account of a 5-year-old hound dog named Adam). One thing led to another, and in 2007 Yuri found himself in Slovenia, the country of his maternal grandfather's birth and an all around swell place to live. Since 2009, he has been a writer and editor for In Your Pocket travel guides, and spends most of his free time and resources travelling to new countries in order to win a $50 bet that was made in secondary school.
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