Subject: Rok's response RE: Accommodation and Travel in Slovenia
Hi Ziners, We're proud to say that Rok is our friend. You won't find a more hard-working, dedicated, bright and delightful guy anywhere. Here's his response to Art, it speaks for itself - Linda&Don

Rok,if I could follow up on your comments about the Vipava area. You mention the Manor Zemono. Is this a place where you can stay a night or is it a place to visit.

OH GOD, I WISHED IT WAS A PLACE TO SPEND A NIGHT THERE!!! BUT IT ISN'T. IT IS A MANOR, SOMETHING LIKE A VILLA BUT IT HOSTS - FOR SURE - ONE OF THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN EUROPE!

http://itc.fgg.uni-lj.si/KRAS/zemono.htm (THE PICTURE IS NOT THE BEST)

Forgive me but I am not familiar with the Slovenian Slow Food Movement. Would you care to give a few details about it or refer me to something I could read??

SLOW FOOD SLOVENIA

An unusual movement. As the name implies it, this is completely opposite of the fast food. Among the enthusiasts of Slow Food can be counted those who can indulge themselves in hours of eating numerous small portions of assorted foods, and who enjoy washing them down their stomach with superior wines which compliment the foods. Slow Food is an international movement which protects the right to enjoy fine foods in a relaxed and slow manner. The dishes are based on old, sometimes adapted, traditional dishes. Heavy or greasy dishes and similar energy bombs have been adapted so that they are healthy and acceptable to contemporary gourmets. The vast majority of the ingredients of these courses is all-natural, since most of the offerings of these inns change with the seasons and does the availability of fresh and natural ingredients. With Slow Food you will get to know the history and tradition of certain regional foods and thus you will be able to conclude that culinary art is really an art without boundaries. Slow Food is a ritual which is special to the inn-keepers as well. The fact that the ideas, imagination and coordination of such a style cannot be easily and successfully achieved by just everyone who tries it, leave all the prejudice outside, and let yourself be guided by the staff. Believe me, they know what they are doing. Slovenian Slow Food is fourth in the world by the number of its members. Slovenia is divided into 9 groups (conviniums) each named after a city or region.

The idea of staying at a tourist farm appeals to us. As a matter of fact over half of our time in Italy is booked in Agriturismo. We have not yet had such an experience and are looking forward to it very much. Most of this part of our holiday will be in central Tuscany. Can you recommend one in the Vipava area that would be a good experience---hopefully they would take a one night booking as a lot in Italy require one week min. stay.

YES - I'LL GIVE YOU A FANTASTIC HINT: Tourist Farm Arkade Jordan Cigoj Crnice 91, 5262 Crnice (near Vipava) Tel. 065 66 009

GREAT FOOD, INCREDIBLY LOVELY WINE.

A question about currency in Slovenia. Must all payments for food and lodging be made in cash in Slovenian currency? I assume most inns would want cash rather than credit card however, do they insist on local currency? Would any in the Lenart area accept Austrian, DM, or USD? On the Italian side, how about Lire?

WELL. HM. YES AND NO. I MEAN - EVERYWHERE IN SLOVENIA YOU CAN USE CREDIT CARDS, ESPECIALLY AMEX, EU-MC, DINERS, VISA AND ABSOLUTELY NOBODY HAS ANYTHING AGAINST THEM. BUT, SURE, THE CURRENCY IS TOLAR (THE WORD DERIVES FROM THE SAME VALLEY - IN GERMAN TAL, THAT GAVE THE NAMES TOLAR FOR OUR AND DOLLAR FOR THE AMERICAN CURRENCY) WHICH YOU CAN PURCHASE (CHANGE) PRACTICALLY EVERYWHERE AND ALSO - IF YOU HAVE TOO MANY - EXCHANGE BACK TO DOLLARS OR LIRE ON THE BORDER AT THE EXIT. THE TOLAR IS A VERY STRONG AND CONVERTIBLE CURRENCY, STILL THE PRICES IN SLOVENIA ARE MUCH LOWER THAN IN THE STATES OR CANADA. ONE COFFEE = E.G. LESS THAN A DOLLAR, CAPUCCINO A DOLLAR, BEER FROM ONE TO THREE DOLLARS (IMPORTED), GOOD DINNER WITH A GREAT WINE, 10 TO 15 DOLLARS PER PERSON. ETC.

WELL, ART, WHEN YOU ENTER SLOVENIA, CALL ME (041 645 405). MAYBE WE CAN MEET AND TELL YOU SOME MORE. SAME GOES TO ALL OTHER ZINERS, THE SLOVENIAN TOURIST BOARD (ASK LINDA) IS A YOUNG AND SMALL INSTITUTION, WHERE WE DO NOT KNOW THE WORD BUREAUCRACY.

ROK