Sunday, May 22, 2011

Navihanke - Slovenian tunes medley

This is a nice medley of some popular Slovenian tunes, performed by ensemble Navihanke. All the members of this band are young ladies, still students.

Enjoy! :)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Član parlamenta gre v nebesa

Član parlamenta hodi po cesti,zadene ga tovornjak in povozi do smrti. Njegova duša gre v nebesa,kjer se pred vhodom sreča s Sv. Petrom.

"Dobrodošel v nebesa" reče Sv. Peter,"Preden te nastanim, hm, izgleda da imamo problem. Zelo poredko se znajdejo tukaj visoki funkcionarji, tako da ne vemo kaj bi s tabo."

"Ti samo spusti me noter. Ne bo problema," reče možakar.

"Če bi smel bi te spustil, se pa moram držat navodil od zgoraj. Predpis je tak, da moraš preživet en dan v peklu, en dan v nebesih. Nato se boš odločil kje boš preživel večnost."

"Že že, ampak jaz sem se odločil da bi šel v nebesa," reče poslanec.

"Žal, predpisi so predpisi."

Takoj nato, ga Sv.Peter pospremi do dvigala, ki se spusti dol, dol in dol, do pekla. Vrata se odprejo in poslanec se znajde sredi lepo negovanega golf igrišča. Nedaleč stran so klubski prostori, pred njimi pa veliko njegovih prijateljev in drugih politikov, ki so včasih skupaj delali.

Vsi so razposajeni in veseli,lepo oblečeni v večernih oblekah. Pritekli so mu nasproti ga pozdravit, obujali so spomine na lepe čase ki so jih skupaj doživljali in bogateli na račun davkoplačevalcev.

Odigrali so prijateljsko tekmo golfa, nato se gostili z jastogom in kaviarjem ter pili šampanjec. Zraven je tudi gospodar/hudič, ki je zelo prijeten in prijazen fant, z njimi se zabava, pleše ter pripoveduje vice. Vsi se zelo zabavajo, tako da še pomislil ni ko je prišel čas odhoda.

Vsi mu voščijo nasvidenje. In z rokami mahajo ko se dvigalo dviga. Dvigalo se dviga in dviga, ustavi se pred nebeškimi vrati, kjer ga že čaka Sv.Peter.

"Zdaj pa je čas, da obiščeš Nebesa."

Sedaj poslanec prebije 24 ur v skupini veselih duš, premikajo se iz oblaka na oblak, igrajo harfo in prepevajo. Imajo se super,tako da tudi teh 24 ur mine prehitro. In spet je pred Sv.Petrom.

"Dobro, prebil si en dan v peklu in en dan v nebesih. Zdaj pa izberi svojo večnost."

Poslanec malo pomisli, nato odgovori: "Saj,prej res ne bi nikdar tako rekel. Nebesa so res čudovita, toda mislim da mi bo bolje v peklu."

Sv.Peter ga zatem brez besed pospremi do dvigala ki ga pošlje dol, dol, dol in dol, do pekla.

Vrata dvigala se odprejo in on se znajde sredi zapuščene pokrajine polne raznih odpadkov in smeti. Med to umazanijo vidi vse svoje prijatelje,kako v črne vreče nabirajo odpadke in čakajo da pride še kaj od zgoraj dol. Vrag se mu pridruži in ga objame čez ramena.

"Ne razumem," zajeclja poslanec. "Včeraj sem bil tu, tukaj je bilo golf igrišče in klubska hiša, gostili smo se z jastogom in kaviarjem ter pili šampanjec, ter plesali in vsestransko zabavali. Zdaj pa je tu puščava polna odpadkov in umazanije in moji prijatelji izgledajo mizerno. Kaj se je zgodilo?"

Vrag ga smehljaje pogleda izpod čela: "Včeraj smo imeli volilno zborovanje..."

"... danes si pa volil."

Prevedel: J.K.
Prejeto od Suzan G. Kanada.
Originalni tekst:: Politician goes to heaven

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Perpetuum Jazzile U.S. Tour - 2011 schedule

A popular Slovenian choir with millions of views on their YouTube videos is finally scheduled to tour North America this summer. They perform jazz, pop and lately Slovenian folk music, received several awards for their performances and published six albums so far.

For this summer Perpetuum Jazzile's will be the one concert that you wouldn't want to miss for sure - if at all possible.

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Photo "Perpetuum Jazzile performing in Gallusova dvorana (Gallus Hall) in Ljubljana" - courtesy of  Perpetuum Jazzile



2011 U.S. Tour schedule:

  1. Milwaukee, WI - University of Wisconsin’s Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts Saturday, June 18, at 8 p.m. Tickets for this show are $20 for general admission, $15 for seniors and students, and $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased through the ticket office Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., by calling (414) 229-4308.

  2. Cleveland, OH - Waetten Auditorium on the campus of Cleveland State University in the Music and Communications Building on Monday, June 20 at 7:30 p.m.
  3. Cleveland, OH - Waetten Auditorium on the campus of Cleveland State University in the Music and Communications Building on Tuesday, June 21 at 7:30 p.m.
  4. Imperial, PA - West Allegheny High School’s Stewart Morgan Auditorium on Wednesday, June 22, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for this show are only $15 per person.

  5. New York City, NY - Gramercy Theater on Tuesday, June 28 at 8 p.m.

And just to refresh your memory - a video of Perpetuum Jazzile performing Bee Gees Medley - live at Vokal Xtravaganzza 2008 (October 2008) 

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Euro Kvintet

Prekmurska gibanica, traditional food from Pre...Image via WikipediaIt used to be that the first tunes by new ensembles weren't all that good and it usually took them a while to break through and become popular or have a hit song.

I just heard the Euro Kvintet for the first time at one of the recent festivals in Slovenia (the truth is - I don't really know how long they have been around) - but their playing (I'm talking about the instrumental part of the song below) is absolutely superb and a real pleasure to listen to.

I like their name as well - no need to translate, it's international... :)

Check them out for yourself - Euro Kvintet with "V glasbi domači ni meja" (translation of the title would be something like: there is no limits to the folk music):



And the list of Euro Kvintet members:


  • Damjan Pasarič - harmonika (piano accorion) 
  • Aleš Lubi - kitara (guitar) 
  • Tomaž Podlesnik - bariton (baritone)
  • Mitja Skočaj - klarinet (clarinet) 
  • Aljoša Jurkošek - trobenta (trumpet) 
  • Maja Lavrin - vokal (vocal)

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Friday, April 15, 2011

In a year or two...

This is an example of two popular pop singers Špela Grošelj and Domen Kumer singing a nice Slovenian waltz Čez leto ali dve (In a Year or Two). One more proof how excellent vocals can make a huge difference in popularity of certain genre of music.



The lyrics go something like that in Slovenian:


Čez leto ali dve
bo drugače vse,
le ljubezen najina še bo trajala...


And in English:

In a year or two
everything will be different 
only our love will still last...
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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Unique accordion

The new season of Slovenia's Got Talent (SIT - Slovenija ima talent) seems to be the talk of the last few days in Slovenia. Poplular and well known folk ensemble Azalea was one of the performers that caught the most attention with their performance and this unique accordion (see photo below).

Ensemble Azalea at Slovenia's Got Talent (Slovenija ima talent) - Foto: Dejan Vrtačnik
The four members of Azalea performed the song Poison in some kind of polka-rock style and the audience loved them - and so did the three judges. Good luck, Azalea!

Here's a video with another polka by ensemble Azalea - from one of the folk music festivals in Slovenia (2. festival za Veliko nagrado Dolenjske, Šentjernej 2010):



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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Spring Hill Orchid Show

For a few years in a row, Orchid Lovers Club of Spring Hill has rented our Suncoast SNPJ Lodge 778 hall on County Line Road for their annual Orchid Show in March. I've heard about the event but never visited - and I'm glad I changed that today!

2011 Spring Hill Orchid Show at the Spring Hill Hall

One of the things that surprised me every time I walked into familiar Hall, ready for another event, was - how different it looked. Like I've never been there before.



Orchid Show at the Spring Hill Hall

At the entrance I met one of the happy visitors, Charles Leavitt, with a breathtaking orchid with lavender blooms - and asked him if I could take a picture of his prized new possession and and him for this post (photo below).

Charles Leavitt and his new orchid

And then I took many photos of the beautiful orchid blooms in the most amazing colors and color combinations. Some of the best ones you can see below.

Orchids in pretty colors

The most unusual orchid I've ever seen

The most eye-catching color combination at the Spring Hill Orchid Show

Simple beauty of an orchid flower

Spring Hill Orchid Show

Orchids at the Orchid Show

Pretty in pink - orchids at the Spring Hill Hall

Orchid Lovers Orchid Show

Bi-colored orchids

Elegant orchid flowers



All in all, 2011 Spring Hill Orchid Show was well worth visiting and I'm sure I'll go see it again. See more orchid photos by clicking on the link below:

Blooming Orchid Plants at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


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Friday, March 25, 2011

Mother's Day - Materinski dan

Closeup of Cinco De Mayo rose flower

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Today is the Mother's Day (Materinski dan) in Slovenia. To all the moms all over the place I'm sending my best wishes and these beautifully scented roses from my front yard. Happy Mother's Day!! :)

Blooming Cinco De Mayo rose

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Tiny yellow petunias that bloom all season long decided to turn into perennials (I bought and planted  them last spring)
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The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.
~Rajneesh

Brez sonca roža ne cveti,
a nam brez mam živeti ni.
Zahvalim soncu se za cvet,
a tebi, ker ves moj si svet!




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Thursday, March 24, 2011

2011 Florida SNPJ Days in Spring Hill

I am still working on all the (photo and video) materials from this year's Florida SNPJ Days, hosted by Suncoast SNPJ Lodge 778 in Spring Hill. But to give you a little taste of what was going on at our hall, here's a photo and a video.
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Photo above by Rose Zaletel - Friday Jam Session at the Spring Hill Hall: Kathy Paulenich (button box), Larry Zaletel (button box), John Gurl (drums), Pete November (button box) and Tony (button box)
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Video above - Sunday jamming with Alex Meixner
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Monday, March 21, 2011

Election of the officers

There's a regular monthly meeting (and the last one until fall) scheduled at the Suncoast SNPJ Lodge 778 in Spring Hill, Florida - for May 4, 2011 at 11 AM.

There will be nomination, election and installation of new officers at this meeting. Catherine Feil is running for the position of the President/Treasurer and Nezka Novak for the position of the Vice President/Treasurer.

Please attend if you can.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Srečen - Happy

"Srečen" - Happy - is one of those things that probably every human being wants to be - as much - or as often - as possible.

Some recent events reminded me again how irrelevant so many things we tend to worry about in life are and I am now even more determined to stay focused on the bright side of my life.

That's why I decided to share some happiness with this happy polka, performed by an excellent Slovenian ensemble "Novi Spomini." I very much admire them for the incredible vocals.

Enjoy: "Srečen" (Happy) and "Novi Spomini" (New Memories)!


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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Name Day tradition in Slovenia

In Slovenia, the Name Day - "god" in Slovenian, is still way more important to a lot of people than their birthday - and that's what they celebrate every year. Just last night Nežka was telling me about the Name Day tradition in the village near Domžale, where she comes from.

In my early years, the traditional celebrations haven't been a significant part of my life - although I lived in a small village with around 600 residents, scattered around pretty large area. But my mom was a teacher and my dad was a journalist and they both worked all days. Therefore, when other kids spent their out-of-school time on the fields, pastures and woods or in the barns, I was with either of my grandmothers - pretty far away - or on the beach.

A few minutes ago I came across a post on FaceBook, saying that today is "god" - the Name Day of all whose name is "Jože, Jožica, Joci, Pepi, Pepca..."

I can easily imagine that tonight is about to be a party night for a lot of Slovenians because these are all very common names and "veselice" will happen in private homes and public places.

Let's join in the party with this lively polka "Ljubim Jožico" (I Love Jožica) performed by one of my favorite Slovenian bands, Donačka.

"Lepo praznujte" (happy celebration)! :)


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Thursday, March 17, 2011

First annual Craft Show

SUNCOAST DANCE AND PARTY CENTER
SNPJ Lodge 778
 13383 County Line Road
 Spring Hill, Florida 34609


Contact:         Daria                         
Telephone:     (727) 753-9631
Date:               April 9, 2011


CRAFT SHOW ON APRIL 9, 2011

All vendors, craft artisans and public - invited to participate in the first annual craft show on April 9, 2011. Bring your creative talents and colorful art treasures for all to see and buy!  


Dates:             Saturday, April 9, 2011— Craft Show

Times:             April 9, 2011— 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Location:        (SNPJ) Suncoast Dance & Party Center
                        13383 County Line Road, Spring Hill, Florida

Table claim:   Friday, April 8, 2011 – 10:00 AM – 2 PM (first come first served)

Table setup:   Saturday, April 9, 2011 – 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Booth Fee:      Inside the hall— $10.00 per table
                        Outside — $8.00 per table

                        CASH OR CHECKS ONLY.
                        CHECKS PAYABLE TO:  SNPJ

Contacts:        Daria (727) 753-9631
                        Catherine (989) 768-0031 on Saturday’s only.

Food and soft drinks available on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Proceeds will benefit the SNPJ Scholarship Fund.
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Monday, February 28, 2011

Friday at Samsula

Since I was already on the east coast of Florida for the last space shuttle Discovery launch, I decided to stay there another day, check out some other attractions and go to Samsula on Friday afternoon for the 2011 Florida Slovene Days at SNPJ Lodge 603.

The first thing that surprised me when I arrived to Samsula Hall was the 'Polka Avenue' sign. I thought that was very cute.
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Friday polka fest turned out to be a great event. The place was packed with happy people, some were leaving while new ones kept coming in and there were not enough seats for everyone. The choice of foods was outstanding and "orehovi rogljički" was something I haven't seen in years so I had to try them and I have to admit they were delicious. Whoever made them, had to use the original traditional Slovenian recipe.
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My son can never resist a "štrudelj" and he finished a piece so fast that I had to seriously intervene and confiscate the last bite before it was gone. The original agreement was that we would share both desserts... ;)
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I met many wonderful people at Samsula Lodge and both former and present SNPJ National Secretaries were there: Grace Doerk and Karen Pintar.
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As I said, the place was packed so I only managed to take one video of the jam session with Tony Klepec and friends. They were playing "Tam dol na ravnem polju," a traditional Slovenian folk song.
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Next year I might go and stay at Samsula all three days for their 2012 Florida Slovene Days.
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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Saturday dance with Frank Moravcek from Cleveland, Ohio

Suncoast SNPJ Lodge 778 - Slovene-American Club in Spring Hill hosted its traditional February dance with Frank Moravcek from Cleveland, Ohio, this Saturday, February 26, 2011.

Photo above: Linda Hochevar and Frank Moravcek

The music was good, the hall was full and people seem to have fun. Yet another event is 'under the roof' while the 2010/2011 season of events with Spring Hill SNPJ Lodge is fast approaching its end. Only one more weekend to go - with the biggest event of the year 2011.

If you were at the Spring Hill Hall on Saturday night, you might see yourself dancing in the video below and in case you weren't, you might recognize some people who were enjoying themselves.
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One more video - Saturday night jam session. Enjoy!
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

92 minutes of Slovenian music

Oto PestnerImage via WikipediaIn case you're up for 92 minutes of Slovenian music, click on the link below, lean back, relax and enjoy. This is a  New Year Eve's show "Videomeh" with Slovenian polkas and waltzes, singing at its best by the legends of Slovenian folk and pop music scene, hosted by two popular hosts and singers, Boris Kopitar and Nuša Derenda. 


Other popular vocals some of you might recognize are: Alfi Nipič, Oto Pestner and Elda Viler. Of course Slovenian music show would not be Slovenian without the music by Slavko Avsenik and Lojze Slak. There are a few other bands and individuals worth hearing in that show but I'll let you be surprised. Oh, and there are only a few commercials in that show, produced by Slovenian National TV 1.


Click on the link below, it will open a new window and a very happy music will start playing just a few moments later (depending on the speed of your computer).


Silvestrski Videomeh


Photo above: Oto Pestner


From Wikipedia:


Oto Pestner is one of the most prominent singers and composers of popular music from Slovenia, born in 1956 in Ljubljana. Until 2008 he was the leader of the Slovene vocal group New Swing Quartet.
From 1986 to 1991 and in 1995 he was member of Alpski kvintet (German: Alpenoberkrainer)
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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Alex Meixner Band instead of Polka Quads

Florida native flowerImage by sunflower19020 via FlickrAbout a week ago Polka Quads (they were supposed to play at the Spring Hill Hall on Saturday and Sunday - March 5 and 6) had to cancel their participation in Suncoast SNPJ Lodge 778 biggest event of the year - Florida SNPJ Days 2011. Here's what John Salov, the band leader of Polka Quads sent to me in an email:

Daria:


It breaks my heart to cancel but all 3 0f my guys (2 because of work and 1 guys daughter is playing softball in Kentucky) could not make it. These things just came up and I shed tears over it. You people have been good to the Quads and I apologize from the bottom of my heart.


Please pass this info on to anybody who asks.


Again I am sorry but I can't come there without my best band.


I hope this clears up any rumors that you have heard.


John Salov - Polka Quads

Therefore, our three day weekend - Florida SNPJ Days 2011 on March 4 - 6 will now go as follows:

  • Friday, March 4, 20011: All day jam session with Pete November from Ohio from 1 to 6 pm. Admission $5, for jammers who bring in instruments and participate in one of the jam sessions admission is FREE. All instruments welcome. To play as a group, sign up by calling Daria at: (727) 753-9631. As always, polka and waltz dancers (and your family and friends) are more than welcome as well!
  • Saturday, March 5, 2011: Alex Meixner Band from 6 to 10 pm. Admission $10.
  • Sunday, March 6, 2011: Alex Meixner Band from 2 to 6 pm. Admission $10.
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As always, food and cash bar will be available. For any further information and reservations call Daria (phone number above).

For those of you who don't know Alex Meixner or have never heard him play before, he is a Grammy nominated musician and producer - and here's the description of his music performance I found on his website:

Alex Meixner carries on a Family Tradition of music brought to the USA by his Austrian great grandfather. Building upon this foundation and extensive performances/ touring with his father in The Al Meixner Trio for many years, Alex has developed a fresh musical voice that has made him one of the most exciting performers on the American polka scene. 
Alex’s high energy performances of everything from old time polkas and waltzes to more jazz and pop influenced repertoire has won over audiences throughout North America and continues to attract new fans. Equally at home with traditional and contemporary styles, performances on about a dozen instruments (including the 12 foot long Swiss Alphorn and trademark Meixner Button Box sound) and vocals in English, German, Slovenian, Croatian, Czech and more- the band’s reputation continues to grow.


From dynamic polkas and waltzes to Gypsy folk songs to Rocktoberfest parodies, Swing, Latin and Country dance music- the dizzying array of music is perfect for everything from World Music Concerts and family friendly folk festivals to a frenetic non-stop dance party.
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And if you want to find out more still, here's the video (no video, sorry!) of Alex Meixner, playing Schwadamo Polka.
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Actually, Alex has such a unique way of playing accordion that I decided to add another video just so you can see him performing live. Besides accordion he also plays several other instruments, all with equal passion. Of course, to really experience his music, the best way would be to come to Spring Hill first weekend in March and check him out for yourself - and meet Alex Meixner in person.
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Before finishing my morning cup of hot chocolate soy milk and wrapping this post up - I'd like to thank in advance to everyone who volunteered to help me with all the tasks for Friday, March 4 jam session, to all of you who helped me promoting Suncoast SNPJ Lodge 778 events since last Thanksgiving, and all of you who are planning on coming to our events. I appreciate you all more than words can say!
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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Idrija Slovenia - 2011 Alpine Town

Žlikrofi, Slovenian national food from town Idrija
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Idrija Becomes Alpine Town of 2011
09.02.2011

Idrija - The oldest Slovenian mining town, Idrija, which is situated in the Alpine foothills, assumed the title of the Alpine Town of 2011, becoming the 14th town from the eight Alpine countries to receive the title since its induction in 1995. The title is conferred by an association of Alpine countries on towns committed to the implementation of the Alpine Convention. The convention, which entered into force in March 1995, promotes sustainable development of the Alpine region.



This year Idrija therefore plans to carry out projects which will focus on the protection of soil and forest, efficient functioning of sewage plants and the production of environmental-friendly energy.



Idrija Mayor Bojan Sever told the press before the ceremony that cooperation within the network of Alpine towns opened concrete business opportunities for Idrija. "The title is also an excellent opportunity for the promotion of Idrija internationally," he said.



Sever also believes that the title would enable Idrija to draw on the experiences of the towns which have already held the title, and create a legacy for the successors. "We are involved in a project of becoming a low-carbon municipality and we will be carrying out several projects to meet the expectations of the EU and the Alpine Convention," he pointed out.



Sever received the title from the president of the Alpine Town of the Year Association Hubert Buhl and received a gift from Otto Marl, the mayor of Austria's Bad Aussee, the Alpine Town of 2010. The ceremony was also addressed by Environment and Spatial Planning Minister Roko Zarnic.



The first Slovenian town to assume the title was Maribor in 2000.



The idea to make the Alps the centrepiece of a town was born in Villach, Austria in 1995. The next year the Alpine Town of the Year Association was founded. Initially, it promoted cultural events, but now it stands for the implementation of the Alpine Convention.



Idrija, which is best known for its closed mercury mine, which was one of the biggest in the world, is visited by some 50,000 people every year.

Source: Republic of Slovenia - Government Communication Office
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This copper engraving from 1689 by Janez Vajkard Valvasor shows the mercury mine in Idrija in Slovenia
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Escudo - Idrija, Mercurio: Coat of arms of Municipality Idrija
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Postcard of Idrija from 1898
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Divje jezero (Wild Lake), a Karst spring near Idrija, Slovenia
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Gerwerkenegg castle in Idrija, Slovenia
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Kendov dvorec, 5-star hotel in Slovenia (Spodnja Idrija)
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