||Walking in the Julian Alps
If you're one of those travellers who likes to prepare by reading as much as you can before you set off, then prepare for the North Western Slovenian countryside with this book.
Whilst you may feel that because, like me, you are not a seasoned walker this book is not for you, do not let that put you off. Many of the walks in this guide are described as easy and indeed they are. Anyone of moderate fitness can attempt some of these walks and Brown's clear and accurate route descriptions will lead to an enjoyable few hours exploring the beauty of what this part of Slovenia has to offer. His directions are easy to follow and often he describes additions to the walks to allow you to explore a bit further if you haven't worn yourself out already. Furthermore there is some very useful advice for those readers who are not used to preparing for walking. For the more experienced walker there are plenty of more difficult and lengthy walks described including sensible advice on attempting Triglav, Slovenia's highest mountain.
One of the most delightful aspects of this guide is that a good read of Brown's descriptions of the countryside and the views will make you desperate to get on your way. Perfect for daydreamers! Nor (from my experience), when you arrive, will you find that he has embellished what you will see or misled his readers. Additionally, as the book is divided into four areas (Bled, Bohinj, Kranjska Gora and Bovec), reading about the walks available in different locations and looking at varied photographs (many of which are in black and white) will give you a good idea of which part of the Julian Alps you wish to visit.
The only downside of this book is the general section on visiting Slovenia. The information is clearly dated(in spite of the fact that this edition was reprinted in 2004!), for example the sections on money and the cost of accommodation are of no use to the traveller visiting today. Anyone planning a trip to the country will definitely need to find this information from another source.
Overall though, this delightful little book will be invaluable to anyone considering a trip to this area of Slovenia.