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Slovenian beach

Best Slovenian Beach for Children: Izola, Strunjan or Portorož?

Slovenian beach – why go there at all when there’s Italy, Croatia, Spain and many other luxurious and cheap places? Why for me, Slovenia is a beautiful country with outstanding nature. The way to the beach (if going by bus or car) is an aesthetic experience on its own. Its people are civilized and friendly, its prices are cheap, hotels and guest-houses are cozy. (Although most don’t have mosquito nets on windows, which is annoying). No matter where you choose to stop for a night or for a coffee break, you will lay hands on a good restaurant.

Slovenian beach – what to expect?

Pebbles

Beaches in Slovenia can leave different memories and impressions on your soles if you are not wearing beach shoes depending on what you fall. But one thing can be promised – there will be no or little sand, so if you are a sand-castle builder – Slovenia beach is definitely not for you. But if you are a pebble-castle builder, then it is certainly a good place. Here is a list of amazing things to do with pebbles. If you are trampoline jumper and a diver, if you like water slides and good ice-cream – it’s another reason to go to Slovenian beach.

People

One thing that has surprised me (for good) were the people I came across during the vacation. Most of my beach neighbors were reasonably good-looking, polite and mannered. No rude shouting, no crazy beach games around, no insane surfing and so on – all quiet. I see it as a plus but some of you might see it as a minus – to each his own.

Generally speaking Slovenia cannot boast being the first choice beach resort for families during summer vacation. However, it has this clean, wave-less sea water, sports attractions and nice people around.

Izola, Strunjan or Portoroz – brief comparison

Here is a purely subjective comparison of three beaches, kids-wise: Izola, Strujan and Portoroz. Points of comparison are: shallow water accessibility (for small children), cleanliness, availability of jumping/playing facilities (for older children who can swim well and are bored from just splashing around).

 IzolaStrunjanPortorož
Pebble/SandSmall Pebbles - beach shoes requiredBig Pebbles/Stones - beach shoes are still required but stones are nicer for touchSand
Facilities for childrentwo spiral water slides, trampoline (outside of sea), small sand court for ball games. Excellent water trampoline (low prices), and small playground for very young children.Water trampoline, which looks decent from far away. My kids haven't tried it, so cannot recommend. Besides the trampoline haven't noticed any visible entertainment facilities.
Cafes nearbyTwo nice cafes with snacks, salads etc., reasonable prices. The ice-cream sold on the beach was not approved by my experienced ice-cream users. Two cafes, haven't tried food in any of them, the ice-cream, however, is memorably good. The place is swarmed with cafes and restaurants nearby, haven't tried any though, so cannot recommend. There is a supermarket nearby where you can buy snacks/water/almost anything else.
Shadow/Sun umbrellasAlmost no shadow. Sun umbrellas and long chairs exist for FREE use. Lots of shadow and trees. No sun umbrellas, but none are required anyway.Little shadow, lots of sun. Sun umbrellas exist but it's unknown whether they are for a fee or free.
Easy access to shallow water (for children)Nice, shallow water easily accessible from the beach. Becoming deeper and deeper the more you advance. Plenty of shallow water. Ideally for small kids. Access to water is through stairs, which is a bit annoying. Lots of shallow water but no sun umbrellas in the area of shallow water. So either brings yours, or sit quite far from the shallow water (not suitable for parents who want to watch their kids and being in the shadow at the same time).
Cleanliness of water Quite dirty water, seaweeds, mixture of sand, shells and pebbles. Cannot see the floor. Very clean water. Can see the large stones at the bottom. Quite tolerable clean water, not perfect but cleaner than in Izola beach.

As shown in the table above, different beaches have different properties and advantages. If you travel with very small kids or babies, you obviously don’t need a sea trampoline. However, if your family is a mixture of swimmers, ice-cream lovers, breast-feeding individuals and breast-milking individuals, pizza and wi-fi carvers – then you will need a versatile  choice of options. My choice falls on Strunjan and here is why:

First, it has a lot of shadow – for those who are not planning to bake themselves watching for kids.

Second, it has two tolerable cafes – which is not tremendously much but quite enough for an average family.

Third, it has excellent sea trampoline, which can attract a teenager for about 2 hours and leave you, mom, totally for yourself or yourself and babies. Empirically proven, trampolines are good for mental health since teenage kids don’t get bored and don’t make their parents go bananas.

Fourth, it has easy access to very shallow water with no waves. There are no sand, true, but the stones are slippery, big and not scratchy (still, would recommend beach shoes). The shallow water is ideal for young kids or kids who don’t know how to swim, or moms who don’t know how to swim with babies on their arms.

To me, there four components form the ideal beach for a diverse family with different interests, ages, tastes and expectations.

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Trampoline on Izola Beach (outside of water)
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Portoroz beach
Strunjan sea trampoline (with diving options for good swimmers)

Slovenian beach

dream

Draw the dream

What do moms dream about?

Are there only casual things?

What are casual things anyway?

This question of dreams and their nature has occurred to the author of this post while she was visualizing of material stuff. Yes, many people do that, but how many people dream of a specific thing, on a regular basis, drawing and visualizing the desired object?

Dreaming occurs more often than we notice. On one day it happens in mini-waves and sometimes in large storms of energetic turbulence somewhere between the hypophysis and hypothalamus.

Here are my rules about dreaming (= wanting something):

If a dream seems weird, wrong or meaningless – think about it.

Never despise the smallest dream, because every dream is meaningful, even if its meaning is minuscule or seems to be wrong at the moment. There is no such thing as “dreamed it by mistake”. There is no such thing as “wrong dream”,  as long as take responsibility for the idea created in your head. Some dreams makes mom blush, feel angry with herself, feel ashamed and perplexed. The most important rule – I never turn my back to it, never bury it somewhere deep and try to forget. This will not work in the long run. I turn my whole self to the ugly dream, be it whatever it is, and take it apart piece-by-piece.By most times it’s not easy, not natural or intuitive. The strongest desire is to slip away from this shameful mental x-ray. But once exposed to light, the disgrace disappears by magic, the vision dissolves and the memories of it become a bleak shadow.

Be responsible for your dream

My dream is my exclusive creation. No one can take it, borrow it or steal it. I cannot lose it as long I’m conscious of what’s going on in my head (can be tricky). I am the sole master of my conscious dreams.

Recognize the character of a dream

Dreams, like humans, own different traits. Some dreams are lazy. They drift by showing no signs of interest, not even trying to demonstrate their best side. Some dreams are active and responsive, offering solutions and ways of fulfillment. Buzzy fantasies. They are ready to cooperate, ready to be put into words and drawings, to be hanged on the wall as posters and to be looked at.

Dream with intention.

Dream are plans-to-be. Dreaming is mental labor. It must be done in a disciplined and organized manner. Otherwise they make little sense and become a huge waste of energy. Guinea pigs can dream with no purpose, meaning or intention. No one cares (if any guinea pig is reading this, please accept my apologies).Humans, however, that consider themselves sapiens,  cannot allow such barbarous misuse of power. Steady dreaming with specific intention creates a surge of energy that must not be underestimated. Those who tried it, know.

One dream at a time, please.

Spreading energy to many directions at the same time will lead nowhere. Something good may happen, but as a matter of coincidence. Creating a hierarchy, a list, a schedule and working on it consistently one idea at a time might sound boring, but it isn’t. Visualizing a fantasy, drawing it, bringing it to life is a creative and vital process. It can never be boring, since it’s your prodigious brainchild, a voice from the core, a call of the inner sense. This process is quite breathtaking and must be forged with respect, care and extreme attention to details since details matter most.