Every now and again, you’ve got to trust your gut.
The head said to spend the day at the eye-poppingly blue Lake Bled, in Slovenia, and maybe have a lazy one, just reading. The gut said otherwise.
The head said (upon arrival at Kranjska Gora, and not finding the promised walk signage) to turn around and go back to the apartment in Ljubljana. The gut said to drive on up into the Julian Alps.
The gut was right. In minutes we were stumbling on orchids, and with a few more hair-pin bends, and 1500m of elevation, we encountered – joy of all joys – Lilium martagon, in full bloom. Then the wildflower-world exploded with hellebores (foliage only), Paris quadrifolia, Aconitum, Digitalis, Rhododendron (on chalk!!), Campanula, Euphorbia, Astrantia and the heavenly scented Cyclamen purpurascens, among others.