Seven petals of our flower present Slovenian nature, history and culture.
1 LAKE BLED (Slovene: Blejsko jezero) is a lake in northwestern Slovenia, where it adjoins the town of Bled. The lake surrounds Bled Island with the pilgrimage church. The church has a 52 m tower and 99 stone steps leading up to the building. Traditionally it is considered good luck for the groom to carry his bride up the steps on the day of their wedding before ringing the bell and making a wish inside the church. Overlooking the lake is Bled castle. According to written sources, it is the oldest Slovenian castle and is currently one of the most visited tourist attractions in Slovenia.
2 CAVE LIFE: Slovenia is a small country in Europe, but big in its underground world and well known for its Karst caves. You can find the biggest European cave in Slovenia – Postojna Cave – and also ones which are under UNESCO heritage – the Skocjan Caves. The most famous animal in our caves is an olm or a proteus, known also as a cave dragon because in the past when after heavy rains, the olms were washed up from the underground waters and were believed by local people to be a cave dragon's offspring. It's Slovenian name is the "human fish" because of its skin colour, similar to that of white people. This petal represents Slovenia in the project's logo.
3 SLOVENIAN FOOD: Traditional Slovenian food for breakfast is bread, honey or jam, butter, milk and apple. Carniolan sausage is the best known Slovenian foodstuff in the world, and is based on the rich heritage of turning the pig into meat products. Potica is a characteristic festive dessert made from different kinds of dough. It is made with more than 80 different fillings.
4 EDELWEISS: Slovenia is one of few countries in which edelweiss, the well-known and prized alpine wildflower, grows and receives protection under certain plant conservation laws. It grows in the Triglav National Park which is named after the highest mountain in the heart of the park, which is also the highest summit in Slovenia (2864 m).
5 SLOVENIA: Lipizzaner horse is a horse to be admired. Graciousness, elegance and perfection best describe its movement. It is one od the oldest breeds of horses in Europe. It is known as the horse of royalty.
6 SLOVENIAN FOLKLORE
7 BEEKEEPING : Beekeeping is one of the oldest traditional crafts in Slovenia. The Carniolan honeybee is an autochthonous species in Slovenia, which means that no other bee species are allowed to be kept. Honey, their product, is more than just a sweetener: it has healing properties and is used as the basis for many beauty and medicinal products.
Our student Luna has prepared a Power Poin Presentation about Slovenia.