I love this view from our balcony at Mali Raj. We stayed at a tourist farm in the far northeast corner of Slovenia in a tiny village, right next to the Hungarian border. The view from the balcony was amazing. Three of our four mornings here I was able to do a twenty minute yoga routine in this spot. It was a travel miracle and very therapeutic for me. Screen time helped!
The owner was so friendly and took a real liking to Thibault. The place was picturesque and relaxing. There was not a lot of tourism in this area, so it was the perfect place for us to unwind without distractions.
The kids absolutely loved it. Cats everywhere, alpacas & goats, plus two ponds—one of which we would go to and look for frogs. I loved watching them be so happy interacting with the animals.
One day we visited a local open air museum of an old village just across the border in Hungary. It was surprisingly a great day out. They had this amazing indoor playhouse with an old medieval play kitchen, climbing area with a flying dragon, and old fashioned games. Jaap and I were pleasantly surprised. Plus a yummy lunch outdoors.
One day we drove into Ptuj for a day out, but it was very hot and there was not much for us to do in the city. We did get to see a Slovenian wedding with some traditional music come down the main square. That was a treat. An afternoon swim back at the farm was the perfect ending.
My favorite day in this region was our trip to Terme 3000. I don’t even have any pictures from the day because it was spent completely with our family enjoying the water and warm weather. Water slides, a water play area for small kids, various thermal baths, and a natural spring bath. Everyone absolutely loved it. Jaap was completely nuts and went down this extremely steep and fast water slide. His retelling of the story was great and I think Flora was very impressed with her father.
The thermal park was a great place for us to unwind. I thought it was the perfect combination of family and adult fun. I wish I had a recording of Thibault’s face when he slipped into the natural thermal bath with us. It was so warm and he loved it.
Some of our evenings were spent at this Hungarian fish restaurant right across the border. My favorite was starting this Saturday night dinner with some schnapps! We skipped the onion bread. Thank God Jaap speaks German and I have a few words enough to read a menu. 🙂
I have nothing but warm and fuzzy feelings for our farm stay at Mali Raj. It was exactly what I was hoping for. Some peace, relaxation, and good quality family time without distractions.