Welcome to Our Hiking Blog

Florence and I are from Toronto, Canada. We have been hiking together for a few years. Once we started, the hiking bug bit us fast and hard. We have covered a lot of ground since we started and relied heavily on blogs from other hikers to inform our farther-from-home planning.

Katja & Florence: Tour du Mont Blanc

When reading hiking blogs we often found it really helpful if we could get a good idea of the writer’s fitness level and pace, so we could decide whether their itineraries were in line with what we were capable of. We hope to tell you as much as possible about our experience of the physical aspects of the hikes so you can adjust your plans according to your own wishes.

Overall, we like longer hikes ranging from 20-25 km per day. Having never hiked alpine terrain until 2017, we realized that this would be adjusted to more like on average of 15-20 km per day, depending on altitude loss & gain. Our hikes are strenuous but not extreme and, with decent fitness level, entirely doable. We like to hike at a pace of at least 5 kph in easy terrain and no less than 3.5 kph in more challenging terrain, though steep climbs have definitely slowed us down some. We are not big fans of scrambling, wearing helmets and via ferrata, though we have had some experience with the latter. Not living in the mountains, we have trained for alpine hikes by hiking every possible hill locally and by jogging, including a bit of hill running. It worked for us.

We hope you come along for the hikes and enjoy!

From Slovenia to Italy … on Wheels

This is a non-hiking story …

Today, we picked up our friend Karin at the Ljubljana airport. The airport is actually outside of Kranj, rather than Ljubljana. We have been told by locals that they tend not to fly into Ljubljana, rather into Vienna, Zagreb, or Venice. This is apparently much less expensive. Anyhow, our plan is to ensconce ourselves in Trieste, Italy, from where we can tool around some.

We traded our Renault Clio in for a VW Golf stationwagon. Nice car. The drive to Trieste was just over an hour. We arrived to the most amazing apartment. It has 3 bedrooms and can sleep at least 9

This large space is just the entrance foyer

Living room with wall of windows overlooking the Adriatic Sea

Florence getting her fix

A piano for Florence

Balcony

View from balcony

Original kitchen with rear courtyard balcony

A throne on its own

Larger bathroom with toilet, bidet, shower and washing machine

Washing our clothes – 2.5 hr cycle … clean, clean, clean

After getting settled, we walked into old Trieste, where we found Piazza Unità d’Italia and surrounding area.

Trieste canal

❤️

We then walked up the hill to the Cattedrale di San Giusto Martire.

Nice clear glass rose window

We ate dinner at a seafood restaurant and ordered the mixed grill. One fish seemed a little odd to us but we ate it. The head was removed. As it turns out we ate a monkfish. It is a bottom feeder which even has feet to walk along the floor of the Adriatic. It is sometimes called frog fish. That about sums it up.