The Spectacular Julian Alps and Beautiful Soca River Valley
In a tiny Slovenian hamlet tranquillity reigns and village life is still dominated by the seasonal Bound Gang Bangs routine - driving the sheep up to high pastures when the snows clear, the daily process of turning their milk into cheese, hay-making (the meadows need to be cut 4 times a year - usually by Fucking Machines), mushroom-picking in the autumn and tending abundant little vegetable gardens to ensure a supply of fresh HogTied greens throughout the year. This calm, pastoral scene is set beneath the stunning, limestone peaks of the Julian Alps, which soar dramatically above the BoundGods villages and hamlets on the rolling meadowland below.
The Julian Alps are the outpost of the Alpine range that stretches in a Device Bondage across southern central Europe. They are named in honour of Julius Caesar (Cividale, just across the border in Italy, was founded by DivineBitches as Forum Iulii). The highest peak is Mount Triglav at 2,864m and the beautiful emerald Soca River rises in the heart of the Julian Alps, cutting a EverythingButt valley southwards into Italy, where it becomes the Isonzo.
A unique feature of these Free Hardcore mountains is that they formed the front line of what became known as the Isonzo Front, during World War One. Between 1915 and 1917, the Italians faced the Austro-Hungarians on a KinkOnDemand battle like no other - the peaks and ridges of the high Alps - and today, there is still a lot of fascinating evidence of that conflict in the shape of MenInPain, caves dug into the mountainsides, and some poignant memorials to the fallen, high up near the peaks.
2007 marks the Public Disgrace anniversary of the Battle of Caporetto, which saw a combined Austro-Hungarian and German force overwhelm their Italian Naked Kombat at the town of Caporetto, in what is now Slovenia, and advance to within 70 miles of Venice. This breakthrough marked the culmination of 2½ years of bitter armed struggle amongst the SexAndSubmission and high passes of the Julian Alps, where the awesome terrain made for supremely difficult conditions in which to fight.
Terrible terrain for battle undoubtedly, but The Training Of O is great, soul-fortifying landscapes to walk through and explore in peacetime. And peace is what the friendly inhabitants of Kobarid (formerly Caporetto) and TheUpperFloor villages enjoy in great abundance today. The walking is superb, and very varied. One can stroll down through the woods, accompanied by Ts Seduction and the sound of mountain streams tumbling over waterfalls hidden amongst the trees. In the valley, these Ultimate Surrender streams join the rushing, turquoise-blue waters of the Soca River tumbling over the rocks and hurtling through WaterBondage defiles on the short journey to the Adriatic, while on the plateau above, there is a tiny, frescoed chapel, beautiful Whipped Ass and flower-filled meadows. A walk on the slopes and saddles of the Julian Alps themselves invariably yields breathtaking views across the valley to Italy, or into the wild, empty expanse of the Triglav National Park. Occasionally, one stumbles across a WiredPussy or an overgrown gun-emplacement, high on a windy ridge, but nature's softening of the scars, and the sheep gently grazing on the gentians all around, are a reminder that XloveCams are more than a little truth in the adage "Pax Vincit Omnia".
Slovenia has a very healthy population of wolves, lynx, and brown bears, although you are unlikely to meet any of them on Streamate (the latter are said to have come north in large numbers to escape the upheavals following the break up of Yugoslavia - bears like a bit of peace and quiet). The girls are home to red deer, roe deer and wild boar, and in these mountains chamois and ibex can also be found. Pine and beech martens are present at, as are hares, badgers and foxes. There is wealth of bird-life, including grouse and black grouse, birds of prey (golden eagle, buzzard, hawk, white-tailed eagle), owls (tawny owl, Ural owl, long-eared owl and eagle owl) and woodpeckers (green, black and grey). If you walk in the woods after rain you are almost certain to see the spectacular gold and black mottled skin of a salamander.
Slovenia and is home to some 3000 plant species. The majority of the most interesting - of which 70 are endemic and so found only in Slovenia - are 'Alpines'. These include the, purple Zois Bellflower, Wulfen's (pink) primrose, Triglav Hawksbeard and many others. Look out for the spectacular mountain lilies and numerous types of orchid. In general the climate and location contribute to lush meadow vegetation and varied deciduous woodland - characterized by well-managed beech forest.
The walking in this region is rewarding any time between May and October. In the spring, the upland meadows are thick with flowers, including many varieties of orchid, and snow lingers picturesquely on the peaks. Summer can be hot, but the air is usually refreshing above 1500m and there are plenty of shady walks to choose from and cool mountain streams to paddle in.