We continued our journey from Lake Bled through the Triglav National Park to reach the Soča valley. Driving through the mountains, we encountered steep winding roads, the most memorable being the fifty hairpin switchbacks going through Vršič Pass (Vrsič is Slovene for "little peak" though it happens to be the highest mountain pass in Slovenia and the Eastern Julian Alps). After the pass, we entered the valley and the beginning of the Soča river, which flows from western Slovenia through to northeastern Italy. We followed it through the towns of Bovec, Kobarid (which we used as our base), to Tolmin and Most na Soči, before heading back east to Ljubljana.
Overlooking the valley on a hilltop in the small village of Livek are four chalets. Modern and minimalist in design, the Nebesa chalets are a unique place to stay and enjoy the Julian Alps. We woke up early one morning when the valley was still asleep and quiet and admired the view of the mist-covered river from our terrace.