Konjice Castle and Rogla

Europa cup racing means racing every weekend, but in-between every weekend we have to make the long trek across several central European nations to go check out a new destination.  As someone prone to carsickness, I usually spend these drives staring at mountains that I wish I had time to climb, examining the churches or other historical landmarks, or trying to minimize the amount of money I am spending at the occasional gas stop. The real bummer is when we drive right by the castles (and the mountains of course).  We just don’t get those back home.

Fortunately, a week in a hotel provides some time for exploring and the Zreče area has its own historical sites.  My sister (here racing just for this week) and I got the first taste by visiting several hilltop churches on an evening run.  Although the light was fading, we still hiked nice hillsides, explored the local vineyards, found the churches, and got a nice workout in simultaneously. The churches even had signs translated to English.  Bonus points for the caretakers.

However, the real highlight was a site we spotted across the valley, a real castle.  Finally we were not just getting a glimpse while driving. Thus exploration the next day was in order.  So now for some pictures:

APU and GRP checking out the courtyard from the 1200s.
APU and GRP checking out the courtyard from the 1200s.
Caitlin's having fun.
Caitlin is having fun.
Castle pano.
Castle panorama.
More castle.
More castle.

On a side note, we have been doing plenty of skiing in the morning.  The first two days of training were soft, snowy, and windy, but more recently the sun has emerged and the conditions stabilized.  More racing in Rogla is coming up quickly with a skate sprint Saturday and 30 kilometer classic on Sunday.

Rogla with some blue sky.  It was quite surprising to find piles of snow after green grass in Zrece.
Rogla with some blue sky. It was quite surprising to find piles of snow after green grass in Zrece.
Caitlin trying out some skis and USST gear.
Caitlin trying out some skis and USST gear.

Also, the APUNSC grouprev page is open for another 11 days. We would appreciate any support. http://org.grouprev.com/apunsc2015

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