From my European home base of Austria, Slovenia is just a hop, skip and a jump across a border that doesn’t even require a passport any more. My brother and I went on a nice day trip to the city of Ptuj in Slovenia, a city that has been inhabited since Roman times. It was an important regional capital in Slovenia and has a gorgeous castle that overlooks the city and the slow-flowing Drava River. We also visited the city’s lively fruit and vegetable market and enjoyed some time in the inviting street cafes that dot the historic downtown and give it a pleasant almost Mediterranean atmosphere. Then we drove back to Austria through the rolling hills past the Slovenian city of Maribor.