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July 2021

Before July runs away from us, here is how this month went by last year in twenty images.

I’m not pleased with my levels of creativity here in Slovenia at all. I’ve needed three weeks to come up with this post, July for my Calendar 2021. Mostly it’s because my body is using all the energy to stay cool and survive. It happens every year, this time more than ever since it’s hotter than ever.

I’m still in Piran on the Slovenian coast. We’ve had some smoke from the biggest forest fires in Slovenia of all times. When it covered the sun, the scenery turned apocalyptic.

The sea is the hottest it’s ever been, nearing 30 degrees C. The jellyfish still don’t sting, luckily, and there are days when none is around.

I’ve just returned from walking bestia. Father walks him in the morning, I in the afternoon. It’s 6.30 pm and frankly, it’s too hot to walk. Now I write this wrapped in my big towel, because the air-conditioning is a danger to my back. It’s hard to find a happy middle.

And now let’s jump to last year.

Since before July 19th, when last year uncle brought me to Slovenia, I didn’t take any photos worth mentioning, all today’s photos are from the last ten days of the month: First Ljubljana, the capital, where I had my first vaccine, and then the coast.

Our garden in Piran was very much greener than it is this year. Luckily there is some rain promised for tomorrow. Good, because there is already talk of the tap about to run dry.

Previous months of 2021:

July in previous years:


Published by Manja Maksimovič

A Slovenian in Italy for love. Blogger, photographer, translator and would-be writer who would be a writer if she wrote. Plus reluctant but emerging poet. Beware.

22 thoughts on “July 2021

  1. It looks beautiful there! I just got your card, too, and I loved it! I so love real mail. I will write soon. It’s getting hot here too. Much warmer than I like … over 90° F the rest of the week. I hope to get out somewhere beautiful. Thanks for sharing your corner of the world! 💖


  2. Bestia is a much cuter sea dog. Much cuter. The pink on yellow is so very pretty. Stay cool, Manja. The heat and fires everywhere this year are scary.


  3. Thank you for compiling this beautiful portfolio of Piran and more. My favorites: the clover (my body temperature drops just thinking about placing bare feet there and inhaling the fragrance) and the view of the beach. So beautiful.

    Be gentle with your self. We have your past posts to return to!


  4. Stay cool – how does Bestia cope? Everything more than 25 is too hot for me…but I know it will come…and stay. Our own fault it is and it gets me severely depressed. Thank you for sharing the beauty of your country, and Piran. The fires are everywhere I read and see. What are we doing?

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    1. Oh, Leya, I know how you feel. We did what we did, and now we do what we can do. Indoors we have air-conditioning here in Piran (but not in Tuscany, neither in Ljubljana), so bestia doesn’t suffer. We walk him early in the morning and in the evening when it’s better. For some reason he doesn’t wish to swim… Sending you all the love.


  5. Wonderful as always! 🙂 “When your city builds something new and your visual memory must rearrange.” is exactly how I feel about Ljubljana every time I visit it haha. The heat and the dryness are getting unbearable here too this year… Enjoy the rest of your stay in Slovenia! (A bit for me too.) 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Ivona. The heat prevents me from enjoying it even more, but it’s like this everywhere. What I find particularly interesting is that I haven’t been to any cultural even yet in two months. Only to a basketball game. Says it all. Go Luka.

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  6. Thank you for sharing this delicious smorgasbord of photos! Stunning shots. My favourites are the one with Bestia framed to perfection (the one you keep at the top of your blog), the one underneath it with your mum in the background – just perfectly framed in every way. The way the flower curves down in the foreground with the path next to it leading into where your mum is standing is just magical.

    I also love that gorgeous pavilion and green space, and the shot with the rooves and beach leading off in a diagonal ❤


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