Little Slovenia (Slovenija) straddles Eastern and Western Europe.
Many of its cities and towns bear the imprint of the Habsburg Empire
and the Venetian Republic, while up in the Julian Alps you'd almost
think you were in Bavaria. The 2 million Slovenes were economically
the most well off among the peoples of what was once Yugoslavia,
and the relative affluence of this country on the 'sunny side of
the Alps' is immediately apparent.
Except for a brief period in June and July 1991 when Yugoslavia
attempted to stop its smallest child from leaving its collapsing
nest, there's been no fighting, no war and no terrorism in Slovenia.
While Croatia and Bosnia-Hercegovina became embroiled in the bitterest
conflict in Europe since WWII, Slovenes got on with making money
and keeping out of the limelight.