The following books are some of many we would recommend for reading before coming to the Alps. Some are what we would call ‘background’ reading, some are specific to the trip you will be doing, and all are excellent preparation and fun to read, counting the days before your holiday begins…
|The Julian Alps of Slovenia|
Author: Justi Carey, Publisher: Cicerone
This book contains around 50 walks which bring the best of the Julian Alps to the English-speaking walker. The walks are based around five bases – Kranjska Gora, Bovec, Kobarid, Bled and Bohinj – all of which have a range of accommodation and public transport facilities. There is something here for everyone – from easy valley walks and rougher forest trails to high mountain protected routes, some of which require Alpine mountaineering experience.
Author: Mark Baker, Steve Fallon, Paul Clammer, Publisher: Lonely Planet
“Snow-capped peaks, turquoise-green rivers, and an Adriatic coastline inspired by Venice. Throughout Slovenia, culinary and cultural sophistication hides behind a rural, rustic charm.”
|Walking in the Alps|
Author: Kev Reynolds, Publisher: Interlink Pub Group Inc.
A definitive guide to the many thousands of possible routes, with a geographical span that ranges from the Maritime Alps of southern France to the Julians of Slovenia, from Italy’s Gran Paradiso to the little-known Turnitzer Alps of eastern Austria, and from the ice-bound giants of the Bernese Oberland to the green rolling Kitzbuheler Alps and the bizarre towers of the Dolomites of South Tirol, showing the amazing diversity of this wonderful mountain chain. There are walks to suit every taste: gentle and undemanding, long and tough, and everything in between.
|Walking in the Alps|
Author: Helen Fairnbairn, Gareth McCormack, Sandra Bardwell, Grant Dixon, Publisher: Lonely Planet
Iconic peaks reflected in tranquil mountain lakes, sweeping hillsides blanketed in wild flowers and dramatic, sprawling glaciers characterize the Alps. Discover why this mighty range, the birthplace of modern mountain walking has enthralled walkers for centuries.
Detailed descriptions of 47 walks in the Austrian, French, German, Italian, Slovenian and Swiss Alps.
Feature coverage of multicountry megawalks, Tour du Mont Blanc and Walkers’ Haute Route.
Two-color maps for every walk.
|Slovenia and the Slovenes|
Author: Cathie Carmichael, James Gow, Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
One of Europe’s smallest countries, with a population of less than 2 million, Slovenia has an ancient and distinct national culture. It emerged in 1991 after fighting a brief war of independence to leave behind the remnants of Tito’s Yugoslavia. Traces of the Slovene language are found in documents of the ninth century, a system of peasant democracy is recorded in medieval times, and a Slovene Bible appeared as early as 1557. This volume provides a comprehensive survey of Slovenia and its people, including details of political, economic, military and cultural life.
|The Fall of Yugoslavia|
Author: Misha Glenny, Publisher: Penguin Books
In this penetrating book–now with a new chapter covering events through 1995, including U.S. involvement–Misha Glenny offers a sobering eyewitness chronicle of the countdown to war, exploring the human realities behind the headlines, and puts one of the most ferocious civil wars of our time into its true, historical context. Winner of the Overseas Press Club Award for Best Book on Foreign Affairs.
|Alpine Flowers: Of Britain and Europe|
Author: Christopher Grey-Wilson, Publisher: Collins Pocket Guide
The only portable guide to the flowers found in the mountainous regions of Britain and Europe, including the Czech and Slovak Republics, Hungary, Poland, Romania, the former Yugoslavian states, Iceland and north-west Spain – Every species described in detail with the major characteristics highlighted for easy identification – The colour illustrations, painted from live or fresh specimens, show the full beauty of these exquisite plants