Getting an early start (0900) on our first full day allowed us to get out of Ljubljana and on the road towards the Predjama Castle and Postojna Caves in the northwest area of Slovenia with time to make it to Kobarid by nightfall. Our plan was to spend a few hours in each place, and then make it for our big 11 course meal at Hisa Franko at 715PM without feeling rushed. The plan worked, and here was our route for the day. But first, we had to pick up the car at the local Sixt office near the Ljubljana railway station. Luckily we had already scoped it out the night before and found the way passable by foot – so we spent about 15 minutes after breakfast rolling our suitcases towards the train station. Other than a little excess noise which we didn’t expect over lightly pebbled streets, the plan went flawlessly. It was such a quiet, green city, we felt bad about our noise pollution contribution. The Sixt office was a little difficult to locate, on the railway side of the station, but we found it after asking for help. We only had to wait a short while….
We took the new United 787-8 DEN-FRA route for the first leg of our trip to Ljubljana, departing at 1545. It was about an hour late due to having to drop off passengers at the International terminal first (and then drive it to B). We got to use the United Club in advance despite having booked award tickets (which made it ineligible to use my complimentary upgrades or GPUs). Beyond a slight delay, the only other minor nuisances of this otherwise pleasant flight were 100%, and a non-functional entertainment system at Brendan’s seat (which they comped him 7,500 miles for). We watched “First Man” during dinner, consisting of quinoa salad, ravioli, and lemon sorbet (which was an odd choice we felt), slept a little, and read a little. We landed more or less on time in Frankfurt at 0930. Uncharacteristically, the flight attendants on this United flight were extremely pleasant and dare I say friendly. After very quickly passing through immigration (and never having to collect our checked luggage, scan them, and re-check them), we scoped out our gate in A, before making the trek back to B for the Lufthansa Senator Lounge (accessible via my United Gold status). We….