This not so little and not really a shop is in the corner of Slovenia that not everybody visits. If history of usefulness is your thing, make a note.
This is Kras, or Karst plateau, the region of Slovenia known for its caves, prosciutto and wine. This place is a sort of reward that a wanderer might get who first comes to Lipica near the border with Italy for the Lipizzaner horses and then has a look around, as some Irish did when we were there.
Lokev is just three kilometres away and “Fabiani – Placer” museum shop, more a museum than a shop, showing what a shop looked like in the early days, lies in the middle of it, opposite the church and the inn.
It is only open in the weekends, and only from April to October, but if you catch it open, the enthusiastic and knowledgeable curator Miro Slana will make you remember it forever.
Miro’s wife is the great-granddaughter of the original owner who opened the shop in 1869. His heirs ran it until 1948. Since then it stood closed and gathered dust and artefacts until ten years ago when the current museum shop emerged.
Thank you, parents and Miro, for a truly illuminating visit.