Idrija is a town in western Slovenia. It is notable for its mercury mine. Together with the Spanish mine at Almadén, it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2012. In 2011, Idrija was given the Alpine Town of the Year award. Mercury was discovered in Idrija (known as Idria under Austrian rule) in the late 15th century. Mining operations were taken over by the government in 1580. The mineral idrialite, discovered here in 1832, is named after the town According to legend, a bucket maker working in a local spring spotted a small amount of liquid mercury over 500 years ago. Idrija is one of the few places in the world where mercury occurs in both its elemental liquid state and as cinnabar (mercury sulfide) ore. And this is my friend , LaVonne and our our faithful little Honda that took us on this trip of several thousands of miles, on sometimes hair raising terrains, without a hitch.