Sunday, September 30, 2018

LJUBLJANA mon amour

Ljubljana: Already the city's name sounds like a tender song...and derives from ljubljena - beloved.


bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: Ljubljana Dragon Bridge
Like in every decent fairy tale, you have to make it past the dragon to get to the beautiful princess. Ljubljana is no exception.

Albeit the city is not hidden anymore, it kept its sleeping beauty charm and is still a sparkling gem.


The first time I've heard about Ljubljana was when many years ago, an extremely quirky band named Laibach - which is the city's German name - caused sensations among the underground clubs...and scandals in their home country which at that time was still Yugoslavia; socialist Yugoslavia.
And this catapults us right in the middle of Slovenia's ever-changing history:

I spare you the very beginning when the Illyrians settled in. Later came the Romans, Charlemagne followed and made them part of the Frankish Empire, later they came under Venetian primacy and finally they were part of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. This fell apart with WWI and Slovenia became part of the State of Slovenes, Croats, and Serbs. After WWII, they added a couple more countries and - woomph! - Yugoslavia was created, a socialist yet in comparison pretty liberal state of various ethnicities, lead by Josip Broz Tito till his death in 1980 - actually in the very Ljubljana.
After his death, slowly, some of the states - i. a. Slovenia - preferred to become independent which lead to a series of some of the most gruesome and barbaric military conflicts of the 20th century. Slovenia, however, was involved very shortly - although it was the first country being attacked, the conflict there lasted only ten days, then they were good to go...literally.

This is an extremely short and not very thorough recap but I presume that you don't want to know all the details - and if so, probably not from me.

I rather tell you about this beauty I met during my far too short stay in Slovenia, that I fell in love with - and therefore love will be the golden thread in this post.


Something Old


Something New


Something Borrowed


Something Blue


Father of the Bride: Joze Plecnik


What to know when you visit


Where to find all these places





Something Old



Looking for something old, you won't be disappointed in the historic center of Ljubljana. After passing the bridge with the - not - fire-spitting dragons, walk one block further and turn right into the Vodnikov Trg.
At the corner is also the Slovenian Tourist Information where you can get free maps and friendly advice.
Next to it, you can stock up on some fresh snacks on the farmers market taking place from Monday to Saturday from 7 a. m. till the early afternoon.

Strolling down the Vodnikov Trg that then leads into Mestni Trg followed by Stari Trg, you pass some of the most important buildings like the Stolnica Sv. Nikolaja, Ljubljana's Cathedral of St. Nicholas.


bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: Ljubljana St NIcholas Cathedral
St. Nicholas Cathedral - modestly nestled between the beautiful buildings on Ciril Metodov Trg.

After having been damaged various times, the present structure was finished in 1706. Not far is the town hall, but more impressive than that building is the Robba Fountain in front of it.


The Robba Fountain symbolizing the rivers Ljubljanica, Krka and Sava
(Photo: Rok, Ljubljana Robba fountain (23665322093), cropped to 7:5, CC BY-SA 2.0)

Cleverly named after it's sculptor Francesco Robba who designed it in 1751 after Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers in Rome; you must know that the Robba Fountain is also called the Fountain of the Three Carniolan Rivers. However, this one is only a copy. The original is to be found at the National Gallery.

Next to these outstanding buildings are rows of beautiful, well-preserved houses mostly from the Renaissance and Baroque era. The major part of these architectonic jewels are housing cute little specialty shops where you might want to stock up on original souvenirs - like lace, carved wood, and anything you can imagine made from honey. And if you should need a break from awing and shopping, there is a large number of cozy little cafés.

I will not lie to you, if you don't get up too late and don't take your sweet time snacking and browsing, you can visit the most important sights of Ljubljana in two days. But not taking your sweet time would actually be a shame and you'd miss out on a major part of what's Ljubljana's charm all about: The small, unpretentious beautiful corners, alleys, and things. So lower your pace, just add a day or two to your stay.


bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: Ljubljana
Idyllic like a micropolis - hence with less than 290,000 inhabitants Slovenia's largest city; mind you, the entire country has a population count of about 2 million. 

Now let's walk up to Ljubljana's most important and iconic structure, the Grad - which means castle.
There are many ways of getting up there, the funicular being the most convenient one, but the station is way back where we started the tour and seriously, walking up is not that hard.


bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: Ljubljana
Halcyon streetlife - under a humongous chandelier.

To get up there, turn left into Gronji Trg at the Župnijska cerkev sv. Jakoba, Church of St. James, and then again left at Cerkev Sv. Florjana, Church of St. Florian, and walk the idyllic path all the way up.


bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: Ljubljana St. Florian Church
St. Florian at the end of the road.

You can enter the premises for free, walk around, enjoy the views and enjoy some refreshments at their restaurant. Only if you want to visit the exhibitions, attractions, or get up the tower, you have to pay.

The castle was built as a medieval fortress starting in the 11th century. Most of the buildings were added in the 16th and 17th centuries.
In the 19th century, parts of the castle were redesigned as a prison - hence first it protected people from villains coming in, now it protected them from villains getting out.
Very unusual was its use from 1905 till 1963 when it served as communal housing for poor families - go figure - what a fancy kind of project!


bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: Ljubljana St. James Church
View of St. James Church - walking up to the Ljubljanski Grad.

There are various ticket options - with or without the funicular, so you better check their website before you visit to see what's the best deal for you.

Ljubljanski Grad 
Grajska planota 1 p.p.72
1000 Ljubljana
Phone: + 386 - 1 - 306 42 93
Email: info-center@ljubljanskigrad.si


bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: Ljubljana Ljubljanski Grad
Thanks for illuminating my picture of the observation tower in such a dramatic way.

To go back to the city center, you can either use the funicular that takes you down to the puppet theater which is located basically across from the farmers market. Or you walk down the trail Ovinki and then turn right and follow the trail Za Orajami that ends next to the funicular station.


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Something New



After this first part was rather a tour of the classic, exquisite sights'n'structures, sweet Ljubljana has also a rough and edgy side - sort of a runaway bride.


bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: Ljubljana
Sometimes cute and wild go together pretty well, don't you think?

Let's explore it by crossing the Dragon bridge and after one block turn right into Trubarjeva Cesta. The narrow lane and its side streets are kind of Ljubljana's Greenwich Village: Lots of small coffee shops, international eateries, quirky specialty shops, and artists. Totally worth lingering and exploring.


bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: Ljubljana Streetart
Skating with King Kong.

At #72 is the Skatepark - you can't miss it because here, the Trubarjeva Cesta is adorned by very artsy and cool graffiti. Next to the Skatepark, you'll get to the Avtonomna Tovarna Rog, the Autonomous Rog Factory. It's an art and community center that has a bit of a Christiania-feel to it (I presume you are familiar with the anarchistic Freetown Christiania in Copenhagen. If not, check my post on Denmark's crazy capital).


bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: Ljubljana Rog
Rough and creative Rog.

Between 1953 and 1991, Rog bicycles were manufactured on these premises. Until it was occupied in 2006 and transformed into a community and culture center, it had been abandoned. Despite its great service to the community, especially the disadvantaged, in 2016 the city began to demolish the center. A court decided the keep the buildings until the conflict is resolved - it's still an open case.

Autonomous Rog Factory 
Trubarjeva cesta 72
1000 Ljubljana

At the next corner, turn left into Rozmanova Ulica - but first please notice Župnija Ljubljana - Sv. Peter, St. Peter's Parish Church, which is one of the oldest churches in Ljubljana.


bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: Ljubljana St. Peter's Parish Church
Saints in bold colors.

I simply love the unusual paintings by Ivan Vurnik, who for sure is known for having a thing for bold colors - just check what he did for the Cooperative Bank. A strong influence from Balkan folk art as well as Art Deco from the Vienna Secession cannot be denied.

Rozmanova Ulica continues into Tabor and eventually into Maistrova Ulica. Here, you'll find two interesting museums: First, the Slovenski Etnografski Muzej, Slovenian Ethnographic Museum, a place where you can learn basically everything about Slovenia and its people in an entertaining way. For profound background knowledge - from the past till this day - a great place to visit.

Slovene Ethnographic Museum 
Metelkova 2 SI
1000 Ljubljana
Phone: + 386 - 1 - 300 87 00
Email: etnomuz@etno-muzej.si 

The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a. m. to 6 p. m.

Right next door is the Muzej Sodobne Umetnosti Metelkova | + MSUM, Ljubljana's Museum of Contemporary Art. I guess it strongly depends on their program, but since the building is pretty spectacular, the exhibitions are not. However, if you want to brush up your knowledge on Slovenian contemporary art, this is the perfect place to do so.

Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova | +MSUM 
Maistrova ulica 3
1000 Ljubljana
Phone: + 386 - 1 - 241 68 00
Emal: info@mg-lj.si


I bet when the military was still there, the facades were much less colorful.
Photo: Nincha8, Metelkova mesto1, cropped to 7:5, CC BY-SA 3.0)
At the end of the road where Maistrova Ulica leads into Masarykova Cesta is another pretty unique and alternative music and cultural center: Metelkova Art Center. Here you'll find more of the hip and trendy crowd than activists like at the Rog. There is a lot of music, theater, and art going in, there are clubs and there is a hostel. All this is housed in seven buildings that used to be military barracks - first during the Austro-Hungarian Empire and eventually, it became the headquarter of the Yugoslav National Army. Although it was initially squatted, pretty fast they got a formal permission to operate their alternative businesses.













Metelkova Art Center
Metelkova ulica 10
1000 Ljubljana



From here, three blocks west, you'll get to the central train and bus station.


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Something Borrowed



Borrowed - well, I'd like to rephrase since it's rather adopted: One of the most interesting and fascinating sides of Ljubljana is its rich international heritage. Italians, Austrians, the Balkans - all these people left their culinary traces. Today, you can add Asian and Arabic food and, of course, there are great places for Vegetarians and Vegans, too.

Let's start with an omnipresent snack, the Burek, pretty greasy puff pastry, filled with cheese, spinach, potato, or minced meat. This snack is popular across the Balkan area, up northeast in Russia, in Turkey - where it is called Börek - and probably in a couple more places that I don't know of.
You'll get some of the best Burek just one block from the train station - and these guys never let you down since they are open 24/7.

Nobel Burek
Miklošičeva cesta 30
1000 Ljubljana
Phone: + 386 - 1 - 232 33 92

If you should get tired of Burek for breakfast, I urge you to check out Slovenska Hiša, a place serving great food in a lovely, a bit rustic setting - and they do it with a smile and at an unbeatable price. Oh, and they are located right next to the Ljubljanica river - it can't get any better, take it from me.

Slovenska Hiša
Cankarjevo nabrežje 13
1000 Ljubljana
Phone: +386 - 838 99811

They are open Sunday to Thursday from 8 a. m. to 1 a. m. and Fridays and Saturdays to 3 a. m.


Another great option for breakfast or a light snack is the Organic Garden on the main shopping street Ciril-Metodov Trg. I guess the name gives you a hint of what they serve.

Organic Garden 
Ciril-Metodov trg 11
1000 Ljubljana
Phone: + 386 - 820 54050

They are open every day from 9 a. m. to 10 p. m.

Not afraid of heavy, hearty, greasy food? That's good since actually, all traditional dishes are pretty....nourishing. You can get these classics also in the touristy neighborhoods but, of course, they are best where the local people eat.


bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: Ljubljana Kratochwill
What a feast! All this meat and sausages came with baked beans and different fixings - and nope, I did not eat up although the palatable beer helped a lot. Yeyi for Kratochwill!

Like at this unpretentious Pivovarna, i.e. brewery; and the most adventurous ones sample their honey beer.

Pivovarna in Pivnica Kratochwill 
Kolodvorska ulica 14
1000 Ljubljana
Phone: + 386 - 1 - 433 31 14

Kratochwill is open from Monday to Friday 9 a. m. to 10 p. m., Saturday from 11 a. m. and Sunday closed.


bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: Ljubljana Foculus
Eating Italian in an appropriate setting: Roman columns and a Vespa.
Now that we'd covered the classic Balkan cuisine, let's move over to the lighter, Italian influenced gastronomy; whereby all these places also serve pizza - in case you cannot withstand without carbohydrates.


To have some Italian in a pretty authentic seeting, it's worth it checking out the Pizzeria Foculus.

Pizzeria Foculus Gregorčičeva ulica 3 1000 Ljubljana
Phone: + 386 - 1 - 421 92 95

Open Monday to Saturday from 11 a. m. to midnight.

By the way, it's surprising how many businesses are closed on Sundays given that Ljubljana is such a popular place when it comes to city breaks.








bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: Ljubljana Cankarjevo Nabreze
Take me to the river: Whether it's for a big meal or just a refreshing drink - the Cankarjevo Nabrežje is always one of the nicest settings.

The nicest locations, of course, are to be found along the river Ljubljanica. The menus are actually pretty similar, the - very good - Slovenian wine is reasonably priced and the view would cost a million Dollars if you had to pay for it.


If you should have a craving for Asian, I firstly wonder why and then I recommend The Wok. You order at the counter in sort of a modular system and then you can watch the super-efficient guys preparing your food with fresh produce from scratch. It's a good place, only the lady at the cash could lose her attitude.

The Wok 
Čopova ulica 4
1000 Ljubljana
Phone: + 386 - 599 00555

Open daily from 9 a. m. to 11 p. m.


Although Ljubljana is located in the heart of Slovenia, there is great fish and seafood coming in from the Adriatic coast and the best place to enjoy it - unfortunately without a view - is the Restavracija Valentin.
Another reason why you should consider this place is their street food option: During the day you can eat their fantastic meals in the relaxed atmosphere of their bistro style entrance area.
In the evening, they serve a set dinner in the more formal rear part.

Valentin
Vodnikov trg 5
1000 Ljubljana
Phone: + 386 - 590 41111

Open daily from 11 a. m. to 10 p. m., Sundays only from noon.


bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: Ljubljana Central Market
Even if you're not buying: A visit to the central market is nice if only for the atmosphere.

More great options to eat fresh fish are at some stalls at the farmers market - right across from Valentin Street Food - and, of course, at one of the restaurants at the fish market arcades.


bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: Ljubljana Fish Market Arcade and Tromostovje
Two of Plečnik's masterpieces in one picture: The Fish Market Arcades and next to it the famous Tromostovje, the triple bridge.

Dining here does not only grant you with some atmospheric views, you are also eating at a real piece of art since the arcades were designed by no one less than Jože Plečnik, the famous Slovenian architect.


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Something Blue



As you know from the Robba Fountain, there are three Carniolan rivers, namely Sava, Krka, and Ljubljanica, whereby the latter flows into the Sava which then exits into the Blue Danube. It flows like a melodic song.


bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: Ljubljana river cruise
Is there a better way to celebrate life and enjoy a city break in lovely, beloved Ljubljana than gliding along the Ljubljanica river with a glass of Slovenian champagne in hand?

Somehow a visit to Ljubljana without a cruise on the Ljubljanica would be incomplete. Not only does the river divide the city in a pleasant way, making lots of beautiful bridges necessary, each of them an alluring and interesting sight. Slowly gliding down the river gives you an additional perspective on all the great buildings to your left and your right.


bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: Ljubljana river cruise
Cruise with a view.

So hop on and let's cruise for an hour.


bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: Ljubljana river cruise
Šentjakobski most: Ljubljana's St James Bridge is the most underrated one.

Another very relaxing activity - is relaxing and activity not an oxymoron? - is just laying down on the lush lawns on both shores of the river, a little bit outside the city center. You can walk there or rent a bike and cycle - you'll feel like being in the countryside.


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Father of the Bride: Joze Plecnik



What a good father Jože Plečnik was to Ljubljana - he practically showered her with beautiful, unique, and meaningful architecture to make her one of the prettiest around.

Born in 1872 in Slovenia - which then was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Plečnik studied with Viennese uber-architect Otto Wagner and worked at his workshop till 1900. Although his fantastic structures can be found i. a. in Vienna, Belgrad, and, of course, Ljubljana, his most famous achievement is the renovation and remodeling of the Prague Castle from 1920 to 1934, commissioned by the first president of the Czechoslovak Republic Tomáš Masaryk.

However, this good father left his beautiful daughter Ljubljana a remarkable chest full of jewels:


bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: Ljubljana Tromostovjy and Franciscan Church
The master's masterpiece: Tromostovje, Ljubljana's iconic Triple bridge - with the likewise iconic Franciscan Church in the background.


bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: Ljubljana National Library
The National Library - where the upper windows are shaped like open books....


bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: Ljubljana National Library
...and the entrance hall looks like a Greek temple....of wisdom, of course.


bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: Ljubljana Cobbler's Bridge
Romantic Šuštarski most, the famous Cobblers' Bridge.


Peglezen, Ljubljana's "Flatiron-House"
(Photo: Thomas Ledl, Peglezen, Ljubljana, cropped to 7:5, CC BY-SA 4.0)


bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: Ljubljana Fish Market Arcades
It's all about love and romance in lovely and romantic Ljubljana: Between rows and rows of love locks, you can spot the Fish Market building.


bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: Ljubljana Ursuline Church
Nope, this is not the Ursuline Gymnasium by Plečnik, this is the Ursuline Church of the Holy Trinity. The High School is to its left.


bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: Ljubljana Krizanke
Križanke - housing not only an outdoor theater but also the School for Design and Photography. The master himself is watching over visitors of his marvelous building.

Actually, I've listed only the buildings that are located around the old center. If you are interested in further works by Plečnik, there are the  Church of St. Francis of Assisi, the  Žale Cemetery and more.


bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: Ljubljana
Genius for sale - the everpresent Jože Plečnik in a bookshop window.


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What to know when you visit



How to get there and around


Slovenia is located pretty centrally in Europe, nestled between Italy, Austria, Hungary, and Croatia - which makes it quickly accessible from many regions; I got there by train from Munich in six hours.

However, since it's becoming a popular city break destination, many will get there by plane.
It's located about 20 km north of the city and named after - how surprising is that?! - Jože Plečnik; albeit it's one of the few buildings he did not design. There is a cheap public bus, #28, but it runs approximately every hour - on weekends even less frequently - and takes about 45 minutes.
Taking a private shuttle is a little more costy - around 9 €uro one trip - but much more comfortable. There are various companies. You can check e. g. GoOpti.

Like I said, I got there by train. The train station is about 10 to 15 minutes from the city center, hence totally walkable.
The bus station is right next to it respectively partly it's unremarkable cardboard signs pinned to the chain-link fence next to the main building; however, it's a proper bus station and I took the bus to Zagreb from there - easy-peasy. Like I pointed out: Ljubljana is pretty centrally located so it's a piece of cake taking a coach to Vienna, Budapest, Zagreb, or many other destinations.

At Ljubljana, you'll probably be walking. There is a good bus system, but most of the rather touristy attractions are concentrated at or around the old town and a major part of this area are pedestrian streets.
However, if you buy a Ljubljana-card, public transport within the city is included; the airport bus, too, but it's, of course, only the cheap, inconvenient one.


Tourist Information and Deals


Already before you go to Ljubljana you can get first information online.

In Ljubljana, you'll find an info center at the airport and downtown at two locations:

Ljubljana Tourist Information Centre - TIC
Adamič-Lundrovo nabrežje 2
1000 Ljubljana
Phone: + 386 - 1 - 306 12 15
Email: tic@visitljubljana.si 


Slovenian Tourist Information Centre - STIC 
Krekov Trg 10
1000 Ljubljana
Phone: + 386 - 1 - 306 45 75, 306 45 76
Email: stic@visitljubljana.si 


Opening hours are weekdays from 8 a. m. to 7 p. m. and weekends from 9 a. m. to 5 p. m.

You can get free info material and maps, they answer all your questions and arrange guided tours - available in 18 languages!

You can also buy a Ljubljana Card there. With this card, you have free admission to more than twenty attractions, you can travel for free on city buses including the one to the airport - the slow one that nobody want to take. You can join a guided city tour and you have 24-hour internet access at their office; which must be a remainder from times when you did not get free Wifi at each and every restaurant or bar and even at hotspots throughout the city.


bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: Ljubljana
That's definitely great service: With your Ljubljana Card, you even get a bike for free for a couple of hours.

Nevertheless, if you want to visit the castle and some of the museums, it's totally worth it; especially since there are some amazing other attractions included like a river cruise, a tour of the Union brewery and even bike rental for a couple of hours.



24 hours48 hours72 hours
Adult€ 24,30€ 30,60€ 35,10
Child (age 6 to 14) € 14,40€ 18,00€ 20,70


Note: You'll get a 10% discount if you buy the card on the internet.


Money


Alrighty, these are great deals - but how do you pay for all this? Well, if you don't use your credit card, you'll have to pay in €uro. Since 2001, 19 European countries paying with €uros, and Slovenia joined the bandwagon in 2007. The exchange rate is 1 US$ = 0,86 EUR (September 2018), but you can check the conversion on this page.


Language


Many people speak pretty decent English, most young people have even a great command of the language. However, it puts a smile on people's face when you can say at least thank you - hvala - and please and you're welcome - prosim.

Note: In this article, I'm writing out some of the Slovenian names of brands and places and you will notice that there are letters that might not exist in other languages. 
First of all, c is never pronounced k, it is pronounced like the ts in Tsar, so it's 'Ulitsa', not Ulika, and 'Pivnitsa', not Pivnika. 
Only when c is written č, it is pronounced like a ch: 'Plechnik' (beats me how I came up with this example....). 
Same goes for s: written š, it's pronounced sh. But only then. 
The letter ž is pronounced more or less like j, but rather the French way - as in jour.
People tend to overdo it with the ch and the sh - if there is no accent, it's a simple c or s, no crackjaw there.



Where to find all these places








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Disclaimer:



I deeply appreciate that the Visit Ljubljana supported my blogger trip by granting me a private guided tour and supplying me with various tickets/access. 

However, all opinions on these services are mine and weren't by any means influenced by my cooperation partner.

35 comments:

  1. This is a great guide. Hoping to get to Slovenia next year so have pinned this one for later. Thanks Renata :)

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    1. Glad you like it. I wish I can go back to Slovenia very soon since I also want to explore other places - but pay Ljubljana another visit, too.

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  2. Ljubljana seems to be a great place I was more happy to check that Ljubljana Card allows you to rent a bike for few hours. This means one can wander around the city like a local which sounds more exciting.

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    1. Yes, the card grants some great options to explore different aspects of the city.

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  3. What a little treasure! I love the way you weave in the places to visit with the history and the architecture. The river ride looks like a must!

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    1. Thank you, I'm very glad you like it. Yes, after all that walking and climbing, just sitting in the boat and glide through the city was a pleasant break.

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  4. Ljubljana looks beautiful! River cruises are one of my favorite ways to see a city and that one looks like a lot of fun.

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    1. It was a nice addition to all that walking....phew!

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  5. What a wonderful place to adore. I wish to visit this place soon too. I hope I could save alot to be with my family here.

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  6. Ljubljana looks like such a lovely and charming place. Great that Slovenia itself is quite easy to get to from a number of nearby European neighbors. So much to explore here, I totally agree you would want to spend more than a couple of days to really experience such a place.

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    1. Since I stopped there on my way to Croatia, my stay was wayyy too short - I need to come back as soon as I can.

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  7. Your pictures are lovely as usual and your guide is amazing. I would love to spend some days there after reading this.

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    1. I got all sentimental writing the guide; I need to go back as soon as I can. Maybe we'll meet ;-)

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  8. Such a wonderful place! I know Slovenia but this is the first time I've hear of Ljubljana. I don't mind getting the guided tour if I get to see all those places! The old vintage look of the building and streets always amazes me.

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    1. It is a very special place and it was even better than expected.

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  9. I love visiting Ljubljana. I really enjoyed the alternative aspects of the city that sit side by side with the interesting old parts of the town. The street art was fantastic as well.

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    1. Yes, that's what I enjoyed, too. It's a real city, not an outdoor museum, and it has a great vibe to it.

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  10. Ljubljana looks mindblowing. Quite a lot to explore here, I would be on the streets for all that art, probably all day long!


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  11. Looks like so much to see and do here. You got some beautiful photos :)

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  12. Really enjoyed this, a very creative way of presenting the city! We haven't made it to Slovenia yet, but it's high on our list and we'll probably go to Ljubljana next year. Will be saving this article for sure :)

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, I'm glad you like it. I always try to find a golden thread - and it makes me happy to see that it's appreciated.

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  13. Well I loved the streets there! Looks like a cool place to do street photography. I think I can spend days walking around there with my camera.

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    1. Yeah, well, if I managed to take some decent pix there, you will do wonders, that's for sure.

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  14. Your pictures are amazing and you have done a fantastic job of the write up about each one.

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    1. Thank you, Melissa, that's so kind of you! Glad you like it.

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  15. Slovenia certainly has a rough past! The houses from the Renaissance and Baroque eras are beauties. We are good at getting up and out so I think we could do Ljubljana in 2 days. It's great that visitors can enter the castle premises for free, even if you have to pay for the exhibitions. Did you enter? Which museums did you visit or would you recommend?
    Sorry, I would not eat that heavy food. Wok food and seafood are much preferred. I like the idea of a cruise; we do them often when we travel.

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  16. I am loving the photos here. What a beautiful place. Lots to see and explore.

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  17. What a picturesque place! I love the architecture and could probably spend all day just wandering the streets! Slovenia looks like a lovely place to visit.

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  18. What a fantastically creative way to write your post! I love the something old, new, borrowed and blue idea. I adored exploring this city so much. I wish I had more time to explore more of the things on your list.

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  19. It sounds like a very fascinating destination and I particularly love the rich international heritage the city has! Thanks for the great tips.

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  20. Ljubjana is so pretty wow! Loved all the information you have provided. It looks like a dreamy destination. I love the streets there. So many places to see and so many things to do.

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  21. I'm really hoping to visit next year, so really am inspired to visit. I love the mix between the old and new in the city, and I've never heard of Slovenian champagne before, but I'm really keen to try!

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  22. I love this place! We were there for 3 days a few years ago and loved the sellers on the streets with their huge displays. Beautiful city.

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  23. Love the way you have written this and the amount of advice given. I been to Ljubljana quite a few times and enjoyed this beautiful small city. Hoping to be back soon and you have given me a few ideas.

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