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Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana June 13th 2015

Whew! It was hot in Ljubjana when I got here on Friday and stayed that way until a cooling Sunday evening rain. Naturally, my room isn't air conditioned and the one feeble window manages to open only in the direction that does not allow a breeze to enter. But, not to be done in, I ventured out Saturday for a short trek around town and through Tivoli Park. Sunday, I took myself along the river walk - both sides. Every eatery and bar was manned by excited British soccer fans. Just as you can usually spot an American in Europe, you can't miss a Brit revving up for his favorite team. That evening I finally met with my fellow travelers in Best of the Adriatic in 14 Days. All Americans save one Aussie and all seasoned ... read more
University Library designed by Joze Plecnik
House in Preseren Square
Dragon Bridge

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana May 16th 2015

Saturday 16 May: Don’t forget to check at the bottom for additional photos. In yesterday’s post I mentioned the old buses that ply the roads of Ljubljana. Well, it appears they aren’t the only relics of the past to make it to the city. In the next 6 weeks there are concerts by Ice-T, the Pet Shop Boys, Toto, and Bob Dylan! Anyway, the weather today was much better and after breakfast we headed into the city. We got off near the old town where a busy market was in full swing. After a look around we caught the funicular up to Ljubljana Castle. This was very enjoyable. They had entertainment on in the courtyard and we visited the museum and climbed the impressive spiral staircase to the top of the tower to see great views ... read more
View of funicular and castle.
Bloody Aussies are everywhere!
Castle courtyard.

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana May 15th 2015

Friday 15 May: If you were growing up in Auckland in the 70s and 80s you might have travelled to school on one of those old ARA buses with the wooden seats. If you ever wondered what happened to those buses I can inform you they are happily transporting the citizens of Ljubljana, Slovenia! It has been a bit of an unusual day. Zachary woke up at 5. Mr Rado from the Bled hostel gave us a lift in his Saab to Ljubljana. He had gone to the trouble of getting a proper car seat for Zachary which Zachary was quite chuffed about and we zoomed down the highway (the speed limit is 130 here). As it was raining he insisted on taking us right to our new accommodation. What an extremely nice man he is ... read more

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana April 26th 2015

26 April 2015 Sunday My sobe was just a hundred feet from Preseren Square, so was very convenient for touring the town. Before meeting Mike at the statue of the Slovenian poet Preseren in the square named after him, I checked out the nearby tourist information office to see when there might be a guided walking tour of Ljubljana. The tour started at ten am which gave us plenty of time for café au lait and a croissant. We joined about eight others for the two hour tour, starting with city hall, a historic eatery, the cathedral, and a funicular to the castle. The views from the castle, as usual, were panoramic. We descended the funicular and walked back to the center of town, past the Market Hall and Triple Bridges designed by Jose Plecnic, and ... read more
Musician at Presernov Square, Ljubljana
Ljubljana Castle
The Market Colonnade designed by Plecnik

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana April 9th 2015

I can't believe it's already been 4 weeks since I left America! They've flown by so fast, and now there's only 7 more weeks to go. I've now made it behind the Iron Curtain, and I'll be staying here for most of the remainder of my trip - until May 12th. This is all a new part of Europe for me to explore (my day trips to Bratislava and Poland don't really count much in the grand scheme of things), and I can say that I was taken over by a little rush of excitement when we crossed into Slovenia yesterday morning and I started seeing signs in a language I hadn't ever encountered. The train to Ljubljana wasn't exactly how I had planned - it was more of a bus. Apparently they've been doing some ... read more
View from atop Ljubljana Castle
The Triple Bridge
Rows of houses/offices in the Old Town

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana April 8th 2015

Easter Monday found us up for breakfast at 8 am and then packing up our bags. Our next task was to set off to find the bus stop for bus #15, the one that supposedly would deliver us to our mystery destination out in an industrial park where we were to catch our Florentia bus to Ljubljana. When i first booked our bus tickets I immediately checked out the location on Google Earth and was quite dismayed with where the bus stop was located. We decided to roll the dice and wait until we got to Padua where we would then ask. Suzy, our hostess, had never heard of this place but did some research and told us to take bus #15. After further searching I mapped out the route from the pickup point and decided ... read more
50 Shades of Purple
Ljubljana Castle
Street in Ljubljana

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana September 23rd 2014

Up early for breakfast with a multitude of travelers (at least a dozen tour buses in the parking lot), we were on our way at 7:30 a.m. After a short stop, we arrived in Croatia’s capital, Zagreb, for a walking tour with a local guide and lunch on our own. We met our guide at the entrance to Zagreb's gothic Catholic cathedral (dates back to 1093), the tallest building in Croatia. The city is located on the southern slopes of the Medvednica mountains and has an abundance of historic buildings. We were amazed by the gothic-style Church of St. Marcus (13th century) with its roof of glass tiles featuring the city's coat of arms. With a goal to wander the streets and markets, we opted for a picnic of sandwiches on the square. And we had ... read more
Typical Housing
Zagreb Cathedral
Beautiful Fountain

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana September 17th 2014

Smooth overnight air travel allowed for a bit of sleep, and we arrived in Ljubljana early afternoon on Monday. We had no trouble at all finding an ATM and a shuttle to the City Center hotel in Old Town. A short 30-minute ride, we checked into a comfortable room and crashed for a good 3-hour afternoon nap, highly recommended by grandson William. :) In 50 BC, the Romans built a military encampment on the site named Emona. The name became ‘Ljubljana’ and was first used in the year 14 A.D. (when Jesus was a teenager), and the city is celebrating its 2000thanniversary. In 452, it was destroyed by Attila the Hun and subsequently dominated by the Franks and suffered frequent Magyar raids. By 1524, wooden buildings became forbidden for obvious reasons, and 10% of its buildings ... read more
Franciscan Church of the Annunciation
School Excursion
Triple Bridge, Old Town

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana September 10th 2014

Our train passes westward through southern Croatia. A country that hangs like a gibbet over Bosnia/ Herzegovina which lays just a few klicks to the south. In the Croatian village of Slovanski Brod we see some upper-story windows haloed with deep pockmarks punched out by the automatic weapons fire that Serbs had trained on defensive snipers who were positioned in the attics of homes on the southern edge of town. On July 15th of 1992 Bosnian refugees who had taken shelter in Slovanski Brod's soccer stadium were subjected to artillery barrages by Serbian forces in Bosnia. Dozens of civilians were killed and maimed. Business as usual. Serbia has a bad vibe to it. Men dressed in faded-Adidas track suits and cheap leather jackets wander aimlessly through the train to Belgrade. Many take long pulls from cans ... read more
Polona and Miha
Riverside Fountain
Dinner

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana July 6th 2014

Sorry for the absence of blog entries for the last few days, it's been hectic. On Friday we spent the day sunbathing and swimming in the lake, the views were so beautiful. In evening we went to the bar underneath the hostel and had some drinks. Saturday was a slow day, we didn't do much except take the train from Bled to Ljubljana. It's good to be back in the city again. We wandered around a bit yesterday evening and found a supermarket and a McDonald's (what more do you need?) Now I'm waiting for Liz to wake up so that we can go and explore Ljubljana. Unfortunately I woke up yesterday with a sore throat and it's developing into a cold so hopefully it won't last long and I won't give it to Lizzie. ... read more




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