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Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana November 20th 2022

20 nov Le petit aéronef dans lequel je prend place décolle de la Suisse avant même que je puisse reprendre mon souffle. Je suis arrivé à mon escale de justesse. C'est qu'il y a eu du retard au départ de Montréal: une histoire de dégivrage parait-il. Il est 7h20AM et il fait gris sur Zurich. Nous sommes 13 passagers en direction de Ljubljana. Il manque plus d'une centaine de voyageurs pour remplir l'engin. J'avais prévu la basse-saison en Slovénie, et l'absence de gens dans l'avion me le confirmera. Le mois de novembre balance entre deux saisons: ce n'est ni la période de la plage, ni celle du ski alpin dans les Balkans. Le petit avion transperce le sombre plafond qui enferme Zurich ce matin pour rapidement retrouver la lumière de l'aurore cachée au dessus des nuages. ... read more
coeur de ville

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana July 25th 2022

This morning we decide to visit Tivoli Park which is only a few hundred metres across the river from our hotel. We walk through the very attractive Congress Square which is surrounded by classical architectural icons including the Slovenian Philharmonic Building and the University of Ljubljana. A few hundred metres further on is the eye wateringly ugly and completely contrasting Trg Republike. The ever reliable Google Maps describes this as a “plaza to showcase socialist modernist architecture in 1960, fringed by landmark towers”. Hmmm. The two “landmark towers” are on one side opposite the National Assembly Building of Slovenia. The architects who designed this lot clearly did their training at a kindergarten where all they were given to play with were a bunch of dark grey Lego bricks. There’s not a curve or any shred of ... read more
Graffiti Slovenian style, Tivoli Park
Sts Cyril and Methodius Church
Art exhibition, Ljubljana Town Hall

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana July 24th 2022

This morning we’ve booked tickets to Ljubljana Castle which sits high on the hill overlooking the city, and dominates the skyline. But first a coffee stop. We’re not sure what the impressive looking building at the base of the hill on the other side of the square from the coffee shop is. But it’s OK, we’ll soon find out because there’s a large QR code on the facade. Well that’s what it looked like, although in hindsight I suspect I might have looked more than a bit stupid pointing my phone hopefully at what turns out to be an ancient decoration that just happens to be made of small black and white tiles. Anyway there’s a small drinking fountain right next to it. This wouldn't normally be worthy of comment, but this one’s a statue of ... read more
Kangaroo drinking fountain
Triple Bridge
Ljubljana Castle from the river

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana July 23rd 2022

We’re up at the crack of dawn for our early morning flight to Trieste. The lady at the check in desk tells us that downtown Trieste is famous for its coffee. This is nice to know, but if we find ourselves in downtown Trieste later in the morning it will only be famous in the Sheehan household as the place we ended up in when we missed the turnoff to Slovenia. We can see Venice out the plane window just before we land, well we think it might be Venice. It’s ridiculously hazy. Our flight took off an hour and a half late because Rome Airport was closed earlier this morning, allegedly due to “fog”. I didn’t know you could get fog when it was nearly forty degrees. We check over our hire car carefully for ... read more

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana August 20th 2021

Arboretum Volčji Potok - Two visits Arboretum Volčji Potok covers 80 hectares. The collection in the Arboretum boasts 1000 rose varieties. Even a rose named Beverly (Beverley). There are two rose gardens. The formal one is placed close to the administration building. The second one, dedicated to the shrub roses, has its place in the lower parterre. Matjaž gave many interesting stories about the roses that are grown in the Arboretum from around the world. Thankyou Tanja for talking the time so we could have wonderful close up views of these beautiful blooms, if only we had smellovision! Second visit. Today we were in for a treat when visiting the Arboretum to see an exhibition of floral displays to mark the 30th anniversary of Slovenia’s independence. There were ten different displays around the botanical gardens. The ... read more

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana July 6th 2021

Off the beaten track in Trnovo Our tour started on Trnovo Bridge, built between 1929 and 1932. Jože Plečnik's project of the Gradaščica channel embankments' reconstruction. It was designed with respect to the features of the Trnovo Church, the Bridge forms an extension to the church square and the pyramids adorning it imitate the shape of the Church's spires. We entered the church of St.John the Baptist where modern art sat well with ancient and traditional aspects of the church. A tiny park with sculptures of Slovenian impressionists was tucked away not far from the church. We strolled along the stream that divides the Boatman village and the Fisherman village. It was interesting to hear how houses were built with two windows at the front but the entrance door was always to the side. As the ... read more

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana February 12th 2021 12th February - The architecture of Jože Plečnik This renowned pioneer of 20th century modern architecture has had a large-scale effect on Ljubljana, similar to that of Antoni Gaudí in Barcelona. In Vienna, where he studied, Plečnik designed a number of pioneering works of modern architecture. Upon returning to Ljubljana in 1921, Plečnik accepted the post of professor at the newly established University of Ljubljana and focused all his creative energies to designing the city. We started our tour close to Butcher’s bridge looking at the Central Market - the building stretches between the Triple Bridge and the Dragon Bridge, on the right side of the curve of the Ljubljanica River. The 1895 earthquake destroyed an old monastery. After the damaged building was removed, Vodnik Square provided a venue for an o... read more

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana January 25th 2021 25th January Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia was the location for today’s virtual trip with Mateja (The female version of Matthew). David & I had visits Ljubljana a couple of years ago so I was looking forward to revisiting the area around the three bridges and the old town. We started at the Dragon Bridge a unique creation considered to be an extraordinary piece of technical heritage and example of Art Nouveau architecture, which flourished at the turn of the 20th century. Constructed between 1900 and 1901, it was Ljubljana's first reinforced concrete structure and one of the largest bridges of its kind to be built in Europe. At the time of its opening, it was supposed to be adorned with winged lions instead of dragons. The bridge's original decorations also include the parapet lamps, ... read more

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana August 3rd 2020

Bonjour à tous, Je vais reprendre, là où je vous ai lâchement abandonné hier au soir. Mais avant, un mot sur le souper au restaurant, le Gujzina, cuisine traditionnelle slovène, que m'avait conseillé, la réceptionniste, (encore un beau brin de fille). Une fois de plus je ne sais pas trop ce que j'ai mangé, genre soupe à l'oignon, avec ce que je n'ai pu définir, soit de la semoule, soit des micros-pâtes, et probablement de la crème, sauce??, malheureusement sans fromage gratiné, accompagné mais séparément, de lentilles - pommes de terre, un ramequin de champignons en sauce un curieux mélange tout ça. Bof!!!, et pour finir une boule de glace, avec un parfum qui m'était complètement inconnu, et qui va le rester. J'ai tenté d'avoir des explications auprès du serveurs, auxquelles je n'ai rien compris. Il ... read more

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana October 11th 2019

Day 36 : Friday 11 October 2019 : Ljubljana The town is very pretty, wonderful atmosphere. We explored the ‘art district’ which I can say was very different, and almost scary… they ask you not to take photos with them in because the people don’t want to end up on social media as the police could then identify and find them. They were polite about it. We wandered around and back to the ‘nice’ part of town. Us girls did just a little bit of shopping in H&M, Kirsten bought a few things. Lunch and snacks around the markets, we are so having dinner at the markets tonight. Booked a tour for the cave and castle. €74 pp. Seemed expensive, but with door to door transfers and all the entry prices, it works out at a ... read more

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