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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 outdoor market. Plečnik believed that ... 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, once ... 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
Ljubljana
Ljubljana
Ljubljana

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana October 1st 2019

The first stop of our five week trip through the Balkans was supposed to be Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. However, due to the financial challenges of Adria airlines we found ourselves stranded in Munich after two flights. We had booked the three flights directly through Etihad, and on the phone before we left they assured us that if anything went wrong they'd be responsible for sorting it out. Their tune changed when the flight was ultimately cancelled and Etihad were useless. Fortunately a very friendly and helpful man at the Lufthansa desk in Munich helped us out, first by trying to get Etihad / Adria to assist, but then by recommending alternative ways of traveling to Ljubljana. Flights were far too expensive / booked out, car hire was too expensive and hotels in Munich were ... read more
Austria from the train
Tivoli City Park
Tivoli City Park

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana September 21st 2019

We used Saturday morning to plan the final weeks of our trip. We've decided to base ourselves in Split for ten days and take day trips or perhaps an overnight to an island. We will take a bus to Dubrovnik on the 8th and fly to Venice, where we overnight and fly to Boston very early the next morning. When we got tired of looking at airbnb possibilities in Split, we headed out to get bikes again, and ride to the Botanical garden. "Established in 1810, the Ljubljana Botanical Garden is Slovenia's oldest cultural, scientific and educational institution operating uninterruptedly since its foundation. The Garden contains more than 4,500 different species and subspecies. One third of them are endemic to Slovenia, while the rest originate from other parts of Europe and other continents." My favorite parts ... read more
Bill at the car show
Botanical Garden
Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich Alexander von Humboldt

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana September 20th 2019

On Friday, we planned to bike to the site of one of the pile dweller villages, in the marshes south of Ljubljana. We weren't sure about taking the the clunky and very heavy city bikes that far, but it is a flat route, and at 2 euros an hour after the first free hour, a bargain! We had a bike trail map, without street names, and google maps on our phones. With that combo, we made it out of the city and into the marshes on a gravel path. We only took one wrong turn, and didn't go too far before realizing our mistake and turning around. The bikes are so heavy that you can't lift them to turn them around! We rode on gravel paths for seven miles or so to the site. We stopped ... read more
Marshes or Barje
On one of the gravel trails we took today
Our only wrong turn!

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana September 17th 2019

The blog title comes from a statement on museums from one of the many we visited on Wednesday. I love the idea! On Tuesday, we decided to use the city bike program to get around. We found the nearest location (only a block away) and successfully entered our codes, took our bikes and headed off into the heart of Ljubljana on two wheels! We dodged other cyclists, pedestrians, the occasional dog, and construction work, arriving safely at the triple bridges, where we returned our bikes, and headed to the funicular that would take us up to the castle. The Chinese have discovered Ljubljana, and there was a large tour group waiting for the funicular, so it took awhile. Slovenia and Croatia have been targeting China recently with travel promotions, and it is apparently working really well! ... read more
From the day before when it was above 80!
The oldest wheel in the world!
Neanderthal Bone Flute

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana September 16th 2019

Slovenia is a new and old place: It only gained independence in 1991. Slovenia has historically been the crossroads of Slavic, Germanic, and Romance languages and cultures, and there are sizable Hungarian and Italian populations here. Nearly all of the population between the ages of 25 and 64 speak at least one foreign language and almost three quarters of them speak two!! This is the highest percentage in the European Union. Present-day Slovenia has been inhabited since prehistoric times. There is evidence of human habitation from around 250,000 years ago. A url=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divje_Ba... read more
The castle and flags tonight
Bill on the Triple Bridge
Our living room

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana August 13th 2019

How lovely to wake up to glorious sunshine and a fantastic view of Ljubljana Castle! Breakfast is great again, and I find a lovely spot in the restaurant all to myself. (Mrs Anti-social!) I am reading my Kindle and still feel a bit guilty about reading for pleasure instead of MBA and business books! Soon after breakfast I head into the Old Town. It is only a few minutes walk from the Hotel Lev. On the way I notice a large department store with a Spar in the basement. If anyone reading this decides to visit Ljubljana, I can recommend this Spar shop for all your bits and bobs. It is spacious, quiet, well laid-out and air-conditioned. And inexpensive - for example, cold bottles of water cost 40 cents. You can stock up on wine, beer, ... read more
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Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana August 12th 2019

Today I shall be travelling once more - this time from Zagreb to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. I have a train at 12.36 so I want to make the most of the time this morning and explore more of lovely Zagreb. I do breakfast early so I can get out as soon as possible. After a great breakfast (with a bewildering amount of choice), I head back to the main square through the lovely park with the bandstand and fountains. It is very peaceful and quiet here on a Sunday morning. I decide to walk the route that Vlatka will do with our guests next summer. So, from the main square I make my first stop at the large model of the city. Vlatka will stop here with the group and use the model to ... read more
Dolac
View from Upper Town
Happy Child




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