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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 f... 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

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana October 10th 2019

Day 35 : Thursday 10 October 2019 : Lake Bled to Ljubljana The transfer bus picked us up near our accommodation. We’re off to Ljubljana. It was a full mini bus, but was well worth the price. 40 minutes. We arrive and it was really raining, it’s the first time we’ve seriously been caught in the rain. Luggage and all, plus we can’t find the accommodation!! We ended up taking shelter and Graham went looking for the Airbnb. It feels like our accommodation is in the middle of nowhere. Found the place, we dump our bags with the cleaner, get some dry clothes and head back out until the Airbnb’s ready. Wow, rain’s stopped, suns out, and the little free electric town car is right outside our lovely apartment. We jumped in and headed to ‘town’ ... read more

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!

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