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Slovenia

Ljubljana, Slovenia

70 °F

Ljubljana

I visited this beautiful city last year and made sure it was on my list of cities to revisit. I didn’t plan on the revisit happening one year later, but I was in the neighborhood, so why not. To be honest, as I was walking to my Airbnb (30 minutes) I was wondering why I added it to my adventure when I had just been here. Maybe it was the walk that had me second guessing my return visit or the location of my Airbnb but as it turned out, both thoughts were premature. My Airbnb was actually only a 10 minute walk to the city center meandering along the river. During that gorgeous walk, it didn’t take long to remind me why I wanted to come back. This city is spectacular in its walkability and its beauty. The food scene is heavenly and the street entertainment is magical. This time I took a walking tour of the city to better understand the history of the city and it was the best tour I have ever taken. Our tour guide was knowledgeable, personable and funny. If you ever take these walking tours, please tip them well, they are giving you a gift of their knowledge and are sharing with you the love of their city. My photos won’t give this stunning city the justice it deserves so if you are in the location, make this a must visit. Give yourself at least 5 days to see everything, you have Lake Bled and Postojna Caves each is a day trip. You can easily get to these places using the local bus, but it will take at least an hour each way maybe more with traffic. Other options are to rent a car or find a local tour group - choose wisely because the city bus may be cheaper but you will be limited on the times that the bus returns to the city.

Slovenia is surrounded by lakes, rivers, caves and castles but it is mostly forest. There is such an incredible amount of history attached to this country so do yourself a favor and read up before you come. This is a great destination for enjoying the beauty of Europe without the prices of cities like Paris.

I have more pictures from my previous trip here
https://joannereyes.travellerspoint.com/44/

Franciscan Church
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The Prešeren monument
Ljubljana is probably one of the few cities in the world whose central town square is adorned with a statue of a poet rather than some political or military hero. The statue that stands on a pedestal includes a sculpture of the poet, facing the window where his adored Julija Primic used to live, and a sculpture of a Muse above him sitting on a rock and holding a laurel branch in her hand. The Priest didn’t like the idea of the parishioner leaving the church and seeing the topless Muse so they would periodically put scarfs around her just to have some charlatans remove it as fast as it went up. The Priest then decided to plant trees in front of the church to block the view of the muse - which worked great until winter came when she was once again in full view of the parishioners.

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River scene
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Street scene
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Musicians everywhere
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Adam and Eve
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Ljubljana Castle
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Ljubljana University
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Town Hall
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Postojna Caves
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Posted by joannereyes 03:33 Archived in Slovenia Comments (0)

Ljubljana

65 °F

What a great city! The charm, the beauty, the appealing pedestrian walkways, even the colorful graffiti is fun. I will definitely be back, but next time I will spend much more time here so I can explore the surrounding areas. English is spoken everywhere so communication is not a problem and the bus system is pretty easy to navigate so getting around without a car is easy too. The restaurants can get pricey so a little homework will need to be done to find non tourist places to eat and drink. Also, be cognizant of your check because some restaurants add a service charge so be careful not to double tip. A day trip to Lake Bled is a must and there are numerous caves that are supposed to be stunning, but put some planning into those trips because depending on the season, the operating hours may be shorter than what you expect so you may not be able to see the caves which happened to us.

I booked our Airbnb early because of the length of our trip but I have learned that with the change in seasons, the price drops dramatically. I am a planner so this will be difficult for me but next time I won’t be booking all my accommodations so far in advance.

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Prešeren Square is the central square - It is part of the old town's pedestrian zone and a major meeting point, where festivals, Ljubljana carnival, concerts, sports, political, and protest events take place.
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The Triple Bridge is a group of three bridges across the Ljubljanica River. It connects the Ljubljana's historical, medieval, town on one bank.
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Ljubljanica River
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The Dragon Bridge is a road bridge built in the beginning of the 20th century, when Ljubljana was part of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. As one of the best examples of reinforced concrete bridges and of the Vienna Secession style, the bridge is today protected as a technical monument.
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The Franciscan Church of the Annunciation is a Franciscan church located on Prešeren Square. It is the parish church of Ljubljana - Its red colour is symbolic of the Franciscan monastic order. Since 2008, the church has been protected as a cultural monument of national significance of Slovenia. Built between 1646 and 1660
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Sts. Cyril and Methodius Church
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Opera House
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Ljubljana Castle stands on Castle Hill above downtown Ljubljana, It Originally was a medieval fortress, probably constructed in the 11th century and rebuilt in the 12th century.
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"Metelkova City Autonomous Cultural Center", referred to by the acronym AKC) is an autonomous social and cultural centre in the city centre. Formerly, the site was a military headquarter of the Army of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, then it became the Slovenian headquarter of the Yugoslav National Army. It consists of seven buildings (military barracks), which have been squatted since September 1993. The squat is named after nearby Metelko Street (Slovene: Metelkova ulica), which is named after the 19th-century Slovenian Roman Catholic priest, philologist, and unsuccessful language reformer Fran Metelko.

The contested history of Metelkova as a squat begins on June 25, 1991 with the Slovenian and Croatian declaration of independence. This date is considered one of many that mark the end of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. After the dissolution of Yugoslavia in that year, the Yugoslavian Army left Metelkova, which shortly became a military brownfield with its leftover barracks.

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Lake Bled
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Bled Castle is a medieval castle built on a precipice above the city of Bled, overlooking Lake Bled. According to written sources, it is the oldest Slovenian castle and is currently one of the most visited tourist attractions in Slovenia.
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Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Maria
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Posted by joannereyes 12:57 Archived in Slovenia Comments (0)

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