Lovely Ljubljana, Slovenia

 

Have you heard of Ljubljana?  It is a wonderful city located in Slovenia which used to be the old Yugoslavia. Slovenia is a relatively new country, it was established in 1991 and is a wonderful country to explore.

I went for a week  to Ljubljana and had a wonderful time.  We flew via Easyjet into Ljubljana’s airport from London Gatwick, this is the  only UK airline that flys there and got a private transfer to our apartment. We used Go opti which was great, you can either get a shared transfer with other guests in a minicoach or for a couple of euros extra you can get a private transfer. It took about 30 minutes to get to our accommodation.

 

We had booked with Fine Ljubliana apartments and had a mini duplex apartment which was located south of the city, about 15 minutes walk from the city.

The downside… no running hot water for 36 hours.  We had to use a kettle and boil a saucepan.  Needless to say I have been chasing them for compensation which has not been forth-coming. An awful shame…

 

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So what to expect from this delightful city? It has a population of over 200,000 with an average of 60,000 students, therefore it is easy to walk around and there’s a feeling of space! Slovenia has a population of over 2 million.

The capital city was  noted as the greenest environmental city,  there are pedestrian roads, electric cars which can be hailed for free and bicycle lanes.

A Slovenian architect helped  to put his stamp all over the city, his name was Jože Plečnik.  He designed bridges in the city and recycled stones from a Franciscan Monastery to build the Central Market

 

 

 

 

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There is plenty of interesting architecture too, some from the Communist era of Tito, Art nouveau, Art deco and lots of interesting street art to boot! Look up around you!

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As always, I recommend a walking tour, we went to Preseren Square which is named after  a Slovenian Poet.  There is a  pink Franciscan Church which is the meeting point of the tour. Make sure you get there for 1045 with an 11am start.  The tour website is: http://www.ljubljanafreetour.com. The tour was fantastic, plenty of information and fun stories too

We saw this:

 

 

 

We saw the Triple Bridge which is intriguing

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We visited St Nicholas’ Cathedral which to put in one word is.. WOW!

 

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The ceiling, the art, the chandelier, wow!

 

We went to the Central Market which you must visit. There is everything to tickle your senses. There is a daily farmer market  from 7am-3pm which has everything to offer, an abundance of fruit, vegetables oils etc.

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There’s a beautiful flower market too!
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There’s a meat and fish market, fruit and veg,  you can purchase Slovenian wine, beer, cheese, cakes, icecream and souvenirs too!

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We walked to the funicular which is located at the back of the Market and bought our tickets for the funicular andentrance to the castle.

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The views were amazing from the top of the tower, if a bit chilly!

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After this we walked around Congress Square and  took in these sights:

 

 

I loved this building:

 

 

 

We then stopped in this fabulous cake and marmalade  shop…
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We had:

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We found this arty street:

 

We walked here too..

 

 

The next day we used vouchers from the free walking tour on a boat trip. There is only one wooden boat operator and we were so impressed. It cost us 14 euros for an 45 minute trip, we had some Slovenian Champagne and a large doughnut with apricot jam!

 

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I thoroughly recommend taking a boat trip along the river, it was enchanting, the hosts were lovely and good fun too!

We saw the city from a different aspect on the river, especially the Dragon Bridge…

 

 

After so much walking, I sat down and read my Lonely Planet Guide and had some lovely Slovenian speciality pastries, local beer and local wine and did research for the next day…

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