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Ljubljana Travel Blog

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You are now entering Slovenia.

Today we had breakfast in Budapest, flew to Zagreb and picked up a rental car, then arrived in Ljubljana well in time for dinner. Three European capitals in one day -- a personal record!

As we were leaving Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, I felt real regret that we weren’t staying longer there. The area is beautiful, with blue skies and green rolling hills… and very clean. We will be in Croatia a long time, but I didn’t put Zagreb in the schedule for some reason I can’t remember now… dang.  We should have stayed for lunch at least.

The border crossing into Slovenia was easy -- we didn’t even get out of the car. They ran the passports, stamped them, and then we were in a new country.
The big blue skies of the Slovenia countryside.
It was gorgeous one too. During our drive, everything thing looked extra sharply focused… I think because the air was so incredibly clear. You could see forever! The sky was huge and a bright, bright blue color. There were huge, puffy cumulus clouds off to our left, and high cirrus in swirling patterns right above us.  Red roofed houses dotted the hills all around, so neat and tidy. Everything was so crisply defined. What a lovely country.

A word about Slovenia, since for some of us it’s been hard to keep up with all the “new” Eastern Europe countries. Slovenia was once part of Yugoslavia. It was the most productive region, and I guess the population grew tired of seeing the fruits of their labors go to Belgrade. In 1991, Slovenia proclaimed independence, which was followed by a 10-day war (far less violent than the massive fighting that happened in Bosnia and Croatia).
Pretty Ljubljana.
In 1992 Slovenia was recognized internationally as an independent state, and they joined the EU in 2004.  And here we are in the compact and cute capital, Ljubljana.

We checked into our hotel room at the historic Grand Union, then headed out to explore and have a late lunch. We crossed over the Triple Bridge (three old stone bridges “fanned out” from one side of the Ljubljanica River to the other -- very pretty) to enter Old Town. It seemed so quiet but then as we walked south along the river, we found many people in the cafes that line the river. They appeared to be eating a variety of salads, pasta dishes, and pizzas. There was an ice cream vendor every 10 feet or so. Things were looking good!  

We walked quite far south, to a pizza place recommended by Fodor’s, called Trta.
Caper/olive/bail pizza and salad for lunch. Oh yeah.
It was worth the walk -- we shared a wonderful caper/basil pizza and had delicate greens and fresh veggies from the salad bar. Really, really good.

Then we explored just a bit, not wanting to spoil things too much for our big day of sightseeing tomorrow. With the exception of the bars and cafes, the pretty city was mostly closed for the weekend. We window shopped and wished the cute shops were open. All around us, tourists were in the same boat… kinda bored and looking for something to do but enchanted by their surroundings. Snap, snap, snap. Everyone was taking pictures. With its clean street and stone buildings in beautiful condition, picturesque Ljubljana is an easy place to love.

Later on, when we came out for dinner at 8:45pm, we quickly realized people eat earlier here (it’s hard to keep track!).
Sunset, towers and moon -- the evening view from our room.
Every café was already full …the atmosphere was lively and fun, but not frenetic. People were relaxed. The weather could not have been more beautiful -- cool and crisp, it felt like early fall. We snatched a seat at popular Café Romeo and had a very good light meal. Leek soup for me, Nicoise salad for Steve. Excellent.

As if Ljubljana wasn’t perfect enough already, we were serenaded on the way home. A candlelit boat carrying an opera singer and her accompaniment floated on the river, entertaining the crowds on the banks. Everyone watched in silence and respect, and clapped enthusiastically between the songs. Her beautiful voice gave me chills. I really love it here.

imarsden says:
Slovenia was one of my absolute favorite places in all of europe! Loving that I can live vicariously through you right now while i sit at my desk in haggin-land :^)
Posted on: Aug 12, 2008
LuckyMonkey says:
your description of the clouds, the food, really transported me here. sounds just peaceful and magical. thanks for the quick escape!
Posted on: Aug 11, 2008
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You are now entering Slovenia.
You are now entering Slovenia.
The big blue skies of the Slovenia…
The big blue skies of the Sloveni…
Pretty Ljubljana.
Pretty Ljubljana.
Caper/olive/bail pizza and salad f…
Caper/olive/bail pizza and salad …
Sunset, towers and moon -- the eve…
Sunset, towers and moon -- the ev…
Along the Ljubljanica River.
Along the Ljubljanica River.
Along the Ljubljanica River.
Along the Ljubljanica River.
Our path to pizza... south of Old …
Our path to pizza... south of Old…
Blue skies at lunch.
Blue skies at lunch.
Ljubljana Old Town - closed up on …
Ljubljana Old Town - closed up on…
I couldnt stop looking up at -- a…
I couldn't stop looking up at -- …
More beautiful sky.
More beautiful sky.
Sky, clouds. Forgive me, I cant st…
Sky, clouds. Forgive me, I cant s…
The guardian of Dragon Bridge.
The guardian of Dragon Bridge.
The other guardian of Dragon Bridg…
The other guardian of Dragon Brid…
It took 8 attempts to get one with…
It took 8 attempts to get one wit…
Window shopping for sweets.
Window shopping for sweets.
Mmmm.
Mmmm.
Walk on by, Charlene, just walk on…
Walk on by, Charlene, just walk o…
The small market where we bought w…
The small market where we bought …
Along the Ljubljanica River.
Along the Ljubljanica River.
We found a department store that w…
We found a department store that …
Our room. With a big TV right in t…
Our room. With a big TV right in …
Steve checks out the balcony.
Steve checks out the balcony.
Ljubljana
photo by: Chokk