A warm Slovenian welcome to our Kaptain Kenny readers and welcome to post #2 from this gorgeous country.
Ljubljana: recently voted Europe’s greenest city.
This series of photos comes from a day trip we did to Ljubljana while being based in Zagreb, Croatia’s capital. After looking at a map, I could see that Ljubljana was really close to Zagreb and easy enough to do during a day trip. We did this trip in combination with Lake Bled and it was indeed a great way to get a beginner’s feel for Slovenia.
If you’re like me, you’ll know that Slovenia was once part of the former Yugoslavia and there’s no denying that the 90’s were a shocking time for all those people involved. However these days, tourism has picked up and visits are back in full swing.
(If you’re looking to learn about some Slovenian history, you can click here: Slovenian History.)
Despite celebrating its 2000th birthday in 2014, Ljubljana has only been the capital of an independent nation since 1991. It is this curious mix of two thousand years of evolution combined with understandable youthful enthusiasm that has created the city we know and love today……
The history of the Slovene nation is a history of a proud struggle against larger, stronger neighbours, be they Germanic to the north, Italian to the west, Hungarian to the east and Serbian and Croatian to the south. As such, Slovenia has seemingly taken the best of all these, added them to a strong inherent culture to create a cultural stew that we’re thrilled to be in the centre of…..
It might not be the biggest city in the world (in fact, with only 280,000 inhabitants it is one of Europe’s smallest capitals and slightly smaller than Coventry), but Ljubljana uses this to its advantage and has a genuine cosmopolitan feel with all the comfort and friendliness of the smallest village.
Like all places, you’ll find some street art and graffiti – a personal favourite photography subject of mine when travelling.
These days, as a 28 year old who is based in Europe, I have an insatiable appetite for ticking new countries off the list. When those countries are relatively cheap to travel through and also offer stunning scenery, it’s much more appealing to me. For that reason, Slovenia is a great choice and its tiny capital city Ljubljana is definitely worth checking out over a weekend.
Have you noticed so far in my photos that there aren’t any cars or motorbikes in the centre of the city? Ljubljana was recently voted Europe’s greenest city and it’s 100% pedestrian friendly. I’m sure that makes it quite difficult for locals to get around but for visitors it’s a lovely change!
The famous architect Jože Plečnik (1872-1957) tried to model Ljubljana on ancient Athens. The multitude of his creations in the city, referred to as a whole as “Plečnik’s Ljubljana”, is considered to be one of the 20th century’s most important total works of art.
Normally I’m able to recommend some good food and coffee options for you throughout my blog posts but as this was a 3 hour walking tour of the city, we only stopped at the farmers’ market for a piece of fresh bread with some vegetable toppings. If you’re interested in what Slovenian food is like, then click here: https://www.inyourpocket.com/ljubljana/Eat-Like-a-Slovene_73992f
If you’re wondering how long you will need in Ljubljana, take my advice…. it’s tiny and cute and it’s definitely possible to walk around in 3 hours to take some photos but if you want to sit, enjoy the local food and get a deeper feel for the place, I’d recommend at least staying one night. It’s small enough to do on the weekend including a day trip to Lake Bled so leave your city on Friday after work, do Ljubljana Friday night and Sunday and do Lake Bled on Saturday. It’s all possible and very easy. We booked these day trips with the tour company Viator.
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