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Liubljana and day trips.

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Ljubljana is the capitol city of Slovenia. It is also its bigger city.

I visited it long ago and I liked it much. Its old core is compact and easy to navigate.

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The main square in Ljubljana is the Preseren square. Here you can see the Franciscan church. A red - pink church. It was built between 1646 and 1660 on the fundations of a previous church.

From this square you could start to explore Ljubljana.

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The Ljubljanjca river flows through the center of of Ljubljana. It is crossed by 17 bridges. The most popular of them are the Triple bridge, the Dragon bridge and the Cobblers' bridge.

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The Triple bridge is formed by three bridges. The central one has stood in its place since 1842, It replaced an old Medieval bridge. Between 1929 and 1932 two side bridges were added to the original stone bridge from a design by the architect Joze Plecnik.

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The Dragon bridge was constructed in 1901 over a wooden one which was built in 1819. Four green dragons statues stand at its four corners.

The Cobblers' bridge, or shoemaker' s bridge was named for the shoemakers whose booths once occupied the bridge.

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There is a large market in this city. The central market. It was designed by Joze Plecnik between 1940 and 1944.

It is made by a covered market and an open one.

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Here you can find almost everything you like.

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Cruises on the Ljubljanica river are scheduled all the year; even in the winter. The boats used for these trips are heated.

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Departures for these boat trips start from Ribji trg pier. If you buy a Ljubljana card you are entitled to a free of charge ride.

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The castle is one of the main sights in Ljubljana.

Its first construction began in the 9th century; except the Chapel of S. George that was consecrated in 1489. The other buildings were built or rebuilt in the 16th and 17th centuries.

The castle was used as fortress, garrison, prison and apartments block. Today it is a site of exibitions, weddings and various cultural events.

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Entering the castle area is free of charge. You have to pay a fee to climb the lookout tower and to watch the 3D show about the story of the city.

From the top of the lookout tower you will enjoy the landscape over Ljubljana and surroundings.

Inside the castle there is a cafe, toilets and a souvenirs shop.

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We travelled to the castle by a tourist train. There is also a funicular to get there.

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Restaurant Sokol is one of the most popular places to have a good meal in Ljulbjana. I have been therer some times.

It is situated in the city center.

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Tivoli Park is a good place to have a rest. It is a very large park.

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There is a small lakem, a playground area for kids and some buildings into the park.

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Skofja Loka is one of the most ancient towns in Slovenia. There is a castle here. It was built before 1202 and rebuilt after the earthquake of 1511. Today it hosts an archaeological, ethnological and historical collection of items.

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Other things worth a look in this town are; the capuchin' s bridge, Homan' s House ( there is a cafe - restaurant inside) and some churches.
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Homan House.

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I attended an interesting event some years ago in Skofja Loka; the Venus Trail. It is a Medieval festival with music, stalls and other happenings.

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This event is held in seven Slovene towns every year.

The idea about it came from a poem about a 13th century's knight and ministrel who dressed as a woman and travelled 52 towns of what are now located in four countries; Italy, Austria, Slovenia and Czech Republic.

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The Venus Trail is usually scheduled the last weekend of june every year in Skofja Loka.

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Bled is a village situated in northwestern Slovenia. It is well known for its lake.

On this lake there is the only island in Slovenia. There is a church on it. It dates from the 17th century and it was built on an earlier church from the 9th century.

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Bled has also a castle. It is said this is the most ancient castle in Slovenia.

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After a long stroll on the path looking on the lake I went to Slastcarna (confectionery) Smon and had a kremna rezina.

This is typical cake from Bled. It is made of a layer of vanilla custard and another of whipped cream between two layers of flaky pastry.

I had lunch at a restaurant opposite the bus stop. I think its name was Pla Princu. I had a very good rice with seafood.

Both Skofja Loka and Bed are easily reachable from Ljubljana by coach.

Posted by Maurizioagos 11:49 Archived in Slovenia Tagged slovenia ljubljana skofja loka bled.

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I've been to Ljubljana three times. I really liked it.

by irenevt

Me too! I hope to go back there one day!

by Maurizioagos

I've always thought I would like Ljubljana and from your photos and descriptions I think so even more! The Venus Trail festival reminds me of the Old Town Days one we saw in Tallinn :)

by ToonSarah

Thanks Sarah! I showed here a little bit of Ljubljana...there is more to explore in this city.

by Maurizioagos

Although I have been to Slovenia to see Lake Bled and the Postojna Caves, I have not visited Ljubljana. Your wonderful photos show some interesting places and it looks so appealing. I am very impressed and would love to visit it! Thanks for this very nice blog!

by starship VT

Thank you Sylvia!

by Maurizioagos

Somehow never visit Ljubljana and Slovenia was always my rest on the long journey, so I never visit it properly. It is on my travel list so long, and I hope I visit it soon after we all can travel freely again. Maybe Ljubljana can be our meeting point one day, my friend.

by Odiseya

A meeting in Ljubljana would be a good idea Alexandra!

Ciao!

by Maurizioagos

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