Ljubljana

I’m now in Slovenia, the 21st country of this trip. The drive from Pula (Croatia) to Ljubljana took less than three hours. The border crossing was very swift – just waved through the EU passport channel. But then I had to stop at a kiosk just inside Slovenia to exchange my Croatian Kuna to Euros and to buy a road tax vignette (15 Euros for 7 days road tax).

I’ve checked into a suite at the Grand Union Hotel in Ljubljana – a bit more costly than I would like, but the cheaper hotels were further out from the centre and had mixed reviews. The Grand Union is only steps away from one of the main squares in the old town, so is in a great location.

Grand Union Hotel
Grand Union Hotel
A TV welcome
A TV welcome
My hotel suite
My hotel suite

The Lonely Planet guide has compared the old town of Ljubljana to those of Prague and Krakow (probably my two favourite old towns). I wouldn’t go so far as to put Ljubljana in the same league as those two, but it is a very nice place that I’m enjoying. I might even extend my stay here.

Animal head sculptures on Butcher's Bridge
Animal head sculptures on Butchers’ Bridge

 

Padlocks that people have left on Butchers' Bridge
Padlocks that people have left on Butchers’ Bridge
More padlocks
More padlocks
Sculpture on Butchers' Bridge that people have attached padlocks to.
Sculpture on Butchers’ Bridge that people have attached padlocks to.
Sculpture on Butchers' Bridge
Sculpture on Butchers’ Bridge
The centre bridge of the 'Three Bridges'
The centre bridge of the ‘Three Bridges’
The 'Three Bridges'
The ‘Three Bridges’
Entrance door to the Church of St. Nicholas Cathedral (1701-1706)
Entrance door to the Church of St. Nicholas Cathedral (1701-1706)
Organ and painted roof inside Church of St. Nicholas Cathedral
Organ and painted ceiling inside Church of St. Nicholas Cathedral
Altar and domed roof inside Church of St. Nicholas Cathedral
Altar and domed roof inside Church of St. Nicholas Cathedral
The painted ceiling inside the Church of St. Nicholas Cathedral
The painted ceiling inside the Church of St. Nicholas Cathedral
The towers and domed roof of the Church of St. Nicholas Cathedral
The towers and domed roof of the Church of St. Nicholas Cathedral
Ljubljana Castle
Ljubljana Castle
Ljubljanica River with riverside cafes on the opposite bank
Ljubljanica River with riverside cafes on the opposite bank
These tall, narrow building are reminiscent of Amsterdam
These tall, narrow building are reminiscent of Amsterdam
University of Ljubljana (1896-1902)
University of Ljubljana (1896-1902)
Riverside bars and cafes
Riverside bars and cafes
A half-litre of Human Fish pale ale at a riverside pub during happy hour!
A half-litre of Human Fish pale ale (Slovenian beer) at a riverside pub during happy hour!

I think I’ll visit the castle tomorrow and do some more wandering around the old town. Nice place!

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