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Slovenia Part 1 - Ljubljana

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

I came back home yesterday to a beautiful sunny day in Paris. But I am missing my very warm and fun colleagues and all the beauty of Slovenia.



I sometimes say that my favourite trip is always the one I am just back from! So I shouldn’t say that Slovenia was one of my favourite countries ever as I might change my mind next time I travel, in a couple of weeks… but really I loved Slovenia very very much!



Ljubljana, a small capital city with its 300,000 inhabitants (the whole country has 2 million inhabitants), is just charming.



Almost wherever you are in the town centre, you can see the castle of the 15th century up on the hill…



I had one hour in the city to take pictures (whilst my colleagues were having a late lunch… I just grabbed a sandwich)! It wasn’t much to say the least but I was grateful for this time.



I started at the famous dragon bridge, near the market (which sadly was closing for the day). I followed the river on the right and the touristic stands of the market which were packing…



and passed by the back of the cathedral as an old lady was cycling by with her shopping…



I had to see the cathedral from the other side and get in to have a better look (yes, if you have been to Italy, sometimes I also felt I was in Rome when in Ljubljana… but the influences are much more diverse than only the Italian one!)!



The doors of the cathedral (here the side door) were modern and very surprising! Each was saying a story, and the story of Slovenia. I thought they were wonderful.



A quick visit inside the Baroque cathedral…



… loved the lovely note on the door as I left…



The building opposite the cathedral felt more Austrian or Bavarian…



Apart from the riverside, I also loved walking through all the little cobbled alleyways…





Oh and I loved how Art was everywhere! A mixture of modern and old.





And sometimes Art appears where you wouldn’t expect it…



On my first evening in Ljubljana, as we were walking to the restaurant, the director of our office there, knowing that I am French, took me to this monument… which to my amazement represented Napoleon!



Matjaz explained to me that Napoleon is seen as a hero in Slovenia as he really encouraged Slovenian identity, for example imposing for all schools in Slovenia to be in Slovenian (at the time Slovenia had been occupied by the Austrians for centuries).



The restaurants were a good surprise for me in Ljubljana! There are many by the river.



On the first evening, we went to a Slovenian tapas bar, which was a great idea as it enabled me to taste many little dishes, such as this octopus…


… or this mussels mousse which was outstanding! (Well, I love octopus and mussels, it did help haha!)



Another evening, after a very busy day, I wanted something simple and quick and went to another restaurant by the lock bridge where they served me exactly what I was hoping for!





(I could write a whole blog about how these ugly locks destroy Parisian bridges… but at least here it wasn’t an ancient bridge and it looked like they had really organized it to hold the weight of these locks…) - EDIT following Ingridslim's comment: here is a page that explains why these locks are destroying our bridges and costing a fortune to tax payers... nolovelocks.com/
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I hope you enjoyed these glimpses of the capital city of Slovenia!!! In the next few days I’ll write another blog to show you a few more pictures from North-East of Slovenia, on the way to the border with Hungary.



Thank you so much for reading! Have a beautiful Sunday!


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