I’d only been to Ljubljana center once before, years ago and at that time it was briefly and at night, so I had a little time today to go down to the old town and see things for myself and explore.
It is a small yet very nicely arranged part of town with a rather vast and hilly park that we did not have much time to explore but it seemed very well placed and looked after with various recreational areas and open spaces.
In walking around the old town many things came to mind, the buildings reminded me more of Budapest (Hungary) then Zagreb (Croatia) which I thought it might share more in common, the walking street could have been a street from Graz (Austria) or many other southern German towns I’ve visited just in the layout and assortment of designer stores and boutiques. The cafes were something like you’d see in Italy or maybe Astoria road in Budapest with nicely tailored waiters and well planed ambiance. The river and little bridges reminded me of the canals in Amsterdam (Holland) with little water taxis and flowers hanging off the bridge. Ljubljana is definatly its own city, but certainly also a truly European city and there is testament to it every corner you turn.
We did not have time to have a coffee or something, but the prices seemed reasonable from what I saw even in the touristy up-scale old town, and the tourists are aplenty. I stood around for a minute and was almost hard fought to find a ‘loco’ that was not service personnel in the cafes or retail. For late August this town is doing great in bringing people in, some understandably Germans and Austrians on their way home from seaside holidays but also Asians, Americans and other nationalities communicating in various accents of English soaking up the last few rays of sun and summer days left in this culturally flourishing city.
Some pictures from today.
Plano Maximus – A 3D version of the old town with the castle on the hill
One of the many old buildings that are being carefully restored to their former glory, why don’t we build like that anymore?
A sidewalk cafe, not one of the more elaborate ones but quaint and a favorite of locals and tourists alike.
The castle on the hill over looking the town, I hope to be able to visit it some time soon
The beautiful waterway that runs through town
Capitalisation, this country has worked out a pretty good economic system and some are starting to see the fruits of it like this Bentley with Slovenian plates.
Or this high-end Deli that beautifully restored the bottom of this building while the low income tenants above get economy class. There is more of a two class state then ever was before in the XYZone and Slovenia being already part of the EU is leading the way.
Note: I was only able to spend about an hour walking around and getting these shots so this is by no way an A-Z of Ljubljana but a small overview and first thoughts as I visit and see more I will blog it here.