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Ljubljana

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  • Day77

    Ljubljana - last day

    August 22, 2017 in Slovenia

    Walked to the City Park - beautiful parklands with something for everyone. Apart from the huge Weeping Willows and other trees, there was a great playground, wading pool, cafe, lily pond, and quirky statues placed here and there. One last look around both sides of the river as we prepare to move on to Bohinj tomorrow. It has been such a lovely visit Ljubljana. Hvala!Read more

  • Day75

    Ljubljana

    August 20, 2017 in Slovenia

    A change of countries - we are now in Slovenia. Our home for the next three nights is Ljubljana, Slovenia's capital and largest city. It also happens to be one of Europe's greenest and most liveable capitals - the European Commission awarded Ljubljana with the coveted Green Capital of Europe title for 2016. Car traffic is restricted in the centre, leaving the banks of the Ljubljanica River, which flows through the city, free for pedestrians and cyclists. It has a great feel about it with its cafes set up along the river and its cobbled streets in every direction. The locals are friendly and chatty and speak excellent English. The Old Town sits on the right bank of the river directly below the Castle Hill. It is quite compact and easy to walk around (no cars) and enjoy its atmosphere.
    Many bridges cross the river, the most famous of which is Tromostovje (Triple Bridge), designed by architect Jože Plečnik, who 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. Already we are wishing we had longer here....not just because of the delicious meal we just had, particularly the limoncello dessert!!
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  • Day76

    Ljubljana

    August 21, 2017 in Slovenia

    Today's adventures included a visit to Ljubljana Castle, Postonja Caves and, because you can never see too many castles, Predjama Castle.
    Ljubljana Castle stands on Castle Hill above downtown Ljubljana. It is a key landmark of the town. Originally a medieval fortress, possibly constructed in the 11th century and acquired its present outline with an almost complete overhaul in the 15th Century. Initially a defense structure and since the first half of the 14th century the seat of the lords of Carniola, it was since the early 19th century used for various other purposes and today is used as a major cultural venue. The castle is depicted on the city's coat of arms, along with a dragon on top.Read more

  • Day76

    Postojnska Jama - Postonja Cave

    August 21, 2017 in Slovenia

    Amazing place to visit!
    Postojna Cave was carved by the Pivka River over millions of years. There are stalagmites, and stalactites which take 40 years to grow 1mm, columns (when a stalagmite and stalactite join) and formations called curtains that look like folded curtains. These take 70 years to grow 1mm.
    The cave system is 24.12 kilometers long and is made up of four caves interconnected through the same underground river.
    We got to see 5km of the cave on a 1½-hour tours; 3.2km of this is covered by an electric train that takes you to the Great Mountain cavern. From here a guide escorts you on foot through tunnels, halls, galleries and caverns and over a bridge called Russian Bridge which was built by prisoners of war in 1916. The Cave has a constant temperature of 8°C to 10°C with a humidity of 95%, so it gets a little chilly in there. Our tour ended in the Concert Hall, which is the largest in the cave system and can accommodate 10,000 people for musical performances and has great acoustics.
    The caves are also home to the endemic olm (aquatic salamander), the largest troglodytic amphibian in the world. They had a small aquarium towards the end of our tour. Their eyes are undeveloped, leaving them blind, while their other senses are acutely developed. It also lacks any pigmentation in its skin so definitely no flash photography.
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  • Day76

    Predjama - Cave Castle

    August 21, 2017 in Slovenia

    Impressive! 9kms from the Postojna Cave, it has been dominating the surrounding area, perched high up in the 123-metre high cliff, for more than 800 years. It is listed among the Guinness World Records as the largest cave castle in the world.
    The castle offers a unique insight into the construction techniques and ingenuity of medieval people who came here searching for a safe haven right at the entrance to the cave.Read more

  • Day304

    Ljubljana with Cath & Paul!

    April 26, 2017 in Slovenia

    Our friends Cath and Paul were due to arrive at Ljubljana train station in the evening and we were really looking forward to spending some time with them!

    When we'd first looked in to staying in the Slovenian capital, we only knew of one stopover, which was at a restaurant about 7km out of town. However, since downloading Park4Night Will had found a car park for the same price (€10 for 24hours) that was just 500m from the station and 2.5km from Cath and Paul's hotel! We found a spot in a corner bordering gardens on two sides. We could hear traffic and the trains as they pulled in, but there was a good distance between us and any road and it was in the perfect position to meet up with our friends.

    One thing that struck us as we entered the capital was the number of bikes being used. We'd read that Ljubljana was a good place for this green form of transport and it was a refreshing change to see the proof of this after our time in Italy.

    Will popped out and managed to find a data SIM that would give us 4 days of unlimited wifi for €2.50. We'd been using Three cards we'd brought from the UK but they don't function in Slovenia.

    We were so excited to see Cath and Paul when they arrived at platform 10! It had been 7 months since we've seen friends or family from home and although we'd formed a few friendships along the way we'd missed being with people we knew well. We let them get off to their hotel and returned to the van with the goody bag they'd been kind enough to bring from the UK. Will had been missing HP sauce, we couldn't find milk powder anywhere and Cath had not only made us some of her special soaps, but some delicious marrow and ginger preserve as well- thanks Cath!

    Later we walked through the city centre to meet them on Stari trg. The city had a vibe that made us feel relaxed, with several 'hippy' shops, modern art galleries and organic food outlets. We went for a bit of a Shakespeare theme with beers at Cafè Romeo before dinner at Julija's Restaurant over the street. Cath and Paul treated us to the meal and it certainly was a treat! The food, wine and service were all excellent and we finished off with a traditional Slovenian pudding of Gibanica; layers of pastry, seeds, apple, nuts and ricotta.

    We retired to Cath and Paul's suite in the Antiq Palace hotel. They had received an upgrade and we reckoned the rug in the living room was bigger than our whole van!
    We raided the mini bar and Vicky had an indulgent bath (opportunities for baths come few and far between on the road so you've got to make the most of them!)
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  • Day309

    We paid up, filled up, emptied and said goodbye to the sows and piglets at Mirjam Pavlin, our home for the last four nights. Cath and Paul had an early afternoon flight to catch from Ljubljana to Zurich, near Paul's Swiss apartment. The journey to the airport went quickly and there was no need to make a decision about whether to wait with them because all the car parks had height barriers. We said our quick goodbyes and waved as we set off to try and find a place to stay for the night.

    Will had used Park4Night to find 3 free stopovers, but when we got to each of them, there were no signs to say vans were allowed to stay overnight. In a country where staying outside of official sites is prohibited, we didn't want to take the risk, so headed for a €10 a night site that was due to open today. They say bad luck comes in threes, but it came in a four for us today; the gate was closed and so was the site. We'd been driving for hours and were feeling shattered from our fun filled few days with Cath and Paul, so we decided to head back towards Ljubljana, 30km away, where we knew there was at least one site open.

    Five hours after we'd set off and five minutes after Cath and Paul had landed in Zurich, we pulled in to a PZA Ljubljana, a van park run by Gostilna pri Kovaču restaurant. We'd packed a lot into the time we had with our friends and now just wanted to take a day or so to recoup. Despite being 7km outside the capital city, the area had the feel of a quiet village. Pot bellied pigs and goats lived in a building and enclosure adjacent to the site and close by church bells rang out at regular intervals. Small birds in prime condition, their feathers shining, picked at potential nest materials. It was just what we needed.

    After a peaceful couple of nights we paid our €20 and moved on. Had we eaten in the restaurant we would have got a free night. The owner was really friendly, services, including electric and wifi, were in with the price and all signs were displayed in four languages. It was a really nice place to stay.
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  • Day321

    Goodbye Ali & Tom! Back to Ljubljana

    May 13, 2017 in Slovenia

    We said our goodbyes to Ali and Tom at Ljubljana airport this morning. We'd had a brilliant week with them and whilst we'd fitted in lots of exciting activities, it now felt as if the time had gone too quickly.

    Knowing we'd be tired, we had decided to stay on in central Ljubljana for one more night instead of travelling anywhere new. We made sure we kept ourselves occupied during the day by exploring all the hippy shops that we hadn't wanted to torture Ali and Tom with (we didn't think it was their scene). For us however, there were some really great places and we bought ourselves a few replacement clothes as well as a few treats. For lunch we had a tasty horse burger, apparently a speciality of Ljubljana. We chose a small café close to the centre with a friendly server who cooked it really well and offered us a choice of sauces and salad. He even gave us a free blueberry drink each!

    Ljubljana is a very green city, both in terms of the vegetation and its carbon footprint. There are lots of bikes available to hire and we even found a stand providing an air pump and tools for people to fix their bikes for free!

    In the evening we crashed out in the van. We'd been running on adrenaline and needed to catch up on sleep!
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  • Day310

    Thinking of a lost friend...

    May 2, 2017 in Slovenia

    A few days ago we recieved the sad news that Liz, a good friend of ours had died unexpectedly.
    Will came to know Liz when they were working together at Hillcrest school more than 30 years ago. They have stayed in touch ever since and Liz has been there for us when we needed her. We know she read this blog so this post is for you Liz, we'll miss you xxRead more

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Mestna Občina Ljubljana, Mestna Obcina Ljubljana, Ljubljana

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