While in Ljubljana, I managed to fit in hours at the zoo, hours in the grass at Tivoli Park, and an hour eating Sokol, a mushroom soup served in a bread bowl, while reading in Old Town. This poor elephant was picking up lots of dirt with her trunk and throwing it on herself to try and keep cool. The monkeys seemed plenty content swinging about!
Bear! Seeking fish
Sokol (and a coca!)
Taking a rest!
From my spot in the grass at Tivoli
Ljubljana has a very young and hip vibe, a great place for liberal minds. Streets closer to the university and train station are filled with interesting graffiti, a lot of it in English. Above are shoes and umbrellas hanging from overhead wires, placed there in anticipation of major life changes or when students finish a semester.
I was really interested in visiting Metelkova City, which is a community squatted at former Yugoslavian military barracks near the train station. The barracks have been completely redecorated. The space holds art galleries, clubs, music, and hosts clubs for women, the disabled, and LGBTQ.
During one of my long sleepy breaks during the day, I stumbled upon a “Free Outdoor Reading” site in Tivoli Park. They had cute wooden bookcases and lounge chairs facing gardens and greenhouses in the park, all shaded by a giant oak tree. It was beautifully pleasant and calm.
Lunches delightfully consumed at the university restaurant in 1 week.
Monday. Fried chicken, POTATOES, and mixed veggies
Tuesday. BACON-WRAPPED-CHEESE-FILLED-SAUSAGE, pommes (french fries), and mixed veggies
Wednesday. Chicken breast and my FAVORITE CRISPY kind of magical POTATOES
Thursday. Thin pork cutlet under that mushroom sauce! And not mozzarella sticks but — POTATO STICKS —
Fish Friday. Delicious fish, broccoli, and… POTATOES. To round out the week.
Whew, it’s been a while! These weeks I’ve been hunkering and buckling down to reward myself with later travel. My second day trip to Ljubjana was jam-packed! I got off the train before 8am and walked most of the city before my departure after 9pm. The view above is from the bell tower of Ljubljanski grad, the Ljubjana castle! The city was nice and quiet in the morning, which is when I snapped these:
Franciscan Church of the Annunciation, Prešeren Square
Building of the former Cooperative Bank
There are some famous bridges in Ljubjana, many crossing the Ljubljanica River. A Wikipedia search shows 17 pages under the category “Bridges in Ljubljana.” Among them are:
Dragon Bridge, symbol of Ljubljana
It was another scorcher of a day, but things cooled nicely in the evening. Before my departure, I returned to Prešeren Square and enjoyed the accordion/oboe music on a sweet summer night.
Swaying to the band
Dusk rises past the Triple Bridge