Ljubljana is the capital city of Slovenia (pronounced Lee-oo-blee-ah-na). Slovenia was part of the former Yugoslavia. It voted to become an independent nation on December 23, 1990 and with the declaration of independence occurring on June 25, 1991. Slovenia is the more prosperous area of the former Yugoslavia.
To get to Ljubljana, Slovenia it was a 6 1/2 hour car ride from Stuttgart, Germany (where my sister lives). It was very pretty once we hit Austria.
For example I took this picture when we were driving through road construction (meaning we were going 60mph not 100mph). It was foggy out but so cool driving through the Austrian Alps. One tunnel through the mountain was 4 miles long.
We started the day off in Ljibuljana at Preseren Square. It is a block from our hotel with the most uncomfortable bed I’ve ever slept on. It was a thin mattress pad on top of metal bars. Metal isn’t very comfortable to sleep on- my sister thought it was funny that I got the terrible bed.
A pink church
Then we went to the Market for some shopping and bought some cherries.
They were really good! My first cherries of the season.
High up on the hill was the Ljubljana Grad– or castle. It was not very impressive. But most of Ljubljana was destroyed in an earthquake in the 1890’s so most of the original architecture was destroyed.
The view from the top looking down.
River walk views:
cool church door
Then it was beer time at 11:40am. Totally normal. Union beer is the Slovenian beer of choice and is brewed in Ljubljana. It was pretty good but Eastern European beer tends to be a little more bitter than I like it.
Josh and I are the beer drinkers:
We all decided that Ljubljana, Slovenia is a very cool city. Very laid back, pretty with lots of young people because of the university.
More to come later. We are going to a polka bar tonight! 🙂