We are in a new country, with no expectations other than knowing that Melania comes from here. That’s the extent of my Slovenia knowledge, but wow, is it a surprising city.
The way the city is spelled, it looks like another tongue twister, but it’s pronounced Lu-Blee-Ahna. There are two million people that live in Slovenia of which 300,000 live here in Ljubljana, the capital. It has been under the Austrian Habsburg rule since the Middle Ages until 1918. After that time, it became the Socialist Republic of Slovenia under Yugoslavia. In 1991, they became the capital of a newly formed state.
The symbol of this city is the Ljubljana Dragon which appears at the top of their tower, on their coat of arms, and on the Dragon Bridge. He stands for power, strength and greatness. He’s pretty darn cool and looks totally fierce on the four corners of their Dragon Bridge.
Legend has it that the dragon’s tail would waive whenever a virgin or prince would pass by the bridge and then would swoop down and eat them. Eventually he was killed by Jason and the argonauts, becoming too weak to fight because there were no more virgins or princes to eat.
It’s wonderful to walk in these old town areas where they create pedestrian only walkways to walk down the narrow streets flanked by these beautiful buildings which house fancy gift shops, eateries, and coffee and pastry spots. It’s so charming with all the pastel colored buildings.
Every Friday, the old town is packed with people for the weekly open air food fairs where all the local restaurants come out and sell street versions of their local fare. Oh my…it was just hard to decide which to pick, so we did what comes natural…just try everything!!
Running through the middle of the city is a peaceful river and canal where for 10 euros, you can take a leisurely ride through town. What a lovely thing to do on a sunny day like today. It’s just so peaceful!
What a lovely city this is. It’s a young city with an emphasis on the University which scatters students to every part of the town. With the wonderful weather, the charm of the old town, everything within walking distance, and so many culinary options, we would certainly love to stay a little longer!