Monday, June 4, 2012

A day in Ljubljana, Slovenia

The Ljubljanica River flows in the middle of the city
The  famous Dragon Bridge
It was about half past eleven by the time we arrived at the City Hotel in Ljubljana. Too early for check-in but I was hoping at least some of the rooms were ready and we could put our luggage. The hotel management was very accommodating and gladly, they had all our rooms ready. One thing that I always do before I travel is to send email to the hotels and inform them on my late or early arrival. These days some hotels even write emails asking for your arrival time, which is pretty sweet to make us feel that they do care about their clients. 

As soon as our rooms were sorted, we started exploring Ljubljana (pronounced as yupyana). From the hotel, we walked towards the famous Dragon Bridge and just across the Ljubljanica River is the old part of the town. I love Ljubljana because it is small, cosy, easy to navigate and the people are friendly. You won't get lost in this city! 

What a relief that our day in Ljubljana was relaxing. We strolled around the little old town, browsed through the souvenir shops and visited Ljubljana Castle on the hill. My legs haven't fully recovered from the hike in Plitvice and this is not even half of the journey yet. This is the hazard of harsh travelling - it's like you bashed yourself about 7 to 8 hours of walking in the day and spent a few hours of sleep at night, hoping to recuperate miraculously the next day!

Ljubljana is an interesting town
Modern shopping arcade
The streets are car-free but cyclist can roam freely
The streets in old town
A view from the castle
The fresh fruits and vegetable market
We took the funicular up to the castle
View of Ljubljana City from the Castle Hill
Many bridges across the river

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