When we last left off, I was bitching about my experiences in Budapest. Thankfully my FedEx package came through so I was able to keep my appointment with Slovenia. I was almost out of Schengen country time and might have had to skip it. Man am I glad that worked out!
Ljubljana is the eminently charming capital city of Slovenia, and is about the size and feel of Salzburg. There is plenty to see, and many beautiful side trips to take. There are many good restaurants along the canal, and there are always festivals of some sort going on. In the summer there are even “Movies Under The Stars” in the courtyard of Ljubljana Castle. They are all first run, and the media and sound system are state-of-the-art. You might as well be in a movie theater, except you’re in the courtyard of a Medieval Castle. Ljubljana also features some interesting architecture as well. These are just a few of the reasons I’ve dubbed Slovenia the “Slavic Salzburg.”
PRESERIN – Famous author with his muse.
The Pink Church
LJUBLJANA CASTLE – On the hill above the town.
THE DRAGON – The Symbol Of Ljubljana
THE DRAGON BRIDGE
CHURCH DOOR – With Ljubljana history and Pope Paul II at the top.
VIABLE STREET ART
NAPOLEON – Enjoyed Ljubljana.
Lake Bled & Bled Castle
BLEJSKA KREMSNITA – The World Famous Bled Cream Cake – Delicious!
Island with a church in the middle of the lake.
Entrance To Bled Castle
Beautiful reproduction of a Gutenberg printing press.
Art Exhibition At Bled Castle – The obscenity of selfies in front of Unesco sites transferred onto canvas and being touted as art. The whole monochromatic collection was produced using this appropriately chosen dung brown. The only thing that could have made matters worse would have been the artist using his own excrement, which in the case of this tasteless drek would not be entirely out of the realm of possibility.
Other monuments disfigured by this so-called artist were Angkor Wat, Chichen Itza Pyramid, and Machu Picchu. In the interest of minimizing the pain and degradation, I will not be including the other images.
Upon further reflection, I think maybe the artist was actually delivering some much-deserved mockery to the selfie-shooting crowd. My initial revulsion was due to hours spent waiting for these people to get out of my way so that I could get my shots. Most of the time I avoid selfies in front of these amazing sites except for the purposes of my blog.
A nice lunch with a view to flush that disturbing artwork out of my system. The trout was so delicious I inhaled it before I could manage a picture.
A tiresome hike up, but an easy walk down.
Now for Ljubljana Castle
But first the Burger Festival and some lunch beforehand.
A Tasty Bacon Burger
Yes, I ate a mini horse burger too.
The castle courtyard where many events are held including “Movies Under The Stars”. Great first-run films with a state-of-the-art audio/visual system.
Also, a tower to get a view of the town.
Take note of the large building in the rear center.
This is that building close up. It’s a library designed by renowned Slovenian architect Jože Plečnik. He designed many of the special buildings around Ljubljana. The treatments on the upper windows were meant to resemble open books. His architectural impact on Ljubljana has been compared to the influence Antonio Gaudi had on Barcelona.
Exhibition of Hungarian artists.
TORTURE DEVICE EXHIBITION
A Very Cool Mask – Not Much Fun For The Person Wearing It
Medieval Waterboarding Device – See Funnel – Dick Cheney would love this piece.
THE PUPPET MUSEUM
A modern puppet used in an avant-garde play.
A group of puppets used by partisans to mock Hitler and the Nazis.
THE PINK CHURCH
Main Square at Night – Sad to say goodbye to this town – Without question, I’ll be back.