Hi guys! Welcome to my new post. Travel is the best thing in a life that a person can buy. Everyone loves traveling, whether you are young and adventurous or older. Traveling is there to give us pleasure, rest and the nice memories for a life. For each trip, you need a good and reliable partner, so I would like to say big thank to the Slovenian Tourist Board (STO) for this wonderful experience. This adventure has really filled up my old albums with some new photos and now my mom has put new photos into that famous album “Little Marko From the Cradle to…” for now we have reached 25 memorable years, but we have many to catch up! 🙂
Why was Ljubljana on my travel list this year? As a Fashion Blogger, Fashion Week is very important event for every fashion blogger, because it’s a place where you can meet some new colleagues and who knows you might also make some business contact for some collaboration in future.
So this year I was invited to attend on the Fashion Week in Ljubljana (LJFW) and I have to admit that this was a unique experience for me. Ljubljana is really an unusual city, who once came to Ljubljana, comes back very soon, because Ljubljana simply so charming city with it’s special magic. Anyone who want to feel the real adventure, must visit this wonderful city.
I’m sure you all know the fact that Ljubljana is the main capital and the largest city in Slovenia. Ljubljana is at first sight a small, nice city which has a population of about 300,000, but it’s enough for me to be happy. It’s great for me to be near to all those beautiful sights and you don’t need to use a lot of transport. Vey useful for health and you don’t need to pay expensive training sessions in the gym. You can do Cardio workout every day! Vey Practically, right?
Architecture in Ljubljana is unusual, there are many different styles. I promised you in my previous posts that I will tell you the story of a man who was always out of standards. Some people loved him, they simply admired his work, others just didn’t like him – Jože Plečnik. From the little boy people thought there was no bright future for his work due to school failure. His father felt that and he thought it was better for Jože to have a safe “job” in his hands and hire him in his workshop. Jože was a creative soul, he made a real little wonders of the tree, and after seeing the Wagner’s (Otto Wagner) draft of the Berlin cathedral, young Plečnik was absolutely fascinated by architecture and he succeeded and he started his studies in Graz.
With his work and unusual ideas, he thrilled his idol Otto Wagner and mr.Wagner took him to his architect office. After that, all is pure history and Jože Plečnik became an urban legend. He led a very simple life. Recycling and using more economical materials were the only ways of his work. He was extremely practical and economical man and perfectionist. Why some people didn’t like him? The answer on that question is simple, because of his sometimes strange nature and some of the actions he has done to prove to himself, and to others that he can do everything…
Ljubljana is known as the City of Dragon or the City of Jože Plečnik. The dragons have multiple meanings in their culture, some considered them to be symbols of courage and power, while others had a slightly different opinion. There are three legends which explain how the dragons have become symbols of Ljubljana. I will tell you a “verified” famous first legend! 🙂
The legend says that one day Greek hero Jason wanted to take the golden fleece and the skin of the golden ram, which was guarded by the dragon. After the battle with the dragon, where the king’s daughter, Medea, who fell in love with Jason, helped him with a magic. Of course he won the dragon and got a golden fleece.
As you always know, when you in love with someone you make some crazy things so Medea (princess) decided to run away with Jason after the battle. Her father (the king) was very upset and angry because of that and he sent the army to chase them. During the escape, the ship accidentally went to the mouth of the Danube, instead of towards the south to the Aegean Sea! There were no returns for young refugees, so they continued to the Danube, Sava and Ljubljanica rivers. They built a settlement at the source of the Ljubljanica river in order to prepare ship for transport to the Adriatic. The settlement was named Emona.
Near Emona, there was a lake and swamp, where one day Jason had a battle with a dragon, he fought with the dragon and of course he won. The city, which was formed in the Emona area, Jason chose the dragon as a symbol. Today, this city is called Ljubljana and has a dragon in its flag.
There are many more legends, but this is simply a favorite among the people! Ljubljana is maybe a small town, but it has a really big heart. I have to admit that I saw more street musicians in Ljubljana than in a major European cities like Paris.
Ljubljana is a city that will impress every tourist! Whether you are interested in history, architecture, food, or shopping, you can find everything in one place. Before I went to Ljubljana, many people told me that everything was much more expensive there than anywhere else in Europe, but I am from those people who simply believe in personal experience.
Slovenia has a higher standard of living than Serbia (my country) and countries in the region, but prices are not so high. Food for example is maybe little more expensive few euros, but that is absolutely ok. Clothing is even cheaper than in Serbia. I personally checked out a few things that were also selling in Belgrade and I found them in Slovenia and they are quite cheaper. That is my experience from this trip…
During my stay in Ljubljana, the rain didn’t stop, but this didn’t affect on the beauty of the city itself, as well as the photos look good at the end. The city is so beautiful so you will make beautiful pictures never mind are your professional photographer, you will enjoy. The Slovenians are very pleasant and they immediately realised that I was a blogger when I was trying to find some cool pose on the bridge. People waited for me to finish my job for a moment, but I noticed that after and we had to make small breaks, because I don’t have right to use someone’s kindness on that way.
It was quite interesting experience! 🙂
This picture was made on the famous Tromostovje Bridge (Triple Bridge). The name itself tells you a bridge made up of 3 bridges: a large central bridge and two small auxiliary bridges. Plečnik was so impressed by Italy, especially Venice, so he decided to make a small replica of the famous Rialto Bridge and I must admit that he did it with a little help from the optical corpse. The main central bridge is flat, the other two are staircase and the man from whichever direction he comes comes with the feeling that the bridge completely looks like the famous Rialto Bridge in Venice.
The capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana, lies on the river called Ljubljanica.
Ljubljana is a wonderful city and you will not be able to explore whole city just for one visit. You will come back to continue your adventure.
If you are in love you must visit the Mesarski Most! (The Butchers’ Bridge). It’s not as scary as it sounds, just as the name just says there were once the butchers were selling their products. Today is the Love bridge! You can here in Ljubljana, like many in many cities in Europe to try to “lock up your love”. Try it, you can’t lose anything!
Ljubljana is a great city for photography enthusiasts, wherever you go, the inspiration just wakes up in you and just enough to take out the camera or mobile phone and capture that little piece of the heaven and take it home with you. I’m doing that on every journey…
Shopping in Ljubljana
Ljubljana is also an excellent destination for shopping. Since I’m a fashion blogger, I have to say something about shopping in Ljubljana. As in any other city in Europe, you can find in Ljubljana more affordable brands such as Zara, H&M and others. As far as luxury brands are concerned, most of them don’t have their flagship stores in Ljubljana, but you can found almost all of them in the Galeria Emporium department store and in certain multi-brand stores which are located in the city center and in some big shopping malls.
If you want to refresh your closet with interesting pieces by Slovenian designers, my warm recommendation is to visit the ZOOFA multi-brand concept fashion store.
ZOOFA is a project of 12 young designers from Slovenia who have decided to help the domestic fashion industry.
As we walked along Ljubljana many times, it was time to see the tourist attraction which you almost see almost on every photo from Ljubljana. Ljubljana Castle and the famous white clock tower!
The Ljubljana Castle
A medieval castle, a symbol of Slovenian capital, an interesting tourist attraction. An idyllic promenade just a few minutes away from the heart of the city, the cultural center of Ljubljana.
If you come to Ljubljana, the castle is a place you must place on your travel bucket list. You need to take a few hours, and if you are a nature lover you can hike around the castle because the castle is in nature on a hill. Due to bad weather conditions we were not able to enjoy natural relaxation.
Museum of Puppetry
The Museum of Puppetry is a unique museum in Slovenia and also in Balkan area. There are various kinds of puppets and the most interesting fact is that the museum is interactive! You can start the particular puppet show by yourself. Would you like to try to make your own puppet show? You can try a bridge that is 5 meters above the stage. You can feel how looks like to be a puppet master for a moment!
If your answer is YES, I want to try it then the Museum of Puppetry is the right place for you!
Ljubljana is a city that can respond to requests and those of the most travel hedonists. Numerous restaurants, bars, specialty food and goods shops… To explore the city and enjoy all those great delights, you need a good place to stay. I had the opportunity to stay at the Park Hotel, which is located in the center of the city and I have only a warm recommendation. The staff has made effort to make me feel at home.
Hotel Park is specific, it’s based on respect of ecological rules. The hotel on the roof itself has hives and they make their own honey… The food is exclusively from local farmers. At the hotel, on every wall has printed sentences that encourage man to save energy and natural resources. That is very interesting. I think you will be satisfied with the service! 🙂
Guys, as you know, time always flies so quickly when you are having fun. My adventure in Slovenia ended in November, and is now officially ended on my blog. Little #ifeelsLOVEnia adventure was a unique experience in my life, but I will miss my photos #ViewUnderMyUmbrella…
Life writes new adventures so I hope we will soon have the opportunity to explore another country … It’s almost New Year but I will not reveal location where I’m going to meet Santa this year! 😉
I sincerely hope you enjoyed in my little Slovenian adventure and would like to hear your opinion. For any questions, suggestions or proposals for collaboration please visit the CONTACT page and fill out a short form or send me an email.