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Dragons are an important historic symbol in Slovenia and, as such, one can see why Dragon Bridge in Ljubljana is so popular. It crosses the Ljubljana River and provides access to its famous Central Market.
The bridge contains four dragon statues, one at each of its four corners, which were beautifully crafted in Vienna. It was constructed between 1900 and 1901, a time of Art Nouveau, and was Ljubljana’s first reinforced concrete structure. It replaced an old wooden bridge, called Butchers’ Bridge, which had been on the site since 1819 and which was damaged by an earthquake in 1895.
The bridge is also decorated by lamps containing griffins at their base, which were originally powered by gas. When the bridge was completed, …
I like to share some of the signs I encounter during my travels. They are often entertaining, many being quite clever, and frequently reflect the local culture and customs in some way.
Here are some of the signs I saw in Slovenia. Many of the signs we encountered during our travels were in Slovenian and make little sense to me, so these aren’t included. But these photos are representative of what we saw, most originating in the capital of Ljubljana.
(Click on thumbnails to enlarge, right arrow to advance slideshow)
Radovljica is a small city that’s close to the popular Slovenian lake town of Bled. It has a well-preserved Medieval square, with many authentic Medieval-era buildings lining it. Dominating the square is the large Radovljica Mansion that’s home to several interesting museums, including the Museum of Apiculture.
The Museum of Apiculture was founded in 1959 by the Beekeepers’ Association of Slovenia. The purpose of the museum was to collect records and artefacts documenting the traditional practice of beekeeping, and to help preserve this heritage. The museum was incorporated into Radovljica Municipality Museums in 1963.
Beekeeping in Slovenia was at its peak in the 18th and 19th centuries, although Slovenian honey and bee products remain popular to this day. The museum’s exhibits represent …
I recently visited a wonderful fall market in Ljubljana, Slovenia. It was a pleasant Saturday morning and we’d been told that this was a market not to be missed, and not to wait until the afternoon and especially not until Sunday because the market dwindles at those times. Like all good markets, it’s a place where the community gathers and enjoys itself, and we were told it would be “busy” (it was).
We left our comfortable rented apartment and walked to the market, about five minutes away. Ljubljana has a beautiful historic core and it’s a lovely place to explore on foot. Much of the historic region is a pedestrian only zone, so it’s safe and easy to get around. There …