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Ljubljana’s lovely Baroque Cathedral

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The lovely Ljubljana Cathedral (also known as the Church of St. Nicholas) lies in the heart of Ljubljana, Slovenia.  The church is near the popular Central Market and the city’s Town Hall.

There has been a church at this site since at least 1262.  After the fire of 1361 it was re-built in the Gothic style.  That church was burned down in 1469 (by the Moors).  A new cross-shaped Baroque church was constructed between 1701 and 1706, although its octagonal dome was not finished until the 1840s.  The church is dedicated to the patron and guardian of fishermen and boatmen, St. Nicholas.

Sundial outside the Church of St. Nicholas

Sundial outside the Church of St. Nicholas

The exterior of the church is attractive, although relatively simple, but with 2 bell towers and a distinctive dome.  One …

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A Day at Lake Bohinj, Slovenia

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Slovenia is a small country that has some big beautiful scenery.  Its two most famous lakes are Lake Bled (the more popular) and Lake Bohinj.  Lake Bohinj is about an hour’s drive from Ljubljana, the nation’s largest city and capital, and a 30 minute drive from Lake Bled.

There’s a lot to recommend a visit to Lake Bohinj over Lake Bled, although by all means visit both if you have the time.  The lakes are separated by only 26 kms of lovely mountain scenery, and it’s easy to drive from one to the other. Bohinj has a more natural setting that Bled, with less development and fewer tourists.  It is surrounded by the grand Julian Alps and Triglav National Park (the only national …

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“Pic of the Week”, December 13, 2019: Radovljica Chocolate Festival

00 Radovljica Chocolate Art

I was unaware that the small city of Radovljica, home of Slovenia’s famous bee-keeping Museum, was home to a chocolate festival until I saw this piece of street art sitting near the main town square.

I did a little research and found this event is fairly new, starting in 2012.  It is held over a weekend in early April of each year, usually on the weekend after Easter.  Chocolatiers from all over the country and some from neighboring countries show up and feature their wares.  You can buy “tasting” coupons that let you sample the delicious assortment of chocolates.  My mouth waters just thinking about it (confession — I am a lover of fine chocolate)

Besides palate tempting displays …

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“Pic of the Week”, September 20, 2019: Dragon Bridge, Ljubljana

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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, …

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Signs of Slovenia

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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.

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A Bee-Keeper’s Paradise — a Visit to the Museum of Apiculture, Radovljica, Slovenia

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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.

Apiculture Museum, Radovljica

Apiculture Museum, Radovljica

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 …

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A Visit to Ljubljana’s Central Market

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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 …

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