A little history about Ljubljana
The Roman Emperor Augustus founded in year 34 a settlement which was called Aemona. That is the modern Ljubljana, which got its city rights in 1416. Between 1809 and 1849 was it the capital of Illyria, and from 1918 on is it the capital of Slovenia.
The dragon was not in the coat of arms from the beginning (1416) but is a later addition.
It's actually a disgrace how hard it is to find an internet acces here. But this tip might help you: there is a free one in a student place called K4 on Kersnikova 4. It is where the bus stop Bavarski dvor is, you just have to go around those buildings and get to Kersnikova street. You will see it when you are there.
For using internet upstairs you will probably have to order coffee or something, but dowstarirs is free.
There is also Internet at the train station.
Take any opportunity to meet with the locals, as they are some of the nicest people I have met on the planet. Very friendly, very relaxed, and generous of time, spirit and money. I made more good friends in Ljubljana in a few days than a year spent in England. A great people and a great country.
Strangely enough, it can be meeting the one bad apple that reminds you of how good the rest of the people are, and we met one on one of my recent trips to Ljubljana. This isn't a fondest memory at all, but what can you do with these illogical VT headings! We went out and had a meal, and drank a little too much wine. When we left the restaurant we stood around taking pictures, admiring the views, and watching curiously as the locals had fun in the snow. Eric and Morten (the Danish level designer) decided to roll up a snow ball, and as it got bigger and bigger they drafted me and our Canadian development director into helping them.
We pushed it out onto one of the pedestrian bridges near the central Preseren square at the Trimosti (three bridges). People were laughing and talking to us in English, and taking pictures of our antics. It was a very nice, relaxed atmosphere. Morten was trying to rope some of the locals into the stupidity, but they politely declined, prefering to chat with us between breaks in the pushing.
Then, as we got onto the bridge, Morten asked blindly for help off a passing Slovene. He staggered over to us, clearly blind drunk. He flopped onto the now 5 foot high snowball, and draped his blood soaked hands across it. This guy was clearly not your typical friendly Slovenian.
He slurred in surprisingly good English: "You want me to help you! How about you help me! I'm Slovenian!" He isolated Morten from the group and started yammering at him like aggressive drunks do, forcing him to back away with finger poking. We immediately flanked him, creating a semi-circle around Morten, and Gavian asked him in his typically cool, calm Canadian way what we could do for him.
He looked around, and realised that the guys he was with originally had disappeared, and suddenly found him self alone and isolated himself. He said a few more idiotically drunken things, made his excuses and staggered off in the direction of the castle, and likely home.
Not a big deal, but it did spoil the fun, and the pleasant feeling we had about the place. Not enough to spoil the general mood and good feeling about the country, though.
Central Ljubljana is beautiful
The historic center of town is cheerful. The folks milling around the squares or enjoying a drink at one of the plentiful cafes seem pleasant. The old buildings have all been beautifully restored and have a fresh coat of paint. Many of the buildings have a bright pastel exterior. There are several ugly apartment complexes in greater Ljubljana, but at the center it is almost like a fairyland.
Take a stroll through the old...
Take a stroll through the old part of the city. Since Ljubljana isn't that big, the old center is very easy to cover on foot. You can start your tour at the central post office (opposite to hotel Slon) and then walk down the Copova Street to Presern Square and acroos the Triple Bride, into the old town - Town Square, Old Square and The Upper Square. You can end up the tour by climbing up to the castle from the Upper Square. The pic shows Presern Square and the Triple Bridge (a masterpeiece by slovene architect Joze Plecnik) with the old town and the castle in the back.