View ON Ljubljana castle
If you would like to enjoy a special view on Ljubljana castle or the city center, go to this building in Slovenska Cesta. On top of the building, there is a café/bar called "Global" which becomes a disco/club at night. Take the elevator to the bar and from there you can enjoy the view onto the city.
The monument in the main square, as far as I could understand, also a very popular meeting poit.
Preseren has been one of the most(if not the most) imprtant slovenian poet and in this monument he is looking at the house of the girl he was in love with, but could never get, because she was very rich and he was very poor.A story that somehow reminds me of the italian poet Leopardi, his house in front of the house of the gilr he was in love with, but he could never get cause he was rich and ugly and she, poor and beautiful.....sometime men's frustrations create great poetries, sometime the same frustrations make pubs owners very rich :-)
PUT ON EASY SHOES FOR A WALK THROUGH LJUBLJANA
THIS CITY ISN'T EXCESSIVELY LARGE it is even smaller than one would expect from a capital.......
A new spirit has revitalised the streets of the historical centre without corrupting them.
The splendour of old houses of well-to-do families has remained untouched.
The city centre salvages fragments of former stories and opens the door ahead to the future or back to the past. depending......
Between the old walls are many quiet places to sit, take a rest on the way from one errand to another or to the other end of the Old Town.
The GREAT vegetation from these places has never been moved, which is great indeed, an example of how to make cities and towns as green as possible, which means as pleasant as possible. The branches of the city park willow trees spill into the green (oh, such special green) coloured river Ljubljanica.
Not far away, in the very centre, behind the Town Hall rise the wooded slopes of Castle Hill.
The castle itself is the main place of pilgrimage and whoever leaves the city without having been there, well, s/he hasn't really seen Ljubljana.
Check out the sunday flea...
Check out the sunday flea markets in the center of old town. The best collection grade of 'A grade' material I've ever seen. A perfect place to pick up that that elegant painting of 'Marshall Tito' your aunt back home has been clamouring about..
Euros are accepted in many places.
I don't think it will be long before Slovenians adopt the Euro, putting an end to their short lived, and slightly silly, currency. I mean that with all respect, because it's very quaint and I love carrying my Tolar notes around in my wallet to show people, but Slovenia must be one of the smallest countries in Europe with its own currency, but the one with the highest denominations. There are about 240 Tolari to the Euro, which makes for some very large numbers on the prices.
In Ljubljana, as well as on the major roads of Slovenia and the popular tourist destinations like Bled and Postojna, Euros are accepted in many places. Not everywhere, the National History Museum for example did not, but many of the restaurants and bars did. Not only did they accept them, but they gave a very fair rate of exchange. Of course you are going to do better from a bank, but I didn't find anyone ripping us off, even though most tourists find the 240 to 1 ratio completely baffling. Usually if you pay in Euros, you get Tolari as change.
You can also draw money out from any of the hundreds of ATMs around the city. All the ones I used had an English option, and many had more advanced functions than I'd seen in other countries. I was definitely able to use both my English Visa and Cirrus debit cards, I think I also used my German EC/Maestro card, but I am not 100% certain of that. I was charged about 3-5 euros per withdrawal, but the exchange rates used were always better than the tourist rate.