Slovenia Local Customs

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Slovenia Local Customs

  • Beer rivalry - Lasko or Union?

    Ljubljana Local Customs

    Slovenes are generally quite laid back. But not when it comes to choice of beer. There are two major beers in Slovenia: Laško and Union. Apparently, loyalty for one's beer in Slovenia is somewhat akin to loyalty to one's baseball team in the USA. Showing support for Union in a Laško pub is like showing support for the Boston Red Sox in the Bronx...

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  • Ring a bell make a wish

    Bled Local Customs

    This is me being helped by an elderly slovene woman. I was struggling in pulling the rope ( there is a certain technique,as i've been told ). They were a really nice friendly group. The old woman led them in a prayer, and they all joined in a group singing. I closed my eyes and said my own prayers as well. And though i couldn't understand the...

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  • Famous people - Tartini

    Piran Local Customs

    Giuseppe Tartini was born on 8 April 1692 in Piran and died on February 26, 1770 in Padua, Italy, where he spent most of his life. He was a famous violinist and composer, and his statue is now placed right in the middle of Tartini square, the most impressive square in town. In his life he composed over 130 concerti for violin, 2 concerti for flute,...

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  • LOCAL CURRENCY

    Ljubljana Local Customs

    I must admit, that even on my arrival in Slovenia in Summer 2004 I wasn't really sure about the name of the Slovenian currency. I only knew its abbreviation which is SIT. The official name of the currency is Slovenian Tolar. The exchange rate is mostly fixed, but when exchanging at an exchange office it is recommended to check if a commission...

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  • PLETNA

    Bled Local Customs

    There is a lot of history connecting to this boat. In the time of empress Maria Theresa 20 families were given the rights to transport the people to the island so at that time the only way to reach the island was with them. This "Pletna business" goes on from generation to generation ever since.

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  • Local fisherman

    Piran Local Customs

    Years ago Piran was small fishermen town and it was the main occupation of its citizens. Little by little, the whole place was turned into one of the most important tourists resorts of Slovenia. Only a few profesional fishermen left in town now, however, many of those who have been retired still can be seen around. I had a nice chatt with one of...

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  • Traditional Costumes

    Ljubljana Local Customs

    Everyday except Sundays is there an outdoor market in Vodnikov Trg. You can find lots of locally produced food as well as handbags, flowers, clothes, suitcases and jewellries, just to mention some of the products.

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  • Mediterrean look

    Piran Local Customs

    The old core of the town have preserved the medieval layout with narrow streets and compact houses, which rise in the steps from the coastal lowland into the hills and give the whole area a typical Mediterranean look. This street is situated in the second line, right behind the main city streets and the squares.

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  • English - widely spoken

    Ljubljana Local Customs

    And I think I know one of the reasons why. I had been suffering in Rome because the TV in Italy is all dubbed. No subtitles. Really odd to see the actors in CSI chattering away in perfect Italian - with slightly odd mouth shapes. You always get that with dubbing. So when I got to my friend's place in Ljubljana and met her children - who spoke such...

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  • Billingual area

    Piran Local Customs

    The whole coast area of Slovenia is officially billingual because of its Italian minority. Therefore you'll find all names of streets, shops and institutions in both languages. However, everybody working in tourism speaks at least one, if not two other languages, most often English and German.

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  • Famous People

    Ljubljana Local Customs

    The monument was unveiled in 1905 and is the work of architect Maks Fabiani and sculptor Ivan Zajc. France Prešeren (1800-1849) is the greatest Slovene poet. His poetry is a symbol of longing for love and freedom, which is why one of his poem became the national anthem. The monument stands on the ononymous sgare which is the main meeting point for...

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  • Nice balcony

    Piran Local Customs

    When strolling around the old core of the town, you might be lucky to discovere some hidden beauties. I took the picture of this entrance in the house with the cute balcony above it and nicely painted celling with the motive of a smiling sun.

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  • Križanke

    Ljubljana Local Customs

    After being torn down in 1715, the Church of Our Lady of Mercy was rebuilt in Baroque style, and it was the first Baroque building in the region. The name of Križanke is derivated from "križanki", and it is the slovenian name for the Knights of the Cross.

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  • Old Postcards

    Ljubljana Local Customs

    An old Postcard sent from Ljubljana on May 26. 1909 Townhall of Ljubljana - as it looked like nearly hundred year ago. Nowadays its nearly the same view, except facades of the buildings are renovated.

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  • Wedding customs

    Ljubljana Local Customs

    It seems very, really very popular to have the photos of the wedding taken around the Lubljana castle, while I was there I met at least 4 differents weddings and was really tempted to enjoy a couple of them, pretending to be one of the inviteds and getting some free drinksI would probably have been shown in some pictures like this one and someone...

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  • CHRISTMAS TIME

    Ljubljana Local Customs

    The lights are even nicer at night! They just add to the look of Ljubljana and turn the whole city into a fairytale town. There's some simple lights in the trees of Castle hill and the castle changes colour every minute. Some of the houses get a frame of lights and the trees and streets turn into a sea of lights. Ljubljana really should be on your...

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  • ROAD-SIDE CHAPELS & SHRINES

    As you and I know, most Slovenian villages have a Church, but ones without a Church will have a shrine. Each shrine is dedicated to a specific Saint. These shrines usually stand beside roads, but you can find them anywhere. This is a Catholic tradition, and they are here for a variety of reason's.Mainly, they are built for the glory of God, or...

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  • DO YOUR OWN WASHING

    Slovenia, and we wanted to do our washing in a Laundromat....A Laundry where we do our own washing and drying for a fee.On asking at the Information Centre in a Slovenian town, we were told they are fairly rare, most people have there own Washer and Dryer.We then picked up a free accommodation book which had Camp Ground information.We found one...

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  • SLOVENIAN SHEEP

    We hadn't driven far into Slovenia, when I noticed some different Sheep to in Australia.I thought they were rather pretty, as they had long, drooping ears and were in an array of black, grey and white.The Sheep I saw, were a mix of Brillenschaf and something else.The Brillenschaf sheep, are an Alpine Mountain breed of Sheep that can handle the...

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  • BLACK SPOT FOR FROGS!

    Not long into Slovenia we came across a road sign with a Frog and exclamation mark! In all the countries we have visited, we had never come across this!So, at the next information centre, we asked about this, and were told, they did not want their Frog's squashed by vehicle traffic. Doing a little more digging around, I found that at the beginning...

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  • KOZOLEC

    We arrived in Slovenia via road from Italy. On passing through the border crossing, pretty well straight away, we noticed free standing racks in the middle of the paddocks in Slovenia.What were they used for we wondered?A little further on, we found out what, it was Hay, draped over each and everyone of them to dry. These free standing, vertical...

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  • Ivan Cankar: A Cup Of Coffee

    You will totaly surprise Slovenians if you will be familiar with our famous "coffee story." It is an autobiographical story, written by our most famous writer (not alive anymore, of course) Ivan Cankar. As young man writting and creating in the loft of their poor house he suddenly wished for a cup of coffee. His mother was probably a bit of...

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  • The Venus Trail in Skofja Loka.

    The Venus Trail is an event held in seven Slovene towns every year. The idea came from a poem about a 13th century's knight and ministrel who dressed as a woman and travelled 52 towns of what are now located in four countries; Italy, Austria, Slovenia and Czech Republic.This event is usually scheduled the last weekend of june every year in Skofja...

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  • Sunday mornings.

    Sunday mornings there is a local market along the riverside. People go there for a walk and later they go to take a coffe or a beer in the outside of the cafes.Great time if the weather is warm. Sunshine is a good friend on Sunday mornings.

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  • Money handling

    I had no trouble finding ATMs almost everywhere I went in Slovenia. But they distribute the largest possible notes -- e.g., if you take out 5000 tolars, you'll get a 5000-tolar note, not five 1000-tolar notes. Because prices (and, alas, salaries) are low, small shops or businesses in remote areas might have trouble coming up with change if you hand...

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  • Ceiling in the cave

    In the region around Brezice you can visit one of the caves, digged for keeping harvest there. They called them "Repnica" - turnip cave, because it was used as a storage for the harvest. Structure of the ground makes such "painting" in cave's ceiling. Nowadays it is used as a wine cellar. You can taste some sorts of excellent wine of the region......

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  • Daily activities planning

    Having now spent two visits to Maribor in the company of Mr Vuckovic (http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/5d3a9/) I have been able to make some observations about local customs as regards daily activities planning.Firstly, one must wake up completely drunk and almost incapacitated.One must then go for a large lunch which typically will start with...

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  • Lace

    A sample of lacework - An AppleOnce, Idrija region was very poor. Men work in the mine (quicksilver) and women, usually a housewifes, had to find an extra earnings. Their new occupation was lacemaking. The first document about lacemaking in Idrija dates from 1696. In Idrija Museum is an exhibition of very nice laces. Worth to see!.

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  • Around Idrija

    A tub-maker finds quicksilverPainting by J.TrostA legend says:A tub-maker left his new tub at the brook. And one morning ther was someting bright in the tub. In short - quicksilver was discovered in Idrija

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  • Dual

    Slovene language is one of the few living languages that still uses dual. And I think only slavic languages used dual. But Slovene is the only language that's official in some country.You wondering what dual actually is? It's a grammatical numeral.Most languages have only singular and plural. Singular using when talking only about one thing, plural...

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  • Dialects

    In Slovenia leave less than 2 million people on a rather small area and yet we speak many different dialects. There are at least 32 different ones, assembled in 7 larger dialect-groups, which makes us one of the leading countrys in the world.Such diversity in language is a result of centurys-long influence of neighbour countrys to differnet parts...

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  • Tradition

    No celebration in Slovenia can be imagined without the accordion, traditional costumes and polka dance...Not to mention the traditional food (famous potica or koline) and drinks (wine or beer).

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  • Flowers

    Let me just quote one of my friends: ''House is not a house, if there are no flowers decorating windows or balconys.'' It's true. People here love to put flowers to decorate their homes. Sometimes you get the feeling that some neighbours compete which one will have more bautiful flowers. When the spring starts, people plant flower so the bright...

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  • Slippers

    If ever happens that you'll be invited to a slovene home, don't be surprised when the host offers you slippers. It's a habit here that you take off your shoes when entering into someones home. In every home you can find a drawer full of slippers that are just waiting for the guests. You don't have to worry, if your shoes are dirty + you'll feel...

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  • New Years and Pig's Noses

    If you happen to be spending New Year´s in Slovenia, or with Slovenians...be aware that it is a tradition of good luck to take a lick, or a bite, from a smoked pig´s nose. Yup, I´m really not kidding.

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  • St. Nichola's Church

    The St. Nicola's Church in Novo Mesto.In my opinion this is one of the most beautiful churches in whole Slovenia and it worth of visiting. Inside the church, on the altar, you can see painting by famous Tintoretto. In case the church is closed, just ring at Bishops court..

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  • OREHOVA POTICA -Nut Bread

    Potica is yummi, but it is very hard to prepare a good potica. You need about 4 hours for preparing and baking.2 teaspoons dry active yeast½ Cup warm milk1 Tablespoon sugar Dissolve yeast and sugar in milk let set 5 minutes to activate the yeast. Dough1 ½ Cups Milk¾ Cups Shortening5 Egg Yolks¾ Cups Sugar2 teaspoons Salt1 Tablespoon Vanilla extract1...

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  • Typical Slovene Sunday Lunch

    It's funny - what I remember most from my youth are Sundays with typical Sunday lunch and folklore music from Avseniki . The lunch consists of :- Goveja juha - beef soup with hand made noodles- Pražen krompir - roasted potatoes with onion- Meso iz juhe - beef from soup- Zelena solata - green saladAll the family gathered together and it was Sunday...

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  • PRIMORSKA JOTA (Sauerkraut Soup)

    Ingredients 1 lb. kidney beans 1 lb. potatoes, peeled and cubed 1 lb. sauerkraut 1/2 lb. smoked bacon, chopped 1 medium onion, chopped 4 tablespoons flour 5 cloves garlic, minced 1 bay leaf 1 tablespoon tomato sauce Salt & Pepper to taste (optional) Smoked pork meat Directions:Clean and wash the beans and allow to soak overnight. Cook separately...

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  • AJDOVI ŽGANCI - Buckwheat žganci

    When I was still in school teachers forced us to eat Žganci even though we didn't like them.For many years I didn't want to eat them : Once I was on the Kofce mountain and I smelled žganci from the kitchen.I decided to try them again and since then they're my favourite dish.Ingredients: 1.5 lb buckwheat flour 3/4 l salted boiling water a few...

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  • Mythical beer

    There are two beers brewed in Slovenia, Union (from Ljubljana) and Lasko. Both are good, though I prefer the temno pivo (dark beer) that Union brews. But if you like the Lasko brand then you'll probably wonder what's with the icon of that horned creature on the label. As it turns out, that is Zlatorog, a mythical horned creature who lived on Mt....

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  • Honey trucks

    The bee-keeping museum in Radovljica has information on 'portable beehives' that are hives loaded on trucks. Parked and left in or near a field. When the hive are filled with honey, the farmers drive the truck and hives back to their place.I came across one of these trucks parked opposite a corn field in a small village at the bottom of the Nanos...

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  • PREKMURSKA GIBANICA

    If I translate this into English it should be Over the Mura moving cake. But it sounds so funny . Gibanica is a tipical cake from Prekmurje (over the Mura region ont the north-eastern part of Slovenia). If you want to try real good Gibanica you have to go there.But you can get it also on other places. It's made with four different stuffings done in...

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  • KOZOLEC - Hayrack

    Kozolec represents original Slovene uniqueness.It is a pure Slovene invention.It is spread all accross Slovenia countryside.The best known hayrack is Double Hayrack called Toplar.Kozolec is a free standing, wooden, open but roofed structure for drying and storing the goods: hay and grain.Many Slovene painters represent Kozolec on their paintings .

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  • KURENT or KORANT

    The secret figure which is the only one who dares confronting with Winter is Kurent or Korant.It is a horrible but good patron of human being in fight with winter. It is dressed in fur coat, with animal mask and trunk-shaped nose.With cow bells around the waist it makes loud noise.For centuries Kurents are dancing from house to house , they sing...

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