Each year in the begining of may a memorial walk around Ljubljana is organized. This walk is a memory on a day when Ljubljana was liberated in the 2nd World War. The whole track, so called ''Pot Spominov In Tovaristva'' (The Path Of Memorys And Comradeship) is 35 km long and has exactly the same course as the fance that sorrounded Ljubljana during war. That's why this event is called ''The Way By The Wire''.
Anybody can participate at the walk. Those who make the whole way get a medal and a fresh pair of socks :-). those who made thw way 5 times (once a years) get a silver medal, those who made the whole circle 10 times get a golden medal.
If you are more competitive, you can choose between 12 or 28 km. And you can only partecipate in groups of 3.
In 2006 it will be the 50th anniversary of the walk.
The Walk By The Wire
Can't help to mayself, I just don't like skyscrapers. To me it is the dark side of the modern architecture, ugly and antihuman is the first impression which cross my mind when seeing at them. Besides, most of the skyscrapers are build in the wrong place of the particular town.
Ljubljana's dialect uses instead of common word KAJ (= what) word KVA. It's just one of differences between other dialects in Slovenia. But this word marked people of Ljubljana for ever. Spekaing KVA, you sound just like a frog, so we are being called ZABARJI (froggers) from the rest of the country. Plus: the citys colours are white and GREEN, which completes the whole story.
The nickname is ment as an insult, so don't use it. It's widely used specially during sport matches.
One of the best spontanious moments of my travels occured in Ljubljana on a cold Friday night in winter. It was after midnight and I got lost looking for a hostel and decided to crash at a university dorm. Some students walked in and invited me up to party. After partying half the night, they let me stay at their dorm room for the whole weekend. They even bought my lunch the next day. I'm still friends with them five years later. What looked like the worst night of my travels turned into one of the best!
"There are few cities on which a single artist has left such a strong personal impression as the architect Jože Plecnik (1872-1957) has done to Ljubljana, his birthplace. By offering monumentality and beauty he attempted to nurture the feeling of selfconfidence in its inhabitants."
Jože Plecnik designed a big urban complex of the Market on the right bank of Ljubljanica river. Its monumental colonnade runs in a soft curve from the Triple Bridge to Dragon Bridge.
The Schweiger house with its early 18th century Rococo facade is one of the examples of Baroque secular architecture in Ljubljana. The stone telamon supporting the wrought iron balustraded balcony has a finger to his lips to remind passers-by of the name of the house's owner, Schweiger, "the taciturn one".
The house is situated on Stari trg.
This neo-Renaissance building was erected in 1885 to house the Carniola Provincial Museum. Nowadays it houses: The National Museum, The Slovene Ethnographic Museum and The Slovene Natural History Museum.
In front of the building dominates the statue of Valvasor by A. Gangl (1903).
The National Gallery, formerly the National House was erected in 1896 to the plans of Czech architect Škabrout. It served for performances by various national societies and had gymnasium in the basement. In 1918 it became the seat of the National Gallery and is still today the home for a collection of Slovene works of art from the Middle Ages until the 19th century.
The Slovene Philharmonic Hall, situated on Kongresni trg, was built between 1888 and 1891. It stands on the site of the former Estates Theatre, an 18th c, building destroyed by fire, which in 1789 witnessed the birth of SloveNe theatre.
The National Opera and Ballet Theatre, originally the Provincial Theatre, situated in Županciceva ulica, was constructed between 1890 and 1892 in neo-Renaissance style. The plans for it were drawn up by the Czech architects Hrasky and Hruby.
Until the building of the German theatre in 1911, it was used for both Slovene and German performances, then only for Slovene ones.
On both nights I was in Ljubljana (Thursday and Friday in May), the streets around the left bank of the Ljubljanica River were filled with live music. On one specific night, there were 2 rock concerts and 1 classical. If anyone knows if this is a common thing in the summer or just part of a special event, please let me know.
I think Slovenia is a bit like Croatia... People just enjoy sitting with their friends, talking over coffee & enjoying the Sun. The Preseren square is always busy & crowded with people doing their daily things. But there's always time to relax... So, you try it too! :)
If you are staying with locals or out partying on the town with them, make sure you tell them when you are tired. All of the Slovenians I met were so generous with their time, that they would never think to go to bed before you do. As an Englishman I try and stay awake until my host feels tired, but Slovenians seem to work the other way around. I found myself nearly staying up all night on a couple of occasions, as we both politely waited for the other to show signs of wanting to sleep!
Be careful of your friends in Slovenia, especially Ljubljana, as they will try and buy everything for you. If they offer to carry your items in a shop, don't let them, for they will take them to the counter and buy them for you when you aren't looking. The only way I could find to counter their surprising generosity, was to buy them things when they weren't expecting it either. Of course, not all Slovenians are the same, and the Ljubljana people I met swore the mountain people to the north were the most terrible skinflints, but everyone I met said the same thing, especially about the people of Ljubjlana.
The Ljubljanians take their cafe culture almost as serious as Parisians, Viennese, and the Italians, but with none of the hoity-toityness. Every cafe that went to was low key and immensely enjoyable. The coffee was great, not good. And, I should know, I tried coffee every place I went. And lots of it. Yes, I am addicted.
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