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I don't know how they did it, but our friends in Ljubljana arranged to have a Medieval Festival while we were there and the parade came right down the street where we were sitting having drinks. This is a 2 day festival with lots of activity and our plan was to go up to the castle for the medieval arts fair. However our friends didn't arrange good weather (LOL) and we ended up just watching the grand parade then going for an early dinner.
I stole the description of the festival from the local Tourism Board so you have some idea about it and have attached photos of the parade.
"The biggest procession, taking place as part of the main programme of events and including all the knights' groups appearing at the festival, will set off from the Zvezda park in the Kongresni trg square and head towards Ljubljana Castle on 11 September at 2 p.m. The two festival days will see altogether 250 performing groups and solo performers including musicians, dancers, swordsmen, actors and other artists."
The festival is held every September. I can't identify the knights' groups but there were lots of them. One of our friends in Ljubljana joined us late as she was at the castle where she offered her calligraphy in the fair.
Written Oct 20, 2005
Just behind the Cathedral of St. Nicholas is a large open market square which seems to be open all weekdays. It is a mass of colorful produce, clothing, etc and sort of hidden behind some buildings at the north end is a beautiful flower market.
Just between the market and the river is a colonnaded area beside the river which has a series of shops - bakers, fish mongers, cheese shops, meat shops, etc. As the breakfast at our hotel was so woeful we decided to skip out on it one morning and stopped here for some nice pastries and good coffee (much better than the hotel's).
Updated Oct 22, 2005
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.
Written Jun 22, 2004
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!
Written Jun 22, 2004
Not once but twice on our visit we ran into an interesting collection of superheroes walking down the street, no one but us paying them much attention. They weren't handing anything out, they weren't talking to people, just walking the streets of Ljubljana as if it were perfectly normal to be wearing a costume midday nowhere near Halloween.
I can only identify one of the four we saw, Batman, and I have to wonder what kind of cartoons kids in Slovenia are watching. A giant happy bear with a cape? What kind of super powers does he have? And then there's the one with the beak on his head and what looks like a puzzle piece on his chest. Is he Birdman? Puzzleman? And the 4th one's costume looked like he was shopping at the discount costume store because I can't even hazard a guess....
Updated Jun 23, 2007
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.
Written Mar 30, 2004
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! :)
Updated Jul 21, 2004
If possible, visit Slovene Drama no metter of language barrier am sure you'll enjoy in the spectacle. Btw, if the performance is of a good quality we can understand it even if we don't speak the language.
SNG is situated in Erjavceva ulica, very close to Ursuline Church.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Ljubljana is great place for pizzas. They are cheap, big and tasteful, laden with thick layers of cheese and other stuff on them. Always ask about size of pizza, even if price is low. Big pizza is almost everywhere too large for one person, no matter how hungry he or she is. Pizzas go up to 40 cm in diameter!!! So the smart strategy is to share one pizza between 2 or 3 persons and take an extra salad because it may be too heavy for stomach. Ask waiter to bring you one pizza on two plates! Pizzas start at 3 EUR and are up to 7 EUR. Try mushroom pizza at Trta or order vegetarian mexican (hot) or mozzarela from Halo katra by phone.
Written Jun 15, 2003
Slovenia is one of the best places when it comes to getting decent but affordable meal. Most of the places are good because if they are not they can close business. It is pleasant surprise especially after overpriced places like Vienna.
In Ljubljana prices of food are somewhat higher than on countryside. It is always smart to check about prices before you decide to order. Many places have menus in foreign languages.
Usually you get better deals in places that are trying to compensate their not attractive location with good food. Example of such restaurant is Balin in Polje suburb. But it is all very relative because most of my favorite restaurants are located in Ljubljana centre and they are well worth visit. Don't expect big difference like ie. in Czech republic. Big salad in Foculus for 750 SIT (3 EUR) is really a bargain. On the other hand prices of drinks are similar everywhere (beer is 1.5 -1.9 EUR).
If you decide to eat at restaurants, than a good time to eat is between noon and 3 pm because most of the restaurants offer "malica". It is the time when most of Slovenian employees eat so restaurants offer few lunch menus for considerably less money. Since market is inexorable, if you find a place with workers in working suits you are about to find a good deal. ;)
Written Jun 15, 2003
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