Riding a bike on a cycling trails arround Ljubljana, or walking, I always observe a nature in all seasons of the year.
This photo was taken on one of my trips. Over maize field, a view onto the Ljubljana's Castle, a Skyscraper, and one of the numerous Churches.
I was running for the train to Venice - me and Krista - dragging my dumb suitcase which had lost its handle as I stepped on the ferry to Dubrovnik at Bari - brand new suitcase lost its handle the sod - when as we are about to descend into the tunnel that takes you to the platforms I saw an arty, bronze-like drain grille embedded in the asphalt. I was bemused. I stopped and stared and shouted - "Krista, it seems to be something to do with James Joyce!"
It was like a hallucination, I couldn't make sense of it.
But Krista flogged me onwards and luckily the train was a few minutes late so I made it.
Bye bye Ljubljana. Thanks for everything.
But then the arty drain grille started working on me so I asked Krista to check on it.
And it is indeed a homage to James Joyce. They had a Bloom's Day in Ljubljana and as the only place he ever set foot in Ljubljana was the station - when he was on the train to Trieste and got off in Ljubljana by mistake - the Bloom's Day organisers put in this drain-grille.
It is so very odd and hallucinatory that it is very nearly my favourite thing in this city.
I am hoping to persuade Krista to let me use her photo of it.
Why a drain grille? Krista says it was because he stepped off the train into a puddle
And she also suggests it would be interesting to know what book he was reading that was so enthralling he couldn't tell the difference between Ljubljana and Trieste.
Church of St. Michael is located in the south outskirts of Ljubljana - on the marsh. It was built in 1937 and is one of the masterpieces of Slovene famous arshitect Joze Plecnik. As the ground is marshy, the church is built on piles.
See the entrance to the church. It is built like a bridge.
Another option to discover Ljubljana from the river Ljubljanica.
The tourist boat departs from Ribji Trg pier at Cankarjevo nabrezje. It sails to the Dragon Bridge where it turns back and goes to the Cobblers' Bridge (Cevljarski most) , the St. James's Bridge (Sentjakobski most) .It continues to Spica embankment where it turns back to the starting point. On the yourney you can see many very beatiful buildings along the river.
Guided tour :
The boat departs at 5.30 p.m. weekdays, 10.30 a.m. and 5.30 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
Ticket price is 1,500 tolars for adults, 700 tolars for children below the age of 12.
Unguided tour :
Departures: 6.30 p.m. weekdays, 11.30 a.m. and 6.30 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
Ticket price: 1,000 tolars for adults, 500 tolars for children below the age of 12.
CONDOMINIUM - TRNOVSKI PRISTAN was designed by Sadar & Vuga architects.
It is an appartment building with 15 units and a common entrance .
The concept of the building is based on three starting points :
- house in the park; park in the house
- the unique nature of the entry atmospferes of the house
- highly individualized appartments
The prices for these appartments were very,very high.
The library nuk was built to the plans of architect Joze Plecnik between 1935 and 1940. The largest early Baroque palace in Ljubljana, which belonged to the prominent Turjak family, had stood here until the earthquake of 1895. The Library preserves a number of medieval documents, incunabula and Renaissance editions, and as a special curiosity, underground literature printed in occupied Ljubljana from 1941-45. Towards the west, the building is adjacent to the remains of the Roman walls which were restored by Joze Plecnik. On them stand memorials to Slovene Slavicists, continuing the line of memorials to Slovene musicians in front of the Academy of Music.
When waiting on the crossroads, I noticed this car. It was very popular family car in sixties of last century. We called it Ficho. The car like that was also my first car. Nice red coloured, very precious for me at that time. We drove to many far away places together.
Nowadays the car like this, is hardly ever seen .
Designed by Andrej Kalamar and Rafael Draksler , the Elma Appartment Building
consists of 145 appartments and is situated near the Sava river.
The large volume of the building is structured on several levels: from volumes of separate housing units to volumes of separate apartments, to elevations layered with varying panels and lines. The resulting structure is transformed from a view-blocking uniform bulk into a dynamic generator of motion
Many house in the old part of Ljubljana has been renovated by their owner or by the city.
One of them is Canonry house - facade with paintings from early Baroque - most probably before 1600 .
It is located opposite the Cathedral on Ciril Metodov Trg street.
Designed by ANdrej Kalamar.
Renovation of the Delavski dom landmark building, preserving the urban dominant feature at the entrance to the city centre. The 1938 addition to the original structure is replaced by a new structure, following existing elevation line.
White sheath of the renovated corner building is extended into black texture of the new addition. Monofunctional use ensues into monoform, which addresses the city in deep chorus volume and allows the old landmark building to perform the solo part. All else is a composition of programmes, caught behind a red wall and in a silver tower, addressing the lengthy Kolizej building and adjoining cell structure of villas.
The building of Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia - called also ESMERALDA - was designed by architects Sadar and Vuga.
It was described like innovative building by cuts thru hung halls .
It is the t time that architects 'efeated the power of gravitation'
Built in 2002 Lev Office Building got Gold Medal at Bienal Miami+beach 2003. It was designed by Andrej Kalamar, well known Slovene architect.
The “chromosome image” of the vertical window openings provides movement with a large scale rhythm, the layer of creased metal in two contrasting hues interacts with motion by changing colour, the outer layer of printed glass softens the volume in small scale rhythm of continuous code.
Ljubljana is not a big city. It's even not a city in comparison to other European capitals.
But it is called little Praga because of it's old town,castle,river and it's banks,old,beautiful houses...
In summer those narrows streets are full of people who want to escape from hot streets ...
When visiting other towns we are predominantly attracted by its architecture and the parks. I like to take the pictures of people I see when strolling around.
This cute little boy cought my attention and I couldn't resist not to take the picture of him. He proudly exposed to te me his toys, telling me something in his language, which wasn't Slovene. Too bad I couldn't understand him.
Trnovo is part of Ljubljana about 2 km to the south from the very city centre. There is very beautiful promenade near Ljubljanica river there, nice place to sit down (especially for a couple ;) ).
Spica is place where Ljubljanica river is divided into two riverbeds (Ljubljanica and Gruberjev prehod). There are some raft pubs there.
Located a stone's throw away from Ljubljanica river, the main square & the famous Three Bridges....more
My 1st choice, Hotel Emonec, was fully booked for our 1st night in Ljubljana so I decided to splurge...more
Would recommend this hotel being very central, staff very friendly, one thing the hotel heating...more