Our Travel Companions
Oct. 14-16, 2007
Dober dan, Slovenija!
Population: 2 million (similar to Nevada). Area: 7,800 square miles (similar to New Jersey). Capital: Ljubljana. Government: parliamentary democracy. Latitude: 46 degrees north (similar to Bismarck, North Dakota, and Lyon, France). Part of the former Yugoslavia from 1918-1991. Famous for Lipizzaner horses, ruby red Teran wine, mountain sports.
Ljubljana | Bled
"lyoob-lyee-AH-nah": population: 265,000
Oct. 14: After a picnic lunch near the Skocjan Caves, we made a short visit to this mini-Prague. There we quickly enjoyed its old-world baroque and colorful art nouveau architecture, view-friendly castle, Town Square fountain, shop-lined Ljubljanica River (also below), and 1901 art nouveau Dragon Bridge (also below).
At the center of the city's Old Town, we wandered around and through lively Preseren Square (also at right) with a tribute statue to beloved national poet France Preseren, enormous pink 17th century Franciscan Church of St. Mary, colorful nearby Cooperative Bank, and landmark Triple Bridge designed by renowned local architect Joze Pecnik.
Gary's Photo Album of Ljubljana
Donna's Photo Album of Ljubljana
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"bled": population, 5,000
Oct. 14-15: In the stunning mountain resort town of Bled, we took a serene morning boat ride (also in column at left) in a distinctive hand-built pletna (also at left) to the tiny fairy-tale island ("Otok") in Lake Bled, wishfully rang a bell in the baroque Church of the Assumption on the island (at left), trekked to Bled's cliff-hanging thousand-year-old medieval castle (also below) for picture-postcard views (also at right), strolled the 3.5-mile promenade around the picturesque lake (also below), and ate delicious Slovenian pastries.
Too soon, we had our sad but happy farewell dinner (also at left and right), then visited Ljubljana again the next morning, only to fly on to North America
Gary's Photo Album of Bled
Donna's Photo Album of Bled
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Nasvidenje, Slovenia. Hvala for a fantastic time!
©Gary and Donna Larson, Seattle, Washington. Updated Feb. 24, 2008.