Sunday, May 4, 2014

122. A Day in Ljubljana

I packed a lot into my one day in beautiful Ljubljana - including two museums, a alternative cultural centre, a good look around the city ... as well as lunch and a couple of coffees - and a major thunderstorm that caught everyone unawares and scurrying for shelter ...  ...

Like most European cities there is the old and the new cities - here the old city has been developed as a major tourist drawcard, with most of the cobbled streets closed off to normal vehicular traffic and turned over to the hordes of hungry tourists that will descend shortly ...

And through its centre runs the Ljubjlanica canal.

 The Triple Bridge ...



 The Triple Bridge again ...

One of many cafes along the canal ...
 

 
 The Dragon Bridge ...

 detail ...

 The Butcher's Bridge - with love message padlocks ...

 Cafe under the bridge ..


Walking around the city I was amazed by the number of sculptures - many adorning public and apartment buildings - others on street corners or in parks ... most though have no details as to who or what they are ... but it gives the place a great creative feel ...


 
Cathedral of Saint Nicholas ...

 
 Side door ...

 scary detail ...

 
 beautiful interior ...


 
 Main door ...

 detail ... door handle ...

 Entrance to apartment building ...

 Grounded gargoyle ...?

 Franciscan church in the main square ...

 Entrance to parliament building ...

 detail ...

 The last of the tulips ...

 Opera House ...

 Entrance to apartment building ...


 Greek Orthodox church ...

 Even the USA embassy is quant ...


 Another great idea - do away with parking meters 
and replace them with auto charging units ...


 Franciscan monastery ...


 Boys guarding the Government ...

How neat is this ...
 
 Sculptures adorning an apartment building ...



 
The rather grand Slovene Academy of Science and Art

 Ljubljana is guarded over by the castle ...


 Ursuline church of the Holy Trinity

Clever promotion ...

 One last look at the canal ..

Then it's into the mini-chariot and a dash across the countryside 
and onto my next adventure ...

Stay tuned ...