Trip Start Jun 03, 2010
Trip End May 28, 2011

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Flag of Slovenia  , Ljubljana,
Monday, August 30, 2010

August 29 Ljubljana

The morning dawned clear and sunny after the night of downpour in Kobarid. We set off early, as we had noticed an 11am choir concert was available in Ljublyana, and it was at least a 2 hour drive.

Indeed, it was… the first hour and a half was on very narrow and winding roads, though pretty and smoothly surface, and then 30 minutes on a hectic motorway. The exit from the motorway to the Centrum was not clearly marked, so we did have a couple of false exits and false look-abouts. We did finally make our way in, but as it was well after 11 we gace up any idea of the choir, took down our bikes, and then searched out the Tourist Info Centre. Even that took longer than expected as their was construction in the downtown area.

We did find the TI at about 11:30, but the young girl didn't have a clue about any open air choir concerts. So, we collected some maps and headed for a coffee shop on the riverfront to go through them… lo and behold, the choir was singing at the very square that we headed for, so we did indeed get our coffee while listening to the last 3 or 4 songs of the concert!

We spent most of the rest of the day touring around Ljublyana on foot, having an enjoyable ramble through the antique market, up and down both sides of the little river in the centre, then retrieved our bikes and toured some more.

We are now at the campsite in the area of Jesica… a nice big one with large grassy spaces, and reasonably clean facilities. They could use some competition however, as they are too expensive for this area at 30 Euro a night, and they charge for the internet on top of that. How do you say ripoff in Slovenian?

Tomorrow,  back into town for a more particular look at the castle, and at the main market area which was closed on this Sunday.

August 30, 2010

We decided to pack up today, partly because the weather was deteriorating, and partly because we did not want to spend our good Euros on a not worth it campground. We still stopped in Ljubljana long enough for a good look at the castle area, and a nice picnic there. It was a good little hike up, about the same as Soames Hill, maybe a little longer but not as steep. The castle complex was a rather nice mix of modern structures and shops blended nicely with the old ramparts. There was a very interesting art display… little wooden human models, sitting at tables, and carefully manipulated to give really emotional little vignettes. Just by the position of the heads, the touching of the hands, the tilt of the torso, each table displayed a story wordlessly. See the attached photos.

The skies opened up before we descended, and we got very wet on the decent and at the little market. So, we skipped some of the touring we were going to do and headed out to Postojnski where there are a couple of good caves to tour, and on Tuesdays, a Lippizaner Stallion show. The campsite here at Pivka Jama is very pleasant… woodsy like a Canadian site, with all services, including free internet, for a much more reasonable 23 Euros.

It was very cold in the night, the first time we had to dig out the electric heater supplied wth the van. It worked very well, though we turned it off as we slept.
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