Travel Diary: Slovenia #5: Ljubljana

Ljubljana street photo
streets of Ljubljana

 in case you missed: part 1 – bled / part 2 – radovljica-postojna / Part 3 – portoroz-izola / Part 4 – Piran

The last place we went to in Slovenia was the capitol, Ljubljana, a two-day stay that rounded off our little tour of the country really nicely. Ljubljana isn’t a particularly large city, but it has lots of beautiful winding roads and gorgeous architecture. There’s an old quarter, that houses the funicular to the castle, as well as the city market, and a lot of cultural aspects dotted around the city to explore. (Heads up, they’re super proud of their Roman heritage.)

view of ljubljana slovenia from castle
view of ljubljana from the castle

Ljubljana has a river running through the city that is criss-crossed by bridges, and buildings frame either side. It’s not the best walk as you go through the centre, as most of the bars and cafe’s back onto the river and it can be just a tad bit busy, but it’s pretty nonetheless. The real beauty, we found, was a little way out of the centre, near the galleries and museums – and I especially liked all the street art/graffiti around the Dragon Bridge area. 

Also, if you don’t get a picture with a dragon in Ljubljana, apparently you are doing something very, very wrong.  

One of my friends told me that I had to try the ice cream parlour, cacao. Since we didn’t manage to raid the freezers at the branch in Portoroz, we decided that we would at Ljubljana, and hooo yes I definitely recommend. Any of the flavours are great. 

Congress Square - ljubljana
Congress Square – ljubljana

 We also went to look around the Natural History Museum and the Museum of Modern Art, as they were fairly close together and also near Park Tivoli, where we spent the morning waling around the grounds. Mum’s not the biggest on ‘modern’ art, but I found the exhibitions really interesting. We also went to look around the castle – as odd as it sounds,  I definitely recommend making a stop at the torture exhibit – which has been redesigned since ownership was handed back to the Slovenian people. It’s definitely a must-see on the castle list. 

Ljubljana really is a beautiful city, and I wish I had had more time than the two days we booked to look around. Oh, we stayed at the City Hotel, if you were wondering. With the city not being as large as somewhere like London (or Seoul), it’s really easy to walk to lots of interesting places and explore lots of interesting things. I’m definitely going to return at some future point to discover all the little cafes and bistros that I didn’t get to try with indecisive mother. (It’s obviously hereditary, the indecision over where to eat…)

So I guess this concludes the posts on Slovenia! It was a really, really lovely trip and I thoroughly suggest going if you want something a little different than the European usual. 

Where have you been this summer? Staycation? Jetsetting far and wide? Yet to go? 

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  1. All4 Barbie
    August 14, 2015 / 4:21 pm

    Hello from Spain: Nice photos. Great travel. Fabulous look. Keep in touch

    • Fii Cridland
      August 15, 2015 / 2:47 pm

      Thank you! xo

  2. Martha Jane
    August 14, 2015 / 6:10 pm

    My sister just got back from Slovenia, and like you, she thought it was amazing! Now extra desperate to go xMartha Jane |

    • Fii Cridland
      August 15, 2015 / 2:48 pm

      It's such a beautiful country, I'm glad your sister enjoyed her trip!! Ahh you should! Hopefully soon :Dxo

  3. Sinéad Danielle
    August 14, 2015 / 7:19 pm

    I love visiting less 'popular' European cities so I was really intrigued to read this! It certainly sounds like an interesting city, especially if they had a Roman heritage!! That torture exhibit sounds intriguing!!!Sinéad xo ♥ fabuleuse, toujours ♥

    • Fii Cridland
      August 15, 2015 / 2:49 pm

      There are Roman ruins dotted around the city, and they're so interesting to just, stumble upon! It was really… eyeopening the lengths people went to punish others :') xo

  4. Aria
    August 14, 2015 / 8:42 pm

    Your pictures are perfect! I always love reading your travel posts. I've never been to Europe but now I want to visit more than ever!xAria | Girl in a Whimsical Land

    • Fii Cridland
      August 15, 2015 / 2:50 pm

      Awh thank you so much, that really means so much xo

  5. Pumpkin Emily
    August 15, 2015 / 7:15 pm

    Those pictures are amazing! :)

    • Fii Cridland
      August 16, 2015 / 10:28 pm

      Thank you so much!xo

  6. T'erra McD.
    August 15, 2015 / 7:38 pm

    beautiful pictures, xoxo

    • Fii Cridland
      August 16, 2015 / 10:29 pm

      Thank you hunxo

  7. Jessica Edmunds
    August 15, 2015 / 9:52 pm

    It shows how shallow I am in terms of food but man I want the ice cream hah- sorry! I also really need to step out of the UK as I haven't travelled Europe before x

    • Fii Cridland
      August 16, 2015 / 10:29 pm

      The ice cream is amazing. Seriously, even if that's the only thing you get from Slovenia IT'S ACE. xo

  8. Tanya Golubeva
    August 15, 2015 / 9:53 pm

    Lovely post!!!!What makes you beautiful

    • Fii Cridland
      August 16, 2015 / 10:30 pm

      Thank you :)xo

  9. Kimamely Beauty
    August 16, 2015 / 1:00 pm

    I've been loving your travel diary! I'd never have considered Slovenia before, but it looks absolutely beautiful! Yet another one to add onto the travel bucket list…Kirstie | Kimamely Beauty

    • Fii Cridland
      August 16, 2015 / 10:29 pm

      Awh thanks so much Kirstie! xo

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