Americans often use the word “charming” when they visit European cities like Ljubljana. As cliche as that is to call it “charming”, it really was, in all senses and synonyms of the word. It was lovely, enchanting, fascinating, beautiful…
When we walked out of our hotel in the morning into the city center I couldn’t help but feel like this. It seemed everyone was on a bike with a basket on the front that was filled with fresh cut flowers or walking a perfect little leashless dog. It was as if I was placed in the center of a central European version of The Truman Show.
I am almost afraid to post too much about it because I don’t want word to get out. Then it could become crowded and dirty. The city center is in a little valley with Ljubljana Castle quietly watching over the quiet cobbled streets.
Ljubljana (pronounced “loob-lee-yawn-uh”) has some seriously ancient roots. In fact the oldest wooden wheel (from roughly 3100 B.C.) was discovered in an archeological dig in nearby Ljubljana Moors’ marshes.
The architecture is fascinating and lovely. Tomorrow I’ll post some detailed photos of some cathedral doors that are simultaneiously beautiful yet very creepy with a series of tiny pokey-out Pope heads.
Photos and Post by Leah Sidwell, a photographer and videographer from Charlottesville Virginia