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Ljubljana, Slovenia

heading east out of the Italian Val di Gardena, the Dolomites keep watch
heading east out of the Italian Val di Gardena, the Dolomites keep watch
and bicyclists continue to train for next week's one-day/seven-passes race
and bicyclists continue to train for next week's one-day/seven-passes race
still no end to the remarkable roads...
still no end to the remarkable roads...
...or vistas: here, the Lago di Pieve di Cadore
...or vistas: here, the Lago di Pieve di Cadore
Lorenzago di Cadore is set against a backdrop of Friulan Dolomites
Lorenzago di Cadore is set against a backdrop of Friulan Dolomites
we stop to enjoy the town
we stop to enjoy the town
gotta love Italy!
gotta love Italy!
continuing on through the Giulian Alps, and out of Italy
continuing on through the Giulian Alps, and out of Italy
this is the first road sign we see upon entering Slovenia...
this is the first road sign we see upon entering Slovenia...
...but the scenery is still very nice
...but the scenery is still very nice
in the capital city Ljubljana, we stroll to Prešeren square, center of the downtown
in the capital city Ljubljana, we stroll to Prešeren square, center of the downtown
the poet looks over the square...
the poet looks over the square...
...toward his inamorata Julja
...toward his inamorata Julja
crossing the river toward the old town and castle hill
crossing the river toward the old town and castle hill
heading toward the town hall
heading toward the town hall
the streets get narrower as we head toward Stari trg, the old town square
the streets get narrower as we head toward Stari trg, the old town square
on the Cobbler's Bridge...
on the Cobbler's Bridge...
...a blues band is playing
...a blues band is playing
the air is calming as night approaches
the air is calming as night approaches
in the Židovska ulica, the old Jewish quarter
in the Židovska ulica, the old Jewish quarter
the national university building
the national university building
a view toward the Cobbler's Bridge as night falls
a view toward the Cobbler's Bridge as night falls
time to head back to the hotel
time to head back to the hotel
the next day, brighter sun makes the building colors more vivid
the next day, brighter sun makes the building colors more vivid
very progressive recycling!
very progressive recycling!
at the Triple Bridge designed by Joze Plecnik
at the Triple Bridge designed by Joze Plecnik
Tom capturing the bridges
Tom capturing the bridges
another bridge beckons
another bridge beckons
this one is adorned with love locks...
this one is adorned with love locks...
...and a sculptural riff on Masaccio by Jakov Brdar
...and a sculptural riff on Masaccio by Jakov Brdar
now the Dragon Bridge is in view
now the Dragon Bridge is in view
the dragon has become the city's emblem
the dragon has become the city's emblem
back to the central market at Vodnikov trg
back to the central market at Vodnikov trg
we are tempted by a winding path up to the castle...
we are tempted by a winding path up to the castle...
...but opt for the funicular to ease our way...
...but opt for the funicular to ease our way...
...and get this view of the city
...and get this view of the city
here's another angle on the Dragon Bridge
here's another angle on the Dragon Bridge
inside the castle
inside the castle
a few interior spaces are preserved; here, as an art gallery
a few interior spaces are preserved; here, as an art gallery
inside the Slovenian history museum
inside the Slovenian history museum
horseshoes from the 15th~17th century
horseshoes from the 15th~17th century
a cheery plague painting
a cheery plague painting
vases carved from WWI artillery shells
vases carved from WWI artillery shells
an identity flag pin from a resettled citizen just after WWII
an identity flag pin from a resettled citizen just after WWII
pre-Euro currency with images of Plecnik and Prešeren
pre-Euro currency with images of Plecnik and Prešeren
we decide to walk down from the castle...
we decide to walk down from the castle...
...taking in views along the south side
...taking in views along the south side
the alley narrows...
the alley narrows...
...but a helpful sign points to the old town
...but a helpful sign points to the old town
at the town hall
at the town hall
hmmm... we should come back in 14 years to test the predictions
hmmm... we should come back in 14 years to test the predictions
a statue of Ivan Hribar, beloved mayor from the turn of the 20th century
a statue of Ivan Hribar, beloved mayor from the turn of the 20th century
we have no idea what this says
we have no idea what this says
passing the national library on the way to the city museum
passing the national library on the way to the city museum
now we are following the alleys to the southern neighborhood of Krakovo...
now we are following the alleys to the southern neighborhood of Krakovo...
...where urban farms grow produce for the city's restaurants
...where urban farms grow produce for the city's restaurants
we're in Plecnik country now, heading for his house museum
we're in Plecnik country now, heading for his house museum
he's commemorated on the church with a plaque
he's commemorated on the church with a plaque
back in town, the river seems very calm now
back in town, the river seems very calm now
dragon imagery everywhere
dragon imagery everywhere
the next day, we start at the Serbian orthodox church...
the next day, we start at the Serbian orthodox church...
...dedicated to saints Cyril and Methodius
...dedicated to saints Cyril and Methodius
then on to the National Museum's collection of Roman stone art...
then on to the National Museum's collection of Roman stone art...
...including some massive tombs
...including some massive tombs
the opera house
the opera house
the American embassy
the American embassy
at the modern art museum... oh, no, has there been a theft?
at the modern art museum... oh, no, has there been a theft?
or... is it art?
or... is it art?
crossing the highway, we're in Ljubljana's Tivoli garden...
crossing the highway, we're in Ljubljana's Tivoli garden...
...where a photo exhibit of Jazz musicians by Ziga Koritnik is on display
...where a photo exhibit of Jazz musicians by Ziga Koritnik is on display
taking a leafy walk...
taking a leafy walk...
...up to the museum of graphic arts
...up to the museum of graphic arts
back in the city, we pass the ministry of finance...
back in the city, we pass the ministry of finance...
...and turn down some smaller streets again
...and turn down some smaller streets again
here's an homage to the region's unique salamander
here's an homage to the region's unique salamander
Ljubljana bids us farewell, as we set our sights on Austria
Ljubljana bids us farewell, as we set our sights on Austria
panorama: Prešeren square: the Ljubljana triplets
panorama: Prešeren square: the Ljubljana triplets
panorama: Cobbler's Bridge
panorama: Cobbler's Bridge
panorama: from the castle rampart
panorama: from the castle rampart
panorama: hiking down from the castle
panorama: hiking down from the castle