Ljubljana is a place I’ve always wanted to visit (and always wanted to be able to spell correctly), and since it’s only a couple of hours drive from where I now live in Austria, it’s surprising that it’s taken me over three years to get there.
So when my brother, wife and child visited recently, I thought it was the perfect city to explore together – not too far away, not too big. We stayed a little way out of town in an apartment, which was great, had free parking (bonus) but was still close enough to walk everywhere easily, even with a baby. We were only there for two days, and while I am definitely looking forward to heading back to spend some more time, it didn’t feel too short.
Seeing as we had a 9-month-old with us, the day was broken up into blocks – pre-breakfast coffee – lunch – dinner. Basically everything in my life revolves around food, so I was happy! The first day we didn’t do so well (who knew that May 2 was a public holiday) as we searched in vain for a supermarket for baby supplies, only to find one 5 minutes after it closed. The second day we fared much better, finding a delicious burger for lunch and finishing with an early dinner at Sarajevo 84, which I would highly recommend for anyone visiting. We were tucked away in the depths of a dark restaurant, and since we didn’t know what much of the food was (Serbian) our waitress just served us ‘enough’ which was obviously too much, but was damn tasty and absolutely required a schnapps to finish it off.
So did we manage to see the sights of Ljubljana? Well, some of them: Triple Bridge, Tivoli Park and Ljubljana Castle (a very slow walk up with my sore back) were all ticked off the list. But to be honest, I was just enjoying the company – there’s nothing I like better than just wandering around a new city exploring, stopping for an ice cream (and damn the ice cream was amazing), drinking in the sights (and the cider), and simply blowing where the wind goes.
So even though Ljubljana’s been ticked off the list, it’s still on the list, because it’s a perfect weekend getaway city. And I also didn’t manage to try a traditional Slovenien Cremeschnitte, which is much like a vanilla slice – so I have to go back!
And as for the question you’re all asking – after writing this, can I now spell Ljubljana… unfortunately no. Because I just keep using cut and paste 😉