Sunday, 13 May 2018

Ljubljana - Part 1

Going To Ljubljana

Friday - April 20th 2018

Since Claudia and I hadn't been away from home since London, except for a night in Munich, we decided to go to Ljublijana for a much needed long weekend break. We got up early packed our stuff and soon we hit the road towards Slovenia. On the way to Ljubljana we stopped at Lake Bled. There we hiked to Castle Bled, but the line to get into the castle was too long and so we just did a short walk along the lake. Since there wasn't anything else to do, we hit the road again and 45 minutes later we arrived in Ljubljana.

Lake Bled

Lake Bled

Lake Bled

Castle Bled

Lake Bled

Lake Bled

Our modern hotel named Cityhotel was conveniently located near the Old Town but due to construction zones it took us a while to find it. After we finally found the entrance to the hotel's parking garage, we checked in. We got a nice room facing the courtyard of the hotel and that meant that it was very quiet. Once we unpacked our luggage, we headed into the inner city and were surprised how lovely the Old Town of Ljubljana was. Basically the whole inner city is a pedestrian zone filled with restaurants and lovely bars.

Cityhotel Ljubljana

Our Room

View from our Room 

Cathedral

Old Town

Cathedral

Old Town

Old Town

At a nearby marketplace there was a food festival going on and needless to say we had to get a beer. To our surprise there were also many vegan options and so we tried a delicious strawberry cake. Later we just strolled around the old town until we found a nice bar next to the river Ljubljanica. There we got another drink and then we went back to the hotel to refresh a bit before we headed out again for dinner at Loving Hut. Afterwards we got ice cream and had another drink at a lovely bar in the Old Town.

Food Festival

Vegan Strawberry Cake

Old Town

City Hall

Old Town

Old Town

Old Town

Old Town

Old Town

Old Town

Dinner at Loving Hut

Dinner at Loving Hut

Old Town

The Dragon - One of the Landmarks of Ljubljana

Old Town

Ice Cream

Old Town

Friday, 11 May 2018

Ljubljana - Part 2

Ljubljana Castle

Saturday - April 21st 2018

For today we had planned to visit Ljubljana Castle. So after breakfast Claudia and I walked into the Old Town of Ljubljana. On our way to the castle we had to stop at the farmers market, becuase all the fruits and vegetables looked so fresh and delicious. With a tray of strawberries we hiked up to the castle. Ljubljana Castle was built on a hill from where we had a wonderful view over the city. It was free to visit the castle courtyard, but to get inside the buildings and to get on top of the castle tower we needed a ticket. After we toured the castle, which, honestly, was not that interesting, we enjoyed a couple of drinks at restaurant.

Breakfast

Ljubljana

Farmers Market

Ljubljana

Ljubljana

Walkway to Ljubljana Castle

Ljubljana Castle

Ljubljana Castle

Ljubljana

Castle Courtyard

Castle Chapel

Lasko Beer

War Monument outside the Castle

Since it was already past noon, we got hungry and decided to get lunch at Barbarella, from where we had the delicious vegan cakes yesterday. Luckily we got a table right away and soon we ordered our food. I got the burger, Claudia had the quiche and for dessert we got two different cakes. Everything was really good. Afterwards we just strolled around the Old Town and checked out some stores. Since it got really warm, we decided to take a break at the hotel. There we refreshed a bit and later we found a lovely courtyard with bars and restaurants, where we got some beers while enjoying the lovely weather. For dinner we went to Abi Falafel. The portions were huge, we couldn't finish them, but the falafels were fantastic. Before returning to the hotel, we had another couple of drinks at an outdoor bar.

Quiche

Veggie Burger

Vegan Cupcakes

Ljubljana

Bars & Restaurants

Nice Outdoor Bar

Drinks - Gin Tonic and Beer

Abi Falafel