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What you’ll see
Right off the bat you’ll get a view of Old Town Ljubljana from a different perspective. It’s great for photographers, amateur and professional alike, so be sure to bring your camera. There’s no such thing as a bad view in Slovenia anyway so you should ALWAYS be camera ready.
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Then you pass Lovers’ Bridge (aka Butcher’s Bridge) with the love locks. Love locks on a bridge are a feature in other cities around the world. Nothing weird there. Then you notice the locks embedded in the rocks and it seems to take darker tone. Are the locks representative of a love firmly committed or of a love you can’t escape? You might convince yourself it’s the former until you catch this definitely disturbing representation of Prometheus.
While I laud the Slovenian culture and constitution, Slovenians could learn a thing or two from Americans when it comes to outlook. Slovenians are great hosts and they live in a beautiful country. Yet, they tend to have a really dismal outlook (Beware watching Slovenian movies like ***“Slovenian Girl.” I recommend you not watch Slovenian movies if you’re already depressed.) Slovenians don’t believe in happy endings. They are a tad too realistic in film. As a result, while the Prometheus statute creeps me out, it doesn’t exactly surprise me.
On a happier note, keep sailing and you might see a little library by the Ljubljanica River.
Practical travel tips
- Time: The boat ride takes about 45 minutes and it only leaves about once an hour. If you think you might want to ride the boat down the Ljubljanica River, you should check the schedule as soon as possible. (Or just check it now.) You’ll have to plan for when the boat leaves and for the length of the trip itself. Remember that you should allow, imho, at least two hours to explore Ljubljana Castle. Consider these calculations when planning your itinerary.
2. What to do: While you’re waiting, drink some Slovenian coffee. Be prepared. If the cafe isn’t serving ***Barcaffe, then it will be more like an espresso. Follow that up with sladoled (ice cream). I’d also suggest checking out the boutiques. European clothing serves up a much different style from what we find in American department stores.
3. Photos: If you’re a photographer, this is a must. You simply won’t get the same shots from the street.
4. Money: It’s not expensive for one person. I get it, though. Sometimes you need to save. If you’re torn, save your money for a glass of Slovenian wine in Ljubljana Castle instead. I wanted to go on my first visit in 2008 and I had to wait until my fourth trip to Slovenia in 2018. I strongly encourage you to go, but if you have to skip it, don’t sweat it. Do it the next time. Once you go to Slovenia, you’ll be back, 😉
I hope this helps prepare you for your trip to Slovenia.