Ljubljana Daily Photo

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Graffiti Sunday


Keeping in with the recent tradition of DailyPhotos from around the world, I'm gonna make Sunday a graffiti day.
I took this pic 4 days ago when the weather was still nice, but I've been waiting for Sunday to bring it to you.
Up by the castle, it's at least a little bit better than the morons who just go around writing their name on walls, or writing the part of town that they come from.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Burek


Thanks to the rain all over central Europe, I've changed my plans regarding going on a little break, and instead will stay at home and watch football this weekend. That means that I'm here to update the page too.

Here in Slovenia the most popular street-food or take-away food is something called Burek. It's not actually a Slovenian food, but like in all of the countries over the Balkan area, it has evolved a little bit to the tastes of the local population.
Burek is everywhere here, on every corner of every street there is a Burek place. What is it? It's phillo pastry filled with either minced meat, cheese (like a cottage cheese), or one kind that I believe is only available in Slovenia, a pizza filling (tomato sauce, mushrooms, melted cheese.)
Anyway, if ever you are in one of the ex-Yugoslav countries, it is the law that you must try this local favourite.

Here is a shot I took yesterday of one of the Burek places. This one is a fairly popular one, in the centre of town, and is just one of a little chain of outlets selling Burek under the name of Slast.

Friday, April 28, 2006

The 'Train'


Today is no different to yesterday. It's grey, wet, horrible outside. Once again, I was stil foolish enough to go out and find a decent enough shot for you. This time the weather gave me a good opportunity to get a clear shot as it meant that the main square was basically empty, all the tourists hiding away in their hotels. Plus, it was still fairly early in the morning.
This is the 'train.' It runs every day throughout the Spring and Summer, picking up tourists down in PreŇ°ernov trg, (PreŇ°eren's Square), then takes them on a nice, slow drive the scenic route up the hill to the castle. Then brings them back down again. A bit like the Grand Old Duke of York!
Anyway, I happened to be strolling through the square just as the 'train' was about to depart, so here is today's shot of Ljubljana for you.

We all know that the 1st of May is a holiday, that's this Monday, but in Slovenia we are also fortunate enough to be given the 2nd free aswell. So, I'll be away for a couple of days, taking a break down in Bosnia, probably returning Monday evening.
So, until then,
greetings from Slovenia

Thursday, April 27, 2006

National Pride



Today is a national holiday in Slovenia, I believe that it's Independence Day actually.
National Holidays mean two things; a) That it will rain all day
b) That every building in town hangs out the national flag in pride.

So, despite the rain, I went out this morning and caught these two images. The first one shows just the national flag, caught in a reflection on the glass tiles of the Grand Union Hotel in the centre of town.
The second shot shows the national flag, European flag, and flag of the city. Also taken in the centre of town, this time on one of the government buildings.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Sex sells


One thing that Slovenes don't seem to have any worry about whatsoever is the use of the uncensored female anatomy in advertising. I say great!
When you walk down the street, you come face to face with the porno magazines and dvds on sale at the news kiosks, posters on billboards letting you know who is this month's centrefold in Slovenian Playboy, and also videos shown on the advertising Jumbotrons helping you decide which shower-gel to buy, and for those who can't quite make up their mind, there is usually a naked lady sexily scrubbing up in the stuff, just to show you how good it can be!
Once again, I say great!
Kids don't grow up as perverts, hiding their girly pictures under the bed, because there is no shame to it. The naked body is everywhere in Ljubljana!

This advertisement for a show that is coming soon is no exception. This particular picture was taken up near to the castle, where children, the elderly, and everyone else in between can see it.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

A new beginning.


Today is the first day of something that will hopefully go on to last for as long as I do.
I'm an English 22-year old lad, and I've been living in Ljubljana, Slovenia for a little over 2 years now. It's a very liveable city, and there's not a lot of bad to be said about the place.
But, that doesn't mean that I don't sometimes get a little homesick, pining for my hometown of Brighton. When I start feeling like that, I usually find some pics on the net and then just let my mind drift back there for a few minutes. Then, when I've perked up, I get back to the normal life.
This morning was just one of those times, and I came across a blog right here on Blogspot, www.brightondailyphoto.blogspot.com And it made me feel good. It also did something else. It pointed me in the direction of blogs from all over the world offering daily photos of their city. Then I decided; I will give one to the world, showcasing Ljubljana.
So, I grabbed my camera, took a stroll through the heat of the day up to the castle, and took my first couple of pics. I will do this every day from now on. Sometimes I'll give u one pic for the day, sometimes 2, and maybe, just maybe, sometimes 3. Depending on what I've got, and what goes together.
So, check back daily, add me to your favourites, and enjoy the first pic.

This is one of the entrances to the castle. Today, for some unknown reason, this entrance was closed. This turned out to be a good thing, as it meant that I could take a clear shot without all the usual tourists blocking the way.

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