Ljubljana Daily Photo

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Rain rain bloody rain


One thing that I am sick of hearing from Slovenians is 'Oh, you are from England. You must be used to the rain then.' or 'It's always raining in England.'
True, maybe in my home town of Brighton we get the odd shower, but nowhere near as much as foreigners are led to believe. What makes it even more annoying is that it actually rains more here in Ljubljana than it does at home.
It finally stopped raining here last night after about 48 hours of constant downpour. This wasn't your average rainfall, this was a monsoon.
It meant that I couldn't get out with the camera. So I took this shot from my balcony of the low, low clouds just above the trees. Actually, they weren't as low as they looked, they were in the distance between the mountains, but it looked quite good from here.
Also, don't be fooled by the picture, they are definitely clouds, and not smoke.
Quite a boring picture, I know. But it's all I've got!

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Bravo in Slovenian


Bravo is a German magazine that is read here in Slovenia by a big number of early-teenage girls. Basically it's the usual crap that girls of the same age are reading all over the world.
Well, now it will be read here by even more as finally it is being published not just in the original German language, but also in Slovenian.
Here is a billboard exclaiming that fact. The sentence at the top of the billboard reads; 'Finally also in Slovenian!'

Monday, May 29, 2006

Sunday market


Every Sunday morning along one of the banks of the river, there takes place a huge market.
Not your usual clothes or food market, this market specialises in mostly memorabilia from the Communist days, offering millitary badges, hats, weapons, etc.
You can also find lots of old postcards of the area, and also many religious items (mostly pictures of the Virgin Mary.)
The market is definitely worth a visit, as you never know what bargain you might find. Also, it's very interesting, you can learn a lot about the history of the place witha visit here.
I was passing by yesterday but not stopping in, but I did have time to take this picture from the 'entrance' to the market.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Brass band on Čopova street


There I am just walking down the street, wondering what to take a picture of for the website, when I hear an extremely loud noise coming toward me, extremely loud!
I look up and see this brass band making it's way up the street. Problem solved.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Mystery hat in hedge


Walking home from work yesterday, I saw something that made me say to myself; 'that's a DailyPhoto opportunity if ever I saw one.'
I don't know where it came from, who put it there, why it was put there, or when it was put there, but somehow this hat had come to find itself seated on the head of a hedge.

Friday, May 26, 2006

balloon from living-room window


I was swamped under with work all day yesterday and so was unable to get out with the camera. I did manage to take one picture though, from my living-room window. It was early evening and I spotted this hot-air balloon up in the clouds. Thought that it looked quite nice though with the trees underneath.
Anyway, that's all I've got for you today.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

A half-decent view

I'm fortunate enough that one of the pathways leading up to castle hill starts practically right at the door of my block. Even more fortunate, it's not one of the routes used by tourists, meaning that it's nearly always peaceful.
On your way up this path, it's possible to branch off a bit and find yourself in a small field that offers a nice view of the part of the city that I live in.
So, because I'm such a nice guy, for those of you who can't get to that field for yourself, I'll share the view with you now.
To the right of the picture you see the church that wakes me up early every Sunday morning with the incessant ringing of bells. In the background you can see the snow-capped Alps.
And over to the left off the picture you are going in the direction of the centre of town.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Strong working man

Let's not forget that for almost half a century Slovenia was a part of communist Yugoslavia.
Still today we see remiders of those ideals all over the place.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Contemplating life in Prešeren Square





















I was out again capturing some of the locals going about their daily routines yesterday, and these two took my attention.
The bearded one on the left made me smile, maybe because of the contrast between old and modern, as in the beard and cross mixed with the Nike trainers.
As for the guy on the right, who knows? Could be a tourist, could be a local just taking a break, could be waiting for someone.
Thanks to the zoom on my camera I was able to get these 2 shots without disturbing them, they didn't even feel the need to pose as they were completely unaware.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Big footballing day


I haven't mentioned before, but one of the things that I do here in Slovenia is play football. Not at an exceptionally high level, actually it's the 4th division of the national league.
At the end of last season two of the country's top teams, actually the only two first division teams from the capital, were relegated down into our league as a punishment for financial irregularities.
One of these two teams is NK Olimpija. A team that just 3 years ago held Liverpool to a 1-1 draw here in the UEFA Cup. A team that played Champions' League football against AC Milan. A team that was one of the big boys of the Yugoslavian league back in those days.
This team would be playing against us now, in the league.
Their stadium was, until just a year ago when the venue for big matches got moved, the national stadium.
Just a couple of years ago France came to this stadium for a World Cup qualifier.
It's the holy ground of Slovenian football.

Well, this past Thursday was our turn to play in this stadium against this team.
Unfortunately for me, I injured my knee just a week before playing in a tournament, so I was unable to play a whole match this time around. Although, I was brought on with 10 minutes to go, just for the experience. It was something else!

I won't bore you with the details of the match, we lost of course. But one funny story.
Olimpija is well-known for their support (hooligan) element, The Green Dragons.
Despite their team playing in the 4th league, these guys still turn up for every game to sing and support their team throughout. This day was no exception.
They were being their usual boisterous selves, when one of the fireworks that they let off came straight onto the pitch and hit one of their players on the leg. He was ok in the end, despite being down on the ground for about 5 minutes. Ridiculous. I loved every minute.

Here is a picture of the Green Dragons on the day.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

My place of work


It's Sunday and I don't have any graffiti for you.
Instead I will show you the building that I have to work in every day. It's an internationally-known language school, but I won't mention the name simply because I'm not too fond of my bosses so don't want to give them any free advertising.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

schools out!



Yesterday was a loud one in Ljubljana. All that could be heard throughout the day was the constant, annoying, infuriating, make-you-wanna-kill-someone, blowing of whistles.
This was the last week of school for the kids doing their final year, and so to keep in with a recent tradition, that meant all of the leavers from both Ljubljana and Maribor gathered here in the city, all decked out in orange t-shirts, to attempt to break the Guinness world record for the most people dancing, or something like that, to be honest I don't know exactly what.
Anyway, the record was successfully broken in the morning, but then for the rest of the day, the whole day, these orange people walked around the city centre blowing whistles. Why? Who knows!!!
In the evening they all gathered for a huge outside disco, whistles still being blown at full pelt, and all I can say is I'm glad I don't have the misfortune of having to live too close to that party location!
Anyway, I don't wanna put just a downer on the day. Slovenia has one of the toughest education systems in the world, and these kids have worked hard to get through it all. So letting them have a day to let their hair down and annoy the rest of the city I guess is fair enough.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Mary in the woods


Was taking a walk yesterday and decided to take a route that I haven't taken before through some woods towards the castle. It wasn't even a real path as such, not somewhere where you would expect to find anyone or anything other than trees. Then I came across this, right in the middle of nowhere. A shrine to the virgin Mary, complete with fresh flowers and cards.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

back of the bus


Today's picture was inspired by www.brightondailyphoto.blogspot.com who a couple of weeks back posted a view from the back of a Brighton Bus.
Actually, forget what I said about this picture being inspired by that post, the truth is I've completely ripped off his idea!

Who cares? Hopefully he'll take credit from the fact that his idea is being reproduced, and that I've given him a shout out.
Once again; Cheers Brighton Daily Photo!

So, this is the view that you wil have if you ever find yourself sitting on the back seat of a Ljubljana bus at around 6.30 in the evening.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Town hall

In the centre of Staro Mesto, or the old town, sits the town hall. This is how it looked yesterday at around 7.30am (no different from any other time really!)

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

what's cooking?


This little bloke's job is to stand outside a restaurant in the old town, grin at the passers-by, and to tell everyone what the special of the day is.
Nice work if you can get it, especially at this time of year!

Friday, May 12, 2006

Rainbow



This was actually two days ago, a rainbow covered the whole of Ljubljana for a little while in the late afternoon. So I grabbed the camera and here you go.
The block of flats in the picture is actually where I live, very socialist looking, I know!

p.s. I'm off to Prague for a football tournament for the weekend, so won't be updating again until Monday.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Tourism

When I first moved to Ljubljana it was quite popular with Italian tourists in the summer, and also Austrians, but it was a place that wasn't very well-known in other countries, including England. Ljubljana? Where's that?
But then something great happened for the tourist industry here; Easyjet started cheap flight London-Ljubljana. The rest as they say is history.
It is now impossible to walk down the street without bumping into groups of pale-skinned or sun-burned people pointing at maps and arguing with eachother in English about which turning it was that actually got them lost.
Of course this has also led to lots more touristy gift-shops and stalls popping up all over the place.
I took this picture yesterday, as you can see this place offers the usual postcards, but also t-shirts, hats, bags, and a whole host of other stuff if you venture inside.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

So hungry you could eat a horse??


For me, one of the best things about living in Ljubljana is what is in the above picture.
This big, hungry-looking queue of people are waiting to be served with something heavily frowned upon by most English people. Horse Burger.
That's right, a burger made from horse meat.
I gotta tell you, despite my reluctance when I first came to Slovenia to try this local favourite, it's actually the best burger I've ever found anywhere.
The company that brings these burgers to us is called 'Hot Horse' and so far they have 3 outlets, all of which are always busy, no matter what time of the day or night it is.
Whether you are against it morally or see no problem with eating a horse, there is no denying the fact that it's both tasty and popular.
Mmmmmmm

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Fransiscan Church


I took this one yesterday afternoon when walking home from work. Usually it's difficult to get a good shot of this in sunny daylight hours due to the huge amount of people usually standing around the square, blocking any clear shots. But yesterday I saw my chance and I took it!
This is probably the most recognisable church in the city, it's the Fransiscan one situated at the head of Prešernov trg (Prešeren's square.)

Monday, May 08, 2006

young love


It's always the same; First the sun comes out, quickly followed by the hand-in-hand lovers. They're all over the place.
So, If you've recently broken up with a partner and aren't quite over it yet, or if you're one of those people feeling bitter or miserable to be single, then do not, I repeat, DO NOT come to Ljubljana in the Spring/Summer, it will only make things worse! :-)
These two were snapped yesterday in Tivoli Park.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

I know it's Sunday, but unfortunately I don't have any graffiti for you today, instead, since it's the religious day of the week I'm bringing you something appropriate.
Although officially a Roman Catholic country, Slovenians, especially those living in the cities are very non-religious. This doesn't mean that there is any shortage of churches though, there is even a cathedral in the old part of Ljubljana.
This picture above is of one of the doors to the cathedral.
Enjoy your Sunday.

Saturday, May 06, 2006


When I moved here just over two years ago, one of the things that I noticed straight away was that there were no street beggars, or people sleeping doorways. After growing up in Brighton, and then living a year in Rome, this made a refreshing change to me, although I did wonder when they would arrive.
That time has come. Every day for about 6 months now, the population of beggars has been increasing, and now with the sun being out, more and more are popping up all around the centre.
The locals aren't very friendly to these people, (which in my opinion is actually a good thing because you don't want to encourage them), mainly because they aren't Slovenian and don't even speak Slovenian, they're not even Balkan people (who usually the Slovenes would show some sympathy to), but they are gypsies, or to use the proper name, Roma.
I will be honest here, I think it is a shame that such a beautiful, picturesque city centre has been hijacked by this community of pests, and the Police should be stronger in this situation. It's not god enough just to come and tell them to move along, they'll be back 5 minutes later, and they'll have 2 friends with them!
I snapped this woman yesterday afternoon standing on one of the main streets right in the centre of town. The sign reads; Hungry on the street, Please help.

Friday, May 05, 2006


Oh to be old and not have to worry any more about the 9-5 daily grind.
Caught these two wise old-timers just sitting in Tivoli, watching the world go by, reflecting on times of old no doubt.
One day that will be you and your friend, some of you sooner than others! You know who you are.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Serb Orthodox Church


As you would expect in Slovenia, since it was once a part of Yugoslavia, there is a very large population of persons originating from the other ex-Yugoslav republics, most notably Serbia and Bosnia.
The Bosnian Muslims here as yet have no Mosque to go to, not one in the whole country, because the population of Slovenia has voted against it in the past. Talks still continue though, and it is likely that some time in the future it will exist.
The Serbs who are of the Orthodox denomination do have a church of their own, and this is it in the picture above.
It sits just outside Tivoli Park, and as far as I am aware it is the only one around.
Quite an impressive-looking building, I like it.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

100 year-old building


This building right in the centre of town looks to be in need of some serious renovation. But, show a little understanding. After all, she is 100 years old! (You can see this from the year inscribed into the roof between the two top windows.)
All around the city you will see these beautiful, old buildings. Buildings that were obviously really classy in decades gone by.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Are we still in the city?



Yesterday the sun came back out. Girlfriend was gonna be on the computer all day studying, nothing was on the telly, and nothing was open because it was a holiday. I decided to see some part of the city that I've never seen before. In the little over two years that I've been here, I had never been to the city's zoo before. In fact, I didn't even know exactly where it was.
I took the bus to the other side of the city, then had to walk for another half an hour (I had been told that the walk would take me 5-10 mins!)
It wasn't a normal walk though, it took me through the forest. I didn't even know we had such a forest with nature walk paths and tracks. Needless to say I was pleasantly surprised. The city just seemed to disappear for a short amount of time, I was at one with nature. Well, at one with nature and all the old hikers and joggers.
Eventually I found the zoo, which is part of the forest, giving you 19 hectares, or 4km of sight-seeing paths.
After leaving the zoo I decided I would walk the long distance home, and went in the opposite direction to that which I had come from. So yesterday I did the full circle for the first time.
As always, I had my camera with me, and here are two shots I took in the forest.
The top one is a sign explaining some of the nature that can be found there.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Deadly cyclists


Throughout Spring and Summer you need to be very careful when walking around town. Why? Because of the hazards caused by speedy cyclists and roller-bladers.
The locals are bad enough, but at least they kind of stick to the unwritten rules when it comes to being careful around pedestrians. Tourists are a different story! All over town there are points like this one in the picture where for a small fee you can rent a bike. All of the bikes look the same, not very attractive or 'cool'. But this uniformity serves a good purpose; when you see when hurtling down the pavement towards you, just stand dead still, make yourself as small and thin as possible, and wait for it to pass! They're lethal otherwise! :-)

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