The coach ride from Lake Bled to Ljubljana (Lub-ee-on-a) took about
an hour. We arrived at Congress
Square to meet our 2 tour guides. Our small group had Martin
to give us a walking tour of the capital city.
Ljubljana means "To Kiss" or "Kissing Town."
The population is about 280,000. The Slavic people arrived in
the 6th century from what is now Ukraine, Poland and Eastern
Germany. See the complete history page. I did notice a lot
of bicycles in the old town where we walked.
Lubljana Castle was
easily seen on the hill overlooking the capital. Unfortunately,
we did not have a chance to visit the castle. There were numerous
historic buildings on the walk. We crossed the Sava River
a few times on the stone bridges.
On the right bank was the St.
Nicholas Cathedral and market
goodness the merchants took US dollars for the little things we bought
- postcards, spices, magnets.
We arrived back in Lake Bled for dinner on our own. This is
when we took the walk half way around the lake, stopping in the local
church on the other side and generally getting some good exercise.
This was an enjoyable town to walk around and admire the old
architecture, river, and people.