The time has finally come for me to publish a blog post about a South Central European country called Slovenia. It is Slovenia, not Slovakia. The one we are talking about now is South of Austria, Northeast of Italy, West of Croatia, and Southwest of Hungary.
Many of you who know me well also know that I have spent a lot of time in this country. I have lived, studied and spent a significant time in Maribor and, also in the capital city, known today as Ljubljana. The origin of the name of Ljubljana is unclear. In the Middle Ages, both the river and the town were also known by the German name Laibach. This name was in official use as an endonym until 1918. Today the river is called Ljubljanica and many names have been turned from German into Slovenian; but still, if you keep your eyes open, you will still find signs that indicate that this city has had a long relationship with Austria, the German language and, thus with the Habsburg Monarchy.
Today, I am going to share some of my photos of Ljubljana. I took these pictures in 2009 and in 2011 respectively, and even though they are not the best of quality, they will still show you a city moving into Spring and how simple and beautiful it is; because Ljubljana, just like the rest of Slovenia, is incredibly pretty. Slovenia covers 20,273 square km, and if you have never been to this relatively small country before and you want to discover a geographically fantastically diverse natural environment, I would suggest you spend some time in Slovenia. You will not regret it! There is plenty of beauty squeezed into this country: seaside, rivers, lakes, hills and valleys, high peaks of mountains, and many picturesque cities - a lot of exciting things that this country can offer its visitors.
Ljubljana only takes up 163.8 square km and it also has a relatively low population, around 280,000 people which makes this city feel very friendly. The symbol of the city is the Ljubljana Dragon. It is depicted on the top of the tower of Ljubljana Castle (which is a prominent point in the city), in the Ljubljana coat of arms and on the Ljubljanica-crossing Dragon Bridge (Zmajski most - originally called the Jubilee Bridge of the Emperor Franz Josef I). It symbolises power, courage, and greatness. And, this is what you really get: a relatively small city, but a great many things to see and discover.