Photo Essay: The Streets of Ljubljana

Ljubljana surprised me. Unlike other former Yugoslavia capitals that leave much to be desired (I’m looking at you Belgrade), Ljubljana was charming, colorful, musical and as I walked through the streets, I could easily imagine myself living there. Small in size but with a big personality, Ljubljana is one of my favorite European capitals.

While there is no shortage of beautiful photo opportunities in Ljubljana, I focused most of my attention on the people. Mostly I wondered who they were and how they ended up on the same street as me. Were they born in Ljubjlana? Are they Slovenian? Did they live through the Yugoslav war? Are they just visiting like me? Are they only in town for the summer? I’ll never know for sure, but with my imagination and photographs, I can create my own stories. A happy family strolling through the market, a painter, a pair of unlikely friends.

I’ve put together a collection of photos from the streets. Just my observations from a day of wandering.

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I saw several installations like this around the city. Maybe these backpackers added their own to the collection?

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An unlikely pair with a surprisingly good and very unique sound.

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Ljubljana market

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A beautiful wedding at the watermelon-pink Franciscan church.

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The abundance of outdoor cafes (especially overlooking the river) are perfect for cake-eating and espresso-drinking.

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Ljubljana market

I love handicraft markets, especially ones that sell purple heart-shaped wreaths. You know you want one.

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Ljubljana dragon bridge

Dragon Bridge, my favorite and a remnant of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy.

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People tell the best stories of a place, in a personal way that no museum ever could. Someday I hope to gather the courage to talk to more strangers while I travel.

What do you think? Have you been to Ljubljana? How do you meet strangers while traveling?

 

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