Day 1: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Ljubljana at a Glance
Capital of Slovenia
Fun Fact: When excavation to build a library for the National and University Library of Slovenia commenced, the remains of a Roman Bathhouse were found.
We stayed at Pri Mraku Guesthouse in Ljublijana. Our hotel was very nice and the staff was helpful. After we came back from dinner, my dad asked the man at the front desk if he had Coke available to purchase. The man said yes, but only regular. When my dad mentioned he preferred Diet Coke, the man went to his car and brought back a Coke Light, offering to give it to my dad free of charge. This is just one example of the hospitality we encountered along the way.
A Man With a Plan – Architect Joze Plecnik
Joze Plecnik lived from 1872-1957. He was born in Ljubljana, where he spent the majority of his life. Plecnik studied under Viennese architect Otto Wagner and went on to practice design in Vienna and Prague for a number of years. Plecnik also taught at the University of Ljubljana. The main areas of Ljubljana where you’ll see Plecnik’s work include riverbanks, parks, bridges, Zale Cemetery, the Vzjemna Insurance Company Offices, The Church of St. Francis, and the University of Ljubljana Library. His style is characterized by iconic and classical forms composed in unique and somewhat unconventional ways. He like logically organized design with richly decorated facades with organic decoration.