Ljubljana may be Europe’s best-kept secret

  • Article by: Jay Walljasper , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 25, 2013 - 4:07 PM

A much delayed trip to Slovenia’s capital reveals an under-the-radar European gem.

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HerbGrikaMay. 26, 1310:12 AM

Dear Jay, As an old neighbor at Florence Court, I'm taking liberties of familiarity in responding to your knock-out Ljubljana article! Jugolavia as a whole is an undiscovered gem. I putted around there over a half century ago, driving a Citroen 2CV, the perfect vehicle - I was 21, the perfect age. Ljubljana, meaning 'in love with' from its river's derivation, was a 'lovely' place. Strolling at dusk on its main street named, like so many Jugoslavian prime streets, Titograda, was THE community expression. Although there was a smattering of English, I struggled with Serbio-Croatian, which was pure hell in the country's south where the lettering was in Cyrillic! Of the many other Jugo places I loved, was the 'most beautiful nature spot on earth', Plietvecia, An endless myriad of small waterfalls and cascades, yet another unknown breathtaking jewel (go there during a full moon to capture its night magic). A few days ago, at the Minneapolis opening of local artist, Jeff Petrach, he mentioned his father came from Ljublijana. Thanks, -herb Or did you really write about that city because you both have two 'Jays' in your name?

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dashaticarMay. 27, 13 3:14 PM

after reading this i'm really quite happy to be Ljubljana's local

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feeverteMay. 28, 13 2:47 PM

I absolutely agree about Ljubljana, it's wonderful. I was recently in Piran (at Slovenia's tiny stretch of coast) and it's such a picturesque, lovely seaside town - can only recommend it! About the whole "Most people lump Slovenia in with Germany and Austria because of its high level of economic development and traditions of punctuality, hard work and emotional reserve" thing ... if people associate Austria with punctuality, hard work and emotional reserve, they've clearly never been here. I don't know about Slovenia, but Austria is (stereotypically, at least) in these character treats the anti-Germany.

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mamajammaMay. 28, 13 5:02 PM

What a terrific piece, to put it in the "travel" category alone does not do it justice. Nice work. More Walljasper, please.

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cjchubizMay. 28, 13 8:31 PM

I had the opportunity to live and work in Ljubljana from 1996 through 1999. So many changes were taking place at that time. I loved and appreciated everything about my time there. I envy your time there, HerbGrika, because I would have liked to have known Ljubljana and Slovenia at an earlier time. I loved reading this article as well as all of Lenny Russo's blog entries. Thank you.

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