Ljubljana is not a household word in America.
In fact, a lot of Americans probably don’t even know where
it is. So to clear things up, we’ll tell you. Ljubljana
is the capital of Slovenia (a country that broke from the former
Yugoslavia in 1991 and now has a population of just under 2,000,000).
the outdoor market in Ljubljana
It is peaceful here, and to us, it seems like
the perfect European town. As seems the case with many European
capitals, a river calmly passes through the middle of the city,
and this is where it all happens. Cafes and restaurants line the
river and locals and visitors (mostly Europeans on a quick getaway)
wile away the hours. The architecture is beautiful, the people
are friendly, and the atmosphere is very relaxed. And of course,
there’s a wide variety of ice cream stalls from which to
choose – much to our delight, everybody seems intent on
sampling them all.
When you're tired of the cafe you can take
a slow stroll to any of the tree-shaded parks in town. Kids and
parents are dancing to live music or reading a book on one of
the many benches.
And the outdoor grocery market… absolutely
perfect! Susan calls this “her mostest favoritest market
in the world.” Considering the number of outdoor markets
we’ve visited, this is quite a compliment. They have gorgeous
organic produce, fresh bread, fresh-churned butter, hand-made
cheeses still in their cheese cloths, and several local butcher
stalls. There’s also a good selection of deli meats perfect
for picnics and travel. The locals all seem to shop here (and
sell here, for that matter).
So while Ljubljana is not quite the secret
it was 10 years ago, to us it is still the perfect little town.