PIRAN CAFÉ

LJ pic of the day.

Today’s daily pic –the sixth (!) in a row– was actually taken this afternoon. This is France Prešeren (no, his name is not pronounced like the country), Slovenia’s national poet, who wrote Zdravljica, a drinking song that is also the country’s national anthem. Like many great poets, he was somewhat of a scoundrel, not particularly happy, died relatively young, and had a statue erected in his honor. This one is in the center of Ljubljana, in a square that bears his name.

This site is a terrific starting point for more, with good bio info, translations of his works, thoughts from his contemporaries, and delightful tidbits about Slovenia in the early 1800s, including this:

Slovenes did not even have their own word for toilet: up until 1844, only foreign words were used – such a ‘Abtritt’, ‘Privet’ or ‘sekret’. Only in 1844 did Kmetijske in rokodelske novice (The Farming and Crafts News), edited by the vet Dr Janez Bleiweis, suggest the use of the word “vstraniše” for the contraption which is nowadays taken for granted, as “we throw away into it that which cannot go anywhere else”.

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  • […] Prešeren (and a few friends) revisited. Jump to Comments Today is Dan Kulture (Culture Day) in Slovenia, better known as Prešeren Day, to honor Slovenia’s best known and highly regarded poet. It’s a national holiday, which means a bank holiday, and one that doesn’t really come close to anything I remember having a day off for back in the U.S. [More on Prešeren here.] […]

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