A walk in the Ljubljana woods.

whitewater.jpgIn Walden, Henry David Thoreau wrote that a person needs no more than an acre of land to keep himself amused for life. Truer words have never been written. I found that 0.4047 hectare piece of paradise today right here in Ljubljana, the capital of the green piece of Europe, along the majestic banks of the Sava River.

Just a 15 minute bike ride away lies an idyllic spot where you can launch a canoe canoe_launch.jpg ,

take your horse for a ride horsey.jpg ,

and drop off your garbage garbage.jpg 

before freeing yourself from the chains of society and blowing up your car blow_up_car2.jpg .

Everything from the mundane generic.jpg 

to the exotic union.jpg is celebrated,

 with a bountiful oasis oasis.jpg awaiting at every turn.

With the rush of whitewater as an invigorating soundtrack, you can enjoy the rebirth that is spring by watching the spring flowers bloom springflowers.jpg 

and mighty trees blossom tree_blossoms.jpg .

Here you can revel in the soothing sounds of nature sounds.jpg ,

 take your dog for a walk dog_walk.jpg 

in barefooted splendor barefoot.jpg ,

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or simply relax and enjoy a nourishing picnic nourishing_picnic.jpg .

And best of all, everyone is welcome welcoming.jpg .

There will be no crying Indian here where Slovenians proudly illustrate that their respect for the gifts of nature has no equal.

“You only need sit still long enough in some attractive spot in the woods,” Thoreau wrote, “that all its inhabitants may exhibit themselves to you by turns.”

I’m already looking forward to the treasures treasures.jpg that will show themselves on my next visit to this blissful utopia. Care to join me? Such enchanting beauty was created to be shared.

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  2. annulla says

    It’s been a long time since I visited Ljubljana, but I don’t recall seeing any empty banana cartons there. Guess they’ve embarked on a civic improvement campaign.

  3. revrex says

    I detect some acerbism in this post.

    Hard to tell the difference between your photo essay and a nice walk along the Potomac.

    Although here in the states, we don’t have elves.

    Just goes to show you how ignorant Americans are- I always thought they were mythical.

  4. Jean says

    It wasn’t us that left the dog crap. I swear!

    For real scenery come for a walk in the Karst woods and fields. If you insist, I can show you the remains of old dumps (and there are probably some unrecovered skeletons of WWII victims in some of the caves) but for the most part you won’t find plastic bags and beer cans adorning the spring vegetation.

    Oh, and if you come, do be sure to bring your chainsaw.

  5. pengovsky says

    Ashamed, I am… Yes, this too is my city 😕

  6. Trotter says

    I’ve seen some people, tired to grumble, start a voluntary movement to clean the seashore/woods. It may work also in Ljubljana…
    Take care
    Gil

  7. pengovsky says

    We had things like that in socialism… When the whole neighbourhood got together (I mean people from 32 appartament buildings!!! Approx. 5000 people!!!) and cleaned it. It was called “čistilna akcija” and was commonplace. At home, in school, at work…

    but today – it’s every man (littering) for himself

  8. Jean says

    We still have them in the village. Several times a year, a cistilna akcija or “rabuta.” It’s a nice tradition. Work, wine, socializing.

  9. pirano says

    Thanks all. Pengo & Jean: As an unapologetic new old school leftist/socialist type, I like the ‘čistilna akcija’ idea. Any volunteers? 🙂

  10. Jean says

    Count me in! So long as I can bring my dogs (we’ll scoop our poop) and it doesn’t conflict with the dates of agility competitions. Who’s supplying the beer/wine?

  11. Jean says

    And make a media event out of it to publicly shame the people responsible–those who left the mess, and those in charge of enforcing anti-dumping and anti-littering laws who have been delinquent in their duties.

  12. ac says

    Dnevnik 22.3.07

    Ciščenju Barja bo sledila zabava.

    Sonja Primožič
    LJUBLJANA – »Dobimo se na Barju« se imenuje akcija, ki jo organizira urednik istoimenskega spletnega portala v sodelovanju s skupino Street 13 in sedmimi lokalnimi skupnostmi, ter društvi z območja Barja. Potekala bo 31. marca, ko bodo v dopoldanskem času po vseh barjanskih krajih izvedli tradicionalno spomladansko čistilno akcijo.
    Organizator je dosegel, da so v vseh sedmih občinskih upravah uskladili dan čistilne akcije in da bodo poskrbeli za potrebno čistilno opremo ter odpeljali nabrano navlako z Barja. Kakor poudarja Tomaž Toni, želijo v čistilno akcijo poleg že tradicionalnih, udeležencev iz različnih društev pritegniti zlasti mlade in jih motivirati za skrbnejši odnos do na-
    bo sledila zabava

    Prostovoljci bodo na Barju imeli veliko dela. Foto: dokumentacija Dnevnika

    ravnega okolja, K temu naj bi prispevali tudi rock glasbeniki, ki se bodo vključili v čistilno akcijo na terenu. Zadnji dan v tem mesecu se bodo tako zvečer zbrali na sklepni prireditvi v Borovnici.

    Po pogovoru o perečih problemih varstva okolja bo sledil kulturno-zabavni program, ki ga pripravljajo kulturna društva iz barjanskih krajev ter rockerska skupina Rattle Snalce. (mu)

    Krajinski park Barje ustanavljajo po polje•.

    Udeleženci čistilne akcije na Barju bodo 31.marca pobirali le manjše odpadke, plastiko in smeti. Ne bodo se lotili številnih divjih odlagališč gradbenih in drugih odpadkov, ki »cvetijo« na Barju, saj je njihovo odstranjevanje bolj zahtevno domena inšpekcijskilh in komunalnih služb,kil njihovem »poganjanju«z barjanskih tal niso kos. Več reda in nadzora naj bi na to področje prinesla ustanovitev krajinskega parka Barje, predvidena za prihodnje leto. Zaskrbljujoče je, da pod sporazumom o sodelovanju pri ustanovitvi krajinskega parka Ljubljansko barje še vedno manjkata podpisa županov dveh (Brezovice in Vrhnike). od sedmih na Barju delujočih lokalnih skupnosti. Šele ko bodo ta sporazum poleg ministra za okolje in prostor podpisale in s tem sprejele vse občine, bodo sodelujoči lahko imenovali projektni in strokovni svet, ki bo vodil zahtevne priprave na razglasitev krajinskega parka Barje.
    I I I

  13. Anonymous says

    The whole world is becoming a dump site. So how could the Ljubljana woods escape from it? It is natural that when more and more tourists start coming a pace cannot hold on its pristine nature any longer.

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