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James Joyce Slept Here

At Ljubljana’s train station. Once. For one night. And he got this monument to memorialize the chilly October evening in 1904 he spent in the Slovenian capital. I’ve slept in lots of places –train stations, too– and have yet to receive a plaque.

This was dedicated on Bloomsday 2003, so Joyce’s accidental night in Ljubljana did take nearly 99 years to be properly remembered. And another nine before becoming an LJ Pic of the Day. So I guess I’ll be a bit more patient for my monuments.

By the way – he and his wife were on their way to Trieste where he spent much of the next decade and where he wrote The Dubliners and Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man. The snap below is his statue on the Canal Grande. I like how his spectacles meld with his eyes.


These snaps are also this week’s contribution for Travel Photo Thursday (#TPThursday on twitter) hosted by Nancie on her website, Budget Travelers Sandbox. When you have few minutes to browse, check out Nancie’s photos and those of others who take part. You’ll see some great photos and visit some wonderful places. The direct link this week is here.

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  1. Guilie says

    Love it! I found you through the A-Z challenge, but I think this post isn’t related to it, right? Still, I’m glad I found you and I’ll definitely be back for more daily pics.

    1. BobR says

      Thanks for coming by – no not part of the challenge, which is something that I failed at miserably. I was away for over a week and then never quite caught up.

  2. Leigh says

    I like the shot of Mr. Joyce too – good light on his face.
    It’s amazing what incidents are deemed plaque worthy.

  3. Be patient, Bob, you’ll get your plaque soon.
    These are some fabulous shots. I like the one of him.

  4. Lisa says

    Very interesting story! Did you know ahead of time that the plaque was there, or did you just happen upon it??

    1. BobR says

      No, walked by it many many times. Just never took photos. 🙂

  5. Cathy Sweeney says

    That has to be one of the most unusual plaques I’ve ever seen. Ljubljana really loves James Joyce or is it that he’s the only famous person that ever came through. Interesting!

  6. Dick Jordan (@talestold) says

    Interesting bit of history!

  7. Mary @ The World Is A Book says

    Cool shots of a very interesting memorial. I guess he really made an impact during that one night visit? The statue is a great picture.

  8. Country Skipper says

    Oh, all the airports that should have a plaque of me…. 🙂 I like your pics of it!

    1. BobR says

      Me too. And train stations. 🙂

  9. Wow, a plaque after sleeping there one night? It is interesting, though, to think of where all the amazing people in Europe were, drinking coffee, traveling, sleeping, etc.

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  12. deniz says

    Neat! I hadn’t known about this!


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