Seven Snaps Between Storms in Ljubljana’s Old Town

As I mentioned earlier, the weather’s been pretty wet the past several days. On Thursday that meant an afternoon of sensationally vivid colors between storms. So I went for a stroll.

Above is one of the four dragons that are perched on Ljubljana’s Dragon Bridge. I’ve posted about the bridge before here; dragons are a common theme in the Slovenian capital, but so is the castle perched atop a small hill in the center of town. This first shot below was actually taken from my balcony, which prompted me to head out. This is straight from the camera, no post processing. I’ve never seen the castle walls so vividly clear before, and I’ve lived in this spot for four years. (Here’s an older shot to give you a bit more context.)

This is the Franciscan Church on Prešeren Square facing north and below is the Ljubljanica River, facing south. I love how lush and alive it looks in late spring. The cobalt sky just sent everything into overdrive.

Above is the view east, again towards the castle (see what I mean?) at Dvorni Trg, which is home to my favorite wine bar, Dvorni Bar. Great selections by the glass – you must check it out. Below, just across the river, is Cankarjevo Nabrežje.

This is the early 18th C. Church of Our Lady of Mercy, located next to the Križanke Open Air Theatre. The latter was originally a monastery that dates back to the 13th C., but renovated as a theatre between 1952 and 1956. A great spot for concerts.

OK, one more. Another shot of castle hill, with Ljubljana Cathedral in the foreground.

In keeping with my aim to introduce as many as people as possible to Ljubljana –we can worry about pronouncing it another time– I’ve included this as an entry for Travel Photo Thursday (#TPThursday on twitter) hosted by Nancie on her website, Budget Travelers Sandbox – check it out.


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  1. andreashesse says

    very interesting pictures. Hope, you’ll post more about the city soon.

    1. BobR says

      Thanks! There are plenty here, probably 100s. 🙂 A good place to start looking is here:

  2. The Wanderlust Gene says

    Breathtaking!!!! Seems late spring, early summer, during the storm season is the time to visit! The colour contrasts and saturation are astounding. I’d go, even if I couldn’t pronounce Ljubljana, which I can’t:)

    By the way, you should post that door on The Legion of Door Whores –

    1. BobR says

      Spring is definitely the nicest time here. And as an unapologetic door whore, thanks for that link. Will check it out later.

      1. The Wanderlust Gene says

        i thought you might be!

  3. What a stunning introduction to Ljubljana! I really can’t pick a favorite shot…I just kept ooohing and ahhhing more and more as I scrolled down. Awesome.

    1. BobR says


  4. Lisa Goodmurphy says

    Ljubljana looks beautiful! I love how vivid the colours are against that ominous looking sky in the first few shots. Keep posting about Ljubljana, and you may find yourself overrun by tourists! 🙂

    1. BobR says

      There are already quite a few. 🙂

  5. You’re right about the colors, Bob! Vivid they are for sure. Everything just pops!
    I love the architecture. You’re living in an incredibly beautiful place. Enjoy!

    1. BobR says

      It is nice, you should visit sometime. 🙂

  6. Country Skipper says

    That dragon looks menacing with the storm in the background. I also like how the dark sky brings out the colors of the buildings. Who would have thought all this stormy weather good for pictures 🙂

    1. BobR says

      Yeah, dragons and storms: Match made in.. somewhere. 🙂

  7. Nancie M says

    The first thing I had to do after browsing your awesome shots was to find out where in Eastern Europe this hidden gem is located. I want to visit!

    1. BobR says

      Thanks, and you should. And technically, ‘Central’ Europe is a bit more accurate. 🙂

  8. Denise Pulis says

    What a beautiful city! The moody sky helps too.

    1. BobR says

      It is. I’ve heard people say the same about Valletta. 🙂

  9. Lisa Overman says

    I love the Our Lady of Mercy church door, it is gorgeous. This looks like a beautiful area to explore.

    1. BobR says

      Thanks – yes, that is a nice part of town.

  10. Jessica says

    Wow! You weren’t kidding about vibrant colors! Great Shots!

  11. Peter Parkorr says

    I visited Ljubljana in 2006, and I like to think I can pronouce it properly too 🙂 It is a really beautiful relaxed place, and so small compared to other capitals! I didn’t want to leave… Nice pics!

  12. noelmorata says

    What a gorgeous city, love all the saturated colors and that green door is amazing

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