Ljubljana, Koper & Piran
Ljubljana (pop. 293,000) is one of the smallest European capitals. For us, Ljubljana was a revelation, especially the area around the river with its cafes and bars that serve 50,000 university students and the smart shops in the old town. Simply a perfect place to spend a week or more.
Legend has it that Ljubljana was founded by the Greek mythological hero Jason and his companions, the Argonauts, who had stolen the golden fleece from King Aetes and fled from him across the Black Sea and up the Danube, Sava, and Ljubljanica rivers.
They stopped at a large lake in the marsh near the source of the Ljubljanica, where they disassembled their ship to be able to carry it to the Adriatic Sea, put it together again, and return to Greece. The lake where they made a stop was the dwelling place of a monster. Jason fought the monster and killed it. The monster, now referred to as the Ljubljana Dragon, found its place on the Ljubljana coat of arms.
Emona, the earliest name of the present Ljubljana, was a settlement, part of the Celtic kingdom of Noricum was conquered by the Romans around the 1st century B.C.
In 1220, Ljubljana was granted city rights, among others the right to coin its own money. Craftsmen, who made up the greater part of the city's population, were organized in craft guilds. In 1270, the city was conquered by the Czech king Premysl Otakar II, and in 1278 it fell under the Hapsburg rule along with the rest of the Province of Carniola (Dežela Kranjska).
In the 16th century, when its population amounted to 5,000 people (70 percent of whom spoke Slovenian as their mother tongue), Ljubljana became the centre of the Slovenian Reformation movement and culture.
Today, with its friendly people and nice weather, I’m, so happy to make its acquaintance and hope to return in the future.
I now know, by an almost fatalistic conformity with the facts, that my destiny is to travel.Ernesto Guevara
Koper is a port city in Slovenia, on the country's Adriatic coastline. Its medieval old town centers around Titov Trg, a square with Venetian-influenced landmarks such as the Praetorian Palace and a Gothic-style loggia, while nearby Da Ponte Fountain is a replica of Venice's famed Rialto Bridge.
Piran, one of the most beautiful towns on the Slovenian coast grew with the help of salt. The Piran salt pans, where the world-class fleur de sel is still produced today using age-old methods, were the reason why the picturesque Mediterranean walled town flourished.