As this trip progresses, I am finding a common theme to my pictures and my postings, both in WordPress and in Facebook. There is a tension between the touristic and the day-to-day experience that begs for analysis. Enrolling in the local public bicycle program helped me expand my understanding of this.
Starting from where we stayed, I took one or two trips daily. The graffiti on the deteriorating walls of the building where we stayed suggested to me a run down neighborhood. On close examination, the care given the flowers and plants in the window boxes illustrated a spirit of revival that characterized my discoveries. I took a picture of my reflection and my account from the public bicycle terminal.
Most shops are closed or close early on Sunday. I followed bike paths to one that was open.
Just across the street from us is the Metelkova district. This is an arts and alternative life style enclave that is home to a well known music club and also an art gallery.
One misty morning I road out along the Ljubljana river by the Dragon Bridge down to the South branch by the locks.
On a warm afternoon, I saw a sign for the road to the castle. Even though I had to walk the bike part of the way, it provided some spectacular views. Also, an exciting ride and skids down a gravel path I chose back to the city. I was not sure whether to take that path until I saw a man pushing a baby pram down it followed by a young man on a bicycle.
In the final summation, we have many interesting experiences seeking out the unique and the common during our week in Ljubljana. I wonder what we will feel after a week in Zagreb.