After visiting many travel destinations, sometimes all you need is a day where you don't visit museums, you don't go on day trips to other places, you just chill out and have a leisure walk around the city. You people watch, you have a nice dinner, you do some shopping/explore a nice park, and then have a good night's rest.
That was what Ljubljana was for us.
Ljubljana was our last stop in slovenia and also our final destination for the whole of our summer Europe tour. After 17 days of non-stop traveling, lugging a 30kg luggage around, exploring new places, with a JAMMED PACKED Itinerary, and after a whole year away from home, my friend and I were both rather exhausted and homesick.
I never expected myself to be the sort to feel homesick, in fact I didn't think I was, not until I got on to my flight home to Singapore did I realise I was actually excited to go home!
Anyway, back to Ljubljana. We arrived in the afternoon and were tired from the heat as well as boat rowing in the morning so after resting for a bit in the hostel, we left around dinner time to walk around and explore the place.
The city centre of Ljubljana is pretty easy to navigate around - although I wasn't doing too much of the navigating because my friend took on that challenge haha! We walked around the main parts of the town, past some dragon statues on the Dragon Bridge, and a couple of interesting bridges.
The most famous bridge in Ljubljana is the Triple Bridge. Located at the centre of the town, it consists of 3 bridges side by side connecting the old town to the newer more modern part of Ljubljana.
We considered heading up to the Ljubljana castle, but decided against it because 1. We were far too lazy to be climbing up steps and 2. We weren't particularly interested in visiting another castle.
Instead we got some ice cream, walked along the bank of the river and did some shopping.
That evening, we headed back to the dorm pretty early to enjoy a nice quiet night.
The next morning, we woke up for our complimentary hostel breakfast, but did not leave the hostel just yet because I, unfortunately, decided to come down with some annoying period pains. Thankfully, the pain subsided after a few hours, and by afternoon, we were out exploring the town.
We passed by a large morning market near the triple bridge and then spontaneously decided we'd love to visit a park.
Looking on the map, there was a park located about a kilometre away from the main city centre and so we began walking there.
As expected of a typical day in the park in summer afternoon, the sun was warm, the weather was nice, and the park massive with so much green everywhere. We passed by a few cafés - sadly most of them were closed - and also saw a glass house. We tried to see if we could enter, but it was closed too.
Near a pond in the park was a pretty patio with a café that was also closed. We weren't looking for food at that time, so that didn't bother us too much. We just continued taking photos near the pond and of the hanging light bulbs and wooden floors.
What I WoreTop: Primark
Shades: Bought at a street side store in Ljubljana
We went from admiring one pretty flower to another, and hopped from resting on park bench to another. One surprising discovery I made was that at certain park benches, THERE WAS FREE WIFI. Only at certain specific park benches though, which I found really odd, but was pleasantly surprised!
After about and hour in the park, we started craving for some ice-cream because of the summer heat.
So we began our hunt for a café in the park that happened to be open on a Sunday afternoon.
Instead of finding an actual café we spotted some really unique park statues and more pretty flowers. In the end, we settled for Ice-cream at a regular ice-cream stand.
That evening, we went back to the old town for dinner, and ate at one of the restaurants along the stretch of the old town.
Even though there were no cafés in the park, the old town was, thankfully, was a place we could spend the evening at. Even though the shops were closed, there were families out having and early dinner, or tea break, kids eating ice creams, and several food places were opened.
It wasn't crowded, neither was it completely empty and lifeless.
Even after over a year in Europe, there are times where I cannot wrap my head around the fact that shops close on Sundays.
Growing up in Singapore, shopping malls, food courts, restaurants etc. are always operating as per normal on a Sunday, which makes it so much easier to go out. In fact, when I was living in London, it was pretty much the same. So whenever I visit other european cities/countries, I always forget that places are usually closed on a Sunday, and get caught with no food and nothing to do - happened on one too many of my travels to be honest.
But after a year of visiting different cities in Europe, my friend and I were pretty much used to the fact that there wasn't much to do on a Sunday (hence why we chose to go a park!)
Even with no intention of planning our day, we subconsciously realised that one shouldn't opt to go to a museum or go shopping on a Sunday ;)