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Ljubljana, Slovenia

The country has its act together, and is the only former Yugoslav country that was admitted into the European Union. Slovenia is a very clean, modern country. All the buildings are renovated, freshly painted, and organized. The roads are paved and Slovenia has a modern highway system. The people are extremely friendly and helpful. While walking along the streets, I could hear classical music emanating from the cafes and restaurants.


In the center of Ljubljana is a tall hill with a Ljubljana Castle perched at the top. The Old Ljubljana was constructed at the base of the hill and branches outward. A river divides the old city, and consequently, sidewalks, and parks follow along the river. Unlike Italy, Ljubljana does not attract many tourists. The streets are easy to traverse, and I did not have to fight crowds of people to see the attractions. Ljubljana is picturesque and friendly to pedestrians. The old city is filled with cafes, stores, and restaurants.


Ljubljana is similar to Amsterdam. Many people ride bicycles, and the city has well organized bike paths along the roads and streets. The city went one step further and added bike rental stations. Residents can rent a bicycle and is charged by the hour. The city has numerous bike stations, and a bicyclist can borrow a bike from one station and check it into another. 

Slovenia

  • The area of the country spans 7,827 square miles, making Slovenia the 153rd largest country in the world.
  • The currency is the Euro.
  • The capital is Ljubljana.
  • In 2010, the population was approximately 2.0 million, making Slovenia the 158th populous country in the world.
  • Ljubljana is the largest city, and the financial, manufacturing, and political hub of the country.
  • Slovenia was a state of Yugoslavia and became independent on June 25, 1991.
  • Slovenia is the only former Yugoslav country that joined the European Union.
  • The tourist destination for foreigners is Ljubljana.