Škofja Loka and Ljubljana

Today the group split. Some of us explored Škofja Loka and the rest explored Ljubljana.

Ljubljana

Seven of the group travelled to Ljubljana by bus. Along the river there are numerous cafes and bars to enjoy the Slovenian cuisine. The funicular railway to the castle provided a panoramic vista of the city from the viewing platform. St Nicholas Cathedral had an impressive door and a spectacular interior including the ceiling, three organs and several side chapels.

Outside the cathedral
Outside the cathedral
Wall frieze
Wall frieze
In Ljubljana
In Ljubljana

Škofja Loka

We started by taking a walk that went past three castles. All had been damaged in the 1511 earthquake. We started by the largely restored one in town. The next one was not much more than a mound but had good views over the town. The walk then took us through woodland for quite a distance to the third or Wild Castle. This was a more substantial ruin.

After the walk we had lunch and were introduced to Piada (Italian flat bread). A walk round the old town followed. We finished in the museum (in the main castle). This, amongst other things, included exhibits about lace making and other local crafts.

Škofja Loka
Škofja Loka
Loka Castle
Loka Castle
Well in the tower on Krancelj
Well in the tower on Krancelj
Pageboy waymark
Pageboy waymark
Wild Loka
Wild Loka
Through the window at Wild Loka
Through the window at Wild Loka
Looking back
Looking back
Yellow flower
Yellow flower
White flower
White flower
Exploring Wild Loka
Exploring Wild Loka
Wild Loka
Wild Loka
Wild Cyclamen
Wild Cyclamen
In the square
In the square
Škofja Loka
Škofja Loka
Granary, Škofja Loka
Granary, Škofja Loka

Dinner

In the evening we were taken to a local farm restaurant for dinner. All the food was made on the farm from local produce. This consisted of schnapps with cold meats and cheeses, soup, sausage, chicken and other meat plus various vegetable dishes, biscuits and more schnapps. One of the sons then played the accordion and there was dancing - all much enjoyed.

After dinner
After dinner
Biscuits
Biscuits