The capital beer, as they like to call themselves, shares it's name and a symbol with a city Ljubljana. Loo-blah-nah is a phonetic transcription of Ljubljana in a slang of Ljubljana residents, for English speakers. And of course, dragon is the symbol.
I visited them on the outskirts of Ljubljana, in Črnuče area, while main brewer Domen was making magic.
It might seem that this will be a post about museum shop. But don't be fooled, what I am sharing with you it is almost unknown Plečnik's work, The ultimate architect of Ljubljana. And you can see it absolutely free.
Since he was a big fan of tradition, it is not difficult to understand that he responded to the request in 1939 to draw the plans for the interior of the shop that was going to sell traditional arts. Its original position was at Kongresni trg Square.
All of you bear lovers, let me present you Bearlog hostel. Don't worry, your love of bears is not relevant for liking this hostel. It is beautifully and stylishly designed and situated in an old house at Kočevje. It is in it's first year, so everything still smells of new.
Does it sound amazing that they pulled out of the river beds around 2200 year old dugout canoe? Yes, it does sound amazing, because that is absolutely amazing. They found it a few decades ago but you can't just pull out such an old wooden object. It would be soon destroyed in changed environment.
They managed to do so in 2015 and I got to see it last year, well, one third of it, one day before they dipped it into last stage of conservation process, that lasts for about three years.
If you ever had a glass of wine you should be able to differ Cviček from any other wine. Simply by its colour. It is not white, nor red, not even orange or rosé. It is Cviček.
There are many mean stories about this bright red wine from Dolenjska region (Lower Carniola region) and sometimes they might be close to the truth. But, to show you otherwise, I am presenting Cviček od fare, wine created by House of Wines Frelih (Hisa vina Frelih) that received Award Commended in London. This is the first time Cviček got any sort of recognition outside Slovenia.
One of the most common questions I get from foreign visitors is whether it is more beautiful Postojna Cave or Škocjan Caves.
Snežnik castle is one of the cutest Slovenian castles. Not too big, nicely preserved and in an idyllic environment.
And it is one of the few castles in Slovenia that can boast of original furnishings.
Making selfies in front of touristic sights is one thing, learning how to make one Slovenian dish is taking your touristic experience on anther level.
Sometimes they have cooking workshops on the events, like it was the one we joined, at Metlika on it's biggest festival, Vinska Vigred.
Social Ljubljana Tour, named romantically - as a lot of things in sLOVEnia- Ljubljana with love, invites you to pay a visit to independent social companies that are part of a local ‘Think Social. Buy Local.’ movement.
While getting to know many stories of today's life in Slovenia and its capital you walk through the beautiful medieval part of Ljubljana and get to eat some food. Food with background, of course.
While visiting Slovenia, a visit to the wine cellar is a must. Choices are endless and the chosen one can be well planed in advanced or simply the first one that you see. Both is possible.
Unless you are not from Earth, you have probably realized that craft beer revolution has happened. Almost everywhere. Luckily Slovenia was not an exception.
Our pioneer is Human Fish Brewery, which, even after so many new beers popping out literally every day, still has the best name. In my opinion of course.
Pearl of Mediterranean. Little Venice. Slovenian Rovinj. A bit of Dubrovnik. Reflection of Venetian republic. There are many words describing most famous Slovenian coastal town and each has a bit of truth in it.
Among Slovenians Kočevje area is mainly known for it's endless forests, brown bears and secrets from cold war..
Every sunny Sunday in this summer there is an extraordinary workshop for children in the center of Ljubljana. And when I say "in the centre" it means it can't be more central...at Prešern Square there is a cafe that hosts this workshop.
A group most known for its graffiti tour of Ljubljana launched a new tour this May and I just had to check it out. I like seeing and hearing what fellow guides have to say, especially on one of my favorite subject, alternative view of Ljubljana.
For some of you this may come as a surprise, but Slovenia has a coastline on Adriatic Sea, which is part of Mediterranean Sea. It's not long, only 46.6 km, but still worth the visit. I won't start with most popular place here, Piran, but with something more natural.
What attracts visitors in the winter as a ski jump turns into a great summer activity. The Wold's biggest ski jumping hill becomes Wold's steepest zipline. Is it really? Try it out and let me know whether it is or it isn't.
Straight from the shoulder, the most green neighborhood of Ljubljana is Murgle. Murgle is very well known among the locals, mainly because hot shots like former presidents lives there (Milan Kučan) but also because of its green urban plan.
Many people call this waterfall, Waterfall Kozjak, one of the most beautiful or one of the most picturesque waterfalls of them all. I would definitely agree with them.
After writing a blog in Slovenian language for 10 years I have finally come to my sense and started writing one in English as well.