Emona’s birthday

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an autumn river cruise

Next year, Emona will be 2,000 years old.

Not heard of it?

You’d probably know it by its modern name of Ljubljana.

Emona is the Roman city that stood on the site of the present Ljubljana city centre. In Roman times it stood at the eastern end of Italy until sacked by Germanic tribes. It then had a new name – Laibach – which lasted up until the end of WWI when it adopted its present name. If you go to the main square – Kongresni trg square – you will find an information point about Emona which will tell you as much as most people would want to know.

Now Ljubljana claims that it is a city that never sleeps and with 10,000 events scheduled next year, that can be believed. The foundation will be celebrated with some gusto!

Stansted has direct flights to Ljubljana on easyJet and with a flight time of only about two hours, Ljubjlana makes an ideal location for a weekend break. The national airline, Adria, connects the city to the UK via connections elsewhere. Being quite small – only about 280,000 people – means that you can walk anywhere in the city without it taking too much time. The castle, however, has some steepish steps up from the square but you can avoid this by taking the funicular ride (costs €10) up to the top. And yes, Slovenia is part of the eurozone so that currency hidden away in the dresser from the last holiday in Spain can be used in Slovenia.

You might use some of that currency to sample the food and wine. Slovenian wines have a long history but are not that easy to find over here. There you can taste from quite a variety and certainly return home with some. The quality has increased over the last few years and can measure up to any of the ones you’ll find in most places.

Whilst there river tours are a popular visitor attraction as is lounging around in the Tivoli Park. But if you organise yourself, try and get out into the country where within just an hour or so you can see any number of those picture postcard shots that don’t exist elsewhere because tourists have changed the place for ever.

For more about Ljubljana, click here.

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