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Ljubljana has quite an interesting history. During the WW2 it was occupied first be the Italians (until they decided to swap sides yet again /sorry coloradofatherLOL/) and then by the Germans. And Italians wanted to stop the resistence movement in the city and they set up a barbed wire fence all around the city - some 33 kms (20 miles) of it. The thing, of course, didn't work out and every year after the war ended on 9 May (the day of victory in Slovenia) they've been preparing a marathon called "Around Occupied Ljubljana). Anyway, enough with the history - if you really want to know a bit more, read THIS. It's enough to know that the path, now referred to as The Green Ring, these days serves as a very popular recreational "facility" in Ljubljana. Igor and I did a few kilometres today, although it was a gloomy day. We enjoyed it.

So, here are a few pictures... and a few more behind the cut.

 


Our starting point, not far from where we live.


A lot of birds on moor area around Ljubljana; a heron.


Remembering.


A little pond is also part of the "journey".


Igor.


New life all around.


Bike trail across the woods.


A magpie.
A magpie.

Just a sign.
Just a sign.

The path was very busy today.
The path was very busy today.

Walking.
Walking.

Trees waiting to get covered in green.
Trees waiting to get covered in green.

Green.
Green.

New life at close.
New life at close.

Last year's leftovers.
Last year's leftovers.

Just a tree.
Just a tree.

Decide.
Decide.

No comment.
No comment.

Dogs like it.
Dogs like it.



 

Comments

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inbhirnis
Apr. 13th, 2008 08:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the bit of history, and the pics.

I went to the Slovenian History Museum in a big park near the centre of LJ (there's a tank outside it). It was interesting, and quite harrowing - they had artifacts and terrible pictures of the Nazi occupation - as well as the repression of the Tito era.
paterson_si
Apr. 13th, 2008 08:28 pm (UTC)
Most welcome! :)

Yes... Slovenia has gone through some really interesting past decades. I am glad we turned out to what we are now. :)
use2bshy
Apr. 13th, 2008 10:43 pm (UTC)
a place with such a rich history. Beautiful from the pictures too.
paterson_si
Apr. 13th, 2008 11:02 pm (UTC)
Yes, for such a tiny place there's quite a lot of historical stuff accumulated around here.
And it is beautiful. I really consider myself a lucky person to be able to live here. I have traveled enough to deeply appreciate every single return home. :)
use2bshy
Apr. 13th, 2008 11:07 pm (UTC)
Thought of you the other day when I was watching Martina Navratalova on Oprah, lol
paterson_si
Apr. 13th, 2008 11:14 pm (UTC)
Well... Navratilova is originally from former Czechoslovakia, which later on spawned two countries: Czech Republic and Slovakia.
And I am in Slovenia. ;)
use2bshy
Apr. 13th, 2008 11:47 pm (UTC)
she said she now carries dual citizenship but not sure with which she aligned with
djmadadam
Apr. 13th, 2008 11:02 pm (UTC)
I was recently looking at Eastern Europe on Windows Live Maps and compared the location of Slovenia to the village (currently) in Ukraine (about 50 linear miles from the border of Roumania) from where my Dad's family originates. It's only a 14-hour drive! :o)
paterson_si
Apr. 13th, 2008 11:03 pm (UTC)
Yes!!! Within Europe almost everything can be done in a day or two by car.
djmadadam
Apr. 13th, 2008 11:15 pm (UTC)
I wanna go!!!! NOW!!!! Ugh. It will have to be my first trip in 2009, then.
paterson_si
Apr. 13th, 2008 11:17 pm (UTC)
And I would like to see you NOW!!!

But.... 2009 is just a few months away. And that is good!
square_baker
Apr. 14th, 2008 02:53 pm (UTC)
Wow, love these pictures. Thank you for sharing.
paterson_si
Apr. 14th, 2008 07:53 pm (UTC)
it was a short, but picturesque trip. :)

glad you approved!

HUGS
mitjablazic
Apr. 16th, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC)
And I run the Run of the threesomes ;-) there last year. And we used to train for marathon on this Path od memories and friendship, as it is called. Nice pics!Mybe you shoud do some close-up of the nice bear!

hugs
M
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