Slovenian Food & Wine

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Food & Wine presenting our local Identity

Slovenia, a tiny country squeezed between Austria, Hungary, Italy, Croatia and Adriatic Sea, became suddenly one of the World Hottest Culinary Hubs. Once you are here, you understand it why as well. Our culinary diversity reveals the history of Slovenia, the history of influences, changes over the times as well as personal, family stories.

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Lipizzaner horses

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A royal horse from Slovenia

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Who has not heard about a white elegant horse you fall in love on a first sight? However, did you know that the cradle of this stallion originates in Slovenia?
Most probably, you have heard it comes from Austria. Well, that was Austria some hundred years ago... when also the territory of today’s independent Slovenia was a part of it.

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SItula

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Situla - 2500 yrs. old comic book from Slovenia

Situla is a bucket shaped vessel, which was used for rituals and celebrations. It is a culmination of a figural art created by Iron Age Human. Today it is considered as the oldest Slovenian picture, comic book. More about the precious artefacts from this part of the history, you can hear on Ljubljana TV’s program LJUBLJANA4U. We invited PhD Peter Turk, who is a curator for prehistory.

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Seminary Library in Ljubljana

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The capital of Slovenia is well known for its diverse architecture. One of the richest art periods is a baroque. In the second part of the 17th century, the trade between Mediterranean basin and the central part of Europe was active again.

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World War I ...

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and The Battles Of The Isonzo in Slovenian paradise

World war I, also known as the First World War, the Great War, was a global war originating in Europe that lasted from 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918. American president Woodrow Wilson used the strophe of the British novelist H.G.Wells and said: “This is a war to end all wars. ”

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Klopotec

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Away, birds, away!
Take a little and leave a little,
And do not come again;
For if you do,
I will shoot you through,
And there will be an end of you.

-Mother Goose (The Bird scare)

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Autumn is surely one of the most colorful parts of the year. More than 60% of Slovenian territory changes it couloir from fresh green to yellowish, orange, reddish and brownish shades. While admire ring to beauties of changing colors, you can be disturbed by a funny sound. These are our Klopotec or Bird scare.

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Cobblers are at home in Slovenia

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Seeing an artisan cobbler at work is a very rare moment. Most of the shoes today are a product of a mass production, a product with no soul.

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Once upon a long ago, it was much different. My grandfather was a cobbler, a master of the profession. As a young girl, I remember watching him making a new pair of shoes. For him, everything was important step, starting with a moment of choosing a leather for shoes. He was even thinking about the personality of the person who would be wearing them!

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Parlament julij 2017

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Slovenia, once a part of Yugoslavia, gained its independence on June 25th, 1991. Today it is a state with a parliamentary system in which the most important role is played by the parliament as the legislative branch of power.

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The democratic approach to lead the nation has a long tradition among Slovenians. A French jurist and political philosopher Jean Bodin with his works and mentioning a mediaeval ceremony from Carinthia inspired Thomas Jefferson when writing Declaration of independence. Slovenians in Cleveland are so proud they even put a plague Slovenians, Thomas Jefferson and the Declaration of independence.

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Rožnik - June

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The month of Roses

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June- the 6th month in a year, is called after ancient Roman goddess Juno: goddess for love and marriage. Most of Slovenians call this month JUNIJ. However, some of us, still remember old, Slavic name of June - ROŽNIK.

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Kozolec - A Hayrack

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The hay storage was one of the most important farmer’s works, if they wanted to have enough food for their animal throughout the cold and snowy winter. All around the world you would find similar ways, however in Slovenia they are very unique.

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When you are out of the city, on the countryside, very soon you are going to notice interesting, free standing, vertical, wooden, and open and roofed constructions in the middle of the fields. They look as a goat and that is how they have got their name: KOZA or a goat in Slovenian Language.

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LECT

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Do you have a problem with the pronunciation: LECT (»letst«)? It is difficult to pronounce, however, you get a reward: a colourful, tasty and with plenty of love made honey-bread heart!

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Many times this delicious and picturesque cookie is simply called Gingerbread; however, Slovenian is a bit different. We can say, it belongs to the same family, but Slovenian is full of love and a great reward for our taste buds!

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St Gregory's day

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In old Slovenian language, March is called sušec- dry month. It is one of the most positive months of the year: the winter is already very weak, here and there some colder days; however, sun is already high enough to embrace us with some gentle sunbeams.

First celebration of the months is devoted to women- in old communist days as well as today- women celebrated March 8, an International day of women's rights, men as a contrary celebrate March 10 as martyrs day and at the end of the month, March 25, religious people celebrate Mother's day.

On the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Slovenia is nowadays once very popular, than forgotten, lately revealing again so-called St Gregory's day- March 12. In an old calendar March 12 was the first day of Spring- the season, which brought longer days, more light and warmth. In our culture it is considered, that St Gregory’s day is the day of love. Quite often, you are going to hear, that on March 12 birds get married.

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International Tourist Guide Day

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World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations was established on Feb 21, 1985. In 1989, the federation suggested to declare February 21 as International Tourist Guide Day.

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An architect who made Ljubljana distinctly attractive

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In 2017 Ljubljana will celebrate a Year of Jože Plečnik. The most notable Slovenian architect was born in 1872- 145 yrs ago and he died in 1957- 60 yrs ago.

The architect Jože Plečnik was a special man. As many genies of the world, was not well accepted in an ordinary school. Thanks to a Maecenas- his brother, he became one of the most extraordinary world architects and artists.

Jože Plečnik was born in Ljubljana, today's capital of Slovenia, at his time the capital of Capital of Carniola- a county of Austrian- Hungarian Monarchy. After his unseccucessful schooling, he worked at his father's workshop. His brother admired his precise drawings and noticed a great talent in his brother's hands. He presented Jože's work to at that time the most notable professor Otto Wagner in Vienna. He prooved the talent, but he demanded extra schooling and hard work from him. For Jože that was not a problem: silent and hard working by his nature he followed the master's instructions easily.

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