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

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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Awaiting for Christmas and New Year 2017

 In the central European area, it is very common to set an Advent or Christmas market. In our Grandparents time, it was traditional to give children gifts on December 6, St. Nicolas’s Day.

Namely, there is the legend that says St Nicolas as a rich man was a very generous man. One night he heard crying father who could not marry his three daughters because he was to poor. Nicolaus as a warm-hearted man felt very sorry for them so during the night he threw through their Chimney three balls of gold.

Protestants turned away from the Catholic veneration of saints and saint’s days; they told their children that "Holy Christ" had brought their presents. This is the reason why in most of European cities Christmas markets are called »Christkindlmarkt«.

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Martinovo

St Martin's Day-MARTINOVO

St. Martin's Day is a holiday, particularly dear to us- Slovenians. It is our one of the most popular and merry time. It was even proposed to make it a public holiday

Slovenia has a long tradition as a wine-producing country. The most beautiful parts of Slovenia are three wine-producing areas: Primorska, Posavje and Podravje with their 14 wine districts. In Slovenia's second largest city Maribor, grows even the world's oldest wine.

Every year, on November 11, according to tradition, unfermented grape juice turns into wine. How so? By legend St Martin performed the same feat as Jesus Christ by transforming water into wine. Being able to do that, made him the patron saint of the celebrations of the fermenting of wine.

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Repnice

Slovenia has three wine regions and the most eastern one surprises us with its uniqueness!

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This time we would like to present to you the place, which is situated along the Slovenian Croatian border, a good hour from the Slovenian capital Ljubljana towards East.

This is a Bizeljsko Wine region where they keep their best wines in a unique storage halls- repnice. Repnice have a long tradition and today they are a part of a special local cultural heritage!

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Slovenia - A honey paradise

Slovenia is a country with a very diverse landscape, plenty of woods and meadows. Therefore, it is somehow obvious that also the fruits of its nature are quite common. One of the oldest Slovenian traditions is production of honey.

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The essential sources in honey production are nectar and honeydew. Bees carry these materials to the hive and modify them by adding glandular secretions and condensing this mixture. Honey is produced in this process, which is then stored in the comb cells by closing the cells with a wax cover. To our climate, cold winters and hot summers, over the millennia particularly adapted Carniolan honeybee (Apis mellifera carnica).

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Awaiting for Christmas and New Year

In the central European area, it is very common to set an Advent or Christmas market. In our Grandparents time, it was traditional to give children gifts on December 6, St. Nicolas’s Day.

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Namely, there is the legend that says St Nicolas as a rich man from was a very good man. When one night he heard crying father who could not marry his three daughters because he was to poor. Nicolaus as a warm-hearted man felt very sorry for them so during the night he threw through their Chimney three balls of gold.

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Idrijske čipke

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We are very proud to announce, that Ljubljana in the year, when it is going to be a Green Capital of Europe, it is going to host a 17th World Lace Congress and General Assembly. It is going to be organized in the last ten days June 2016: Workshops are going to take place from June 20 until June 23 and Congress itself between June 24 and June 26, 2016! Whether you are directly involved in lace or lacemaking or just a lover of lace, we think this is a great possibility to get an unforgettable experience. More: OIDFA 2016 Ljubljana (link na www.oidfaljubljana.si )

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Ljubljana wins 2016 Green Capital Award

Ljubljana was shortlisted alongside – Essen, Nijmegen, Oslo and Umeå. Each city was shortlisted for the award in its own unique way and the Jury had a tough challenge in selecting an overall winner from such a high standard of applicants.

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Easter - VELIKA NOČ in Slovenia

Easter is Christianity’s most important holiday. On Easter, which celebrates Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead. The exact origins of this religious feast day’s name are unknown. Some sources claim the word Easter is derived from Eostre, a Teutonic goddess of spring and fertility. In Spanish and Italian, Easter is known as Pascua; in French, Paques. These words are derived from the Greek and Latin Pascha or Pasch, for Passover. Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection occurred after he went to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover (or Pesach in Hebrew), the Jewish festival commemorating the ancient Israelites’ exodus from slavery in Egypt. Pascha eventually came to mean Easter.

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2000 years of Emona

2000 years of Roman city Emona

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Do you think that globalization started in the last century? Not realy! At the begining of 21st century we in Ljubljana celebrate 2000 years of extention of a Roman empire towards NOrth-Eastern part of Europe and that was actualy the first strategic global aproach. Don't you belive that?

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The oldest wooden wheel

The oldest wooden wheel is finally at home!

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The oldest wooden wheel, with an axle, 5,200 years old, was discovered in Slovenia in the Ljubljana Marshes. The wheel is making its first public appearance in the City Museum of Ljubljana

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Bled – Heaven in the Julian Alps

Due to its romantic scenery and the access point to Triglav National Park, which offers numerous outdoor adventure opportunities, Bled is definitely one of the most popular tourist destinations in Slovenia.

The city, with its history spanning over more than a thousand years, offers us many interesting stories, historical sights, beautiful natural environment and a chance to taste delicious local food. The Bled Castle is one of the oldest castles in Slovenia and a place where the history of Bled begins.

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    World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations was established on Feb 21, 1985. In 1989, the federation suggested to declare February Preberi več
  • An architect who made Ljubljana distinctly attractive +

    In 2017 Ljubljana will celebrate a Year of Jože Plečnik. The most notable Slovenian architect was born in 1872- 145 yrs Preberi več
  • Awaiting for Christmas and New Year 2017 +

     In the central European area, it is very common to set an Advent or Christmas market. In our Grandparents time, Preberi več
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