Friday, June 4, 2010

SLOVENIA; An Ever Green Beauty in the Central Europe

As our Turkish Flight approached Ljubljana airport for landing in the afternoon on 18/05/2010, my heart overwhelmed in the mesmeric beauty of the nature below and I murmured to me “Slovenia is far more enchanting than what I’ve read”. I was a member of the group traveling to Slovenia in connection with a training programme organized by National Institute of Finance Management (NIFM), India in association with International Centre for Promotion of Enterprises (ICPE), Ljubljana, Slovenia.

God promise; once you see, Slovenia will conquer your heart!!! Slovenia is such a friendly and beautiful small nation on the globe in the Central Europe. Slovenia covers an area of 20,273 square kilometres by gloriously touching the Alps mountain ranges and bordering the Mediterranean Sea with Austria, Italy, Hungary and Croatia as neighbouring countries.

Slovenia is a country of enchanting greeneries. Look front, back, left and right; definitely you will be absorbed in the glory of Mother Nature irrespective of wherever you are in Slovenia.

Ljubljana is the capital of Slovenia.. Ljubljana’s location between Austria, Hungary, the Venice region in Italy and Croatia has strongly influenced its history as well as very high tourism potential. Ljubljana is located some 250 kilometres east of Venice (Itally) and 350 kilometres southwest of Vienna (Austria). State-of-the-art higways piercing through the heavenly greenery of Slovenia make these travels inexplicably beautiful experience.

City Centre

The Ljubljana Dragon is the Ljubljana city's symbol. It symbolises power, courage and greatness. Moving around Ljubljana is very easy. Jubljana has a very systematic and reliable public transport system. Purchase a bus card and top up it as you travel! The price of card is two Euros and you can top up it for any amount in accordance with your requirement.

The city centre of Ljubljana along with the river Ljubljanica and bridges over it will remind you of London and Thames. However the backdrop of Alps and the quite atmosphere will make you more romantic.

Prešeren Square (Slovene: Prešernov trg) is the central square in Ljubljana. A statue of the Slovene national poet France Prešeren with a muse stands in the centre of the square. The statue faces the window where Prešeren's "muse" used to live. There is also a small statue on that building. On the north side stands the baroque-style Franciscan Church of the Annunciation. One of the main shopping streets in Ljubljana, Čop Street, leads northwest towards the Nama department store. On the south side, the Ljubljanica passes by and is traversed by the city's best-known bridge, Triple Bridge (Tromostovje), designed in 1929 by Jože Plečnik. The building of the Central Pharmacy is located to the east, while Wolf Street (Wolfova ulica) leads towards Congress Square (Kongresni trg) to the west.

All major Government institutions like Parliament, Ministries etc are at easy walking distance from the City Centre.


Ljubljana Castle



Ljubljana Castle is at the top the Castle Hill which is at 366 metres (1,201 ft). The castle was first mentioned in the history as a seat of the Carinthian dukes of the House of Spanheim. In the 19th century, the castle was redesigned partially as a prison and partially as a military stronghold. In 1905, the castle was bought by the Jubljana Municipality. Though there is a a funicular railway, we went uphill the castle and returned by foot. Because we wanted to fully enjoy the serene atmosphere prevailed there. The complete view of Jubljana city from the castle hill is spectacular.

The Postojna Cave

The Postojna Cave system is the largest cave system in Slovenia as well as one of its top tourism sites. The cave is 20,570 m long. The caves were first opened to public in 1819. Now 5.3 km of the caves are open to the public, the longest publicly accessible depth of any cave system in the world.

When we arrived at the entry point, inside temparature of the cave was seen displayed as 8 degree C, but once entreted the cave, captivated by the amazing stalactite and stalagmite formations and water characteristics in the cave, we never felt we were in such a low temperature.


Villages

Think about the most beautiful portraits of landscape that you can imagine, but the beauty of Villages in Slovenia will be far above all your imaginations.Slovenia has abundant wealth of diverse flora and fauna, that include Ferns, flowers, mosses, and common trees populate the landscape. Farmers normally plant vineyards on the hillsides and raise livestock in the fertile lowlands of the country.

 Wikipedia information shows that viticulture and winemaking has existed in this region since the time of the Celts and Illyrians tribes, long before the Romans would introduce winemaking to the lands of France, Spain and Germany. Today Slovenia has more than 40,000 wineries making 1 million hl (26.4 million gallons) annually from the country's 24,600 ha (59,300 acres) of vineyards. About 75% of the country's production is white wine. Most of the country's wine production falls under the classification of premium (vrhunsko) wine with less than 30% classified as basic table wine (namizno vino). Slovenia has three principal wine regions: Podravje, Posavje and Primorska.

There are many more to see in Slovenia. The details given above are just short descriptions of what we were able to know, see and feel during our short stay for the training programme. If you’re a tourist, and have time, there are many more marvelous places for you to explore and you will definitely agree SLOVENIA is really An Ever Green Beauty in the Central Europe.

Climate


When we were in Ljubljana, we enjoyed the cool and warm touches of Slovenia, that is, during the last part of May the average maximum temperature was 20 C in Ljubljana. Our tour guide has told us that there are different climate zones in Slovenia; a Continental climate in the northeast, harsh Alpine climate in the high mountain regions, and sub-Mediterranean climate in the coastal region. The most interesting thing is that , Slovenia has some wonders to offer you in all seasons.

Economy


Slovenia is a developed country with prominence to Service Economy. Highly educated and hardworking population of Slovenia increasingly contributes to the growth of their economy. Industry (manufacturing) is the second largest sector.



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