Suvi’s Saturday Statues: Ljubljana Castle funny-cular

Today’s post won’t be so much about the statues themselves but rather about the whole deal: the Ljubljana Castle and the funicular to get up there. Unless I make you walk.

When amore visited my city for the first time, it was January. There was no snow on the ground, but it was nicely cold, as it tends to get over there. I took him up the Castle hill, reminiscing about the times our teacher made us run up there during the PE classes in high school which was just beneath. No wonder I preferred hiding and playing ball with the guys. On the entire (linguistically-oriented) school there were so few of them that they had problems making up two teams.

As we were huffing a bit upon reaching the summit, the first thing he noticed was the funicular. His eyes zeroed into mine and he said: “So, there is a funicular!” This was followed by, louder and louder: “Sooo, there is the road!” and “Soooooo, there is a little tourist train!!!!” There are all those things, and yet I made him walk. I don’t know if he would ever let it go.

The funicular is one of those funny things you’d never believe will exist in the future, such as the 9-year-primary school, just funnier. Somebody should have told me this when I was little, I’d be so much happier with my 8 years.

Halooo!! This is just a molehill of a hill! Why does it need a funicular? It’s not like the Jesus in Rio! I guess the ride lasts about 1 minute. Let me check. Yep, exactly one minute.

Well, here it is and that is that. Here are some images from around its bottom station.

And what can you see when you reach the top, however one should manage it?

Okay, have two more Ljubljana statues, life is short:

Little dragons, the symbol of Ljubljana.
A weird round thing that wasn’t there when I used to live in the city, in front of the NUK, National and University Library designed by Jože Plečnik, that peculiar building in the back. I heard that when visitors are asked what it is supposed to be, the majority answer “prison”.

Photo: a © signature mmm production

For Suvi’s Saturday Statues challenge

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15 Comments Add yours

  1. maksi2016 says:

    Med nami: bi bilo umestno omeniti županovo mnenje o najlepšem mestu na svetu?

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    1. 😀 Če bi bil to članek, vsekakor. Ampak to je moj blog in moje mnenje (ki je, da se mest ne primerja na tak način). Sicer pa bi moral vsak župan misliti, da je njegovo mesto najlepše.

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  2. joey says:

    Wow, that’s steep! What a view! I think I’d go for the funicular, although to be fair, I’d take it down, because down and me don’t go too well together. There’s a steep sledding hill at the local park, and climbing it is tough, but but stable. Going down, I almost fall A LOT! lol

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    1. Oh, if you walk it’s not steep at all, the path nicely winds along this hillock. (The last word reminds me that I started to play Scrabble but don’t dare to challenge you yet. 😉

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      1. joey says:

        Haha! Chicken 😉

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  3. What a great tour. I am more and more impressed with your home city and these photos present it in such an appealing way. I like all the statues. And, I even like the “prison”. And I save the funicular for last, because it is my favorite part.

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    1. Yeah, Claudia, I’m so glad that I can show you more of the castle and my city. Who knows, maybe one day for real.

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      1. I have it on my list now. Thanks to you.

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      2. That’s very good to hear. 🙂 Always welcome. Just tell me so that I won’t be in Italy when you’re in Slovenia!

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      3. You will be informed, rest assured!

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  4. Suvi says:

    Such a lovely post! A kangaroo though? Very surprising 😀 I love those little dragons 💕

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    1. I’m glad you approve of this post, Suvi! Maybe somebody thought that kangaroos are in order since Slovenia borders on Australia and all… 😀

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  5. badfish says:

    What’s a kangaroo doing in Slovenia, gal? Loved the tour, brings back fond fond memories. I think I worked in the same building as your mother!! Maybe, maybe not. I worked in a company called Slovenijales…do you know it? There was no funicular when I was there. But I can see from the photo that people can sit on that wall, which looks like the same kind of wall we sat on, so maybe there was a castle there…somewhere??? I wish we could go back in time sometimes.

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    1. Hahha, back in time, yes, but only sometimes. The kangaroo needs some research. I’d do it if I wrote for New Yorker, promise. I know Slovenijales intimately, I’d bet my bed was made by it (or by Lesnina, the two Slovenian furniture companies). The building of mom’s was Iskra though. I think Slovenijales building was more to the north (I just checked: it was only build in 1977! Who knows where they had offices before. Or were you just working for them and visited Iskra?) Excellent memory and spelling though! 🙂

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      1. badfish says:

        Their offices were somewhere on the main street not far from the bridge going away from the castle hill…good times…not one of other exchange students had eaten a hamburger!

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