This February Slovenian capital Ljubljana was named European Green Capital for this year.
The European Commission has so far awarded this title to Stockholm, Hamburg, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Nantes, Copenhagen, and Bristol last year, while Essen and Nijmegen will follow in the years to come.
If you grow up in a green city like this, you don’t even know what you’ve got. Now I’m always surprised by its greenness when I return, except for New Year’s when it’s vice versa: I can’t believe how can anything be as green in January when I leave snowy Slovenia to return home, to Tuscany.
Of course it’s not just the visible greenery that wins an award like this but also waste management, transport arrangement and other environment-friendly tactics. The city has decided to celebrate the award by placing a large amount of potted plants all over the city. Here are some of them and a few other scenes from the greenest piece of Europe, taken in summertime (and one in January).
Let’s just assume that the reason for all the greenness is not this:
A doctor can bury his mistakes, but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines.
—Frank Lloyd Wright