Thursday Doors, September 28 2017

Today I take you to my birth town, Ljubljana in Slovenia, to see some of its doors and one funny graffiti. If I can find it.

It was hot this August. Most of my holidays in the country of origin I spent by the sea but I managed to reach the capital too. It’s only an hour or so away. I had only one proper stroll though. It sufficed. These are the doors of its first part.

The novelty is that if you click on any photo, it leads you to my flickr account where I upload my photos now to save some space. You can view them in the gallery there but there is no text there. I suggest that you read the post until the end and then click on the last photo to view just the photos again.

I took the bus (once you board it, you can’t pay with cash at all any more, neither with green tokens of my youth, but only with prepaid Urbana – the London’s Oyster card lookalike) and stepped off at my old university building on Aškerčeva St. Well, one of it – since I studied English and journalism, I had lectures at two faculties.

Look at that! I wouldn’t even recognise it if I didn’t know it had to be there.

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Filozofska fakulteta.

My plan was to find a piece of graffiti, just one line really, which I spied out of the car as we drove into the city. It was of the kind that can make my day, and I just had to take a photo of it. So I started to walk in its general direction and hoped for the best.

From my Faculty of Arts (I was always suspicious of this translation into English, since it was obviously called “Philosophical Faculty” in my language, but I learned my English here – they better know) I continued along Zoisova St. On one side there are a French language school with a difficult name and the most architecturally pleasing hair salon ever, and on the other Jože Plečnik’s Križanke amphitheatre.

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I went past Faculty of Architecture and its two buildings, the old and the new one. We shall be back here, I liked the surroundings.

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This is also where the Pyramid of Ljubljana stands (the capital P is to add delusions of grandeur. ) It is called Zois Pyramid and it was also built by Jože Plečnik in 1927. There are some lovely, but messy doors too.

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Faculty of Architecture’s back door.
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I don’t know what kind of establishment this is and how it relates to the pyramid.

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I crossed the Ljubljanica river at St. James Bridge which is no doubt called this way because St. James’s Parish Church is right there. This is one of the entrances.

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I kept walking along Karlovška St. almost towards the tunnel under Ljubljana Castle, but the graffiti was nowhere in sight. I couldn’t believe that it had disappeared in the few days since I’d seen it. There was a house over the street, however. Or better, the street passes through the house. Wicked. Just not so sleep-friendly.

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There were also plenty of doors, as you can see, so I didn’t complain.

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This ugly “Birth as Criterion” poster remained an unsolved puzzle. They were everywhere.
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A design-architecture-communication studio.

This is what I found just next to the tunnel. It had a stamp of “Lost”. Okay, Ljubljana, I take all the doors you give me, I thought, even the one locked inside the big metal gated cage.

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And then, when I gave up hope of finding it, I turned around and started to walk in the opposite direction. I saw it almost immediately, right next to the door I’d photographed just earlier. I sense a lesson.

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As for what is means, it says simply: “Google is watching you.” Talking about a lesson. The funniest part is that they spelled Google in the Serbian write-as-you-speak manner, turning it into “gugl”. Hihih.

This is all for my door lumber room for this week. Now you can click on the photo below and see the doors again in the flickr gallery.

This is an art gallery, it says “Lumber Room” and also “Uncle Momo’s Cabin”, and this is where we shall continue our walk next time.

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Photo: © signature mmm

For Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors challenge.

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24 Comments Add yours

  1. Joanne Sisco says:

    You always offer great doors, so today’s post is no surprise. I like the feature photo with the house over the road. What’s not to love? It’s an arch!
    Which brings me to my favourite which is the 4th photo down and the large stone entrance with the stone steps leading up to a stone wall. Oh my! Love!

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    1. Oh Joanne, thank you, I love both photos you mention too and just had to include them. It’s not a surprise that I have a folder called Arches. One of these days a nice compilation will occur.

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  2. fkasara says:

    Gugl!! Once former president Berlusconi said Gogol instead of Google. Yes, like the Russian writer. Sigh.

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    1. Bahahha, this is rich! On the other hand – at least he has heard of Gogolj. 😉

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  3. Dan Antion says:

    Very nice doors. I like the worn wooden ones next to the ugly sign. Ironically, “Birth as Criterion” is a graphic arts show (according to Google).

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    1. Ahh, count on Dan to check it out. 😉 Thanks! I had a feeling it was ugly on purpose – might be to prove the need of the graphic editor.

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      1. Dan Antion says:

        Ha ha – I just had to know 🙂

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  4. Norm 2.0 says:

    Awesome collection as always. Ljubljana NEVER disappoints 🙂
    There are a few that stand out more than others but the blue ones of the architecture building with the columns, are my favorites this week.

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    1. Thank you, Norm. It must be that it’s the city with your name all over. 😉

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      1. Norm 2.0 says:

        Don’t laugh when you say that. I’ve researched it a few times since first seeing all of your wonderful pictures – I find that whole part of the world fascinating. The history, the culture, the architecture…the only problem is that there are so many other places I still haven`t been to, but perhaps one day.
        If it does happen I will definitely reach out for suggestions and advice.

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      2. I’m excited that my posts make you wish to visit. Research is the first step. 🙂 I know, the world is vast. But the blogging world is vast too and yet sometimes you come over. 😉 And we’re certainly still young, so you never know…

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  5. JT Twissel says:

    That cage is interesting – the park near us has one and it’s for the storage of kayaks which they rent in the summer. Don’t know what happens to them in the winter!

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    1. They sleep, perhaps, Jan. 🙂 In our case this could be the atomic shelter… This was Yugoslavia at one time after all.

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  6. prior.. says:

    as always – like your originality – the 11th one down – looks staged! as if the cars were lined up and the doors were set just right….

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    1. Hehe, yes, Prior, I was grateful to those two cars to leave that opening… Thanks!

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  7. I liked the doors, but “Google is watching you” is my favorite thing this week. Unfortunately, it might be true, or at least the someone is watching you.

    janet

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    1. Hihi, thanks, Janet. I’m glad someone else gets a kick out of something like that. 😀

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  8. joey says:

    Gugl and who knows who else! lol
    I like the vowels posted next to the door, and I love all the gates!
    Looks more autumnal there than here.

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    1. Thanks, Joey. These were taken on the 11th of August, the heat was such that I almost evaporated. I busted my heel walking that day, it still hurts. But yes, now I can see it too: quite autumnal. Ljubljana is about an hour from the sea but doesn’t have Mediterranean climate any more.

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  9. awtytravels says:

    Mmmh, doors or gates? 😉 Ljubljana is a true little gem!

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    1. How do you mean, Fabrizio? Everything goes around here on Thursdays, arches too. 🙂 And yes, Ljubljana is quite a treasure-chest. I seriously recommend anything but summer, though.

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      1. awtytravels says:

        Some of those doors were looking more like gates, but that’s just me being nosy! 🙂 Yeah, Ljubljana seems more an “autumn” city than a summer one, don’t know why!

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