Old town Škofja Loka

Last weekend we decided to have a short trip to Škofja Loka. I’ve been to this town before, but never in the old town square or up in the castle. So basically this was all new to me. It was nice and sunny day until we got up to the castle. Moments after we got inside and started to view the exhibition when it started to rain outside. But hey, who cares about the weather outside, when you have so many interesting things in the castle. Luckily it stopped raining when we finished the tour and we had to go outside. Lucky us!
When we arrived to the castle some lady welcomed us. We were surprised when we learned about the ticket price, it was only 3€ for students. Really cheap, considering there is so much to see. And that lady was so nice and she told us a little bit about the castle and about the exhibitions, so we were really impressed.
The castle above Škofja Loka is full of history that is connected to the area. You learn about the coat-of-arms of the municipality, the area size through different decades, you learn about some traditions, trades and crafts that thrived around there. There is also a part dedicated to the hat factory that is in the town. Some rooms are dedicated to famous Slovenian impressionist painter Ivan Grohar and some are dedicated to famous Slovenian writer Ivan Tavčar. There are different objects from few thousand years ago and some that are relatively new – from World War I and II for instance. And for all the fans of modern art there is even a part dedicated to some modern painters.
We were very impressed by this renovated castle and we think they really did a great job. The whole museum is very interesting and there are different topics from very different part of history, so I am sure everyone can find something that he or she would like. And they even have a drawbridge, but sadly it wasn’t working when we were there. I think they are still trying to make it operational, but when it will actually work I believe it is going to be amazing. Especially for the kids!
So yes, I would definitely recommend this visit and I am sure you would like the old town square and buildings there. You can see this is a medieval town, because they are still trying to keep that feeling. Even all the commercial signs in the old part of town are iron and in antique style. And while we were there they were just renovating some streets and they were paving them with new granite cubes. So yeah, thumbs up for all that.
Anyway, here are some photos of the Škofja Loka castle, the town and some details in the area.

Soteska Predaselj

Gorge Predaselj, or in Slovene soteska Predaselj, is a beautiful place that is very easy to get to, but on the other hand most people probably never find it. It is not that it is hard to find it, it just isn’t very well known and there are not many signposts that would help you. The worst thing is probably that I live quite close and I’ve been in Kamniška Bistrica probably at least once per year, but I always passed this place until now. Well, I think I’ve been in this gorge before, but it must have been about 15 years ago or so.
It was about time to visit this place and so we went for a walk along river Kamniška Bistrica, from the bridge above the gorge, to the bridge that is next to a restaurant (or a bar, I’m not sure what they offer) and back again. It was a great trip for hot Saturday afternoon, because the air there is much more fresh.
So if you have a chance go and check the gorge Predaselj yourself, I am sure you would like it. =)

Walk through Radensko polje

Few months back I posted some photos from Radensko polje, but I visited it again. When I’m somewhere and I have my camera with me it’s hard to resist, I just have to take photos. I guess sometimes that isn’t so good, since you forget to enjoy the nature as a person, not as a photographer. But to be honest, I don’t mind. =) The more I take photos, the more I see everything the same way as I would be watching through the lens. =)
So anyway, some photos of nature again…

Apartments for sale – Lj, Kersnikova

Today I was taking photos of some apartments that are for sale in Ljubljana. At the moment these aren’t actually apartments, but the whole space on 2nd floor was used as an office space with few larger and few smaller rooms. New plan now is to make few renovations and get four apartments out of it.
The place is really nice actually. It isn’t very old, though it is logical that new wall paint and some renovations will be necessary, since the whole purpose of the place will be different. Beside that the biggest plus is the location. This building is right off the main street in Ljubljana, it is around the corner of the most important city bus station, it is 500m away from the main bus and train station. In the other direction it is 500m away from city center and in another direction it is 500m away from Tivoli, the largest park in Ljubljana. So let’s be honest, it’s hard to get more convenient location than this.
I was excited to take some photos, though it was a bit weird taking photos of empty spaces. Since I had very limited time for photographing I had to be fast and in this case empty spaces were really useful, because I didn’t have to worry about staging and moving things around.
So here are the photos.

Bogenšperk castle inside and outside

After a while we finally got some nicer and a bit more stable weather, so it was a great opportunity for a short trip. Well why not Bogenšperk castle one more time, since I said I want to return with my SLR camera.
This time we also went for a tour inside the castle. We could have a guided tour, but we decided we would prefer to walk on our own so I was able to take photos without people jumping in front of my camera and without any time limit. It was such an interesting experience seeing a tour guide opening the castle door with giant iron key, though I am a bit sorry now that I didn’t notice it a bit earlier and I didn’t take a photo of that. But hey, if you visit the place yourself you might see it.
Anyway, inside of the castle you have different rooms with different themes. One is dedicated to Bogenšperk ownership history from the first to last owners, including very famous Janez Vajkard Valvasor (Johann Weichard Valvasor). He is very important for Slovenian and party even European history and cartography when it comes to 17th century. There is also a room dedicated to British Royal Society in which Valvasor was selected to be a member. There are rooms dedicated to cartography and its equipment, an old machine for making graphics, and some other rooms Valvasor used for writing his books and creating graphics.
Probably the most famous room in Bogenšperk is the library, which now serves mostly as a wedding venue. It is pretty amazing. We were told that the ceiling, the floor and the huge book closet along the wall are the only original pieces left in the castle. They are there since the castle was built, everything else was brought in or renovated as the time passed by.
The tickets are really cheap and affordable if you ask me. Only 3€ for students and 4€ for adults, and I think that for castle or history lovers this money will be well spent.
Anyway, some new photos of Bogenšperk castle, this time taken with my SLR (though I admit, I could use a bit more time with focus and aperture this time…).