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A Firsthand Guide to Bled, Slovenia – Money and Banks

This is the 2018 edition of Firsthand Guide to Bled, so a little out of date, but like its author still useful……

A Firsthand Guide to Bled, Slovenia – Shopping for fun and survival

This is the 2018 edition of Firsthand Guide to Bled, so a little out of date, but like its author still useful……

A Firsthand Guide to Bled, Slovenia – Getting Around

This is the 2018 edition of Firsthand Guide to Bled, so a little out of date, but like its author still useful…

A Firsthand Guide to Bled, Slovenia – Arriving

This is the 2018 edition of Firsthand Guide to Bled, so a little out of date, but like its author still useful.

A Firsthand Guide to Bled, Slovenia – Introduction

In 2017 and 2018 I published A Firsthand Guide to Bled, Slovenia. This is the 2018 edition.

Janez Fajfar re-elected Mayor of Bled

Župan Janez Fajfar has been re-elected mayor of Bled once again. He was standing unopposed. Here is an interview he did for the Firsthand Guide to Bled.

Total Slovenia News – Meet the people

Link to interview in Total Slovenia News

Pod Lipo Restaurant Ljubljana

Staying in an Air B&B on Rimska cesta Ljubljana took us from our usual patch in the old town and led us to do what I enjoy most, exploring.

Total Slovenia News

A new English language news and current affairs website Total Slovenia News has recently launched.

Free Download – Firsthand Guide to Bled Special Edition

As a special offer, a PDF of the Special Edition of Firsthand Guide to Bled is now available to download.

Slovenian Wine – Wine Tasting and Wine Routes

There are two places to enjoy wine tasting sessions in Bled and three major wine growing regions in Slovenia to drive through.

Slovenian wine: what to drink, wine traditions, wine growing regions, St. Martin’s Day events

Wine is one of Slovenia’s biggest secrets. Celebrated every November on St. Martin’s day, only 6% is exported. Not to be missed on a visit to Slovenia

Bled Stories podcast: Mikame Craft Shop

In the Firsthand Guide to Bled Standard and Special editions, both this and last year, I interview some of the people who make Bled the town it is. Now, I plan to release some of those interviews in a new podcast; Bled Stories.

A Firsthand Guide to Bled Slovenia

The 2018 editions of Firsthand Guide to Bled, Slovenia are now available in both paperback and Kindle format. The Shorter Edition has the basic information and reviews, Standard, information and interviews with more on Slovene wine and food and Special, which adds photos to the Standard.

Restaurants and Cafes in Ljubljana – some suggestions

A friend of a friend emailed me. He and his wife were going to Slovenia for a holiday and he would be grateful for any suggestions. The Visit Ljubljana website is excellent for places to go and things to do, but I think personal recommendations are better for restaurants and cafes (beats TripAdvisor hands down to actually speak to someone).

Last week an other friend of a relative said he was going to Ljubljana and Bled and asked for suggestions. So here are a few thoughts on restaurants in Ljubljana. Fir information on Bled, I have written this book.

Music walk around old town Ljubljana

I was in Ljubljana on a Saturday morning to record some of the sounds of the streets. Particularly the street music and the other music seeping out of buildings in the historic old town.

Hotel Review: Grand Union Hotel, Ljubljana

Union is a stylish, very well maintained hotel. The new room was large, fresh as a daisy and had a view of that wonderful building opposite. Although the city was heaving outside, once the curtains were closed, there was no sound from outside.

Tržič

I spent about two and a half hours wandering around the old Slovenian town Tržič, which is a short drive on the highway from Bled, but a much longer – and significantly more interesting journey by bus. This post features video audio and photos.

Ljubljana Christmas Lights

As Dawn and I stood on the Triple Bridge on a damp Friday evening, there were voices around us from well beyond Ljubljana and Slovenia – Spain, France, Canada, USA, and goodness knows where else.  And with a count down… Continue Reading →

Antiq Palace Hotel review

Ljubljana is one of my favourite cities in the world – and I have been to many. I’m lucky to visit Ljubljana quite often these days. The city has a number of very good hotels and I have stayed in several. But now I have found the Antiq Palace, it’s unlikely I will try any others.

Walk around Lake Bled November 2016

Dej še’n litro

Dej še’n litro – the name does not translate well in Bing or Google translators. Actually it translates as nonsense, which is probably appropriate. At the end of a good night on the town someone will turn to another and… Continue Reading →

Patetico: from Slovenia and cooler than the Sava during the spring thaw

I found this band and album by jumping from link to link, suggestion to suggestion. starting with Laibach, through to Melodrom and the next step was Patetico. It looks like the album “Vse je v redu z mojo dušo” (Everything… Continue Reading →

Slovenia & Balkan Weekly News Briefing 29 May

As the paint splattered, “Colourful Revolution” continues in Macedonia, and in part as a response, the country’s President Gjorge Ivanov has revoked pardons for 22 of 56 politicians, which sparked the protests.

Image: Twitter/Balkan Newsbeat

Slovenia & Balkan Weekly News Briefing – Week Ending 22 May 2016

In addition to the news this week former Bosnian foreign minister and ambassador to the United Nations writes about countries unmoved by the Sarajevo siege …
Image: By Christian Maréchal – Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6369728

Slovenia & Balkan Weekly News Briefing – Week Ending 1 May 2016

The Eurovision Song Contest is but 2 weeks away and the non-musical pseudo political rumbles have begun. Sympathy, please for the people of Romania who will neither be represented on the Eurovision stage, even though they had a qualifier Moment… Continue Reading →

This week’s Slovenia & Balkan Weekly News Briefing is ready

The highlights of the main stories from the Balkans

Laibach’s Ivan Novak (Saliger) talked to Davy Sims in Ljubljana – Podcast

Interview with Ivan Novak also known as Saliger, a founding member of Slovenian band Laibach on their 35 anniversary and on his return from North Korea concerts.

Should a government tell a radio station what records to play and when?

I don’t usually write about music radio even though it was the foundation of my broadcasting career. And while I haven’t worked in music radio for quite a few years, I am still professionally and personally interested in it. So… Continue Reading →

The Summer of the Mobile Wielding Tourist

Across Europe, across the world mobile Internet access is eclipsing desktop and laptop usage. Mobile phones and tablets are becoming the most common way to use the Internet.

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