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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 and a switch flick they were on. The video and photos do not Read more about Ljubljana Christmas Lights[…]
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.
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 say “Let’s have another round.” Or “Dej še’n litro” in Slovene. The only time I Read more about Dej še’n litro[…]
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 in my soul is good) is their first, but I can’t find out much on this Read more about Patetico: from Slovenia and cooler than the Sava during the spring thaw[…]
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
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
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 of Silence by Ovidiu Anton [YouTube] or see the show on TV, but why? Find Read more about Slovenia & Balkan Weekly News Briefing – Week Ending 1 May 2016[…]
The highlights of the main stories from the Balkans
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.
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 when Slovenia’s English language radio station Radio Si contacted me to ask what I thought Read more about Should a government tell a radio station what records to play and when?[…]
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.
This is a piece I wrote for Slovenia Times magazine, now on their website.
Over on the Lake Bled News blogs I have written a bunch of reviews of Festival Bled performances. Here’s the blog.
Over on the Lake Bled News Blog pages, I have written a bunch of reviews of Okarina performances this year. There are a couple of interviews two. This is the list Ester Rada and her band at Okarina Catalonia’s CALIMA at Okarina Festival Reunion’s Simangavole play Slovenia’s Okarina Festival Carmen Paris interview – at Read more about Reviews from Okarina Festival[…]
The black limousines with the darkened windows are heading up the hill to the Vila Bled again today. The BMW shuttle service brings some of the most politically influential individuals in the south western Europe and Balkans region to hotels around Lake Bled. Their four and five star passengers delivered to suitably matching accommodation in Read more about On the eve of the Bled Strategic Forum[…]
“I considered myself, even today, but back then when I was younger, to be a rare bird.” Leo Ličof is founder and artistic director of the Okarina Festival which celebrates its 25th anniversary this summer. We met in his restaurant Okarina to look back at the festival’s history and forward because even after 25 years, Read more about Profile – Leo Ličof Founder And Artistic Director Of The Okarina Festival[…]
Read more at www.lakeblednews.com Who was the kid on vibes? During Festival Bled, I have listened to and enjoyed more chamber music than I guess I have ever heard performed in concert before. It has been a really memorable experience, filled with learning and surprise and challenge and joy. I mentioned this in passing to Read more about Festival Bled – SLOJazz[…]
Read more at www.lakeblednews.com A severe case of cello twirling broke out last night in Bled Castle during the final concert of Festival Bled. The outbreak began towards the end of the concert when cellist (well, they were all cellists, weren’t they?) Vita Peterlin gave her instrument a quick twirl. Other members of Cello Attacca were seen – during one of Read more about Cello Attacca – Closing concert for Festival Bled 2015[…]
Read more at LakeBledNews.com The two great producers of dance music Nile Rogers and Bernard Edwards penned and produced the classic Sister Sledge song Lost In Music. (That will give you a hint as to where my music comfort zone resides.) “Classical” music, as we generically refer to what is a much wider range of Read more about The Past – The Present – The Future; Violinists under Profs. Robert Szreder and Piotr Jasiurkovski[…]
There is a different excitement in the air when young people are the performers and when children make up a significant portion of the audience. And it is real excitement – anticipation of the expected and unexpected, as they gossip and switch seats and move the chairs on the ground to make a loud reverberating Read more about DO-RE-ME At Bled Castle – Festival Bled[…]
It is the jaw dropping brilliance of these young musicians that makes nights like last night so memorable. Festival Bled continued Wednesday night as a lightning storm raged over Lake Bled. The Grand Hotel Toplice was once again the venue for performances by young musicians attending masterclasses at the Festival. This time it was the Read more about East Meets West – Young Korean Violinists ed by Prof. Saewon Suh Festival Bled[…]
Originally in Festival Bled Diary Read more at www.LakeBledNews.com Read more at LakeBledNews.com It was pretty close to standing room only in the Grand Hotel Toplice, Bled last night, as the room filled with people waiting in anticipation for what was going to be an extraordinary concert. Prof. Michael Frischenschlager introduces the concert Toplice is a big hotel. Read more about The Best of Fritz Kreisler – looking to the past and the future at Festival Bled[…]
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A saxophone makes most music better. But can you imagine what 14 saxophones can do? This was a stunning performance to open the 20th Festival Bled. Rather a traditional classical concert SOS played “Golden Classics” in St Martin’s church. Better still, not all the pieces were “golden” or “classics”. Let’s give them their proper name Read more about Opening concert – Saksofonski Orkester SOS – Slovenian Saxophone Orchestra[…]