Small is beautiful. After a hectic week-end in Paris - where everybody seemed to be in the street to celebrate the June solstice, Ljubljana was a relaxing and very interesting place to stay afterwards with its rich culture and historical legacy. Ljubljana is a beautiful mixture of Renaissance, Art Nouveau and modern Baroque architecture, built up across the Ljubljanica River and its surroundings. The main responsible person for the beauty of Ljubljana's architecture is Jože Plečnik, also known as the master of Prague.
Ljubljana (loo-bli-ana) translates into English as 'beloved', which could not be more appropriate to such an appealing city. A Slovenian proverb says that A heart with no words is better than words with no heart. Perhaps that's why I can't find the right words to express how special Ljubljana is for me, and how I will keep it in my heart...
But it's not only the architecture that impresses. Food (after all this is a food blog!) also deserves a note. Let's start with the traditional Slovenian dessert.
Originally from the Prekmurje region (the eastern part of the country), Prekmurje Gibanica has become a popular dessert throughout Slovenia. It's made of several layers of Phyllo pastry alternating with cottage cheese, poppy seed, raisin, walnut and apple filling. Gibanica (ghee-bah-nee-tsa) draws great attention not only for its several layers and mixed flavours but mostly because its English translation is... “moving-cake”! This is a very funny name for a cake, and it made me laugh when I first heard it. How cool is a dessert called the moving cake?