Hadouta coffee shop, Ljubljana

Hadouta, Ljubljana

Sometimes-Sunday Coffee Club (Ljubljana) Monday, 15 June 2015 Hadouta, Ljubljana (map)   Hadouta The Egyptian-themed Hadouta  might be Ljubljana’s only ethnic coffee shop. I don’t even know if “ethnic coffee shop” is a thing, but it should be. There are some rituals and processes and traditions around coffee that only exist in a certain place. For example, no one makes coffee like Ethiopians make coffee – and if you were to go to an Ethiopian[…]

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hiking at lake Bohinj

Slovenia: Hiking at Lake Bohinj

Hiking at Lake Bohinj   Lake Bohinj is situated at the edge of Slovenia’s only national park – Triglav National Park. Only a two hour bus ride from Ljubljana, it is a quiet lake set among the peaks of the Julian Alps. While it might be best known for skiing, in the summer, the dozens of hiking trails that sprout from various points around its shores draw outdoors enthusiasts from around the region. Slapovi Mostnice[…]

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Piran, Slovenia

Slovenia: 5 things to do in Piran

Slovenia: 5 things to do in Piran Piran’s old town is one of those picturesque medieval towns reserved for postcard pictures, and travel magazines. It is a popular spot for Italian and Slovenian holiday makers but rarely makes a destination for those of us coming from a bit further afield.  Whether you are just visiting for a day, or planning a longer holiday, these “five things to do in Piran” are sure to deepen your[…]

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View of Piran, Slovenia

Slovenia: Impressions of Piran

Impressions of Piran The tiny city of Piran is one of Slovenia’s best preserved medieval towns. Successively occupied by Illyrians, Romans, Franks, and Slavs, Piran was once a part of the Roman, and Byzantine empires, the Kingdom of Italy, the Dukedom of Bavaria, before eventually seeking greater autonomy through an alliance with the Venetian Republic. Today, Piran’s architecture helps tell its history. The dramatic Byzantine fortification built during the 7th century watch over the city[…]

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Tozd in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Tozd, Ljubljana

Sometimes-Sunday Coffee Club (Ljubljana) Thursday 9 April, 2015 Tozd (Gallusovo nabrežje 27, Ljubljana map)   Even among Ljubljana’s many outstanding coffee shops, Tozd is special. Not only does it possess a definitively unique vibe and decor, it is also serves outstanding home-roasted coffee. I’ve had coffee here several times before and am excited to get here on my own with a book for once. The tables outside on the street overlooking the Ljubanica River are[…]

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Slovenia: Small Adventures in Ordinary Towns

Small Adventures in Ordinary Towns   Today I went to Menges. If you don’t know where that is, that’s ok. If you do know where that is, I suspect I can guess your hobby.  Menges (pronounced Men-gesh) is a very ordinary-looking town that the bus passes through between the airport and Ljubljana. From the main road the town is little more than a collection of ordinary homes and a pretty bell tower. To be honest,[…]

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le Petit Cafe menue

le Petit Cafe, Ljubljana

Sometimes-Sunday Coffee Club (Ljubljana) Sunday 21 December, 2014 le Petit Cafe, (Trg francoske revolucije 4 map, website) The cafe is packed and it takes us a few moments to find an empty table back in the corner near the restroom. I order the house specialty: Tall Latte “le petit” and get out my book as my dad exclaims in wonder at each subsequent breakfast emerging from the kitchen. I first tried this cafe a couple[…]

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