What do you do when you’re very tired, you’re all feeling a bit ‘meh’, it’s raining and the kids don’t want to leave the apartment? Yup, you bribe them with a boat cruise! In the end only one of our kids came as the other two fell asleep. I think it was at this point we knew we’d done too much and it wasn’t child friendly enough. Lesson learnt!!
Ljubljana old town
Ljubljana is a really quaint little place with narrow cobbled streets, little shops and plenty of places to eat. It is very vibrant and at night the streets are full of people. Slovenians are very friendly and everywhere we went they spoke perfect English.
We went at the height of summer, towards the end of July, and there was an environmental & arts festival taking place. At night there were performances and stages set up and during the day there were activities for the kids to do.
There are at least three boats on the river of Ljubljanica which divides the city’s old town from its newer commercial town. After careful consideration we decided to go with the wooden, handcrafted boat. It just had a certain presence of sophistication that we liked.
The boat is called Barka Ljubljanica and in the summer of 2016 it cost 8 euros for adults and children were free. It leaves on every hour for a 45 minute tour or the river (not the canal) and is located just off the Novi Trg square. It is run by a lovely gentleman who was so friendly, hospitable and knowledgeable. He gives a running commentary of the animals, places and history of the city as you go along. It was such a pleasure to spend time on his boat.
The old town buildings rise high above the Ljubljanica whilst there are at least 6 bridges that cross over it.
Our youngest loved the boat and was able to swap seats to get a better view whenever she needed. Thankfully the rain put most people off so it was a quiet trip.
The banks of the Ljubljanica are lined with weeping willows, house boats and people’s gardens. It’s very green and lush and calm. Don’t worry about sea sickness because it really doesn’t go very fast and the waters are still.
Returning back to the old town, you glide under the bridges and float past the old fish market, catching a glimpse of the old cathedral.
All in all, a very relaxing way to spend an hour. Our cheeky monkey certainly enjoyed herself!