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Going over my photos from Ljubljana I notice so many photo opportunities which I have missed…

Let me first introduce to you one of the most important squares in Ljubljana, the Congress Square (Kongresni Trg, in this photo). This was my very first encounter with Slovenian capital. When I prepare for a trip, I still like purchasing a physical guidebook to the destination which I consider. I usually choose the Lonely Planet or DK Eyewitness Guide. However, if they have nothing on the given destination, I choose any other publishing company. What I noticed though is that there is something most guidebooks miss.

Lonely Planet guidebooks are written for young people travelling on a budget. I appreciate them a lot when I want to get info about the details of the public transportation or how to get from the airport or train station to the hotel. These guidebooks tend to be more and more original (less useful) though, meaning the first editions were giving examples of walking tours which covered most attractive sights. Now their walking tours try to take you to the original off the beaten track destinations while the walk through the main sights you must plan yourself. The photos were showing tourist attractions while now they show the “ambience” of the place, for example drinks on a table or people on a random street. Because they are directed to poor backpackers, they don’t mention things like car parks, they assume you will arrive by public transportation.

DK Eyewitness Guides are more superficial, and they are very much directed to superficial people. Because of that they contain a lot of photos which I really like, because even though the photos are usually of poor quality, I can faster decide whether I really want to see this place or not. They seem to mainly focus on rich people. Probably assuming you get a taxi or take a private tour. The practical information is there but usually outdated and limited. They list expensive hotels first. They don’t mention car parks because rich people don’t drive around in rented vehicles. They are driven by others.

So, if I plan my holidays as a road trip in a rented car, I have to spend some additional time planning where I can park the car. This saves me a lot of time while at the destination. For example, I didn’t intend to visit Rijeka town centre and when I spontaneously got there, it took me over 1 hour driving around to find a parking spot near the town centre. But for all other destinations I was prepared and went straight to the well premeditated car park without wasting my time.

This was the case in Ljubljana. I have found that there is quite spacious underground car park under the centrally located Congress Square and I was able to leave the rented car there and find myself immediately in the middle of the old town.

This photo presents the Ursuline Church of the Holy Trinity (Cerkev Sv. Trojice). I wanted to include the charming tower at the back of the church, and I wanted to include the poles in the square. The photo is a compromise of trying to include both. What I missed completely was that behind my back there was a lovely view of the Ljubjana Castle. I took this photo in the morning so the castle was in the shade then, but I could have walked around this square in the afternoon one more time, which I didn’t.

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