Monday, June 05, 2017

Now THAT'S a Castle

Look up from anywhere in Ljubljana and you'll see the castle watching over you. From the moment we walked into town, we knew that one of the things we had to do is walk up that hill to see the Ljubljana castle, and the view of town from the castle.

it was a pretty steep trail, but it was paved and had a handrail most of the way, so it was no problem. We had gorgeous weather and beautiful views. We usually are content to just walk around castles like this - the main point is the view. For this one we decided to pay the entrance fee and go inside. I'm SO glad we did. They've obviously spent a lot of resources restoring this site.

Would you believe there was a puppet museum inside? Me neither. But there was. Apparently, puppetry was part of castle life and entertainment here in Ljubljana. It was a fun museum, with hands-on exhibits. Jim got into it.

We walked thru room after room after room, a chapel, the prison, the well with a secret escape route. The prison was diabolical - just a deep pit. Prisoners were lowered into this pit with rock walls at least 30 feet high. There was no way out, and no roof - they were at the mercy of the weather. and no toilet, just 12X12 of dirt with 30 foot high walls. I wonder how many survived.

We thought this was going to be a 1-2 hour walk, we ended up taking most of the day. Luckily there were not one, but two, restaurants in the courtyard this castle! We had worked up a mighty thirst.

The highlight was walking up to the top of the tower to get the 360 degree view of the city. It was a very sturdy, circular staircase that takes you to the top. And - back down. There was a separate spiral staircase that was for going down. This was very handy because it was quite a popular destination. I think a tourbus of Japanese people were just ahead of us!

The two staircases made for a fascinating double-helix arrangement.

There were several stops to take in the views along the way.

Then you got to the top

Rather than walk back down, we took the Furnicular

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