Took an evening stroll to take in a little of Ljubljana tonight, but I’ll have more time tomorrow. May 17, 2016

The Cobbler’s Bridge in Ljubljana was once where actual shoemakers would set up shop. Although the original bridge is long gone, this columned bridge was designed by Jože Plečnik. May 18, 2016

The man himself, Jože Plečnik (1872-1957), helped shape the modern look of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Trained as a furniture designer, Plečnik turned to architecture. His simple but eye pleasing designs mixed modern and classical influences. He made a name for himself with his work on the Prague Castle in Prague. But Plečnik returned home to Ljubljana and got to work redesigning the city from libraries to riverside embankments to market halls and bridges, Plečnik left his mark on Ljubljana. May 18, 2016

The landmark Triple Bridge designed by Jože Plečnik in Ljubljana. The Triple Bridge is a group of three bridges across the Ljubljanica River in the city center near Prešeren Square. It connects the Ljubljana’s historical, medieval, town on one bank, and the modern city of Ljubljana, on the other. Plečnik designed the extension of the bridge in 1929 with two footbridges at a slight angle on each side of it. The three bridges are part of the Ljubljana pedestrian-only zone. May 18, 2016

Part of the the landmark Triple Bridge designed by Jože Plečnik in Ljubljana. May 18, 2016

The Ljubljana Central Market in the capital of Slovenia was designed by Jože Plečnik in 1931–39. It is located in the center of Ljubljana and extends from the Triple Bridge to the Dragon Bridge. The market offers agricultural products including fruits, vegetables, meat products, flowers, plants and medicinal herbs. In addition, the market also offers pottery, souvenirs, textiles, footwear and other products. May 18, 2016

In Prešeren Square is the statue of Slovenia’s greatest poet, France Prešeren. His lyrical poetry dealt with the love towards his homeland, the suffering of humanity, as well as his unfulfilled love towards his muse, Julija Primic. May 18, 2016

The outdoor central market area in Ljubljana also designed by Jože Plečnik. May 18, 2016

Our Rick Steves lead guide, Tina, explaining the significance of what could be Jože Plečnik’s masterpiece, the National and University Library in Ljubljana. The red and gray color scheme represents the red soil and the granite of the Karst region, south of Ljubljana. But on a deeper level, the library represents overcoming obstacles to obtain knowledge. May 18, 2016

The Church of St. John and the Baptist and the Trnovo Bridge. The bridge, built between 1929 and 1932, was an important part of Joze Pecnik’s project for the channel. May 18, 2016

This plaque of Fran Saleški Finžgar, to the left and Jože Plečnik is on the outside of the Church of St. John and the Baptist in the Ljubljana’s Trnovo district. Finžgar, a Slovene writer, playwright, translator and Roman Catholic priest, was a close friend and personal advisory of Plecnik’s. When Finžgar served as a priest at the church, Plečnik was his neighbor. And, in the late 1920’s Finžgar commissioned the renovation of the church to Plečnik. May 18, 2016

Inside of the Church of St. John and the Baptist in the Trnovo district of Ljubljana is located in front of architect Joze Plecnik’s home and contains some furnishings designed by him. May 18, 2016

The home of Slovenian architect and urban planner Jože Plečnik at 4 Karunova street in Ljubljana’s Trnovo district. He lived modestly and simply with other family members in other sections of the house. May 18, 2016

The entrance hall to Jože Plečnik’s house in Trnovo across the Trnovo Bridge in Ljubljana. This is where, for 36 years architect and urban planner Plečnik, would greet his guests. May 18, 2016

The work table in the house of Jože Plečnik’s where the Slovenian architect and urban planner lived and worked in Ljubljana. May 18, 2016

In the same room as the work table is this bed and books in the house of Jože Plečnik’s where the Slovenian architect and urban planner lived and worked in Ljubljana. May 18, 2016

The inside and outside garden at Slovenian architect Jože Plečnik’s house in Ljubljana. May 18, 2016

Another look at the entrance hall to Jože Plečnik’s house in Trnovo across the Trnovo Bridge in Ljubljana. This is where, for 36 years architect and urban planner Plečnik, would greet his guests. May 18, 2016