May Contain Dragons

Dragon BridgeI recently had a short trip to Slovenia and while I was in Ljubljana, I went on a walking tour of the city. I usually like walking tours because you get some background and some nice anecdotes and see some things that you might not notice walking around on your own. This was a particularly good one. It lasted over two hours but it never felt slow because the guy doing the tour (our tour guide was Peter) was extremely entertaining. He was very cheerful and made it fun while telling his various stories.

One such story involved dragons. If you ever go to Ljubljana, you will see an awful lot of dragons. Not live ones, unfortunately, but as statues on the aptly named Dragon Bridge, in the gift shops, in carvings, and so on. Apparently there is also a cave with salamanders that the locals once thought were dragon hatchlings, at least until they laid eggs and had babies of their own.

There is a story in Ljubljana that the Greek hero Jason, when he was sailing back with the golden fleece, sailed through the area and came face to face with a dragon. Of course Jason, being a Greek hero, fought the dragon, defeated it, and went sailing on his way. Dragon TrainThe dragon, which was supposed to be the protector of the region, holed up inside a mountain to sulk about being defeated. Peter speculated that this might explain why Ljubljana spent so many centuries under foreign rule.

The dragon is supposedly still there.

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