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Sunday, June 10 – Ljubljana, Slovenia – Review of Journey


Continuation of Journey within Slovenia

– Light code 123:6:12

Sunday, June 10, 2018 – 6:1:11 – balance in its rhythm


This morning the Crystals and Crystal Skulls called again to walk and communicate together.

Inwardly felt that this would be a day of abundance within the Sacred Sanctuary of Multidimension Open Space. Certainly, in the wholeness of guidance to have the courage to explore.

In dreamtime, we were taken to a purer child playing ground and this certainly happened in the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels.


Tivoli Park is Ljubljana’s largest and most beautiful park, stretching right into the city centre. It was designed in 1813 by the French engineer Jean Blanchard and created by joining together the parks which had surrounded Podturn and Cekin Mansions. The park, covering an area of approximately five square kilometres, is crossed by three grand horse chestnut tree-lined walks and landscaped with ornamental flower beds, interesting trees and numerous statues and fountains. The park area blends into the slopes of the Rožnik hill, to which it is connected by several walking paths and a trim trail with several exercise stations along its length.


Eco Fund, Slovenian Environmental Public Fund, has been promoting environmental investments for over a quarter of a century. (Part of the theme for Tivoli Park)

For investments aimed at protecting the environment and the efficient use of energy, we offer financial incentives – grants and favourable loans, as well as free individual energy consulting for households. On their anniversary, they would like to present selected examples of good practices of co-financed investments to the public, on this exhibition in Park Tivoli.

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International Center of Graphic Arts. The Museum houses a collection of fine art prints from the 20th century to the present day, a gallery of exhibition of contemporary fine art, fine art print publisher with its own printmaking workshops and the producer of the Ljubljana International Biennial of Graphic Art. Now, there is an exhibition of David Lynch – Fire on Stage.

Jakopič Promenade, a popular outdoor gallery Tivoli Park’s scenic Jakopič Promenade (Jakopičevo sprehajališče), designed by the architect Jože Plečnik in the central part of Tivoli Park, has become a well known outdoor venue for exhibitions of large-format photographs, open throughout the year.


Today were also many events for the children to become more aware of Good Food & Health, Creativity (painting a stone and origami), Mandala drawing, Yoga class, Playing the guitar, Judo and other sports, horse back riding etc.

Had an interesting talk with a man and woman who give workshops to children about Healthy Food in a creative way by making your own rice vegetable roll here in the Park. What drew me here was the pitcher of water with many crystal stones in it. When the conversation between the man and I became deeper he also told me that he also is an actor as well. The woman recycled clothes for example making an apron from a shirt. She gives workshops to children and adults. This couple also travels around the world as well sharing what they know with others.


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The next stand I was drawn to like a magnet was creativity with paper and stones. Here I met Nina Kolar –


Nina’s website is in Slovenian but she speaks and writes very well English so do not hesitate to get in touch with her.

Nina invited me to paint a stone and whilst I was painting she started to talk about her passion and sharing with the world.

She had been taught via her mother and grandmother about flowers and plants in Nature. From there she started to create her speciality of jewelry. Whilst she was talking I could see her aura layers appearing which usually does not happen so quickly. The message behind this was sharing a motivation to expand her creativity even more via sharing what the jewelry does on the physical – emotional – mental – spiritual level. Along with this is what Nina is already aware of that for each person the jewelry has a special message or gift. She certainly is very well connected in her pureness.

We also talked about sharing this with schools – she mentioned that in Ljubljana there are Waldorf schools and she would consider this to see if she could give some voluntary lessons to build out her network.

Personal note: Noticed that when you allow the guidance within to lead you the most loving and sharing occurs. Gratitude always.

After this placed a short break of water plus fruit in the shade of the very ancient trees in the Park.


Walking out of the Park I was urged to visit once more another Park in the Center with a music Dome. You can find it on “Subliceva ulica” street. The day before I stopped here briefly to enjoy the dancing performances of rock and rock via teenagers and young adults. Today it was all about music – singing and playing on various instruments. Once more the performers were teenagers and young adults. The gander was blues, jazz, rock etc.

When I just arrived, a young lady sang “Jolene” from Dolly Parton. Goose bumps all over in how this young lady sang this song that I forgot to record it and share it with you. Every group sang and played one song. I have placed some music on the top of the page of one of the groups.


Gratitude everyone for sharing such a perfect day with each other.


Continuation of Journey in Slovenia – June 9, 2018

Continuation of Journey within Slovenia – June 9, 2018

6:9:11 – Inner and Outer Resources

This morning the Crystals and Crystal Skulls called again to walk and communicate together.

Woke up refreshed after a night of lightning and rain.

Seeing that the main theme and Ancient Codes today is to Be within Communication with Spirit we first started off visiting some churches in Ljubljana. Churches are usually build on a vortex and crossing of leylines. Along with this they are also build over Ancient Sacred Sites this is why I usually visit them to go into meditation and connect plus gather blessings for All.

Note: All images are from Google Images except the video recording of the music at the market. Thank you those that have shared these photographs.

Franciscan Church.1

It so happened that when I entered the “Franciscan Church” just before 10:00 a.m. there were already quite a few people in the church. A beautiful Organ started to play and a choir sang a classical song. It certainly touched the Heart area with the pureness of the vibrations.


General Information: The Franciscan Monastery and the Church of the Annunciation are the two buildings contributing most significantly to the appearance of the Prešernov trg square, the central square in Ljubljana. Until the end of the 18th century, the monastery was the home of Augustine monks. The Church of the Annunciation was built between 1646 and 1660. Its façade, completed around 1700, rebuilt in the 19th century and renovated in 1993, is adorned with a copper statue of St. Mary, Ljubljana’s largest Madonna statue.

The Church has a monumental main altar built by the sculptor Francesco Robba in the middel of the 18th century. The inside of the Church, painted with fresco’s by Matevž Langus in the mid-19th century, assumed its present appearance after the earthquake of 1895. Between 1935 and 1936, the Church ceiling was painted with fresco’s by Matej Sternen. In a dedicated chapel, there is a cross designed by the architect Jože Plečnik.


From there went to the “Cathedral Church of Sint Nicolas”. A very quiet and serene Church. Amazing art work as well.

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General Information: The site of the Cathedral was originally occupied by a three-nave Romanic Church whose earliest mention dates back to 1262. After the fire of 1361 it was re-vaulted in the Gothic style. When the Ljubljana Diocese was established in 1461, the Church underwent several alterations and additions. In 1469 it was burnt down, presumably by the Turks.

Cathedral Church.Sint Nicholas

Between 1701 and 1706, a new Baroque hall Church with side chapels shaped in the form of the Latin cross was built to a design by the Jesuit architect Andrea Pozzo. As the Church’s dome was only built in 1841, originally a fake dome was painted on the arch above the centre of the cross. The surviving Baroque interior decoration notably includes fresco’s by Giulio Quaglio (painted in the periods 1703-1706 and 1721-1723), Angelo Putti’s statues of four bishops of Emona situated beneath the beams of the dome (1712-1713), Putti’s painting of Dean Janez Anton Dolničar (1715), who initiated the rebuilding of the church in 1701, Francesco Robba’s altar angels in the left part of the nave (1745-1750) and brothers Paolo and Giuseppe Groppelli’s altar angels in the right part of the nave (1711).


A host of other works of art were added later. One of the more interesting is the dome fresco painted by Matevž Langus in 1844. The most outstanding 20th century additions include Tone Demšar’s main entrance door relief depicting the history of Slovenia, commissioned to mark the 1250th anniversary of Christianity in Slovenia, and Mirsad Begić’s side doors with portraits of bishops.

Ursuline Church of the Holy Trinity Ljubljana


The third church we visited was “Ursuline Church of Holy Trinity”. A quaint silent place of peace. At the market place nearby there was some live music which distracted me so I stayed here for about 10 minutes.

General Information: Built between 1718 and 1726, it is one of the most unusual and most beautiful baroque monuments in the city. Traces of Italian baroque can be seen since the construction plans were entrusted to Carlo Martinuzzi the Furlanian architect. Besides the wavy roof and the frontal facade, some inner artistic masterpieces give the church its visual glory. A huge altar made of African marble was designed by Francesco Robba, the same artist that built the Fountain of the Three Rivers of Carniola, standing in front of the City House today (due to natural damage the original was replaced by a replica). The paintings on the side altars are work of the Slovenian painter Valentin Metzinger.


After the earthquake in 1895 the old bell tower was pulled down and a new one was built. The Staircase with balustrades in front of the church was arranged by Joze Plecnik in 1930. In front of the church and just across the road, the Holy Trinity Column can be seen, originally made of wood and placed in 1693 in thanks that the plague did not destroy the town.


Next area was the curiosity of Carla to see what kind of live music was present at the Market Place. Enjoyed the traditional Slovenia Music and my feet where into motion at this point as well.

Also at the market was some Biological Pizza, Fruit and Vegetables plus a delicious cake of coconut and chocolate nice and tasty, a combination of Breakfast and Lunch. Very busy at the Market and the atmosphere was One of Joy and Happiness.


From there we walked along the way to go to some Museums. How lovely the environment is in this city with many parks with old trees and flower/plant arrangements. Many pathways are only for pedestrians and bicycles so it is easy to walk in comfort.


The first Museum was a combination of the “National Museum of Slovenia” with the “Slovenian Museum of Natural History”.

National Museum of Slovenia.Ljubljana

The National Museum of Slovenia is in a centrally located neo-Renaissance palace built between 1883 and 1885. It keeps numerous important treasures of the world’s cultural heritage. One of the most outstanding is the 47,000-year-old Neanderthal flute from the Divje Babe excavation site. One of the spaces that impressed me was the Egyptian Mummy Room.



On the first floor of the same building is the Slovenian Museum of Natural History. The Museum keeps permanent collections of geological and paleontological items, minerals, molluscs, insects, birds, reptiles and fishes. Visitors can also view various herbarium collections, a presentation of the olm (Proteus anguinus), and alpine wetland and forest dioramas.

Slovenian Museum of Natural History.Ljubljana

Some main items we saw were dugout canoe from the Ljubljana Marsh, The flute from Divje Babe, Gold Ornaments from Bled, Boundary Stone, Ivory Dolls, Germanic Ornamentation from Carnium and Wooden traps from the Ljubljana Marsh.

Personal note: This was one of the favorite museums I visited today seeing that it had so many minerals in their raw nature. The crystals and crystal skulls that travelled with me today also were jumping for joy here as well. Outside was a nice park where I could eat more of my lunch and it was fascinating to see how many school students also were visiting here as well.


From here we walked to visit the Metelkova area.


General Information: Metelkova (full name in Slovene: Avtonomni kulturni center Metelkova mesto, “Metelkova City Autonomous Cultural Center”, referred to by the acronym AKC) is an autonomous social and cultural center in the city center of Ljubljana’s capital city. Formerly, the site was a military headquarter of the Army of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, then it became the Slovenian headquarter of the Yugoslav National Army. It consists of seven buildings (military barracks) extended over a total area of 12,500 m², which have been squatted since September 1993. The squat is named after nearby Metelko Street (Slovene: Metelkova ulica), which is named after the 19th-century Slovenian Roman Catholic priest, philologist, and unsuccessful language reformer Fran Metelko.

In 1991 the Network of Metelkova, composed of more than 200 alternative and youth organizations, asked the municipality of Ljubljana for permission to use those barracks for peaceful and creative purposes. As a response, Ljubljana authorities gave the Network for Metelkova formal permission to stay and use the site. Nevertheless, those promises given by the municipality were never really maintained. This example on the request for permission demonstrates the ambiguous role of the municipality of Ljubljana towards the Network for Metelkova, in which the municipality seems to allow them to stay there, but in fact she doesn’t want them to stay.

This ambiguous role of the municipality of Ljubljana regarding Metelkova and its Network has remained over the years. In 1993 the cultural center became a squat when a commissioner mandated the demolition of some barracks that were promised to the Network, with the aim of illegally reconverting the area into a commercial site. At that time, Metelkova came into being as an illegal occupation (a squat) and was redefined as a self-organized autonomous zone in 1995.

Since then, the center has been a site of tolerance of minorities, even though it is still threatened by the bad treatment it receives by the city and the Slovene state.

Another example of the ambiguity in state and municipality actions towards the Network for Metelkova and Metelkova itself are the subsidies from Ljubljana’s city administration for the construction of a little summer lodge also known as the Small School (from the Slovene: Mala Šola). Nevertheless, the lodge, planned and constructed in 2001 by volunteers, was immediately defined as abusive. In fact, the construction was followed by the request of its demolition, right after another municipal office reported it to the State Inspectorate for the Environment and Spatial Planning. After several failed attempts, the building was demolished on August 2, 2006. Although there are plans to rebuild the building, it has not been reconstructed since then.

In the 2000s, new actors became involved in the Metelkova autonomous zone, for example the LGBT community, other non-governmental organizations and even UNESCO. Although it did not help Metelkova to receive proper legal status, the area was recognized as a national cultural heritage back in 2005.


Metelkova and concepts of urbanism

Over the last few years Metelkova, like Christiania in Copenhagen, has been the subject of several studies and reflections on the phenomenon of squatting and on living with different laws and institutions that surround it. These districts mentioned above can be defined as heterotopic spaces since they have been present for decades in parallel to the cities of which they are legally part. Nevertheless, they are characterized by a particular relationship with the authorities of their cities in comparison to other districts.


Nowadays, it can be said that there are three different areas in Metelkova: one part is defined by art and social life, the second by civil engagement and the third is commercial; the squatters act in all three areas mentioned. Metelkova’s differentiation into three possible sub-entities can be seen through the arrival of different institutional actors in the neighborhood, such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, different NGOs and different commercial activities, such as the Hotel Celica, which reuses some of the areas of the old barracks.

Squatters represent the heart of the matter of legality and formality in Metelkova: the autonomous part is considered to be in a legal and administrative limbo defined through tolerance and legitimization toward city’s authority. A possible explanation for this situation is to be found in the nature of the squatting in Metelkova: in fact, the old buildings of the Yugoslav army are not occupied for the sole purpose of living there, but also for the aim of producing culture. From this perspective, it is possible to determine the beginning of the tolerance: since 1997, when Ljubljana was designated as the European Capital of Culture, Metelkova stopped hosting permanent residents, following an agreement reached with the municipality, whereby the city decided to dedicate the Metelkova buildings to the promotion of culture and art.

Finally, the example of Metelkova can be related to the concept of informality in order to explain the situation: at its very first beginning, Metelkova could be considered as completely informal since the occupation of the military warehouse by the squatters was considered illegal and not rules- and code-compliant. Nowadays the situation has slightly changed: the city of Ljubljana is now linked to the Metelkova’s site, for example thanks to the presence of different institutional actors. It is therefore possible to assume that the situation is constantly changing and that a part of Metelkova is actually normalized and institutionalized, despite the fact that the type of culture and urban development is still not compliant with building codes and urban planning regulation.

Personal note: It gives a kind of isolated and eerie feeling when you are walking there. Most unfortunate for those that have placed there love and energy into this area. Beautiful art work can be seen also the graffiti is fabulous.


Slovenian Ethnographic Musum.Ljubljana

Nearby is the Slovenian Ethnographic Museum. The Slovene Ethnographic Museum is a museum “about people, for people”, a museum of cultural identities, the link between the past and the present, between our own and other cultures, between nature and civilization. At this moment, the exhibitions are: “Between Nature and Culture” – The treasure house of Slovene and non-European heritage of the everyday and the festive. The next floor “I, We and Others”: Images of my World – an exhibition about man and his place in the world; about personal, communal and universal heritage.

Slovene Etnographic Museum.the-folklore

Personal note: Certainly, inspiring open space to dwell and linger here. In this open space it was now around 15:00 hours and a signal to go back to the room to relax and integrate what has be shared and picked up.










Review of Journey in Slovenia – June 7

We actually started this journey already just before midnight. Left my home Heerhugowaard to catch the local bus to the train station in Alkmaar, The Netherlands than via train to Amsterdam Central Station to go to Schiphol Airport for the early flight in the morning at 06:35 a.m. Arriving at the Airport around 02:45 a.m.

Schiphol Airport.inside

Nice to have a cup of coffee there to stay awake a bit, arrange some money things for the journey and check out a few things for the journey. There are main restaurants open at Schiphol Airport 24 hours a day. The service of “Transavia” Desk was great could check in the luggage right away. No problems at customs etc. About 1,5 hour ahead of the first flight which is around 06:00 a.m. the duty free shops open as well. Great facilities of Wi-Fi so no problem with the open space plus the Schiphol Airport is quite large should was fun to exercise the legs a bit before the flight. Along with this being there so early in the morning it is a great opportunity to go into meditation to relax.


The flight was about 1,5 hours to Ljubljana Airport a very smooth flight due to the weather conditions this time of year. How grand when almost landing you see the beautiful Alps. Just love it when Mother Nature and Father Sky embrace each other in this way. It is a wonder and magical open space so dear to our Hearts.

Arriving at the Airport a Shuttle Service “Markun”, along  with 2 other passengers, was there to greet and assist with the luggage. The first impression of Slovenia is the beauty of Nature there, so many trees and forests in the outskirts and also in the City as well. Beautiful well kept homes. Very clean environment and well taken care of. The traffic in the center of town is mostly walk paths or bike paths.

It is such a learning experience to go beyond booking a Hotel room and this time it was certainly one of them. The Shuttle Van stopped at a Restaurant seeing that was the address of the Central Rooms, so I entered the hallway there. I asked the lady of the restaurant if I could call the owner of the Rooms but she said that was not the policy of the manager of the restaurant. Apparently there are various owners of this building. My mobile phone does not work without a Wi-Fi connection so I took my luggage and started to walk on the street to ask someone where I could call. One person advised me to go to the Post Office which I could not find at the moment. Than I met another Man, lawyer, who was willing to help me and called the owner of the Central Rooms for me and the meeting was arranged. The lawyer and I talked a bit afterwards together whilst walking back to the Restaurant/Central Rooms etc. Interesting to hear that he was going to go onwards with his masters and his longing was to go abroad afterwards. Much gratitude for his assistance and the assistance of owner of the Central Rooms who explained more about things to go to and a tourist information map as well. A very nice and clean environment and home feeling staying here. Gratitude

Central Rooms.Ljubljana

The first step was to go to the Tourist Information Center to pick up a card where I could enter various museums, galleries, boat ride, guided tour through the city etc. Right here is also the daily local Market and a great space to buy some vegetables, cheese, olive oil from locals. It was not so busy especially with Tourists because the main season has not yet begun.

After this I walked around the city center to orientate a bit. Ljubljana is a university city with lots of cultural backgrounds. Here are some impressions of this. The first photograph hereunder is of a Poet “Preseen” and a alley way water gutter.

Along the way some statues so significant of that we are All – “One” – and the “Circle” form in this plus the fountain (water). Also a statue whilst I was having a great green salad at  a restaurant.

We were going to go on a boat ride but by 15:00 hours so tired after having been awake for so many hours. Whilst walking back to the room was very fascinated by the bridges. Loved the Dragon Bridge and the many bridges build close together.


Drawn to a park with very ancient trees was urged to visit this twice to connect.


Personally once more the significance here from Mother Nature “we all are rooted from the One Source and can blossom, grow and develop in our talents and gifts whilst still being One”.

Now off to a great nap and a good night sleep.

Gratitude for this Night and Day.

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