Visiting Ljubljana in spring one is to trust the proverb “April showers bring May flowers” as the weather is by default much more changeable than other months. Bringing an umbrella with you is a necessity if you don’t want to wander around afraid of the dripping skies. In case you forget one or it gets broken, historical craft street Trubarjeva cesta offers a one-of-a-kind solution. On the crossing with Mala ulica, there is a little umbrella-making and repair shop even most of the locals don’t know about. Its owner, Ms. Marija, repairs broken umbrellas, makes new ones and sells old ones. She’s the last one in Ljubljana, even in Slovenia, that is experienced in this craft.
Regardless of the condition your umbrella is in, she would know how to fix it. If you are emotionally attached to the umbrella or you don’t want to throw it away, you should bring it to her. Also if you want to buy yourself an umbrella similar to what our grandparents had in their times, Marija’s shop is the right place for that.
I’ve known her for quite a while now, and she’s really positive and open minded person. I also did a documentary about her and her work, which you can watch here.