» Slovenia: Delightful Lake and the Town of Bled of the Same Name– Pt III
Slovenia: Delightful Lake and the Town of Bled of the Same Name– Pt III
We woke up to beautiful, however, calm morning. We ate something, checked our backpack if there were things necessary since we intended to spend the whole day out, and we set out to the lake. That day we decided to visit a church on the island in the middle of the lake and spend the afternoon in the town.
We tried to use another path to the lake from the place of our accommodation. It was worth trying. Not only that we had a chance to admire picturesque houses in a lower castle, but we also saw squirrels playing. It was an amazing look. However, squirrels were too fast thus we didn’t take a picture of them.
About 20 minutes later we were standing on shores of the lake and we were comparing a price of rental of a boat we would have to drive manually with a price of a transport by a ferryman. Our laziness won over saving money. Not only we wouldn’t toil with oars, but also we would certainly learn something new. Our ferryman, a young man little with little bit of extra weight was telling us interesting things while he managed to scull in stand. For a while he spoke in the Slovenian language and for another while he spoke in English, and he switched between languages really brilliantly. After an almost half an hour of pleasant ride we found ourselves on the Bled Island.
A church in the middle of the lake
A beautiful island in the middle of the Lake Bled with a church is the most popular place for photos in entire Slovenia. You can see it depicted in every tourist guide but to look at it in reality is much more better than in a guidebook. After disembark we had to walk up long stairs with 99 steps that led to a small square in front of the church. As we had learned from the young ferryman young men in love take their future brides up the stairs as a proof they would take good care of them. Nobody carried me up in hands since my husband had a ring thus there was no chance co-travelers in the boat would provoke him to do so. However, they successfully tempted young lovers from Germany. A relatively thin young man really carried up his little bit plump lady. In the time when we plus the others walked about and enjoyed beauties of the island those two were just sitting and catching breath on a bench in front of the church.
The church, devoted to Virgin Mary, boasts with two interesting things. First, the nave and the tower of the church are two separate buildings. The tower doesn’t stand in the church’s front but on its side. The second interesting thing that attracts tourists is its bell from which a long rope hangs to the ground and a manual on the ground advices you how to use it. If a pilgrim rings a bell for three times, his/her wish will come true. There is, however, imposed a charge on this attraction. If you were superstitious, you would not probably regret few euros for dreams come true. Except the church and the bell-tower you can find there a small coffee bar and a souvenir shop. We learned that in winters believers come across frozen lake while its ice creaks and terribly squeaks under their feet. But no other road leads there
After almost two hours we got on the boat which took us on the mainland. We visited local restaurant and had a lunch menu for an affordable price. In the afternoon we walked about the town of Bled . It really amazed us and we decided to stay there one or two nights longer than we planned. We would like also to walkthrough town’s neighbors. We decided to do so since we were more than satisfied with our accommodation and the price for it so we just thought it would be pointless for us to move somewhere else..
Next time we will see some of Slovenian nature. We will visit a beautiful Vintgar pass that lays only few kilometers from Bled. Vintgar pass reminded us of Slovak Paradise.
Text and photo: O. Maňáková
After visiting the amazing Vintgar Gorge, we move to Bled. This most important tourist center of the Upper Carniola Region is located in the northwestern part of Slovenia and offers several landmarks.
Kranjska Gora is situated in the north-western part of Slovenia near the Austrian and Italian borders. This town is known mainly due to the winter sports center, where the FIS - World Cup in Alpine Skiing takes place every year.
Triglav National Park is one of the most popular spots in Slovenia. Its name comes after country's highest mountain which is located within the park. Tourists mostly take short trips or climb up the very mountain. It is strictly forbidden to take a one day trip up to Triglav's peak, staying over night is also forbidden (and only allowed in mountain cabins). The hike is very difficult. You can take it from different directions though.
Logar valley is a beautiful valley in the north of Slovenia. A 6 kilometer long path goes through the valley and ends at the rock of limestone massif. It costs 7 euro to enter the Logar Valley if you travel by car. The entrance gate is situated 4 kilometers northwest from the town of Solcava.
The last stop of our journey across three countries was Mountain Erberg located in Steiermark. It is known as one of the larges European iron ore sites and it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the whole region.
We continue in our excursion across three states also today. Our direction is Austria, the las country we had visited during our 10day journey. In today’s article we will look on scaled replicas of the most important architectonic wonders that are located in a famous theme park Minimundus, Klagenfurt.
So here we are, the last part of our trip across Slovenia. Again we woke up to a cloudy morning but this time it didn’t rain at least. There was an easy trip by a cableway on Vogel and from there we would continue by walk to a vantage point Točka.
Today we will again go to admire beauties of Slovenian nature. From Lake Bled we will move to not less fascinating Lake Bohinj where we will see also the Savica Falls.
If you ever visit Slovenia, do not miss a visit of a beautiful Bled Gorge that is located only few kilometers from well-known Bled.
Today we will not move anywhere. We will spend the whole day in Bled, a town that is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Slovenia. We will set out for a visit of one of the most beautiful and precious landmarks. We will see a monumental castle on a cliff above Lake Bled and we will visit a local market.
As we decided to spend few days in Slovenia it wouldn’t go without visiting probably the most Slovenian lake Bled. The lake is considered one of Slovenian symbols. This beautiful lake is located in the eastern part of Julian Alps right by a noisy town of the same name.
Slovenian Predjama Castle is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating castles in the world. It is hidden in a town of the same name, which is only 10 kilometers away from Postojna, a popular tourist town known for its unique cave system.
Postojna town is located in southwest Slovenia. Fans of traveling and the nature know the town thanks to its unique cave system – Postojnska jama. We managed to visit this natural sight at the end of summer. Frankly, it was a wonderful experience.
We always just travel throughout Slovenia, maybe the reason was we were in hurry to get to Croatia or on our way back home. Even we have heard a lot about its beauties, we never managed to find few days or hours, at least, to stop and explore. At last, we changed it and a part of a late summer vacation we spent in Slovenia.
Everyone of us imagines something different when thinking about an ideal vacation. Someone likes to lie on a beach; some breaks his limits when climbing on mountains, or throws away his responsibility and goes to wild parties. For me it is a combination of everything mentioned above – from beaches, through crazy sports, to exploration of beauties of nature and tasting local cuisine.
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