Trip Start Jul 16, 2011
16Trip End Jul 31, 2011
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Leaving Vienna this morning, we headed south to Bled, Slovenia. Steve C. did most of the driving today (first day with the stick shift), after Steve B. did a great job up to this point. Most of the driving today was in the rain, but through the beautiful Austrian countryside. We traveled through a lot of tunnels as well.
Upon arrival in Bled after a few hours of driving, we got ourselves checked into the Hotel Vila Bled, former residence of Marshall Tito of Yugoslavia. The hotel is great, with huge rooms. Every room is a suite and has more than enough room for us.
We soon headed out to find some lunch and went to a restaurant near the hotel, with great views of Castle Bled across the lake. It was a nice local place with good food
After lunch we drove up to Castle Bled. The first thing you notice once inside the castle is the amazing views it has over the lake. The castle is very high up on a cliff overlooking Lake Bled and we certainly took a lot of pictures up there. The castle had a few different levels of outside terraces and we visited each one. We spent some time looking at the exhibits inside the castle, then headed out to take a drive around the lake. We took our time going around the lake and made a couple of stops along the way. Lake Bled is extremely beautiful, with an island in the middle that is topped by a beautiful church. The entire area is also surrounded by the Julian Alps. Slovenia in general appears to be a very beautiful country.
For dinner tonight we went around the lake from the hotel to the town of Bled. There was a festival that had been going on all weekend and we took advantage of it. We strolled around the area, looking at the various booths set up by food and souvenir vendors. We ordered some traditional Slovene foods and sat outside at a table to eat, all the while being entertained by a local band, playing local songs.
We came back to the hotel for a nightcap. We started with some coffee and tea. As the waitress was pouring some hot water for Steve B.'s tea, she accidentally spilled hot water all over the place. Luckily, nobody was burned or scalded by the water. We enjoyed sitting and talking about our trip and other odd topics until it was time to call it a day (and what a great day it was!).