Slovenia - Lake Bled :)

Trip Start Jul 07, 2009
Trip End Jul 29, 2009

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

After a number of recommendations from friends and fellow travellers, we changed our itinerary to include two nights at Lake Bled, a resort in the Julian Alps. We were stoked we changed our plans and two nights quickly became four.

We stayed at the Bled Jazz Apartments and Hostel, and found our lodgings to be clean and comfortable. The owner, Jani, was a true character who was only two happy to share his in-depth knowledge of the local area and attractions. This advice allowed us to make the most of our stay. We hope to catch up with Jani when he travels to Australia and New Zealand next year, so that we can return the favour.

The township of Bled is located on the shores of a small spring-fed lake and contains the most brilliant turquoise colored waters we have ever seen. In the centre of the lake is an island which is home to a small church. Castle Bled, built in the 10th century, has a commanding position atop a cliff overlooking the lake. The creates a picture-perfect scene that is truly postcard-worthy.

To add to our purple streak, we happened to visit during Bled Fest (the annual summer festival) and were treated to bustling market stalls, live music, outdoor bars, candles on the lake and, best of all, two fantastic firework displays on the Friday and Saturday nights.

We hiked to the Vintgar gorge, in the Triglav national park (one of the first in Europe), and followed a two-kilometre trail along the river. This took us through a tight ravine carved out over many millennia, where we were astounded by the natural beauty. Quite rightly, the local Slovenian’s revere this area and believe it to have powerful healing qualities.

Lake Bled also offers an adrenaline junkies paradise with a large range of adventure sports on offer. Taking up the challenge, we spent an afternoon white water rafting, body surfing and bridge jumping on the Radovna River. We came away cold, wet and with broad smiles.

On our final day, we traveled to the nearby Lake Bohinj. Bohinj is Slovenia’s largest natural lake. We found it to be crystal clear and just as beautiful as Lake Bled. Bohinj is home to a large ski-field, accessible only by a hair raising, moustache curling cable-car ride (not one for you, mum!). We spent the day hiking up the snow-less pistes and were treated to jaw-dropping views of the lake below and the surrounding mountain ranges. Unfortunately, time did not allow a visit to the nearby Slap Savic (a renowned waterfall).

The last stop on our trip and our ninth country in 23 days was Venice, Italy...
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