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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Bled is a town less than an hour away from our last stop of Ljubljana but there is a world of difference. Bled is a town nestled peacefully at the foot of the Julian Alps. It has a gorgeous little lake with Slovenia's only island in the middle of it. Once we arrived and checked in to our cute little B&B we immediately headed out to visit the lake. We hiked the 5 km or so around it stopping frequently to take in the wonderful views. After all, this spot is the bread and butter of the Slovenian postcard industry. After our hike we headed back for a night in with our English TV!
The next morning we braved the gray skies and hiked to Vintgar Gorge. It was about 15 km round trip and, like our hike at the Plitvice Lakes, stunningly beautiful. The gorge walk was amazing. The wooden boardwalks, crystal clear water, and fall colours made the trip here well worth it. We couldn't take enough pictures. The sun even came out to visit, which was a nice surprise. We took the rest of the day off from the sights, as we wanted to have that hike fresh on our minds.
For our last day in Bled we headed up to Bled Castle. The skies were very ominous but we hiked up the hill anyway. The castle itself dates back to 1004. It now houses a cafe, restaurant, souvenir shop, and museum. All of it is a little underwhelming. It is nice enough, but trying not to sound like museum snobs, the museum collection is kind of sparse. The multimedia information centre was quite engaging however. The best part about the castle was the views of the lake and surrounding area. Although it was cloudy and started to rain, we managed to take it in and a few nice pictures as well. With no sign of the rain letting up, we did what any backpackers would do... We headed to the nearby four-star wellness spa and hung out in their thermal pools all afternoon - all for 7 euros! It was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. It could only have been made better if all the kids were not hogging the water slide...
We were initially nervous that we may have booked too much time here in Bled, but we loved it. There is more than enough to see and do especially at this time of year with the gorgeous colours and very few tourists. We would love to come back. We are now leaving the wilderness for a couple of big cities, first stop, Vienna!
Megan and Kevin
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