Now That's A Big Fish..

Trip Start May 02, 2006
Trip End Mar 02, 2007

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Saturday, June 17, 2006

Hello again all.

Well after a hellish night in Bratislavian hostel that really spoilt our time there we made for the hills (literally).

Our train from Bratislava to Bled went via Vienna and then on into Slovenia. Seemed a round-about way to go but as we got to spend most of the trip on a clean and fast Austrian train we certainly weren't complaining.

Unfortunately we only had 5 minutes in Vienna Station so couldn't get out to admire that city at all. We have become experts at stopping over briefly in a city for a few hours and seeing as many sites as we possibly can before catching our connectıng bus or traın. This budget travelling certainly has a few drawbacks but the ending is always a happy one.

In this case the ending is Bled. Now, a few people we know and a few we've met along the way have been to Bled and regaled us with stories of its natural beauty so it had become an absolute must for the honeymooners. And good folk of the world you told no lies, the place is simply stunning dahhhhhhlings.

The town itself is nothing amazing, it's cute but we've seen cuter (we're so worldly now). What makes this place amazing is the lake, my god it's emerald green and as clear as a mountain spring. It's certainly no wonder that it's a UN listed heritage site and also the summer playground of Slovenia's rich and famous (and the obligatory backpackers).

We spent a few days walking around the lake and exploring the hills behind Lake Bled and the Castle and couldn't have felt any more alive if we tried. The heat had also been turned up a few degrees so we were able to go for a couple of swims. There is a netted off area on one side of the lake where you were able to just chill out and swim in the surprisingly warm water. However we did keep a watchful eye out for any large catfish as we'd seen more than a few whoppers on our walks around the lake, in fact the lake is teeming with fish. Local folklore tells of a 3.6mtr catty caught in the middle of the lake a couple of years ago. Not sure I'd be too comfortable having one of those sucking on my toes.

We also did a day hike out to Vintgar Gorge which was also pretty easy on the old eyeballs. I don't know much about the history of the gorge but it looked fairly well established. The temperature in the gorge was good 10 degrees less than outside so after hiking 10 or so kms to the gorge from Bled proper we were well relieved to be able to knock back a couple of iceblocks (my Callippo addiction has returned stronger than ever and i'm slowly converting Kat) and meander down the wooden path that has been erected.

Well that's about it for Bled. A wonderful spot certainly worth checking out if you're ever in the neighbourhood.

Hope all is well in your neck of the woods.

Net pod, Ljbljana - Slovenia.

Muchos love,

Nath and Kat.
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