Action Packed First Day in Bled
Trip Start Mar 03, 2011
48Trip End Jun 03, 2011
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Last night was our last night in the jail cell hostel. I took a few pics, but we mostly just hung out at the hostel, drank at the bar (in the hostel), and talked for a couple hours with other travelers. I even got to try a drink called Liquid Cocaine, which I think we have back home.... except this version isnt a shot.. its a whole glass, and it contains a fair amount of Absinthe (I found the green fairy!!!!).
Anyway, this morning we set out first thing for Bled. We hopped on the 9:15am train, and arrived at the Lesce-Bled train station by 9:45am
We made it to the hostel sometime around 11am. So... I think the manager lady in Granada must have a twin, because we met her match here in Bled. She checked us in, asked us what we were interested in doing, busted out a map, and showed us exactly how to do everything we wanted and more. Hike to Vintgar Gorge? Do it this way: borrow the free bikes, ride up to Zasip to the church at the top of the big hill, grab lunch at the cheap pizzeria right next to it, hike the trail towards the Gorge, actually hike the gorge (and if its not open, do it anyway; if no one is there, then no one can stop you), hike back around to your bikes at the church, and just ride back. She gave us advice on all sorts of other amazing trips as well.
So, we dropped off our things in our hostel room (by the way, this hostel is awesome because it comes with free internet, free bike rental and free laundry), changed into some lighter clothing, grabbed a couple mountain bikes, and set off
After that, we locked up our bikes to a fence, and then started our two or so hour hike. We hiked downwards into this forest, and came upon Vintgar Gorge pretty quickly. This was such an amazingly beautiful walk. Its up there on my top 5 most beautiful places list. The walk is along these wooden platforms attached to the sides of these rock walls above clear aquamarine water
After our hike, we got back on our bikes, road back down the hill (I road my brakes the whole way... I was terrified of skidding out), back into Bled and took a much needed shower. Ahhh! We hadn't actually seen the lake yet cause we bee-lined it for the gorge. We wanted to make sure we had enough time to see it since that was my original reason for coming to Bled. (I had put up a message on Thorn Tree Forum on Lonely Planet's site asking about awesome places to hike in Europe... And a number of people said Vintgar Gorge in Slovenia. ...Slovenia?... What could possibly be in Sloven-holy-crap-that's-gorgeous!-i'm-going!!!!!). So we walked around the lake for a lil bit, taking pictures. We plan on doing a more extensive hike around the lake tomorrow, up into the hills and castle above it. Then we grabbed some food at a pub, and picked up groceries for breakfast tomorrow!
An awesome first day. I'm in heaven. Its the affordable outdoorsy heaven, even. Tomorrow we're going rafting- it's stupid cheap here. lol. 28euro/person. You absolutely cannot beat that! ::happy dance::