Thursday May 8th ~ Bled, Slovenia
Located in the northwestern portion of Slovenia, the city sits on the bank of glacial Lake Bled. Any one of the major tourist attractions in the area would make this a favorite destination. When you combine the crystal clear lake dotted with white swans, Bled Castle, the tiny island with the Assumption of Mary Pilgrimage Church, the snow-crested Julian Alps in the background and nearby Triglav National Park this wins in all categories ~ scenery, natural beauty, history, charm, and variety.
And did I mention crystal clear water?
Our Park Hotel was situated right on the lake shoreline. The national sport of Slovenia is rowing and you can watch individuals and teams practice, feed the many ducks and swans, sit and people watch from a well placed bench, walk or ride a bike around the 4 mile pathway that circles the lake. It you want a break, stop in at one of several cafes for a cappuccino and try the famous local cream pastry.
Built on a high rocky precipice overlooking the lake, this medieval castle was first mentioned in a deed back in 1011.
An optional excursion started with taking a special row-boat called a pletna out to the island.
Assumption of Mary Pilgrimage Church
Leading up to the church are 99 steps. Long a favorite place for couples to marry, the groom traditionally carries the bride up the steps, while she must remain silent. If that can occur, the odds are in favor of a successful marriage.
In the church another tradition is to make a wish and then ring the church bell three times. It takes a bit more strength than you might think, and I almost landed on the floor after a few mighty pulls. I later found out I rang it about a dozen times!
Less than an hours drive past emerald fields and snow-capped mountains brought us to our next stop…
Mount Triglav sits in the middle of the National Park and is the highest peak in the Julian Alps.
And a couple more pictures today, just because…
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful for digital cameras. I have been a prolific photographer for many years. With the constant improvements in cameras, lenses, size of cards, and photo editing tools, I am able to snap to my heart’s content without “wasting” film and money to develop each trial.