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Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Bled August 31st 2006

Bled Like Alice I had stepped into a fairytale; plunged down the rabbit hole into a world of magic and wonder. After yet another sleep in a train station (this time Ljubljana), I arrived in Bled and what a sight I saw. A deep turqoise lake, so clear you can see rocks metres below. The water was almost unbelievably calm and placid as if it had never even been touched by the forces of nature. This lake was surrounded by mountains around the horizon on all sides; towering above with its grey peaks and lush green forests below peacefully leading up to the lake's edge. Right on the edge of one side of the lake stood a hill the whole way down the side, and in the middle of this hill was a steep stone cliff, ... read more
Julian Alps
Kayakers on the Soca River
Bled Jezero (Lake Bled)

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana August 29th 2006

Hello all! I've arrived safe and sound!! It is so beautiful here... very lush and green and lots of mountains. I have yet to go exploring beyond the little home I am staying in due to harsh harsh jet lag, but tomorrow offers load of possibilities! Please pray a prayer of thanks for Simona and Mr. and Mrs. Pirih (her parents)... they are graciously taking care of me at this time and I am SO thankful for everything they have done for me! All my love, will post pictures soon! Mel.... read more

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Bled August 28th 2006

Today we caught the bus up to Bled, a tourist oriented village on the shores of a pretty little lake of the same name. The landscape is absolutely stunning: lush green forests all around, a lake of clear blue water, a castle-topped cliff rising dramatically above the town and a church on an island in the midst of it all. We spent a couple of hours wandering round the lake, chatting with ducks and soaking in the sub-alpine splendour. We'd picked up a few ingredients back in town and so had ourselves a picnic on the lake edge, watching the locals and their puppies strutting their way along in the sunshine. After lunch we made the steep climb up through the trees to the castle. It was unfortunately a little on the pricey side, but the ... read more

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana August 27th 2006

So it turns out that Ljubljana is perhaps even prettier than Zagreb. It doesnt quite have the same charm, due to the over abundance of tourists in a smaller area, but it is nevertheless still pretty charming. The castle is a wee hike up the hill but the views are neat. Lucky for us the fog had cleared and we could see the mountains all around as well as all the red rooves of the town below. Corb spat off the side, tsk tsk. The buildings around town are beautiful and there are churches of all different colours and shapes. Even the bridges are exciting, with Dragon Bridge obviously being the best; everyone knows that Dragons Rule! On the weekend there were all sorts of music and live drama type things going on in the central ... read more

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana August 21st 2006

On my first day in Slovenia I only saw the Ljub train station, my hostel, and the bars next to my hostel. I started out early the next day to see the city. Ljub has been described as a mini-Prague, like that city was before it was discovered by hordes of tourists. Based on that I had an image in my mind of what the city would be like. And it wasnt like I imagined. It doesnt remind me of Prague at all, and that disappointed me. Still, Ljub is a nice, very small city. Its center is gorgeous, with beautiful old crumbly buildings (a favorite of mine!), some spires, a couple of neat old churches, and a big castle on a hill. (OK...sounding like Prague...but it still doesnt look like Prague at all, and is ... read more

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Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana August 20th 2006

I arrived in Ljubljana - which I still have trouble pronouncing, and spelling with all those consenants - mid-afternoon. I immediately went off to find and check into my hostel, the Celica. I liked the place right off the bat. As a former prison-turned-artsy-fartsy-hostel-bar, I was expecting something different from your average hostel and I was not disappointed. The place is really clean, has lots of cool spaces to hang out, and everyone is super-friendly. Within around 5 minutes of arriving at Celica, I was in my room - a 12-bed dorm unfortunately as all the smaller, prison cell rooms were already booked. I immediately met two blokes - 42 year old David from Whales and 23-year old Cathal (pronounced Ko-hal) from Ireland. We went down to the Celica bar where we drank a number of ... read more

Europe » Slovenia August 14th 2006

Slovenia is a relatively small country. Its population is around 2,000,000. I must say though, for such a small country it really packs a punch!! From the peaks of the majestic Jesenice Alps to the deep underground chambers of the Skocjan caves, this country has something for all travellers whether you are backpacking or going 5-star luxury. We spent time in Lake Bled, Piran, Koper, Ljubljana (the capital city) and also visited the Skojcan caves. Lake Bled is a premier attraction of Slovenia. In winter, the lake freezes and the alps are blanketed in pure white snow. Its a winter wonderland. IN summer ( when we visited) the lake becomes a place to relax, unwind and walk. You can swim in the lake-the water is cool but crystal clear. In peak season it pays to book ... read more
Lake Bled
Lake Bled
Piran in the evening

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana August 13th 2006

I am going to jump ahead one stop to tell you about my time in Slovenia. (Budapest update to come later.) I'll start by saying this, "You should go!" In fact, go right now if possible. I found Slovenia to be brilliant. In the northwest it has the Julian Alps, in the east it has wine country, the southwest has a bit of coast (and you can always go to Croatia for more of that), and Ljubljana is a truly beautiful capital city. Ljubljana (lube-lee-on-a) has only around 300,000 people but boasts quite an amazing history and culture. There is more picturesque architecture than there is memory in my camera. Whether it's the hilltop castle, brightly painted churches, greening copper statues, pastels of fading paint, art nouveau residences, etc...LJ has plenty of pleasing visuals. In fact, ... read more
The Dragon Bridge 2
Lake Bohinj
Lake Bohinj 2

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana August 12th 2006

It was a 4 hour train ride to Ljubjana from Venice and i was excited the entire way knowing i was going to catch up with Luke who i hadnt seen in 8 months! When i arrived it was raining and so i navigated my way to the hostel as quickly as possible however alas by the time i arrived i was drenched. When i got there they put me in the wrong room so i actually thought Luke and Chris hadnt arrived yet which was alarming because i know they should have by then, however then i heard Lukes unmistakable voice yell out to me and we were reunited!!! that night we had a few celebratoy drinks in a bar but even though it was a saturday night the city was dead!! In the morning ... read more
Mad haircuts
good lid
Ljubjana

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana August 10th 2006

Hey all... Eighteen days and I am outa here! I'm going to miss everyone so very much, but I know the next 10 months are going to go SO quickly. Anyway, to keep up to date on my travels keep checking my blog and I'll try to keep it as up to date as possible. I will do my best to respond to e-mails too, but my mother does take presidence in personal e-mails so the rest of y'all will have to wait! Godbless you all and I hope everyone has a wonderful year at school and work! mel.... read more




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