Blogs from Bled, Upper Carniola, Slovenia, Europe


Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Bled October 7th 2019

We awoke to a rather chilly morning in Kranjska Gora; our windscreen was covered in ice! After defrosting the windscreen / washing the ice away we set off towards Vintgar Gorge. The drive to Vintgar Gorge took about 40 minutes. After leaving the freeway and driving uphill for a while we ended up on a narrow road, which seems to be typical of the approach to tourist attractions in Slovenia! Eventually we reached the car park, paid our 5 euro parking fee and headed off to buy our 11 euro per person tickets for the Gorge. Vintgar Gorge is a 1.6km long gorge close to Bled. It’s one of the more popular tourist attractions in Slovenia, for good reason. We’d read that it gets really busy so to arrive early, but assumed that was only during ... read more
Vintgar Gorge
Vintgar Gorge
Vintgar Gorge

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Bled September 19th 2019

"Standing placidly in the shadows of the Julian Alps, ringed by thick forests and guarded by a stern medieval castle, is Slovenia’s beloved Lake Bled. At its center is Bled Island, home to one most beautiful churches on the planet and the “wishing bell,” a 16th century chime consecrated by the Pope himself that is believed to grant the wishes of all who ring it." On Thursday, we took a bus to Lake Bled, where the quintessential Slovenian photo of the church on the island in a lake is taken...It was still cool in the morning, and the sun started to come out just after we arrived. We decided to walk around the lake on the 6 kilometer path and opted not to hike up to castle. Part way around, we came to the Olympic Rowing ... read more
The lake, with a mute swan
Bled Castle
The Lake

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Bled August 1st 2019

Best sleep of the holiday:check, first cup of proper tea in a week :check, opening the lounge curtains and seeing lake Bled:check cuddling Seth on the sofa for an hour looking out into the lake:check. I'm definitely going to cry when we leave here! The morning yesterday was time for a ride on the tourist train to bled Town (it goes right past the door, I cannot over emphasise how much this is the best apartment in the world) and a trip first, to pub bled! More great views (totally unappreciated by Seth who decided pretending to be Dr elephant the dentist from Peppa with a leaflet as a mask was a far better way to spend the time) and a light snack and drink and then an explore. Despite having visited pub bleds toilets twice ... read more

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Bled July 31st 2019

Nuremburg seems about 3 weeks ago. It should have been a 4 hour journey to Salzburg with a nice 2 hour stop in a lovely park for a picnic, getting to our tyrolean home for a nice early tea, a wander round and early bed. Nice. Instead we had our annual 'this should take four hours but will actually take 10' journey . It was 8 hours on the road with a couple of half hour stops (still at the lovely park mind you) and some of southern germany's finest villages, dirt roads and farm tracks. Seth proved himself again to be a very able traveller with no complaining, no grumpiness and perfect cheeriness the whole time. When we finally cleared the closed road and got back on the autobahn, it was time for a stop. ... read more

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Bled May 14th 2019

Dies hier ist tatsächlich mein erster Blog aus Europa in 10 Jahren Travelblog. Bisher waren mir die Trips nach Italien, Frankreich oder Spanien irgendwie nie spannend genug, hatte ich immer das Gefühl, dass es da nicht so viel zu erzählen und erinnern gibt außer weinseligen Abenden und Strandbildern. Warum also jetzt? Ich glaube weil für mich das "alte Jugoslawien" irgendwie immer noch nach Abenteuer riecht, auch wenn es zu einem großen Teil doch schon lange zu Europa, ja sogar zu einem nicht unerheblichen Teil zur EU gehört. Aber die immer noch erschreckend lebendige Geschichte der Region (zum Beispiel in Form der Landminen in Bosnien und Herzegowina oder dem aktuellen Konflikt in Albanien), die Andersartigkeit von Land und Leuten und die Hoffnung, hier noch ein paar unverfälschte, noch nicht vom Massentourismus ‚versaute‘ Orte zu finden, überwiegen. Vier ... read more
Vintgar Klamm
Vintgar-Klamm mit der Junior-Wandererin
Alte Eisenbahnbrücke in der Vintgar-Klamm

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Bled April 29th 2019

Where in the world is Gabby the motorhome? Parked up on Camping Bled wondering why the price of this campsite has risen from 15 euros and a few cents to over 34 euros in 6 years. That is inflation taken to a ridiculous degree. My comments written in their welcome book suggested that the campfees were rather over the top for what was just a bog basic campsite. I feel it probably fell on deaf ears. Haviz some eastern philosopher said " If you are not travelling and on the road how can you call yourself a guide" Well today I shall do my best to be your guide and give you an insight into a day on the road in a motorhome on a journey which took us out of Germany , into Austria and ... read more
Lake Bled through the trees
On the side of the lake
Bled town

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Bled September 27th 2018

Today we are going to Lake Bled. I have been looking forward to this because I’ve heard it’s really beautiful, although my daughters have counselled against swimming, due to the enormous fish. It’s 4 degrees, so swimming isn’t featuring in our plans. It’s not until we leave the hostel in Ljubljana that we realise how foggy it is. However, as we head north towards the Julian Alps, the fog lifts and the sun appears. First stop is Vintgar Gorge; a gorge with a river running through it. You can walk along a 1600m boardwalk which follows the gorge, crossing the river several times for great views of the rapids and waterfalls. Then we continue to Bled. It’s warmed up somewhat by now, so I stop moaning about not having packed gloves and even shed one of ... read more
Vintgar Gorge
Vintgar Gorge
Vintgar Gorge

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Bled May 28th 2018

Monday, May 28 Today we left beautiful Plitvice Lakes National Park and traveled to Opatija, which is on the coast of northern Croatia. While on the route our tour guide, Branko, pointed out an island called Krk. Someone on the bus asked him if he wanted to buy a vowel. Missing vowels everywhere! I've noticed the architecture of the buildings has changed alot and looks more Austrian. Opatija is a cute, small coastal town and was and still is the vacation spot for wealthy Eastern Europeans. I walked the waterfront promenade, Lungomare, and soon our group was on it's way to Slovenia. The border crossing into Slovenia was uneventful & this time I did get a stamp in my passport (did not get one in Montenegro), and we traveled to Postojina (poh-STOY-nah) Caves. Since the whole ... read more
Route from the coast to the caves & Lake Bled
Croatia countryside
Croatia countryside

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Bled September 20th 2017

This morning we woke up to an overnight dusting of snow on the high mountains surrounding Lake Bled. We can see the snow capped mountains from one of our two panoramic balconies. The day is overcast, but at least it is not raining. After breakfast in our apartment, we commenced walking around the lake with Liz and Darrol, and settled on a Gondola Type Boat Ride out to Bled Island. The young guy rowing the boat (which had around ten passengers) had a relatively easy run out to the island, where he waited for forty minutes to allow us time to explore the island. We settled in for coffee and cake in the coffee shop, and then took some quick photos before rejoining the boat for the row back to shore. By then, however, a strong ... read more

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Bled September 19th 2017

The predicted rain for today eventuated, and rather than sit in our apartment and mope, we donned our raincoats, warm gear and hiking boots, and headed for Vintgar Gorge. The gorge lies four kms north west of Bled, is 1.6 kms long and was carved out by the Radovna River. The sheer canyon walls are 50 to 100 mtrs high, whilst the river has many rapids and whirlpools as it gushes through the canyon. With the rain fall over the past few days, the river was really pumping, sending mist up into the gorge. At the end of the gorge is the majestic 13 mtr Sum Falls (literally, 'noisy falls'), the largest river waterfall in Slovenia. In 1893 the gorge was equipped with wooden observation walkways and bridges, and was opened to the public on August ... read more

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