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Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Bled June 12th 2011

Shortly after arriving in Zagliacco in northern Italy, we spent a day going by steam train from the border town of Gorizia to Bled, a beautiful lakeside town in Slovenia. We were greeted by musicians and train attendants in traditional dress, travelled in 3rd class carriages and had a refreshment car with food and drink and a Slovenian Post Master in a special section to take our postcards. The Trans-Alpine railway was one of the last majestic projects of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, completed in 1909 to link Central Austria, Bohenia and Bavaria with Trieste on the Adriatic. This section of the line has the largest stone arch bridge in the world (at 85m) and a 6327m tunnel (took 10 minutes) through the mountains at the end of a long climb up from the plains of Italy. ... read more
First view of the river from the train
Taking water half way
The big German engine

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Bled April 26th 2011

Bled Sunday 24th April The small town and lake at Bled are very picture postcard. I’m trying to meet up with Martyn here who is Inter-railing with some friends across Europe in the opposite direction. We’ve arranged to try and meet up in Bled today. The journey from Ljubljana is again quite easy. There is a bus every hour and the journey takes about 80 minutes. Most bus fares in Slovenia seem to be around the €6 mark. The bus passes through quite a few picturesque villages on the way but it is Bled that seems to pull the tourists in with its location by the lake, its castle perched on top of a cliff, and the island-with-a-church in the middle of the lake. I manage to find Martyn and his friends {I don’t know how ... read more
A Family Reunion at Bled
Rowing Out To The Island
Bled Island

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Bled September 22nd 2010

Hi Here are a few photos of walking in the Julian Aps,,Slovenia. We started off in the Lake Bohinj area and then moved on to Bled. Great walking up to huge waterfalls . We took a cable car up a mountain then walked down 1000 metres - quite a drop. Bled was as beautiful as it looks on the posters but our attempts at rowing to the church on the island left a lot to be desired. The weather is good with sunny clear days and cold nights. They had loads of rain before we arrived so there is some flooding but we have been unaffected, luckily. We did have to lay a log over one swollen river to cross it ... Today we drove around and across the Alps - 50 hairpin bends to take ... read more
... and then walking down
Great views
Crossing a flooded river

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Bled August 12th 2010

I just couldnt go over another narrow, winding mountain pass. Every slovenian we met, told us that the drive to Bohinj over the mountain pass - is difficult and hard. When we were rafting our guide had asked us if we were taking the "car train" to Bohinj? Of course my ears picked up when I heard car train- finally an answer to my problem. Well sure enough there is a car train. You drive your car on to the car carriage, you sit in the car and an hour later (compared to the 2 1/2 hours it would take by car) your'e at Bohinj. I was sure it would cost us at least 80 euro but, we had a fun ride for the price of 12.50 On our first day we drove to Bled,which is ... read more
Hay Shwarma
Car train
on the car train

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Bled August 6th 2010

Walked around the lake, went on a kind of bobsled run, rowed out to the island and finished off with AMAZING cream cake that was invented here.... read more
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Train tracks in the water???

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Bled August 5th 2010

Went to a beautiful gorge with Cynthia, got lost in a small village and waited for a bus to come for an hour when we unknowing could have walked back to Bled in 15 mins.... read more
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Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Bled August 4th 2010

My first day there did not consist of much but eating, napping and getting to know an American girl doing a year RTW trip.... read more
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It looked better then it tasted.
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Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Bled June 20th 2010

Hello, Apologies for the delay in posting this entry (and the next and final one). Strangely for our expectations of Europe we have in fact struggled to find easily accessible internet with USB connection to upload blog entries and photos. For instance in the town of Bled, the only internet computers are located at the travel agencies and you can only use them to search the web! But to return to our adventures..... In order to have a truly wonderful time in Slovenia - and we heartily recommend that you come to this country if you ever have the chance - we suggest you do as we did. After farewelling Zagreb and its wonderful tofu-tasting fair and towering funicular, we caught the train to Ljubliana, the capital of Slovenia. We then exited the train station and ... read more
Lake Bled Island
Romantic gondola on Lake Bled
Riding the golden horns - Kranska Gora

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Bled May 20th 2010

Slovenia. A small country I knew nothing about apart from it being boarded by Croatia, Austria and Italy and had some Alps going for it and a pretty river. But I soon found out that this place and it’s people are so beautiful. I soaked up as much as possible and can’t wait to come back. Our Eastern Trekker group made the boarder crossing from Croatia without having to bribe anyone as is known to happen (although part of the European Union for a while the boarders are still in dispute). First we stopped off in the capital Ljubljana for a quick poke around the pretty city, but being a Sunday not much was happening. So we made our way to the Alps area and Bled where we were to stay for a couple of nights ... read more
mountain views
Mountain goat riding
Church of Assumption

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Bled September 14th 2009

Monday 14th September Blobbing in Bled The weather has turned to custard overnight and after the thunderstorm had passed through last night it had rained a fair amount and it was still raining lightly this morning. It was just as well that we did our walk around Lake Bled and drive to Lake Bohanij yesterday while it was at least dry. The guy who showed us our apartment on Saturday had said that it was predicted to be only 10C today and he was not far out.A quick look at the day encouraged us to stay in bed and watch TV.Of the places we have stayed in Eastern Europe this apartment has the best selection of cable channels in English to watch.Some places we have stayed there have been absolutely nothing in English available and we ... read more
Lake Bled in the rain




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