The real reason we chose to go to Slovenia was to visit Bled.
No doubt you’ve all seen the picture of the island on the lake with the church sat proudly on top?
That picture is what drew me to this country.
So after being extremely surprised by how wonderful Ljubljana was, I couldn’t wait to explore the next part on our itinerary.
So a quick train journey took us to our next stop.
Bled was everything we thought it would be. The lake is stunning.
On the first night we joined in on an annual event. Although I’m not sure we quite did it justice.
The residents (and other tourists) form a circle around the lake, called the circle of friendship.
When we went, they decided to showcase their Slovenian Olympic talent who will be representing in Rio de Janeiro. A couple of torches were lit and carried around the lake by two previous athletes, and as you can imagine the atmosphere was really quite something.
^^the Bled Christmas market just by the lake.
With a world record attempt of the biggest circle of friendship, we were meant to shine our glow-sticks once the event had occurred.
Shame we didn’t quite get that meme. Talk about feeling awkward! So if you happen to see pictures, you’ll notice an obvious dark space where we were standing amongst everyone else!
The following day we navigated our way to Bled Castle.
The easiest way to access the castle is to use the steps which seem quite achievable and fairly straight forward.
But with a pram it’s a different matter. The walk is much longer and involves trying to figure out the roads leading up to the castle.
And just as you find the path, you realise how steep it is. Unless you like the burning feeling of exercise I recommend perhaps getting a car up there! But it’s not impossible.
One tip, book a table at the restaurant and you’ll get free entrance into the castle. The view is spectacular and the food was top notch.
But only those that reserve get to sit by the floor to ceiling window with the most amazing view. Everyone else gets turned away and told to sit elsewhere, so for the best seats, good food and free entrance make sure to book ahead 😉
After a great New Year’s which involved us staying in and watching the fireworks over the lake while Little London slept soundly, we woke up and met up with two of our friends who had flown in for a short winter break.
^^ You can just about see the side of our wooden cabin near the top of the picture.
We decided to get a pletna (traditional boat) across the lake to Bled island.
The mistiness and still water made the journey so serene and peaceful.
We didn’t get the chance to ring the church bell but we did have some fun on the steps leading up to the church.
It’s legend that you’ll have a happy marriage if your groom can carry you up the full flight of steps. Although none of us were getting married we gave it a shot! Well sort of… we did cheat
a little a lot. 😉
With one full day left, we all jumped into the car (rented by our friends) and headed off to Bohinj for the day.
Being the Winter, there weren’t that many people about, in fact I think we only came across one other couple at the lake.
It’s quite something standing on the edge of such a beautiful place with no one else around you other than your family and friends.
^^Trying to break the frozen ice around the lake.
But we did manage a quick trip up Vogel to go zip lining. I actually think the cable car to the top was scarier than the zip lining, but it was fun and something we can’t not do if there’s an opportunity to do it!
Accessing the nearby waterfall wasn’t appropriate with a pram or a walking toddler, so we left our friends to climb the steps to the Savica waterfall while we pottered about with the little one.
With another night closing in we headed back to our wooden cabin, lit the fire and settled down for a nice chilled out evening before our long journey to Vienna in the morning.