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Lake Bled - to be seen to be believed

Slept in until 8am and left for the bus station beside the train station at 10.45am. Got some yummy bread rolls and fruit to snack on. Our Flix bus left at 11.20am and arrived into Ljubljana in Slovenia at 2.45pm. Tickets cost 16 E. We had a 30 minute break in Maribor.

With Graz being close to the border we soon were in Slovenia and started heading back into mountainous country but not as high as the Austrian alps. The steep hillsides are heavily forested and soon there were more beautiful snow capped alps to be seen. Again there were numerous long tunnels though mountains we drove through . Slovenia is only a small country of 2 million people and 66 percent of it is covered in forest. It used to be part of Yugoslavia. It might be small but it has the most stunning scenery!

Once we arrived in to Ljubljana we bought a bus ticket for 12 E return for the 1 ½ hour trip to Bled leaving at 3pm. We then went into the train station and bought our train ticket to Belgrade in Serbia on Sunday for 25 E. All very easy with most people speaking english.

Heading to Bled we were heading again towards very high snow capped mountains called the Julian Alps. This little town has 5000 people and is famous for its emerald green lake, picture postcard church in an islet, medieval castle clinging on a rocky cliff and snow capped mountains as a backdrop!

Off the bus we only had to walk 150 metres before we arrived at the reception hut for Ace of spades Hostel. A friendly young man was waiting outside and welcomed us . We are in a twin room for 15 E each a night. It is in a very old cute concrete home that has a street either side of it so when you look out the pointed front cars seem to be heading straight for you

Over the road is a small supermarket in a lovely old building and I can see it out of my attic window from top bunk .

Just down the road from us at the bus station I went to buy some water from a tour booking shop ( Mamut) and on seeing a brochure started to ask questions about one of the tours. We ended up booking a 12 hour tour tomorrow for 69E.

We headed down to the lake at 6pm to do the easy 6 km walk on the path around it - only took 1 hour. This place had been on my bucket list for years and did not disappoint!! In the middle of the lake is a tiny island with church on it, on one side of the lake are vertical rock cliffs with an imposing castle perched on the top and on 2 sides of the lake are snow capped mountains. It is incredibly pretty - hence all the photos below!!!

After the walk we cooked up some dinner in the hostel kitchen. We have decided we love this place so much that we need to stay 3 nights and will see in the morning if we can stay an extra night

Expenses:

Accommodation 30 E for 2 nights Dinner 8 E Tour 69 E

Rest stop in Maribor Bus station

Rest stop in Maribor Bus station


Slovenian chalet

Slovenian chalet


Church on the island

Church on the island


Lake Bled

Lake Bled


Lake bled

Lake bled


Lake Bled

Lake Bled


Alps in background

Alps in background


Incredible clear green water - can see the fish

Incredible clear green water - can see the fish


Mum with island and alps

Mum with island and alps


Island

Island


Island and alps

Island and alps


Island

Island


Boarded walkway

Boarded walkway


Island

Island


Island

Island


Island

Island


Island and alps

Island and alps


island

island


Boat and castle on cliffs

Boat and castle on cliffs


Castle

Castle


Swans and cygnets

Swans and cygnets


Tunnel in rock for the road

Tunnel in rock for the road


Castle

Castle


Coming back into Bled town

Coming back into Bled town


Pletna boats

Pletna boats


Swans making a heart

Swans making a heart


Our hostel with my attic window open

Our hostel with my attic window open


Old village buildings

Old village buildings


Supermarket photographed through my attic window

Supermarket photographed through my attic window

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Slovenia

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