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Jun 5, 2017 - Bled

The morning starts off with uploading pictures to the blog then down for breakfast before packing up my mags and heading out to the Ljubljana Castle sure glad I have a GPS unit LOL, drove to the top of the hill and found a parking space. A walk through the castle nice, today it is overcast so was cooler checking out the castle, then it was back in the car heading to Bled a small town about 50km. Once there I am to early to check into the hotel so I head to the Bled castle on top of the hill over looking the the town, parking at the bottom...

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May 25, 2017 - Bled, Slovenia

Thursday, May 25, 2017 Rovinj - Bled At the border we all had to get out of the bus to show our passport, get it scanned and stamped. Croatia and Slovenia both belong to the EU but Croatia is not part of the Schengen Agreement yet. They have yet to meet all the criteria. Countries that are part of the Schengen Agreement have abolished their borders and use one currency. Croatia still uses their "own" kuna. Once in Slovenia, we slowly started to notice that the houses are newer. The Slovenian economy is better than that of Croatia. We were...

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May 24, 2017 - Day 8 Lake Bled – Pilgrimage to Basilica of Mary the Helper & Exploring Radovljica’s Old Town

Annie can’t sleep so she is up at sunrise for a walk around the lake before the day’s adventure – a bus trip to Brezje the major pilgrimage destination in Slovenia. We got more than we bargained for as today is the feast day and there is a major service being conducted at the basilica when we arrive. The church is full and the Bishop of Slovenia is running the show. This throws our carefully laid plans into chaos as we have to wait for this major service to be completed and then a smaller service before we can start taking photos. It is...

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May 23, 2017 - Day 7 Lake Bled – Church of the Assumption, Bled Island

We went for a walk this morning. Poor communication (listening on Bob’s part) and his inability to match Annie’s pace resulted in Bob walking to the castle and Annie walking around the lake. We both arrived back at home around the same time. After breakfast we set off looking for a boatman to take us to Bled island. In the end we had to walk half-way round the lake before we come across a boatman who was operating. 10 minutes to the island, 40 minutes on the island and 10 minutes back for 14 euros/passenger. The boats can take about 30...

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May 22, 2017 - Day 6 Lake Bled – Blejsko Grad (Bled Castle)

No walk this morning as we are going to the castle. The walk is a steady climb upwards from the edge of the lake past St Martin’s church. The castle is imposing from below and appears impregnable on all but one side. Inside the castle has been renovated to tourism with souvenir shops, a café/bar & restaurant. We take the opportunity at the open air café to indulge in the local delicacy kremna rezina, a Slovenian vanilla slice with the addition of a vanilla cream layer. Fantastic - we've waited over a week before sampling one of these which...

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May 21, 2017 - Lake Bled Day 5 – Ojstrica & Osojnica

It’s raining when we wake up so we have a lie in this morning before a lazy Sunday breakfast. The rain has cleared and we head off for a walk to Ojstrica and Osojnica which are two of the best vantage points for photos around Lake Bled. Neither of these climbs would fall into the easy category. Both are steep and have rocky, scrambling footing. Ojstrica gives wonderful views straight down the lake over the island to Bled township. David & Judith settle for this as their reward for some hard work while Bob & Annie push on to Osojnica – not...

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May 20, 2017 - Lake Bled Day 4 – Kuhovnica and the Bled Food & Wine Festival

We are both up early to circumnavigate the lake. On the way we divert to St Martins arriving just before a morning service so the church is open and Bob is able to get inside for some photos. Walking through Bled on to the other side of the lake where we stop on a bridge to take some photos of trout and ducks by the water’s edge. (Editor's note: the next paragraph is now known as THE INCIDENT.) Bob drops his sunglasses into the lake but it is only shallow and they appear to be within reach so he heads down to retrieve them. It’s taken over...

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May 18, 2017 - Lake Bled Day 2 – Vintgar Gorge

Annie is up early and heads off for her walk locating the route to the castle and walking it to make sure it isn’t too challenging for the rest of us. After breakfast Darja’s husband Ladlow picks us up to take us to Vintgar Gorge which is the major tourist attraction in the area outside of the lake, church and castle, The gorge track is about 1.5 kms in length and runs through the bottom of the gorge that is 100 metres deep in places and has regular cascades in the narrows that have been hewn through the softer rocks. The gorge is that...

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May 17, 2017 - Lake Bled Day 1

Annie is up early for her walk but hangs around chatting with David & Judith for some time before she heads off. After breakfast and Annie’s return we all head off to circumnavigate the lake using the short cut path that Annie discovered this morning. We walk down to the regatta centre and then counter clockwise along the west, south and eastern shores stopping regularly to take photos of the Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Maria on the island in the lake and then Blejski Grad (Bled Castle) which sits high on exposed rock overlooking...

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May 16, 2017 - Ljubljana to Lake Bled

We were originally intending to catch a mid-day train but given yesterday’s experience we decided to catch an earlier train and take the chance of getting into our accommodation early rather than wasting time waiting. An interesting railway experience, we were late leaving Ljubljana and fell further behind schedule during the journey and we started worrying that we would miss our connection at Jesenice as there was only a 5 minute window between trains. Annie spoke to the guard who assured us that the train would wait for us but he would...

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Oct 11, 2016 - Lake Bled, Slovenia

Today was a get on the bus and travel day, but it was punctuated by a stop at Lake Bled. Partially surrounded by the Julian Alps, Lake Bled (pronounced “blayed”) is northwest of Ljubljana. For over eight centuries it was managed by the Bishops of Brixen who originally staffed the castle overlooking the lake with knights. In 1803 the Austrian Hapsburgs took possession, followed by Napoleon from 1809 to 1813 when it again reverted to Austria. When feudalism dissolved, the land including the castle and lake, fell into private ownership and...

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Oct 4, 2016 - Day5 & 6 Monday and Tuesday

The last two days were spent in Zagred, Croatia and the surrounding area. On the drive we stopped in a town in Slovenia called Ljubljana. In each city we are met by a local guide. Since the streets are so narrow there is limited bus access so the tour is in great part a walking tour of the city center. Ljubljana was voted the greenest city in Europe 2016. They are very proud of that and rightfully so. Very clean and again a small city in Europe as you would expect. Notice in some of the included pictures. Steve especially liked Ljubljana as...

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