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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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Oct 2, 2016 - Sunday Day 5

Today is Sunday October 2. We had such a great day I wanted to share it. This morning although it was rainy and considerably cooler we took a trip to the top of the mountain here in Bled Slovenia.. The ride up the mountain was beautiful. Many little viilages looking just as you woul expect in Europe. Window boxes full of flowers in front of all the windows. Ski resort was very steep and you can imagine how it is when it snows. This afternoon we went to one of the largest caves we have ever seen. The US has nothing to compare. First we took...

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Oct 1, 2016 - Recap of 1st four days

Started journey with a ride to airport by brother Gary. Arrived in Vienna via Dublin 12 hours later. Great uneventful trip. Stayed at Marriott called English riding school for two nights. Used Viennas electric bus and found our way to city center Vienna. Home of MANY museums. Home of the Hapsburgs one of the most influential monarchs in Europe. There is a castle that has 18 wings, 2300 rooms. Took one of the on off buses for an overview of the city. It is a very clean city. Joined the Trafalgar tour group Friday afternoon. There are about...

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Sep 27, 2016 - Now To Slovenia!

Day 17 – Tuesday 27th September Zagreb, Croatia – Bled, Slovenia - 124miles, total to date = 1,926miles We thought our troubles were over but Ethel, our satnav, decided to burp & give up the ghost just as we were leaving Zagreb. This is the fourth version of Ethel that we have had in just over two years & all have caused problems on our longer trips. I am actually carrying two other small satnav as backups as we have lost faith in Ethel. Only problem here was that neither of them had maps for Croatia or Slovenia so we were well & truly...

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Aug 15, 2015 - Lake Bled

DAY 19: Lake Bled ! Lake Bled !!! Aug 15 I recently read a travel piece which included Lake Bled as a place you have to see! I must say that I agree. The only organised tour event on the walk was a day trip to Lake Bled. It is magnificent. The private tour also went to a heritage town on the way, Skoja Lokja. another bigger and lake and a gorge on the way home. Tito had his summer residence at Lake Bled. It has a castle and a church on an island in the middle. Beautiful clear, fresh water! Too much to do in a day. The temperature has...

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Jun 25, 2015 - Bled

Thursday, June 25 to Saturday, June 27th. I spent a couple of frustrating hours last night and this morning trying to access the WiFi. Apparently the storm had wrecked havoc with what was a very weak signal to begin with. There were many unhappy campers!, me included. I don’t think I have mentioned before the unique way many of the trailers are parked in Europe. As we were leaving we noticed one being maneuvered and that reminded me that I hadn’t shared experience. Bill was quite intrigued when he first saw it in Avignon. The trailer seemed...

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May 5, 2015 - Bled, Slovenia

We are in beautiful Bled, Slovenia with our son, Jerry Junior. He flew into Ljubljana International Airport and we took the bus from Trieste to meet him. We rented a car and drove about 35 miles to see the incredible lake and town. Lake Bled is a lake in the Julian Alps in northwestern Slovenia, where it adjoins the town of Bled. The area is a popular tourist destination. The lake is of mixed glacial and tectonic origins. It is 6,960 feet long and 4,530 feet wide with a maximum depth of 97 feet. The lake is situated in a picturesque...

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Oct 15, 2014 - If it's Wednesday, it must be Slovenia

Day 10; Wednesday, Oct 15. Today is our only rainy day but it's perfect timing because it's also cave day. The weather has been so warm (mid 70's) that many of us brought too many warm clothes after going by the online weather predictions of 60 degrees so there are a lot of people in long sleeves. Most of our group are from warm states--TX, FL, CA--anyway so they're comfortable wearing jackets in this very temperate weather but we're not! elise's "I've been in the same top for 10 days" shirt is sleeveless and mine is a cap sleeve (altho I...

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Sep 1, 2014 - Changing of the seasons

And so September arrives, bringing with it the rain and a sudden drop in temperature. My shorts are reluctantly packed away and I head back to the bus station to hop on a bus for Bled. It's lunchtime when I arrive and the apartment owner gives me a very extensive rundown of what to do, see, and eat - complete with a map where she highlights the top three cream cake shops. As she points out, one night isn't much time for a visit to Lake Bled, so I will have to be very fast. That was indeed my plan. My apartment's not actually ready yet so...

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May 25, 2014 - Hike ‘till you drop!

We completed 6 hikes this week and have now spent so much time together in our camper van that we both decided Saturday should be designated as a “Mental Health” day, where we each went our own way all day and met for dinner in the evening. The more we see of Slovenia, the better it gets. In fact, we cannot think of one good reason why anyone would not like this small, unspoilt and spectacular country. The hiking is endless, distances are small, the people are friendly and everyone has time for you in this, the off season. Oh yes, and...

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Jun 20, 2013 - Spectacularly beautiful Bled, Slovenia

Whooeeee, just when I thought Eastern/Central Europe could get no better, I arrived in Bled and it just did .... What an unbelievably, beautiful place Bled is, just 'bleddy' beaut, I tell you. The town of Bled is actually a national park, it is almost like a ski resort with the chalet type cabins and you can see the ski slopes which are at present just green grassy slopes. The little town is surrounded by the Julian Alps (still with snow covered peaks), with a massive beautiful lake in the middle which has thermal springs flowing into it so...

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