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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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Jane Lady of Leisure

May 4, 2013 - Venice & Slovenia

Last Wednesday we set off from St Tropez along the very attractive and evocative Côte d’Azur, past Nice and even caught sight of the rooftops of some apartment complexes in Monte Carlo. Progress was understandably not fast; we were avoiding autoroutes both on cost grounds and a desire to see more of the area. Crossed into Italy expecting our progress to improve. Wrong! Firstly, the coastline to St Remo was spectacular with the edge of the Alps dropping dramatically into the blue Med, the road was single carriageway and passing through...

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Sep 24, 2012 - Lake Bled, Republic of Slovenia

     It's become ironic how I started my post from Vienna about a dark and stormy morning!  We're sitting here on Monday night (it's dark!), watching the lightning flashes and listening to the thunder roll and rain pound on the window.  It has been a fantastic, and too brief stay, in this beautiful country.       First of all, we are in Slovenia, not to be confused with Slovakia (the eastern half of the former Czechoslovakia), or Slovonia  (a region in neighboring Croatia).  Slovenia is a small country, tucked into the corner between Italy,...

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Sep 7, 2012 - Bled, Slovenia

Friday, September 7 It was another early morning as our group met just after 7 AM to walk to the bus station and take the bus to Bled for the day. It's only about 40 km from Ljubljana, but the bus stops in every little town, so it was an 1-1/2 hour journey. The scenery was amazing. As tired as I was, I couldn't sleep on this trip. Lake Bled is Slovenia's leading mountain resort, complete with an alpine panorama, a fairy-tale island, a cliff-hanging medieval castle, a lazy lakeside promenade and the country's most sought after desserts....

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Sep 3, 2012 - Bled water

Bled water We biked   34 miles for a total of   98 miles Got up to no rain or overcast weather. This is a layover day in Bled. We decided to bike to a cascade of rapids and waterfalls. Also we would travel along a canyon retaking in the sights. Set out biking to Vintgar gorge. This is a beautiful deep gorge just outside of Bled. The Sava river flows swiftly through this area.  Rapids and waterfalls throughout.  As this is in the Triglav National park, Slovenia has done a nice job managing this. Later we biked  another gorge specifically...

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Balkans 2012

Sep 2, 2012 - Bled

Bled Today we biked    22 Miles for a total of  64 miles Woke to overcast but dry conditions in Ljubliana. Packed up our gear and headed for the train station to buy tickets for Lake Bled. We went bacK to town and watched a Slovenian folk dance singing group. Curiously, there also was a antique US Army jeep display. All these vehicles were in excellent shape. We then went to the train station for our trip to Bled. The countryside was beautiful as we trained. Pam pointed out tall wooden stacks for drying hay that are unique to Slovenia. The...

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Balkans 2012

Aug 22, 2012 - Slovenia - Bohinj & Bled

10th August 2012 (Bed 61) A You-Tube video we had seen back at home loured us to the Bled lakes area and its surroundings. Our first stop took us to Bohinj lake district which was still in Slovenia. What an amazingly beautiful place! As we drove into the town, the spectacular views of the lake alone made you want to stop and admire the area. People everywhere, walking and running on the trail, cycling, sunbathing and swimming in the very inviting lake water. Arthur was starting to get itchy feet. I could see that he was missing his bike and...

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Jun 19, 2012 - From Padova to Bled June 10th-20th

So the next day of my arrival in Padova I got to relax a bit and hang out Anita's place. We went to go see her garden. I learned to love her garden because she would pick up all the vegetables that we would eat later. We then went into the center of town I got to see a bit of the famous landmarks of the town, and a gret local Osteria where we had a spritz. We picked up some pizza on the way home and hung out at her place for rest of evening. The next I was determined to get a good visit of the city and I got to see a lot of beautiful and...

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Sep 20, 2011 - Bled

We took the bus to Bled where we climbed up to Bled Castle and swam in lake Bled to the island, however due to our underclad and wet situation on the sunday afternoon we didn't think it appropriate to visit the church. Bled has some magnificent views of the lake and surrounding mountains. The following day we set off on our hire bike to the Julian Alps. 20km uphill later we arrived at the foothill of the Alps with firey, red-hot arses, only to be greeted with a thunderstorm on the horizon. Thus we morphed into road-runners and the down-hill...

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Jun 6, 2011 - Cycling Bled

OK so it rained all last night and was raining this morning. Not happy, but wandered down to the lake to see the sun just teasing me through the clouds. So I hired a bike and went for a ride around the lake. Its easily walkable around lake Bled, but I've walked so much this holidays, the plethora of bike hiring agencies must be onto something to be hiring out bikes. So got myself a pretty decent mountain bike for 6 euros and off I went. Everyone was walking. I can't understand why, as its amazing wizzing along the path with the views of...

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