Lazy days in surprising SloveniaMonday, September 21, 2015
Surprising Slovenia - a gorgeous country tucked away on the edge of Eastern Europe, sandwiched between Austria, Croatia, Hungry and Italy. As I said last week - Slovenia is not a country I've really considered visiting until recently, but now that I've been I can't seem to stop talking about how wonderful it was.
As my baby bump is getting slightly unwieldy these days, hubbs and I wanted to go somewhere super relaxing for the last bank holiday in 2015 when we would be sans-baby. I'd read good things about Lake Bled in several blog posts and the flights were cheap so we decided to give Slovenia a whirl...
... and what we found was a little slice of lakeside heaven that was relatively tourist free (yus!!) with gorgeous landscape eye candy in every direction.
Lake Bled is approximately six kilometres in circumference, so you can comfortably walk around the whole perimeter in a little over an hour (so they say). In actual fact the walk took us the entire day when we first arrived due to:
- my excessive photo taking (like every minute)
- all the delicious cafés and restaurants along the waters edge that were just crying out for me to stop and sample food/coffee/local cream cake
- the numerous swimming spots that also needed to be experienced, at least for a paddle.
In the centre of Lake Bled is the famous Lake Bled Island that is home to the Church of the Assumption - a small Gothic church that sits at the top of a 99 stone stairs. Tradition states that if you want to get married here the groom must carry his bride up all of the 99 steps - a rather scary thought I must say.
Alas, love is everywhere in Lake Bled - there's even a 'love seat' by the lake that smitten couples can have their picture taken at sitting in the frame of a large heart...
We didn't have lake side accommodation. Instead we chose a more affordable B&B about five minutes walk from the lake shore. It was lovely though - and felt very country like. This was the view from our private balcony. Just perfect for relaxing in the evenings...
The rest of our days followed a very similar pattern. There was lots of lovely swimming, sunning and all-round relaxing.
On our second-to-last day we decided to visit Lake Bohinj, the largest lake in Slovenia on recommendation from our B&B host. Lake Bohinj is about a thirty minute bus ride from Bled, and was just as picturesque...
Along the lake shore were hundreds of lake trout sunning themselves in the water. This dog was having a lot of fun chasing both them and the ducks. Thankfully he was not successful in catching any!
Of course I had to sample the water. It was just too pretty not to go for a swim. And here is my obligatory baby bump shot (sorry if this is a little too much skin for you!). The water in Lake Bohinj was beautifully clean and clear. Although I look alone here there were in fact several other groups of people swimming too.
Back in Lake Bled we decided to take on at least one activity that involved a bit of exercise and slowly climbed to the famous Bled lookout. A rather lovely view of the lake don't you think?...
Slovenia was indeed surprising I would love to go back again! Thankfully Slovenia seemed rather baby friendly so I don't think it will be too long until I find my way back.
Have you been anywhere recently that surprised you?