Lazy days in surprising Slovenia

Monday, 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...

Lake Bled, Slovenia
... 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:
  1. my excessive photo taking (like every minute)
  2. 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
  3. the numerous swimming spots that also needed to be experienced, at least for a paddle.
Lake Bled, Slovenia

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...

Love seat, Lake Bled - Slovenia

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...

Gorgeous countryside - Lake Bled, Slovenia

The rest of our days followed a very similar pattern. There was lots of lovely swimming, sunning and all-round relaxing.

Swimming in Lake Bled, Slovenia

Swimming in Lake Bled, Slovenia

Also worth mentioning was the food - inexpensive and some of the best I've had in Europe to date. Everything was fresh, natural, well-seasoned and served with a sense of happy humour.

Lakeside lemonade in Lake Bled, Slovenia

Fish for lunch - Lake Bled, Slovenia

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...

Lake Bohinj, Slovenia

Trout in Lake Bohinj, Slovenia
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!

Trout and dog in Lake Bohinj, Slovenia

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.

Swimming in Lake Bohinj, Slovenia

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?...

View of Lake Bled from up high

And then it was time to relax again in the the lake side lido (public swimming pool). For ten euros we were hooked up with sun loungers and a umbrella - perfect for resting the bump and people watching in the sunshine.

Public lido - Lake Bled, Slovenia
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?

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  1. I really want to visit Slovenia too! It still seems a bit untouched, at least in comparison to Italy and Croatia, and it also seems a bit cheaper. Not to forget its beauty of course. It looks so amazing!!

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    1. It's definitely less touristy that Italy and Croatia. But shhhhh - don't tell too many people ;)

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  2. Wow looks really beautiful! I had never been in Slovenia but now looking forward to go

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    1. Do you have a trip planned there? Wound love to hear your thoughts...

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  3. Wow looks really beautiful! I had never been in Slovenia but now looking forward to go

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  4. Slovenia is high on my list, it looks like such a beautiful country!

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    1. I only saw a small part of it, but most definitely Lake Bled and the surrounding area was gorgeous.

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  5. First of all, you look great! Second, beautiful photos! I've been wanting to visit Slovenia and I think you've just convinced me!

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth :) My belly is feeling rather heavy these days. I am now counting down the days until the little one arrives and my body feels a bit more normal again (here's hoping). Glad you liked the pics too - though some places are very east to photograph!

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  6. You and your bump look great !!
    As for Slovenia, I think it is really worth considering a visit, looking at those gorgeous photos !! So strange I always "forget" there is also an east side in Europe with beautiful countries...

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    1. Thanks Ingrid. Hope you are doing well! I think pretty much every country I've ever visited has it's own beauty. The world is a wondrous place.

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  7. Oh wow, breathtaking! I adore the photograph of you.

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  8. Ahh Slovenia has been on my travel bucket list for a long time now and your photos are beautiful! Dreaming of relaxing by the side of this lake...

    Have you visited Croatia? I went in August and that was paradise, such gorgeous clear water and beautiful towns xx
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    1. Thanks Laura. Yep, I've been to Croatia and loved it too but it is far more overrun with tourists and the prices reflect this a bit. Although have to agree with you the water is just gorgeous!

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