Monday, June 30, 2014

June 21st-27th – BeLOVEd Bled

Slovenia's Tourist Board use the slogan "I FEEL sLOVEnia", and after a week spent in the impossibly beautiful surroundings of Lake Bled, we're feeling the love too. We love the super-friendly people (almost everyone speaks English, and they're very happy to), we love how clean it all is, we love how well organised it is, we love how reasonable the prices are – we love it all! Actually, we didn't love absolutely everything – we were hit by a couple of days of rain to remind us that we hadn't hit heaven on earth.

But, what's most easy to love about Bled is just how unbelievably picturesque it all is. Every time we went out, we had to take yet more pictures of it – depending on the time of day, the lake's limpid waters were green, blue, or almost black, while the church on the tiny island in the middle of the lake never looked less than impressive and the medieval castle on the cliffs overlooking the lake always looked on imperiously.

This is a place to enjoy the great outdoors and the freshest of fresh air, for cycling and strolling around the lake, hiking up into the pine-clad hills that surround it, or for swimming in its warm waters (there's a hot spring in there, to take the chill off the mountain waters). Plus, there's day trips by bus to the pleasant medieval town of Radovljica (who'd have thought a museum on beekeeping would be so interesting?), and to Skofja Loka with its towering castle. You could even catch the train to the capital Ljubljana in an hour, but that's our next stop.

The town is gearing up for a month-long film festival next week, so it's a shame to move on, but Tracy is already planning summers spent renting an apartment here in the future. We will be back – we've fallen in love with Bled.