I added Slovenia to our itinerary as an afterthought. If we were going to Croatia, sure why not take in a little of Slovenia as well? Shame on me! Shame. On. Me!! Slovenia is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. And its only Day Two!
We started our morning with a little trek up to the castle. There’s more than a little climb involved, and once at the top we debated paying the 24 euro to actually go in. So glad we did! The views of Lake Bled from the castle are phenomenal. There was also a little museum that the kids had fun wandering around in.
Lake Bled has a walking/ bike trail all the way around it, so we took a stroll around some of the lake in the afternoon. Again, the views of the lake bowled us over. Candy for the eyes!
We may have to bring swimsuits tomorrow and use this slide to catapult into the lake!
Wyatt mentioned more than once how clean everything is- the streets, the air, the buildings!
You’ve probably already spotted in the photos, there’s an island with a church living in the middle of the lake. Church bells drift melodically from the island on a regular basis. We decided to take a traditional Pletna boat out to see the tranquil baroque style church up close and personal. It’s basically one poor guy rowing 15 of our lazy arses a couple of kilometers out to the island.
We got dropped off for forty minutes and visited the church, and had the kids ring the wishing bell inside the church. (Now we know why we are constantly hearing church bells at Lake Bled!)
Just like the custard tarts in Lisbon, Slovenia has it’s own dessert speciality: the cream cake! We took a trip to the site of the apparent origination of the cream cake: The Hotel Park Terrace. Our waiter told us they make 30 million cream cakes a year, enough to make a cream cake road from Lake Bled to Rome! While KJ has found a new favorite sweet, the rest of us thought it was so- so. Too much cream for my liking.
And who would have guessed how the evening would end? With my kids finding a Slovenian playground right by our place! Surprise! Surprise! We are off to Lake Bohinj tomorrow, which is supposed to be even more spectacular than Bled. Not sure how that will be possible!