Bled, Slovenia: A European Gem
An “Image of Paradise” is how I Feel Slovenia refers to Bled, and yes, it is every bit as incredible in real life! Bled Lake, with the only island in Slovenia, has been a popular European paradise for centuries. From the minute that we arrived, it was not hard to see why this city impresses visitors with its natural beauty. Here you can look out at the lake from a castle on a cliff, walk along the gorgeous transparent emerald-green lake, have fun on a paddle boat, enjoy some gelato, feed the ducks, and visit the island on a traditional “pletna” boat.
If we had the time, we could have spent a week here! We are, however, blessed to have even visited this little gem at all. On our way back to Austria, after two days of kid-free adventure, we made it our mission to stop here. We had read that this was an unmissable opportunity so we let the Klugs know that we would only arrived back in Graz late that evening, and we made the most of our afternoon and evening here.
Since our photos don’t really do this place justice, here are some incredible shots from I Feel Slovenia:
As you can see, a winter visit would DEFINITELY be worth the trip!
Bled is a popular destination in Slovenia due to its romantic scenery and access point for Triglav National Park, which offers numerous outdoor adventure opportunities. This is exactly where we had come from before arriving in Bled. In fact, we had done Hiking, Zip-lining and Canyoning earlier that same day, and I was struggling with intense earache when we pulled into Bled. Canyoning down one of the waterfalls, I had landed in a pool on the side of my head. It felt like my eardrum was damaged.
We looked for a clinic but nothing was open, so I tried to ignore the pain. It was only about an hour or two before we started to fall in love with Bled, and somewhere along the way – the pain must have gone away. I don’t even remember when it happened, but by the time the sun had set, I was no longer in pain!
After an apple strudel flavored gelato and a stroll along the shore of the lake, we took a traditional “pletna” boat over to Bled Island. There isn’t too much to do on the island, but we easily spent over an hour there. We will show you more on the little white church on Bled island in our next post.
Even though we had initially intended to leave by sundown – to arrive back in Graz before 9pm – we were just too enchanted by Bled to leave! We heard some music playing near a quaint little cafe. There was something about it that we just couldn’t deny, so we sat down for some drinks and a pizza. Needless to say – we REALLY wished that we could
spend the night stay FOREVER!
It was only around midnight that we pulled up to the house in Graz. It had been a LONG DAY, and we had to drive with our windows open to keep ourselves from getting sleepy. We certainly did make the most of this day. We were more than happy to climb into bed! What a blessing to be able to sneak away for two days – our friends are awesome!
Next Post: The Fairytale Bled Island