Stumbling On a Gorgeous Northern Italian Lake
On our way from Austria to Slovenia, we passed through northern Italy. The drive was absolutely amazing! It took us through Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy’s northeastern area which borders Slovenia and Austria. This region overlooks the Adriatic Sea in the south, and is surrounded by high mountains, enclosing many different landscapes. The mountain sceneries of the Eastern Dolomites are truly spectacular: the Carnia and the Julian Alps, in addition to the lakes, valleys and protected areas. Our favorite was the tiny villages tucked between the valleys – it seemed like no one had been there in years!
As we were driving, we caught a glimpse of a lake surround by mountains. We just KNEW that we should go back and check it out! So we stopped, made a U-turn and went back. There was a small parking and picnic area next to the road. A few people were swimming and tanning, and it looked like this was probably a popular spot for locals from nearby villages. In the middle of the lake was a small island with tall trees. Some shallow water and rocks formed a walkway between the main beach and the island. On the island we found a small delapidated structure. Tiny pebbles made up the shores of the lake, and the water was ice cold! Dipping my feet was… refreshing, to say the least!
We didn’t stay long, but we sure did enjoy the time that we had here. It is stops like this that make my heart happy… THIS is just one of the reasons why road trips are the best way to travel!
Incredible… What a great find!
Next stop: Slovenia