Thursday, 17 April 2014

Lake Bled, Slovenia || Travel

First of all, I would like to say sorry for not posting since the beginning of the month, I have had 2 weeks of mid semester exams and therefore blogging had to take a back seat I'm afraid. Anywhooo, with all the educational boring stuff out the way for now, time to get blogging! I've been itching to write a post!

Next, I just want to ensure you that my motivational Monday series will be coming back on Monday, do not fear! Now, in this post I am going to talk about the first of my many adventures whilst living here in Slovenia.

Back in September, I was lucky enough to take part in a language course for the first 4 weeks of my stay here in Ljubljana, as an Erasmus student. I participated in the EILC (Erasmus Intensive Language Course), as well as teaching us basic Slovenian to ensure we were not totally linguistically isolated, the course also organised a lot of activities for us in the afternoon. One Thursday, we went to Lake Bled, located in the Julian Alps in northwest Slovenia. Lake Bled is breathtakingly beautiful, a very popular tourist destination. It is only 55km from Ljubljana and therefore a perfect day trip, I have been another two times since September.

A great way to spend some time is to rent little rowing boats like we did. They are not expensive, I cannot remember the exact price, but I know it didn't break the bank! We rowed across the lake to the infamous Bled Lake island where you can enjoy some beautiful views and if you wish, climb the church tower. There are weddings regularly held at the church of Bled Island, traditionally it is considered good luck for the groom to carry his new wife up the baroque staircase of 98 stone steps, leading up to where they can ring the church bell and make a wish. 

We decided to visit the tower and climb the staircase. It cost 2.50 euro to enter, which I thought was reasonable.As well as seeing the beautiful inside of the tower you also get a magnificent view from the top.. however due to windows being covered with bars (safety first!) it is difficult to get a decent picture. 

All in all I would say Lake Bled is beautiful and a must visit if you are anywhere in Slovenia. You can catch a cheap bus from the city of Ljubljana from the bus station, right next to the train station and I believe it only takes around an hour. 

Hope you have enjoyed this post, there will be more coming, including Croatia, Bosnia, Hungary and more! Have any of you ever visited Lake Bled or anywhere else in Slovenia? Let me know in the comments below.

Love Elle xx

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