Mike and Carole

Carole and I got married on October 16, 2017 and are just starting our travels together. This seemed like a great forum to track and document those travels. Carole is a nurse practitioner and I am an attorney and consultant. We live in Atlanta.
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    Ljubljana

    October 30, 2016 in Slovenia ⋅ 🌙 9 °C

    All in all, Ljubljana was a neat little town that we would not mind visiting again — but only if Carole gets to spend more time in Lake Bled, too! During our time in Ljubljana, we ate at a busy restaurant to sample the local fare. Unfortunately our time at the restaurant precluded visiting more of the city, including the Ljubljana castle (pictured on the hill); the structure was rebuilt in the 15th century and added onto for the next two centuries. Archaeological surveys, notably, indicate the area was continuously settled since 1200 BC; there is believed to have been some type of fortress there since the 12th century AD. There is so much history in that city, and we had so little time to discover all of it!Read more

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  • Day9

    Ljubljana's St. Nicholas Church

    October 30, 2016 in Slovenia ⋅ 🌙 11 °C

    Pictures of Robba Fountain on previous pages include St. Nicholas Church, which is pictured here. The church building was first mentioned in 1262, and suffered a fire a century later, leading to its restoration in Gothic style. It was later burned down by the Turks in 1461, and finally redone in 17th century in Baroque style.

    The church's two bronze doors commemorate the 1250th anniversary of the Church in Slovenia; they were installed as part of the papal visit of Pope John Paul II in 1996. One door depicts the history of Slovenia over that period while the other door portraits the 20th century bishops of the city. The frescoes photoed were painted at separate times in the early 18th century.
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    Preseren and Congress Square

    October 30, 2016 in Slovenia ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    In Ljubljana, our guide took us to the city's two main squares. The pink building is the Franciscan Church of the Annunciation, originally built in the 17th century and given its baroque facade in the 18th century. A monastery dating back to the 13th century is attached; it houses thousands of medieval manuscripts. Also pictured is the Triple Bridge leading to Preseren Square, the University of Ljubljana, and the Academie Philharmonica (which was established in 1701, but was completely rebuilt after 1895 earthquake.)Read more

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    Ljubljana City Hall and Robba Fountain

    October 30, 2016 in Slovenia ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Originally built in the Gothic style in the 15th century, City Hall underwent a baroque renovation in the early 18th century. In front of it is Robba Fountain, completed in 1751. Also known as "Fountain of the Three Carniolan Rivers", the fountain is one of Ljubljana's most recognizable features. We also saw Robba's sculpture of Narcissus; next to it is our knowledgeable local guide.Read more

  • Day9

    Ljubljana

    October 30, 2016 in Slovenia ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    After tearing ourselves away from beautiful Lake Bled, we hopped into the van to head to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. The guide told us that Slovenia was home to the majority of the best manufacturing plants from Communist Yugoslavia and, as a result, was more prosperous than its southern neighbors.

    Included is a picture of the Julian Alps on the road from Bled to Ljubljana. We also had our picture taken in front of Dragon Bridge, likely the best known bridge in the city. There is also a picture of Butcher's Bridge, which is covered in locks placed there by couples expressing their eternal love by placing a padlock on the bridge fence and throwing the key into the river. We didn't come prepared with a padlock this trip!
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    Museum at Bled Castle

    October 30, 2016 in Slovenia ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    The castle's museum had a lot of good historic information to offer, including the charter from the 11th century that first documents Bled Castle. Carole liked the red leaves covering the walls around the entrance. We also found some really old frescoes and an old bathroom with the best view in the castle—a good way to start the day for a few of the castle's wealthy residents!Read more

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    More Views of Lake Bled

    October 30, 2016 in Slovenia ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Settlements of the Lake Bled area go back thousands of years. Archeologists discovered 80 gravesites from the late Iron Age (800 to 600 BC). There are also more modest finds of Celtic and Roman settlement as well as Slavic settlements starting as early as the 7th century. As noted earlier, the castle dates back as far as the early 11th century.Read more

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    Bled Castle

    October 30, 2016 in Slovenia ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Next we drove up to Bled Castle on a cliff overlooking the lake. It is unclear exactly when the castle was first built. Recorded history extends back to 10 April 1004, when the German King Henry II (later Holy Roman Emperor) conferred the estate of Bled in the province of Carniola on Bishop Albuin of Brixen and his church. In 1011 Henry II awarded Albuin's successor, Adalberon, the castle on the cliff (Castellum Veldes), in a charter.

    Also included are pictures of Lake Bled Cream Cake (which Carole found delicious). We also sampled the local Slovenian beer.
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    Lake Bled, Slovenia

    October 30, 2016 in Slovenia ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    Next we traveled to Lake Bled, a stunningly beautiful body of water in the midst of the Julian Alps of northern Slovenia. There is a tiny island in the middle of the lake on which stands the Pilgrimage church of St. Mary; it was consecrated in 1142, rebuilt in the Gothic style in the 15th century, and then rebuilt again in the 17th century after it was damaged by several earthquakes. Carole really wanted to take a boat out to the island, but sadly we were the only couple willing to spend the hour and a half it would take to do that.

    The church is an extremely popular spot for weddings; it is tradition for the groom to carry his bride up the 99 steps from the water to the church and ring the "wishing bell" for good luck. Mike likes was amused at the thought of what a chore that must be for some grooms. For him, it would have been easy of course, but some grooms likely didn't quite make the climb!
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    Koper, Slovenia

    October 30, 2016 in Slovenia ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

    Our next stop was Koper, Slovenia. Once again, we had booked an excursion with a group of other couples to head to Lake Bled and the Slovenian capital city of Ljubljana. We arrived at the dock early so we took a quick peak at the little coastal town of Koper where our cruise ship was docked. It was early Sunday morning, so it was very quiet. We had just long enough time to trot to the main square (Tito Square), where we found the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the town's bell tower. The cathedral was built in the second half of the 12th century and has several valuable Renaissance era paintings inside. We also came across the Praetorian Palace, a 15th-century Venetian Gothic palace that was once the podesta's seat and now houses the Koper city tourism department.Read more

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