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  • Day317

    Vintgar Gorge

    May 9, 2017 in Slovenia

    We hope you enjoy watching the short video we filmed at the gorge here: https://youtu.be/E07Tu4R88rQ

    One of the things that shocked us when we arrived at Camping Bled was the number of GB vans. We'd parked up in between two who turned out to be British, the next day two English people, Wendy and Mary, travelling together in their own vans parked nearby and a Scottish person (we didn't catch her name) came over for a chat while we were sitting outside. She'd just returned from a walk through the nearby Vintgar Gorge and told us all about it.

    The next day, buoyed up with enthusiasm, we picked the lads up from the small train station near their apartment and headed off in the van to the gorge. At 4km away from Bled we could have walked but a lot of it was uphill and we wanted to be able to enjoy our time in the gorge without having to worry about being exhausted by the time we got back.

    We pulled up in the free car park, opposite half a dozen old modified cars with GB plates. There was a €5 pp entry charge with a sign stating this went on the upkeep of the gorge. By the time we'd walked the 2 miles of well maintained boardwalk and bridges, we could see the money was well spent and the fee a reasonable one.

    The Radovna river cut a deep course through the steep, rocky gorge. It was so steep that the boardwalk had been built on the side of the near vertical banks, for a significant portion of the walk. The noise of the rushing water was ever present as it flowed over shallow rapids, squeezed through deep pinch points and tumbled down waterfalls of varying heights and widths. The weather had turned colder and the sky was overcast much of the time, but in the spells where the sun came out and shone into the gorge,the light was filtered through the Spring Beech forest foliage. It took on a gorgeous golden-green hue that was reflected by the surface of the river. The water was so clear that in the deeper sections, the colour penetrated to the pale karst bed.

    The wildlife was great too. Birds sang at the top of their voices to be heard over the river's roar. We watched Grey Wagtails hopping around at the water's edge and Dippers diving and swimming underwater, before emerging to chew on a tasty morsel. Spotted fish rested and recuperated in eddies, ready to continue their journey upstream.

    Our journey down Vintgar Gorge ended with the stunning and powerful 16m high Sum Waterfall. We crossed over a bridge at the head of the fall before descending a steep woodland track to the plunge pool, where we were splattered with the spray.

    Making the most of Ali and Tom's last night in the apartment we returned there for a warming curry. It was too cold to sit out on the balcony but the dining room was comfortable enough and had an even better view of Lake Bled.
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  • Day314

    After not having seen anyone for 7 months, we were highly anticipating the arrival of our 2nd lot of visitors in 10 days! We returned to Ljubljana airport and picked up Vicky's brother Ali and his friend Tom just before midday. It was brilliant to see them! We'd met up with them for 4 days in Prague back in August and had a great time, so we knew we were going to enjoy ourselves during the week they were with us.

    After a trip to pick up supplies at Hofer (the continental name for Aldi), we left views of the pointed snow capped Alps behind and headed North West to Lake Bled, where Ali and Tom had booked an apartment. While we appreciate the beauty of steep sided hills, they aren't always the easiest to access in our van. Within a kilometre of the apartment we came to a low arched rail bridge with no sign to tell us how high it was. Vicky got out and eyed up the clearance as Will inched slowly forward. There was only inches to spare at the entrance and as the road wasn't straight or flat, we didn't want to risk it. A local who was recycling at the communal bins kindly offered us an alternative route (in English!), so we turned round to try this instead. On the second approach we were faced with another situation where there were only inches to spare. This time we crossed over a bridge, it's 3 foot high stone walls either side just being wide enough to allow the van passage. We decided at this point Ali and Tom wouldn't be getting door to door service!

    The view was well worth the climb. We were greeted by the owner Irena and her two children before being shown the rooms on the second floor. Inside the apartment was nice enough, but the views of Lake Bled from the windows and balcony were amazing, like something out of a fairytale.

    After granting Irena's request for a guided tour of the van for her and her children (who hadn't seen inside one before) Ali and Tom got back on board, we squeezed through the narrow bridge and were booking in at Camping Bled near the lakeshore in no time. Considering the location, the price of €9.90 per person was reasonable, although we thought €3 per night for Poppy was excessive.

    We went for a stroll up to and around part of the lakeshore, taking in the wonderful sights. The colour of the water was an alluring turquoise but it felt cold so thoughts of swimming to the sizeable island were abandoned. The air was warm but the sky overcast. Towards the end of our wander, the sun peaked out to shine a spotlight on some of our surroundings; the forested hills amongst which the lake was nestled, the terracotta roofed castle perched high on a craggy outcrop on the north shore, the barren snow capped mountains behind it and of course the picturesque chapel and bell tower on the island.

    The advantage of staying at a proper campsite is that when we returned to the van, we were able to get the chairs out and sit outside with Poppy in the mild early evening. Will put together a spag bol and we caught up with what had happened since we'd last seen the lads.
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  • Day316

    Canoeing to Bled Island

    May 8, 2017 in Slovenia

    After Ali and Tom had caught up on sleep, they walked down the hill to meet us at the site. Yesterday, we'd thrown around a few ideas for activities but as the weather forecast had a high risk of rain, we'd thought it best to wait and see what the day brought before making a decision. It turned out warm and although the sky threatened a downpour, it wasn't delivering so we got the canoe on its wheels and after lunch we took it down to the lake shore, ready for a trip to Blejski Otok (Bled Island).

    The lake itself is only 2km x 1.4km so it wasn't that far to the small island in the middle. We worked out a relay system and a after a short introduction to canoeing for Tom, he set off with Vicky who dropped him on the island's south shore before returning the canoe to the mainland for Ali and Will to paddle over. Finally, Will picked Vicky and the bags up and we were all standing dry and safe at the base of the island's South Staircase, its 99 steps funneling up to the centre. We moored the canoe by the side of the jetty, where there were large gondolas with a capacity of about 20 people. We could have come over on one of these, an electric boat or even a beautiful wooden rowing boat, but it was fun to have done it under our own steam.

    There was a charge of €6 to look around the small church, its tower and museum which we thought was a bit excessive, so we enjoyed a stroll around the tree lined perimeter instead. After returning to our starting point and climbing the 99 steps a second time, we felt we'd earned a cake at the café. We'd been looking forward to the famous Kremna Rezina (Kremsnita or Bled Cake) but to our surprise the cafe didn't have any! Instead we had 4 different variations of Potica, the traditional Slovenian festive cake with fillings such as nuts, cottage cheese, carab and poppy seeds. It was nice to try but we definitely prefer Bled cake and Gibanica, the two Slovenian pastry cakes we've tried.

    After a peruse of the classy but pricy gift shop, we relayed back to the mainland. We'd been really lucky with the weather and at this point the changing clouds brought dramatic bursts of intense sunlight to illuminate the water in a carpet of silver or shine on a block of trees, making their colours even more radiant. To finish off a fantastic day Will lit the BBQ and we sat out with Poppy until the evening cooled.
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  • Day316

    Cycling and a dip in Lake Bled

    May 8, 2017 in Slovenia

    This morning Ali and Tom arrived on bikes! Unfortunately the small hire company only had 2 bikes left; a man's mountain bike and a woman's shopping bike. Tom was good humoured about it and let 6'6" Ali have the larger of the two. Off the four of us went on our three bikes towards the town of Bled, on the opposite shore of the lake. Much of the route was on the road, but there was only light traffic and the drivers were thoughtful towards us.

    Bled isn't the most picturesque of towns, especially when contrasted against the beauty of the lake and its island. It does however have stunning views and we bagged ourselves a waterside table at the Panorama restaurant, an eatery run by the Park Hotel, the place where Kremna Rezina (Bled Cake) was originally invented. We enjoyed a hot drink and slice each. It was well worth waiting for and tasted all the better for eating it in the sun looking out over the eastern shore to Bled island and the castle towering high above the lake on a rocky cliff.

    Weighed down by the cake, some shopping and a burek savoury pastry from the supermarket, we peddled back to Camping Bled on a route that was mainly offroad. It had rained a little while we were in town and on our return journey, the light falling on the wooded hillsides added a magical quality to the valley views.

    Our cycle hadn't taken that long and so there was still time for a swim in the lake when we got back. We each took a different approach to entering the chilly water, Vicky tiptoed in bit by bit, Will dived from the jetty, Tom tiptoed in half way then dived the rest and Ali was sensible and stayed on shore! We were the only ones in the water and bemused onlookers took photos of the eccentric English swimmers covered in goose pimples. Aside from the cold, it was a brilliant location for wild swimming. Green forests surrounded us, swallows flitted above the water surface and there were nice hot showers back at the campsite!

    Ali amd Tom's apartment had a dining room and small kitchen so we spent the evening up there and Will took advantage of a proper oven to cook his homemade pizza. The view from the balcony really was amazing, with the lake below on the right and the Julian Alps straight ahead, the clouds constantly changing around their snowy summits. We sat out and watched as the daylight faded around us, the streetlights and illuminations of Bled becoming comparatively brighter, their reflections glowing on the water. We even got to see a double rainbow grow over the mountains, arching towards Bled Castle. It was a quiet spot and apart from the sound of a rare train, the chirp of crickets and the birds' evening chorus were the loudest noises. The scent of pine trees wafted in the gentle breeze and we even heard a few bleats from the mountain goats Ali and Tom had seen come down to feed that morning.
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  • Day225

    Day 226: Vintgar Gorge

    September 28, 2017 in Slovenia

    Another fairly chilled out day. We both slept much better and we were up at a reasonable time, so we headed directly for Vintgar Gorge. This is a long gorge, probably 1.5km or so, with a rushing stream, steep cliffs, quaint bridges and of course some beautiful forest scenery. It's also just outside Bled, and probably the most common day-trip amongst people who stay there.

    Knowing that it tends to get quite crowded and busy, we headed off early - 9am or so, and we were in the gorge by around 9:15am. Only a handful of cars in the car-park which was a good omen! We took about an hour to walk to the far end, stopping quite a lot to take photos and coax Schnitzel along the boardwalk (he's not a fan of bridges or elevated walkways, or anywhere he thinks there's a drop-off, really). Got some great photos of the scenery, particularly since there was almost nobody around, only a handful of people coming back the other way.

    At the far end was another waterfall, not very high but certainly roaring along at a jolly old clip. Walked down about a hundred stairs to the viewing platform, took some photos then headed back up. Had a quick coffee at the cafe on the end of the walk, then headed back up the path.

    About halfway along we bumped into Shandos's parents, who we knew were probably coming here this morning as well. We'd all agreed that we'd do our own things during the day and meet up each evening, mainly because they were travelling in a group of four and we couldn't transport everyone in the car!

    Shandos's uncle was walking quite slow, so after a brief chat we left them to it. Back to the car, where we picked up more burek for lunch and then headed to the apartment. Shandos alternated between snoozing and working in the afternoon, while I did more work and planning. Dinner again at the parents' hotel restaurant; third night in a row but we didn't mind since the food was good and not overpriced (though we were being shouted).
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  • Day17

    Biking to Vintgar Gorge and villages

    July 8, 2017 in Slovenia

    We were surprised to find that our Pension Berc (highly recommended, if visiting Bled) offers the use of free electric bikes. We used these in the morning to avoid what we'd heard would be big crowds at Vintgar Gorge. We did miss some of the hordes and would have missed more if we hadn't gotten a little lost on the way. Well, I guess you could say Diane lost Darryl and spent time riding in circles and gesturing to villagers instead of continuing to the gorge straightaway where he was waiting. Oh well. The turquoise river and falls are definitely worth it, although some of the Oregon rivers and falls come close (and don't have tour buses).

    We didn't actually use the power-assist that much, as the roads weren't that steep most of the time. But as we got lost with more frequency on our continued ride around the countryside, it was nice to know we could have help going back up that lovely downhill we'd just taken that wasn't the right way. All told, we covered about 20 miles and a dozen small villages, all while traveling through green, green farmlands and a quiet, wooded trail along the river, with a bonus waterfall thrown in. We got some nice views of Lake Bled again as we passed by on our route to the lower valley.

    Dinner was at a Chinese restaurant, just for a break from figuring out menu items and to get more vegetables. Then we got in a game of mini-golf where Diane won almost every hole, with 2 holes in one -- what a switch.
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  • Day18

    Biking the Radovna Valley

    July 9, 2017 in Slovenia

    On the recommendation of our innkeeper, we ventured out again on bikes to a farmhouse that serves traditional Slovenian fare for lunch on Sundays only. We passed by some of the same villages as yesterday (some multiple times as we struggled with our directions), but traveled farther up the river valley along stunning meadow/farmland. Wildflowers are everywhere right now, and the fields are dotted with the traditional straw-drying racks. The sheer-walled glacier-carved valleys prevalent all around us are reminiscent of our Sierra Nevadas.

    We came across the stone ruins of a home, left as a monument, of a village destroyed by the Nazis as punishment for Slovenian resistance.

    Biking is a popular activity in this country, and the cars have been very accommodating. Also, other bikers have offered help with directions and suggestions for scenic rides. It's worth noting here that nearly everyone we've met in Croatia and in Slovenia speaks at least a little English, if not completely fluent.

    After a delicious lunch and more scenery-gazing, on our return to Bled, we took advantage of the e-bikes and powered up to the castle overlooking the lake. The castle interiors have mostly been modernized and are occupied by shops and a museum, but the views are what make the trip worthwhile.

    We finished the day with a "summer toboggan" run just down the road from our pension.
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  • Day12

    Twenty four hour journy

    July 17, 2017 in Slovenia

    Changing the scenes! Bus across the EU border, beach and drinks in Slit in Croatia, a cold night train through the country, beautifull sunrise on an early morning, more trains across another border and a local one to a station near Bled. And finally a short walk along the most beautifull street to the hostel near Triglov National park in Slovenia. All of a sudden we were in common land surrounded by tourists, known architecture, and higher expenses. But Slovenia is just as beutifull as one could have hoped for! The rest of this day was spend in Bled and sailing on the lake to visit the island in the middle.
    We learned from the news that we just escaped a forrest fire near Split (and Mostar and Montenegro) on our way north that very same day.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Gorje, Občina Gorje, Općina Gorje, ゴリェ, 고레, Gmina Gorje, Comuna Gorje, Municipality o Gorje, Горє

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