Monday, May 16, 2011

Europe Vacation, Part 4: Lake Bled

The train ride from Hallstatt to Slovenia was pretty long but the views were amazing through the mountains. When we arrived in Lesce, we had to catch a bus to Bled and then walk to our hotel. We didn’t have change for the bus so Chris had to get a coffee – he says that it was 2 oz. of rocket fuel – but we got our change.

We walked over to the hotel and checked in – our room was great with a very big balcony.

We had been sitting for so long on the train that we decided to walk around the lake. There is a great bike path around the lake and it was very busy. The whole area is so pretty, particularly the small island with a church in the middle of the lake.

The lake itself is the perfect length for rowing competitions – it is the site for this year’s world championships. We did see several rowers while we were there.

For dinner, we went to the restaurant that was recommended by the hotel owner. We were the only ones in the restaurant but we had the best meal of the trip. We shared a grilled meat platter and they grilled all of it right in front of us. So delicious!

Bled is known for their desserts. We went to the best dessert bakery in town and had amazing kremna rezina (vanilla custard and cream in a flaky pastry crust) and gremada (rum raisin dessert).

The next day we had a great breakfast at the hotel and then went to the travel information center. We decided to spend the day around town. The hotel offered free bikes to use so we took advantage.

We rode our bikes on the bike path to the nearby town of Radovljica. The town had a quaint little “old town” area. We went to the beekeeping museum there and then looked around town a bit.

There was a beautiful Catholic church in the old town. There was also a big section of an old stone wall – we are still not sure when it originated but it was pretty neat. The whole town had a Mediterranean feel. To make it even quainter, each home had a small garden plot looking over the valley below – I could get used to views like that!

On our way out of town, we stopped by a grocery store to pick up a picnic lunch. While we were riding back into town, the sky was starting to get very dark. We got back to the hotel, put the bikes away, walked into our room, and then the sky opened up and it poured down rain. We couldn’t have planned it any better!

After the storm let up, we walked up to Bled Castle. Besides beautiful views, there wasn’t much more to see.

We went to dinner and then had more fabulous desserts!

Up next…Triglav National Park!

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