and Croatian 9/13/2007-10/7/2007
ItàZabreb, CroatiaàSamabor, CroatiaàLjubljana,
SloveniaàBled, SloveniaàBohjni, SlàJulian Alps, SLàBohjni,
SlàIzola, SlàOpitja, CroatiaàPlitvice,
CràStarigrad-Palenica, CràZadar, CràZagreb/Samabor,
Tuesday, Bled, Slovenia:
It seems that every town in this area of the world is world famous for
something. For Bled it is Kremna rezina,
a vanilla and cream pastry. I thought
that was the specialty in Samabor, but I guess that was a different
country. The real mystery is, with
everyone eating cream cakes, how come there are no fat people?
other thing that Bled is famous for is the wedding chapel on the island in Lake Bled. Couples travel from all over the country to
take a romantic gondola ride to a small island where you can, or should I shay
may, carry your bride up 99 steps that
lead from the waters edge to a 15th century chapel with a 170 foot
ride to the chapel with Bled
Castle in the back ground
above the line stone cliffs
The island lake chapel with its 99
steps to eternal love
If you can ignore some significant hotel
development along the south shore, Bled is a fairy tale land. Bled Castle sits on top of a shear lime stone
cliff 500 feet above the lakes edge. The
lake is crystal clear due a filtering process that starts in the snows of the
Julian Alps and continues down 5,000 ft through the lime stone karst caves and
stream beds to Lake
Bled. The shore line and surrounded hills are
heavily forested with pines and beech and in the center of lake sits the 600
year old chapel of love where a 20 ft wide white stone block stair case ascends
99 steps from the water to the doors of the chapel. I had promised to carry Mo up the steps, but
I got a doctors excuse due to my knee.
We found a B&B run by an old German couple (I
thing they all are) and set in for a couple of relaxing days before our trek in
to the Julian Alps. My knee was now two weeks post arthroscopy
and still kind of gimpy so we rented bikes and rode around he lake. Toward afternoon the knee felt a little
better so went up to Bled
Castle for a tour. The caste was built around 1004, but has been
rebuilt in pieces over time. Still very
beautiful and full of history.
left, Bled Castle
Upper right, Bled Castle Chapel
Lower left, shrine in Bled
After the castle
had enough day light to do one more excursion.
A few miles out of Bled is the Vintgar Gorge. This deep slot was formed by the waters from
the Julian Alps running over lime stone for
centuries. We arrived at the parking
area in the late afternoon light and were the only ones there. After descending a short ways the trail
abruptly changes from a dirt path to a hanging wooden walk way secured by old
sections of steel rail road track that was drilled and pounded in to the
vertical rock of the gorge. For about
two kilometers there was no solid ground under feet.
through the Vintgar Gorge
There is no
water on earth as clear watered that has been filtered through lime stone. A magical place.
We got back
to the care just before dark and headed back to our B&B. The plan is to head to Bohinj in the AM and
prepare for our trek in the Julian Alps.
9/18: Bohinjska Bistrica, Slovenia,
Base of the Julian Alps: Woke early this AM
thinking that our neighbors were taking a long hard shower. It was actually mother nature giving us a
shower. We packed up and headed west to
Bohinj, a small town a little further in to the bosom of the Alps. Found a very cozy place called the Triptic
Penzion which was right across from the town recreation center and water park.
think I have seen it rain this hard since the monsoons in India.
afternoon at the Water
Park. You could do and get everything from
traditional exercise equipment to massages to swimming to espresso. The most unique feature was a swimming pool
which had a climbing wall overhanging the deep end of the pool. Since I had just gotten out of the cast on my
right wrist from my Colles fracture, I was able to climb up as high as I could
and then just fall back in to the pool.
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