Lake Bled, Sovenia

Pat Dunlap Feeding Swans Lake Bled Slovenia
Pat Feeding Swans - Lake Bled, Slovenia
Bled Castle  Lake Bled Slovenia
Swan & Bled Castle - Lake Bled, Slovenia
Lector House Restaurant Radovijica Slovenia
Traditional Lector House Restaurant 
- Radovijica, Slovenia
Traditional Slovenian Meal Radovijica Slovenia
Traditional Slovenian Meal 
- Radovijica, Slovenia
99 Steps Church of the Assumption
99 Steps at Church 
of the Assumption
- Lake Bled, Slovenia

Lake Bled, Slovenia (4/19-20/2011)

Picture postcard is the best way to describe Lake Bled. 

Lake Bled is backed by some of the highest peaks of the Julian Alps. Everywhere you turn you see a beautiful view - turquoise water, white swans, 1,000-year old medieval castle high on a rocky cliff, and baroque church built on an island in Lake Bled.

Lake Bled was made famous for being the finest spa town in the Austrian Empire and more recently the site for the 2011 World Rowing Championship. 

We climbed the very tall tree-lined cliff to 11th-century Bled Castle and had a trout lunch overlooking spectacular Lake Bled. On the way back Pat fed the Swans and ducks (see photo). 

We also took a boat that is slowly rowed to the island in the middle of the Lake Bled to visit the Church of Assumption. Many weddings take place here and it is a tradition for the groom to carry his bride up the 99 steps to the church (see photo). 

After climbing the steps, we wondered what the bride does for the groom - it better be good.

We took a short bus ride over to the pretty town of Radovljica where in their old town square (Linhartov trg) they have wonderfully resorted manor houses with painted murals. 

In Radovljica, we visited the 500-year old Lectar family house and their workshop/museum where they still make gingerbread items just like they have been doing for 200 years. They make many in the shape of hearts that are given (never eaten) to love ones. We also enjoyed a traditional Slovene meal in their period-decorated restaurant.

Lake Bled is a wonderful place to visit and it is no wonder that it is Slovenia’s most popular destination.

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