Lake Bled

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A gondola ferrying people to the island.
Blue, Sian, Chris, Issac and I hopped on a bus and made a day trip out to Lake Bled a beautiful lake with crystal clear water and surrounded by the alps in the background. The center of the lake has a tiny island with a beautiful church and, had I not visited this place in person, I would have thought it only existed in fairy tales.

We hiked alongside the lake and arrived a small "beach". I say beach only in the most general sense, because it was just a small patch of grass next to the lake filled with sunbathers. There was also a concrete space upon which were sprawled out a surprising number of sunbathers as well, although why anyone would want to come to such a naturally beautiful space to roast on the asphalt is beyond me. European speedos also took some getting used to.
The castle on the cliff overlooking the lake.
These things are skin tight, thin and deeply disturbing. How anyone can strut about in such things with even a modicum of pride is beyond my Californian comprehension.

After lying around for a bit, we jumped into the water with the intention of swimming to the island in the center of the lake. Little did we know how far it would be. The entire swim took about 30-40 minutes, and much time was spent floating on our backs resting and contemplating how slowly the shores of our destination grew before us. Only when we finally arrived did we realize that we would also have to swim back, so this gave us a good excuse to idle around the island and try to delay the inevitable journey back. I guess I am making the swim sound unpleasant, but this is far from the case. There is nothing quite like the feeling of floating in clean, cool water while surrounded by towering mountains, verdant trees and a cloudless clear sky overhead.
SarahBus says:
Hi Eric, I was wondering where you stayed at Lake Bled?
Posted on: Jul 06, 2010
cmgervais says:
I am with you on the Speedo thing! There is just no getting used to the sight of a 300-pound man in what is essentially a string bikini.
Posted on: Aug 16, 2008
Eric says:
Yea, the water was a bit cold too! At least the sun was out ;)
Posted on: May 23, 2008
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A gondola ferrying people to the i…
A gondola ferrying people to the …
The castle on the cliff overlookin…
The castle on the cliff overlooki…
Blue, Chris, and Issac walking alo…
Blue, Chris, and Issac walking al…
The center island and church.
The center island and church.
Another view of Castle Bled.
Another view of Castle Bled.
People lounging on the small dock …
People lounging on the small dock…
Statue by the church.
Statue by the church.
Steps leading up to the church.
Steps leading up to the church.
Rowing around on a boat. Much fast…
Rowing around on a boat. Much fas…
Bled Sights & Attractions review
Fairytale like setting
Lake Bled is definitely worth a day trip (or two) from Ljubljana. The bus ride is about an hour. Like the other reviews and photos have mentioned, … read entire review
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