New Year in spendiferous snowy Bled

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Lake Bled with island Church on left, Castle in centre, and St Martin"s Church far right in distance

And so it was... the end of the year that was 2007, a year that seemed to have more than its fair share of births, deaths, marriages, tragedies and comedies.

Spent the last two days of it in absolute bliss in Bled, a town of 6000 local people (as well as every Italian, Austrian, Slovenian and Croatian who"s got the sense to have a holiday house here!) that"s up north in Slovenia quite close to the Austrian border. Essentially, it"s a lake about the size of Lake Wendouree for my Ballarat buddies or just a bit bigger than Albert Park Lake (for those in Melbourne) - i.e. about 6kms in circumference. Major difference being that unlike Australian lakes, this one"s actually got water in it. Planted in the middle of the lake is a small island with a church on it (why not?), and on the northern side up a massive cliff face is the requisite castle.

Church on the island of Lake Bled
The "town" itself is on the southeastern corner -  and that"s pretty much it. It"s ringed by mountains of varying scale but is the most picturesque place anybody could conjure up, photos can"t capture it.

I"m staying in a fantastic Hotel (Berc), run by a guy called Luka who"s a bit manic but is pretty fantastic. Rates are 45euro/night ($65ish including great breakfast) and I can"t describe it well enough except to say that it"s pretty much the opposite of my previous communist office! There"s only 15 rooms and it"s more like a big house than a hotel.

The hotel isn"t quite on the lake but only two minutes walk down a snowy road so I headed down for the midnight fireworks tonight... was a bit strange having gotten "happy new year" messages from all my Aus friends when I hadn"t gotten there yet! There was so much snow and fog tonight that the fireworks sort of disappeared into the ether - just had the effect of making lots (and lots) of noise but not much of a show.

Hardly matters though - it was ten below zero, snowing, I was in the most beautiful place in the world, and there"s a whole new year ahead.

Heading to Trencin tomorrow in far northwestern Slovakia, which entails 12 hours on five different trains through three countries.

Happy New Year everyone ;-)


yorickandelan2 says:
We have heard about those sort of airline stories! The rest is sounding as MAGICAL as you anticipated. If I(half of us is feeling jealous) remember correctly Ljubljana has access to some good skiing too. One day we'll persuade you to fasten some unwieldy magical devices to your feet! Hot , hot, hot here! Sailed yesterday and saw Peg today. Sailing to fireworks tomorrow night. Have an enchanted New Year's Eve and travel well for ever. M
Haven't skied in Slovenia, but have read the Coehlo and visited in imagination, so understand the charm and attraction. Brown furry creature just leapt onto computer and admired your photos. Journey on. D
Posted on: Dec 30, 2007
wforrester says:
Have fun Bec. Bled is so magnificent in winter. I spent 11 days skiing there back in 1984 and I will never forget the magic of the place.
Posted on: Dec 30, 2007
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