A Sunday drive in Slovenia.

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Junk, I mean antiques, for sale.

Lovely Ljubljana was pretty well closed for business again this Sunday morning, but there was a street market of sorts, with vendors selling antiques (or maybe it was just old junk), used books, and art. It was fun to browse. I bought a small framed print of the city, to go with my collection of these things.

After wandering around (and watching many people eating ice cream cones for breakfast), we decided to hike up the hill to Ljubljana Castle, which dates from the 16th century. It was a nice steep walk, and we found some gorgeous views (and more people eating ice cream) at the top. The castle has been restored, and many modern additions such as metal handrails and glass have been added, so the thing seemed very…sanitized.
The photo that prompted our Sunday drive. (This photo is from www.connect-slovenia2007.com)
Steve called it the Disney Castle, because it seemed like a rendition of something historic …not real.

After climbing back down I decided I deserved a treat for all my hard work and finally had an ice cream cone myself. Yes, it was very good.

A beautiful castle/lake photo we had seen earlier in the tourist office prompted us to do a little research on its subject, Lake Bled. When we learned that it was only 50 km (31 miles) away, we decided to make a Sunday drive of it. Although we hit a patch of bad traffic (road construction), it was a gorgeous drive. Clear blue skies, sunshine…perfect.

The lake was truly beautiful, but the area was very busy with pedestrians and car traffic. The people who run this area have really figured out how to make money.
The main hangar at Bled's general aviation airport. So pretty.
The road is lined with posts, so you can’t pull over except in their designated areas, where you must pay 5 Euros for parking! I drove around the lake twice trying to beat this system, and in the end we ended up just taking some photos from the car and leaving. We saw what we had come to see.

As we were leaving the area, we noticed a lot of small aircraft flying in the area. This caught my attention! So we followed them, driving through several small farm communities in the process. It was very pretty and picturesque, all with a mountain backdrop. We eventually found the airport, which had a small but very busy grass runway. Many guys were bringing in gliders on trailers and the place was really hopping! Along the side, some guys were flying RC planes, and parachutes were being prepared in the grass for an upcoming jump.
A glider and tow plane taking off.
I loved, loved, loved this place! It reminded me of the convivial atmosphere of the small “general aviation” airports at home. Fantastic.

All this made me REALLY want to go up in a plane. I haven’t flown (as a pilot I mean) at all on this trip and I miss it. There were signs advertising some overpriced panoramic tourist flights, and we walked this way and that way trying to find more information. I knew there was little chance that I’d get to fly myself, but just going up and sitting in right seat would be fine.  It didn’t work out though. The guy who runs the trips was “at a meeting” somewhere. So we sat at the edge of the field chatting with an Irish guy who had just made a parachute jump (“never again” he said) and longingly watching everyone else enjoy their Sunday flying. Then we got back in the car and finished our Sunday drive, back to Ljubljana.



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Junk, I mean antiques, for sale.
Junk, I mean antiques, for sale.
The photo that prompted our Sunday…
The photo that prompted our Sunda…
The main hangar at Bleds general …
The main hangar at Bled's general…
A glider and tow plane taking off.
A glider and tow plane taking off.
We aim for some semblance of norma…
We aim for some semblance of norm…
Ducks eating breakfast in the rive…
Ducks eating breakfast in the riv…
Yes, Im feeling it. (But I didnt…
Yes, I'm feeling it. (But I didn'…
Some people call this breakfast...
Some people call this breakfast...
Steve sniffs out the musical instr…
Steve sniffs out the musical inst…
Childhood memories for sale.
Childhood memories for sale.
None of them in English.
None of them in English.
Ljubljana castle.
Ljubljana castle.
What you can and cannot do at the …
What you can and cannot do at the…
Gallery at Ljubljana castle.
Gallery at Ljubljana castle.
The winding stairs up to the tower.
The winding stairs up to the tower.
View from the tower at Ljubljana c…
View from the tower at Ljubljana …
Wide angle or telephoto, Ljubljana…
Wide angle or telephoto, Ljubljan…
Our hotel down there.
Our hotel down there.
View from the tower at Ljubljana c…
View from the tower at Ljubljana …
A firm grip on the edge, and no wh…
A firm grip on the edge, and no w…
Steve descends.
Steve descends.
Waiting for a puppet show.
Waiting for a puppet show.
This town has a dragon theme. Here…
This town has a dragon theme. Her…
Hairpin turns on the path down fro…
Hairpin turns on the path down fr…
Looking for a place to stay. Been …
Looking for a place to stay. Been…
Franciscan Church (17th century).
Franciscan Church (17th century).
It comes in every color.
It comes in every color.
Cant...resist...
Can't...resist...
I finally get my just desserts!
I finally get my just desserts!
Road trip!
Road trip!
Pump you own, just like at home. A…
Pump you own, just like at home. …
Traffic jam!
Traffic jam!
Lake Bled.
Lake Bled.
The castle above Lake Bled.
The castle above Lake Bled.
The castle above Lake Bled.
The castle above Lake Bled.
Island church.
Island church.
This was our view as we drove arou…
This was our view as we drove aro…
About 12 knots I think?
About 12 knots I think?
Powered glider. Looks like a toy.
Powered glider. Looks like a toy.
Upwind and headed straight out.
Upwind and headed straight out.
Several Cessnas, but no Pipers.
Several Cessnas, but no Pipers.
This is air traffic control. I h…
This is "air traffic control." I …
The Tasmanian Devil. Owned by an A…
The Tasmanian Devil. Owned by an …
A glider landing on the grass stri…
A glider landing on the grass str…
This helicopter pilot was doing so…
This helicopter pilot was doing s…
He offered to take us up for 600 E…
He offered to take us up for 600 …
Watching, wishing I was flying.
Watching, wishing I was flying.
The glider tow plane. They have a …
The glider tow plane. They have a…
We spent the afternoon just hangin…
We spent the afternoon just hangi…
RC plane doing aerobatics.
RC plane doing aerobatics.