Alright so I am dying to share more of Slovenia with you I have been here for a few days now and I go to bed at the end of each one loving it more and more! I cannot explain how spectacular this place is. Again however, I will try. So I left off last time telling you about Vintgar gorge which was where I visited on my second day trip to Bled. It is part of the Triglav national park and its natural beauty is overwhelming and calming all at the same time.
It took about 35 minutes to walk there from a friend’s hostel in Bled. Left up to my own devices I would have taken a taxi, but looking back I did appreciate the walk both there and back as it provided great views and additional photo ops. Once we arrived at the entrance there was a 4 euro charge and the narrow, wooden trails along the edges of the gorge were yours to explore. With every step an “Oooh or Ahhh” escaped me, I wanted to take a picture of everything. Every waterfall, every area of still transparent emerald and sapphire pool, every fish, every rock face, every everything. This was just a beautiful place and I was so happy I made it there. I kept wondering if the locals appreciated it as much as I did or if the novelty had worn off long ago.
There is this surreal feeling of when you have looked up a place and seen photos online or in print and think how lovely it is and then to actually be there. I was thinking to myself that I couldn’t believe I was actually there, it is an awesome feeling. I felt that way too when I was at lake Bled rowing to the church on the island. This is a place I would for sure visit again if I ever returned to Slovenia, which I am pretty sure will happen.
After making our way through the gorge we headed back to Bled, another hike. Europe has provided me with many of these, I just hope the end result of some amazing legs is birthed from all these hikes! When we finally hit the downhill approach we made a quick stop at a small, lone restaurant and had a bottle of Radler, a grapefruit flavoured beer that I haven’t gone a day without so far. I had plans of hitting another close by city Bohinj and going for a swim at the lake there but was so exhausted and sun drained that I took a bus back to Ljubljana (pronounced Loob-Lee-Yana) instead. The hostel was having a live jazz band perform so I figured I would rest up and then go listen, which I did after treating myself to a lovely little dinner at a nearby restaurant.
Next time we will delve into the lovely Ljubljana, which I will continue to explore, until then love life!