Lake Bled Slovenia and Vintgar Gorge
Hi! How are you? Are you watching the World Cup? We are crying here at our house as Germany played so terribly Anyway, lots going on at our house. School finishes at the end of the week and we leave on Saturday for Sardinia. Then we have a week to turn around after our trip to pack up the house and head back to America. A little stressful to say the least. While I was in Slovenia, I took a tour to see Lake Bled and Vintgar Gorge. I could have easily rented a car and traveled there myself as these two locations are only about a 45-minute drive from Lubjiana, but since I was traveling alone I thought it would be safer to go with a tour. The only disadvantage to the tour was that I didn't have a chance to linger as long as I would have liked at each of the spots, and on the plus side I met some really nice people.
Legend has it that the area around Lake Bled had no water around it and that it was a lush valley of grass. In the middle of the lush valley sat a large rock where the fairies resided. At night time the rock would light up and the fairies would dance. Their Queen was Ziva. One day the fairies angered by the local farmers who allowed their sheep to graze near their rock warned the farmers to keep their sheep away. The farmers just laughed and the fairies told the farmers again that if they did not keep their sheep away that they would build a barrier so large that no one without wings could step foot on the valley. Eventually, the sheep ate all the lush soft grass and a fairy broke her leg. The fairies were so mad that with the help of their Queen Ziva they gathered to come up with a plan. In the end, they conjured up so much water that they flooded the valley. Today, Lake Bled is the guardian of fairy hill.
Following our little excursion to the island, we stopped at a local cafe and tried a piece of the famous cream cake. Of course, you can try the cream cake elsewhere, but the cream cake is pretty synonymous with Lake Bled.
Sadly, we were only able to see the Vintgar Waterfall as the gorge was closed to landslides. I guess I will just have to go back. Well, I need to run! I need to clean our apartment today. Not my favorite thing to do, but it has to be done. Have a lovely day and come back to see the Postojna Caves.
p.s. I forgot to mention that the palace that is pictured in this group of photos used to belong to the ex-president Tito. Today is a luxury hotel.