Ljubljana, Lake Bled, Bohinj, Triglav
26.07.2007 33 °C
I have decided now to class things as countries rather then days because im becoming increasingly useless at remembering how day it is nevermind how many days i have been out here!
Anyway the train ride from Split - Zagreb and then Zagreb - Ljubljana were two of the most beautiful train journeys i have ever taken in my life. Both were filled with so much beauty it all got a bit difficult to take in. But eventually arrived in Ljubljana safe and sound after around 9 hours on a train. Wasn't really sure what to expect from this city as i didnt really know anything about it, so spent the first night just wandering around taking in a few of the sites. From first impressions it seemed the centre of the city was very pretty, kinda like a minature version of Prague in a way. So i wandered back the next day when i had had a good nights sleep and found that the centre of the city was just incredible, some really really gorgeous sites, the castle especially was lovely as it gave u some great panoramic views of the city. At night went out for a pizza, i ordered a medium pizza.......it was 18inches and cost me five pounds!!! i was gobsmacked, but being a fat bastard i managed to eat it all!!! I did actually see one large one brought out.....and the only suitable word to describe it was fucking massive, it basically covered an entire table!! Anyway back to important stuff.....me! I then after a couple of nights moved onto Lake Bled, which is a place i had kinda high hopes for as my mum and dad had been there years ago and told me it was very pretty.
I got off the train, and got on the bus down to the hostel i was staying in (an old farmhouse, very very dated but also immensly cheap!) and so far it looked like any old normal town but it was in the mountains. After dumping all my stuff i asked the owner where abouts the lake was, he pointed me round a corner, i walked round it and nearly collapsed it was completely staggering beautiful, i cant really describe how the lake was as it was just so incredibly nice, but when my pictures get uploaded in a couple of days i hope all will become clear. First day in bled i didnt do a whole lot, just wandered the town took in the sites and then later on walked upto the castle which overlooks the town and the lake and looked around. The castle was very very small but offered some great views across the lake and all around the surrounding area. But i had realised one of my goals of the trip to find a castle on a cliff surrounded by forest! Day two i took a gondola to the island which sits roughly in the middle of the lake (i didnt sing one cornetto on it, i couldnt remember the words!). I rang the bell in the middle of the island, but that was pretty rubbish as it wasnt what i hoped for. In the afternoon i hired a bike and cycled round the lake a couple of times, this was really interesting as it gave some fantastic views of the lake and i also got to visit Tito's old mansion, which was pretty amazing! I did something else this day but i cant rememeber what it was, i will mention it when i upload the pics if i can remember!
Day three was a fun day as it started with a trip to Triglav national park and the Vintgar gorje. the gorje was really really beautiful and again i cant find words to describe this place but i hope the pics will do it justice! In the afternoon i landed back in Bled and hired a rowing boat. This was loads of fun as i had never rowed before, i spent the first 15mins just going round in endless circles!! but i soon got the hang of it and im pretty sure i can give those stupid public school boys a run for their money now! I'm back in Ljubljana now writing this but am leaving on a train at 2am to goto Budapest and Hungary!
I will give u a summary of my time in slovenia when i upload the pics!
take care everyone!
p.s. mark, im now fucking awesome at shithead, so i can kick your arse anyday!!