Mar 24, 2015

Lake Bled, Slovenia


The first port of call on our Adriatic cruise was Koper, Slovenia. We had a handful options for this port...a) we could spend the day exploring Koper on our own, b) we could book a tour and head to Ljubljana, Slovenia's capital city, or c) we could join a tour to Lake Bled (with a post-lake stop in Ljubljana). Naturally, we chose the last option. Why not kill two birds with one stone!

Early that morning we hopped a bus and made the 1.5 hour journey from the port in Koper to Lake Bled in the northern part of Slovenia. When we arrived, we dropped a handful of our touring group at the cliff-side castle and then we continued on to the lake bed where we could wander around the water and enjoy lunch overlooking the lake. To be honest, Slovenia was never a destination on my travel bucket list, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved our morning at Lake Bled! The scenery was gorgeous...big, beautiful blue lake surrounded by forests and snow-topped mountains towering in the background. And that little island just big enough to hold a church? Like something straight out of a postcard. The pletna boats floating back and forth to the island were so tempting to ride, but it was so chilly that morning. No water sports for us. When we first arrived, clouds were overhead, but as the morning rolled into afternoon, the sun came out and shown new light over the whole lake. I swear the blues in these photos don't do the lake justice. It was an insanely beautiful landscape to witness. 


During our brief lunch break, we found a nice restaurant right on the lake where the original Bled Cream Cake (Blejska Kremna Rezina) was being served in giant portions right and left. I'm pretty sure every table in that restaurant had a slice of cream cake on it. D and I split a piece (because it was only Day 1 & we had 13 more days of cruise food to enjoy). Not too shabby! It reminded me of a deconstructed creme puff or vanilla custard-filled pastry...not too sweet, but rich enough to tame a sweet tooth. I'm always up for trying new foods, especially where desserts are concerned! It was nice to be able to eat a local treat that Slovenes come from all over the country to enjoy.


We only spent 3-ish hours exploring the lake before we had to hop back on the bus to head to our next Slovenian destination...Ljubljana! More to come!

14 comments:

  1. Slovenia is one of the top places on my travel list! All of the pictures I've seen look so beautiful and I've only heard good things about it. Looking forward to your post on Ljubljana!

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  2. That bled cream cake looks AMAZING, as do your photos. It's like a fairy tale! Definitely on my list!

    <3 Daisy
    Simplicity Relished

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  3. The cake look's so yummy! "13 more days of cruise food".. how jealous I am of you! I've tried taking extended cruises with my husband, but he's still to work orientated to be away that long!

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  4. Slovenia has been showing up all over the place lately and wow it looks beautiful. Definitely getting bumped higher and higher on my travel list!

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  5. I only live 4 hours from Lake Bled but I have never been...absolutely on the longgggg list!

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  6. We spent 3 days in Bled in October for my 29th Birthday - like you I didn't really know what to expect as Slovenia hadn't previously been on my radar. But Bled was one of my favourite destinations I've ever been to, and one of the most beautiful! - here's my blog if you fancy a look https://ailiesadventures.wordpress.com/2015/03/11/bled-slovenia-october-2014/

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  7. Gorgeous! It has Old European charm written all over it!

    Silly Medley: Lifestyle and Travel

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  8. Beautiful! I've seen pictures of Lake Bled on Pinterest, travel magazines, everywhere and am dying to go now! Looks so serene and peaceful!

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  9. so beautiful. this place looks like coming out of a fairytale

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  10. That Bled Cream Cake looks really nice I have not heard of them but it does look nice and I would like to give it taste

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  11. Those pictures are gorgeous. I always love reading your travel posts.

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  12. My parents did a week in Slovenia and were pleasantly surprised. Where they stayed, they said it reminded them a lot of Italy, but more affordable. They also felt it was less developed towards international tourists, more of a well-kept European tourist secret at the time. :) I'd love to go!

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  13. Your pictures are gorgeous, what a beautiful little town. I think I might have to add it to my bucket list too!

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