Trip Start Apr 04, 2008
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Trip End Jul 01, 2008


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Saturday, May 17, 2008

Saturday 17 May - Tuesday 20 May
 
It was a long drive to Bled in the rain but the road was good particularly through Austria.  
 
Bled is a quiet town and has a peaceful charm.  Its focal point is the lake.  It is much smaller than we thought but is so pretty with the islet in the middle of the lake with a church that takes up most of the land.  There is also a castle atop a rocky outcrop on the western side of the lake.  It is fairytale like.  The backdrop to the lake is steep, forested, snow capped mountains.
 
All the gardens in town are tidy and everything is clean. There are lots of ducks and swans around the lake and we could see some large fish swimming under the shallow wooden boats which are used to go out to the islet
 
The weather did not cooperate for our time in Bled.  We had one afternoon where it eased to just raining on and off so we walked around the lake.  We saw a mother swan with three cygnets; one was sitting on her back.  They were so small and cute covered in soft grey down. 
 
We visited the castle museum.  The castle, lake and peasants were given to the Bishop of Blixen by Frederick II of Germany.  The church then sold everything and everyone onto another buyer and this continued until the peasants revolted. Don't blame them.   
 
We walked home through the suburbs noting how Swiss the buildings looked and how they have very steep roofs for the snow but also little verandas taking advantage of whatever weather conditions prevail.        
 
Slovenia, or the small part of it that we saw, was one of the most peaceful, friendly and green parts of Europe we have seen.
 
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