|Bled castle on the top of the hill with breathtaking views of the surrounding valley and the Julian Alps|
|St. Martin's Church from a distance|
I am not the world's most relaxed traveller and as much as I want to let myself experience the exhilaration of the unexpected, there is always a part of me that wants to, or at least wants to be able to, be in control. That means you will never find me with a backpack, wandering the trails, sleeping under the stars. As romantic as this sounds I need a proper bed to sleep at night and a fixed destination for next morning.
|Little porcelain bells around the church tower|
We headed north of Zagreb towards the Slovenian border. It was really a lovely Saturday morning a bit on the hot side but that was not a problem; we knew that in a couple of hours we were going to arrive at a place where the landscape and the dense forest prevents the temperature to rise to more than 30 degrees C. We were on our way to Triglav National Park, part for the Julian Alps at the border between north-eastern Italy and Slovenia. After Ljubljana the landscape changed and I could see the imposing mountains at the end of the horizon. Some of the mountain picks were still white with snow.
|Imposting rocks massifs|
|Charming boat house by the lake|
|Ducks cruising the lake with the Julian Alps in the background|
|Bled Town Hall they could not get the colour of the flowers more right!|
|Horse carriages for hire for rides along the shore|
|Calm and beautiful|
|Water-lilies like those in my painting|
|Ducks reign supreme in lake Bled|
|Fairytale castle and lake|
Lake Bled and the small village that surrounds it is one of the most beautiful and picturesque places I have visited. Ducks, swans and water-lilies prevail here - there are places where people can swim but thankfully the rest of the lake is off limits and guarded so there are no sweaty tourists jumping in where ever they fancy. Overlooking the lake, Bled Castle makes the whole scenery seem like it was copied from a fairytale book. And the view from the castle....simply breathtaking!
|On the island there is a church|
|Boats come and go between the shore and the small island|
|Lone boat on its way to the island|
|High up in the castle|
|Well at the castle courtyard|
|Bled castle is one of the most popular wedding venues in Slovenia!|
|The power of green|
Twenty kilometres from Lake Bled there is another lake. Lake Bohinj is longer, deeper and untamed. The mountain above commanded my attention. And the nature around the lake was imposing and aerie. We drove along the shore for about 11km and then climbed the 850 metres to the spot where you can see the spectacular waterfall that constantly feeds water to the lake. The sound of the waterfall in my ears; the fresh air caressing my face; climbing up the steep path; the magnificent views of the lake and the valley with the huge mass of bare rock hanging menacingly over our heads; it was an experience I will always remember!
|The perfect coexistence|
|Imposing and menacing|
|Force of nature|
|View of the lake valley on our way to the waterfall|
|The Julian Alps in all their glory|
|A statue of the elusive chamois a type of goat the grassy slopes of the Julian Alps|
|Lake Bohinj at dusk|