Just a short drive northwest from Ljubljana is Bled. Bled is close to the Austrian border and is a huge winter/summer tourist destination for its outdoor activities. The glacial Lake Bled has a trail around the lake and you have views of the only island in Slovenia and a castle up on the mountain side. The island contains a church where many locals like to get married. The church has 99 steps up to the door and it is tradition that the man carries the bride up the stairs and the bride must remain silent. Many people consider the island to bring good luck. I will let you know if I have good luck after I visit. You take a row boat to the lake so we are saving that for hopefully some better weather.
Bled is also famous for its vanilla-and-cream pastry called Blejska Kremna Rezina (Bled Cream Cake). Naturally I had to try one after lunch, and I’m already trying to figure out how I can bake this at home.
Bled will act as our base for the next 4 nights. During this time the plan is to visit some caves, drive to the sea and do a little hiking. This is just a short slideshow of a couple photos of Bled. There were many fishing poles in the water around the shores but I honestly don’t get how people know when they have a fish since I didn’t see any people with the poles. I did think it was interesting to watch one man cast off while another used a slingshot to put some food in the water where the man was fishing.