Thursday, July 21, 2011
Vintgar Gorge, Slovenia
5 kilometers outside of Bled is Vintgar Gorge. This 1600 meter long gorge is pretty awesome and we were able to walk through with the girls easily. The trails are fairly flat but narrow and there were occasional stairs but Aubrey and Lolo were champs and walked with minimal complaining. I know I have said this before but they are fantastic little travelers and I am so happy that they actually like to be on the go and see new things.
There were so many chances to take photos and I was finally able to try my hand at shooting flowing water. I read how to do this last year on the Clickin Moms forums and have been wanting to try it since. The paths were too narrow and crowded to set up the tripod so I had to hand hold the camera but I was happy with the way they turned out.
You have to walk back the same way you came in but the views were just as amazing. The girls were happy that we finished as it was a little warm but sharing a popsicle is a great way to make sure they are still smiling when we are at the end.
After we had lunch at a tasty Italian restaurant we went to Slovenia’s largest lake, Lake Bohinj. About a 30 minute drive from Lake Bled, Lake Bohinj is less touristy but just as beautiful. We sat on the rocky beach for a bit taking in the views.
The next day we packed up our suitcases and headed south towards Croatia. We stopped quickly at Predjama Castle. There has been a castle at this location since the 9th century. The draw for tourists at this rather plain castle is the system of caves located in the mountain behind it. We didn’t tour as it was actually pretty expensive but it was worth the quick stop to see the exterior.
We had a fabulous time in Slovenia! At first I was a little skeptical about staying in there but it was really worth it. The scenery is beautiful, the people are friendly and most speak a little English and it easy to get around in with a vehicle. If you ever have the chance to visit, go for it! You will not regret it!