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Exploring a Slovenian Island

The sun shone down hot and glistening as we explored Bled Island, a jewel of a spot set in a turquoise lake in the Julian Alps of Slovenia. We had wandered through medieval Bled Castle, been rowed across beautiful Lake Bled, and now, after seeing the ancient church and other buildings, we had time to wander the paths that wended along the island shore.

First we took a breather on some shady stone steps, enjoying the cool breezes that swept up from the water.

My brother Ryan and I took this beguiling pathway, utterly charmed by the lamp posts. 🙂

Around a bend in the path we were thrilled to see these turquoise waters, teeming with fish, the sun shining just right to make the water seem to glow from within.

We loved these boats, and had fun making up stories of the smugglers who most certainly owned them, imagining them rowing silently to the island under cover of darkness to engage in nefarious business dealings. 🙂

As we rounded the island we sighed in delight at this amazing view of the castle, church and mountains we’d explored earlier that day. All our preconceived notions of Slovenia had been obliterated by the beauty and serenity of this wonderful place.

All too soon it was time to clamber aboard our boat and be rowed back to shore. Our regrets at leaving this beautiful island were assuaged as we bobbed our way across the lake, reveling in the stunning views. Much to our delight, we discovered an open air market on the other side, brimming with handmade jewelry, woodwork and other crafts. We spent a happy time there talking with the artists in a nonsensical hodgepodge of English and Russian, and found the most lovely treasures to commemorate our trip to Lake Bled. 
Then it was time to load up our 9 passenger van and begin the drive to Ljubljana. I’ll take you there next time. 🙂
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RamblingTart - Dear Yulia, Thank you SO much for writing! I’m so happy to hear from you. 🙂 Thank you for your kind comments – I’m glad you like all the bits and bobs I post. I love the pics YOU post of your gorgeous little boys and the mischief they get into. 🙂

Yulia Willmore - Hi Krista,

Just want to tell you how much I enjoy reading your stories (love your writing and humor), admiring your traveling pictures (SO darn jealous of you! UGH!), and salivating at your posted recipes (which I take down and then wishing for finding time to make them!). Even though, I don’t comment on your blog much, I do read it often. So keep’em coming!

~ yulia 🙂

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