When we were planning our trip to Italy, we decided to add a quick visit to Slovenia. It turned out to be a refreshing break from the crowds and gave us a much needed change of scenery. Located in the Julian Alps in the upper Carniolan region of North Western Slovenia, the views were breathtaking!
Lake Bled is a popular destination, although it had a relaxed atmosphere … at least for me! We, I should say my husband, learned a valuable lesson on this journey. Upon his insistence, we rented a wooden boat with wooden oars to tour the lake. Let me just say, wood boats are heavy and I was very pleased that there were only one set of oars! Before I continue, we are not novice boat users, but the ones we have owned had motors. This becomes an important part of my story and a great memory for me.
Our adventure started with a trip to the island. Located in the middle of the lake, it is home to a historical church and some small quaint shops. After a beautiful walk around the island, we decided to get back on the lake for some more site seeing. There is a cliff clinging castle that is definitely worth seeing and the Julian Alps made for a wonderful back drop.
Tired from rowing and ready for a rest, we decided it was time to return to shore. This was when Lake Bled truly earned its name for my husband. He made note of the fact that the breeze was working against him both ways. I kept my mouth shut (rare) but I knew. He rowed and rowed and rowed. Typical for him, he didn’t mention he had no idea where the boat landing was, but I knew, and watched him as he eyed the shoreline. At this point, a rain cloud positioned itself just above our heads and let loose. Also at this time, I learned that I have super human ability at suppressing laughter. I literally had tears running down my cheeks and secretly thanked the cloud for the rain disguise. This lake is over 300 acres, and I was sure he covered most of it trying to find our boat return. When he finally admitted that he was “lost” my super human abilities dissipated into a burst of laughter. I just could not suppress it one moment longer! We did eventually end up at the landing. He was exhausted and blistered but maintained his composure. The lesson: ALWAYS pick a landmark when you venture out onto a lake, especially when you’re rowing a heavy boat with only two oars!