Bled Island, Slovenia

Slovenia’s Fairy Tale Isle Lake Bled has a small, tear shaped island reachable only by man-powered rowboats, or pletna. The journey to Bled Island is great not only to experience the leisurely lake ride but also to visit the Church of the Assumption! The current baroque church dates from 1698 and features frescoes of life […]


[…] For more on Slovenia’s food, check out my stop at Zvezda Bistro. To check out the Slovenian outdoors and nearby day trips, see my posts Bled Castle and Bled Island. […]

SusanAugust 16, 2013 - 11:18 am

oh my goodness! Slovenia looks absolutely magical! I saw your link for tips for Montenegro on lonely planet and I am so happy to have clicked it. I think I need to begin looking into visiting Slovenia. + the story about an excavated gothic temple honoring a goddess! ah! love it.

SherAugust 16, 2013 - 11:59 pm

Hi Susan, thanks for stopping by! I’m so glad you like the pictures and I definitely recommend Slovenia – its so picturesque :)

[…] Bled Island, Slovenia […]

[…] Lake Bled is Slovenia’s most iconic tourist draw with a picture perfect castle, church and lake. […]

[…] e) Bled Island: a tiny tear shaped island in the middle of the lake, reachable only by row boat or gondola. Make sure you check out the church and walk up on the south side of the staircase – you’ll know it by the crazy number of steps! […]

[…] Rowing Up to Fairy Tale Bled Island […]

[…] Rowing Up to Fairy Tale Bled Island […]

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Slovenia is a hidden gem in the Balkan region. The city is a close bus ride away from where I stayed at Lake Bled and makes for a relaxed day trip (or vice versa). Slovenia’s capital city is actually small enough to be explored entirely on foot in a couple hours. The University of Ljubljana is […]


[…] check out my complete post on the Postojna Caves here. After the day trip, I headed onward to Ljubljana and Lake […]

[…] capital city is big enough to be interesting and lively yet small enough to walk on foot in an […]

[…] 24 Hours in Slovenia’s Capital of Ljubljana […]

Bled Castle, Slovenia

My first stop in Slovenia was to the picturesque town of Bled. The town is incredibly beautiful and great for nature lovers, as its situated on the eastern side of Lake Bled and the main access point for Triglav National Park. I stayed at Hotel Jelovica Bled and was fortunate to get a great double […]


[…] check out the Slovenian outdoors, see my posts here and here on Bled Castle and Bled […]

[…] of love and fertility, Ziva. Local legend holds that a young widow in mourning lived at nearby Bled Castle and gathered all her gold and silver to cast a bell for Bled Island’s chapel. However, while […]

JoyceNovember 3, 2014 - 9:50 am

That first photo is breathtaking. The clouds hit the mountains so perfectly!

SherNovember 3, 2014 - 11:15 am

Thanks Joyce!

CathyNovember 22, 2015 - 8:40 pm

Beautiful photos, I love the duck!

SherNovember 23, 2015 - 9:43 am

Thanks Cathy!

alexa meislerDecember 1, 2015 - 11:26 am

Yes please! Looks beautiful! How long did you spend in Bled (or would you recommend staying)?

MenorcaDecember 1, 2015 - 11:38 am

fABULOUS! I’ve seen Lake Bled mentioned in several bucket lists..need to go there myself too!

TianaDecember 1, 2015 - 11:58 am

Wow, what a beautiful place!

SherDecember 1, 2015 - 5:22 pm

Yes! There’s a reason why it’s getting popular now – definitely a hidden gem Menorca :)

SherDecember 1, 2015 - 5:23 pm

I stayed in Bled for 3 days, 2 nights. There’s essentially only the castle and then the island church to visit, so it could be crammed into 1 full day. The scenery and atmosphere is beautiful so 2 days is preferable. There’s really not much else in the area, just some small stores and restaurants, so i think more than 3 days would be a bit too much. Hope that helps Alexa!

[…] Bled is Slovenia’s most iconic tourist draw with a picture perfect castle, church and […]

[…] d) Bled Castle: this medieval fortress is a real delight, as its perched high on top of a steep cliff 100m above the lake. There are towers, ramparts, moats and a large terrace granting magnificent views. Don’t miss! […]

[…] Bled Castle: this medieval fortress is a real delight, as its perched high on top of a steep cliff 100m above the lake. There are towers, ramparts, moats and a large terrace granting magnificent views. Don’t miss! […]

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Plitvice Lakes

I love nature and am a big fan of hiking, so I was delighted when I had the opportunity to hike the Plitvice Lakes in Croatia’s Nacionalni park Plitvicka jezera. The park is the oldest in Southeast Europe, one of the first natural sites designated a UNESCO world heritage site and just chock full of […]


Anita MacJuly 8, 2013 - 7:10 pm

Loved hiking through the park as well. I have to say – in the middle of August, I rarely saw so few people!

RichardJuly 23, 2013 - 3:29 am

This place is high up my travel bucket list. Great photos – it looks like hardly anyone’s around!

SherJuly 23, 2013 - 2:11 pm

I went to the park really early, around 8 or 9 am so I could try to avoid the main crowds! To get these shots, I also waited for what felt like EVERYONE to pass me by, ha!

[…] take care of the logistical planning – a rental car is really necessary to see for example, the Plitvice waterfalls, as the national park is in a remote part of the country without readily available public […]

[…] if you do!). I visited Slovenia for 3 days after my trip to Croatia, as it’s relatively close to Croatia’s Plitvice Lakes and I went northward to Slovenia after Croatia and then on to Venice. This is the day by day route […]

SuzanneMarch 31, 2016 - 9:42 am

Looks gorgeous – well up there on the wishlist!

SherMarch 31, 2016 - 10:54 am

Hi Suzanne! Glad you liked the post. If you haven’t been to Croatia, I’d also recommend looking into Krka waterfall national park where you can actually swim in the lakes. Happy travels!

FeliciaJuly 21, 2019 - 6:02 pm

what about the cooastal areas in Croatia? We really want to travel to Croatia and just hang out on the beach. Suggestions?

Split, Croatia

Split was the last leg in my Croatia tour. I have barely any pictures from my stay and to be honest, remember it the least. I think I spent most of the time walking around and was simply photo’ed out after almost two weeks of traveling and taking pictures. The city is famous for Diocletian’s […]


Anita MacJuly 8, 2013 - 7:11 pm

Loved my time in Split….fun to just wander around and soak up the cafe culture of town.

[…] Croatia and its neighboring countries. The focus of my trip was to visit Croatia – Dubrovnik, Split, and the Dalmatian Coast are great new spots to visit if you’ve already been to Italy, France and […]

SApril 11, 2016 - 10:01 am

Beautiful photos! I really want to go to Croatia, hopefully it will be this summer.

SherApril 11, 2016 - 11:14 am

Thanks! Let me know if you need any tips when planning your trip :)

24 Hours in Zagreb, CroatiaOctober 6, 2018 - 9:38 pm

[…] to fly into internationally and from the capital, we spent two weeks onwards exploring Dubrovnik, Split, Plitvice, Ljubljana and Lake Bled in Slovenia, Bosnia & Herzegovin, Montenegro and Venice. […]