Teacher’s Getaway – Lake Bled, Slovenia

by Poi on March 1, 2013

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With Kirsty working as a teacher full time she was very much looking forward to some time off during the February half term.  That meant it was my job to arrange the perfect little (forget the little b******s) getaway. Before returning to England we always said we would try and make the most of the easy access to Europe from the UK and that’s exactly what we planned to do.

So… Europe it was then but where?

When in doubt it’s always best to use a tried and tested holiday decision-making process.

Step one: Go on Google, click Images.

Step two: Enter keyword (in this case Europe)

Step three:  Scroll until you find a pretty picture that appeals.

Following this process it’s no surprise that we ended up picking Bled in Slovenia as our destination of choice, Bled’s number one appeal is simply the fact it is so picturesque.

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beautiful Lake Bled

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The church on an island in the middle of Lake Bled

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Poi rowing to the island

A few months and a few pennies later we arrived in Slovenia and weren’t disappointed, This time of year means wearing multiple layers and walking through a lot of snow but all that white stuff sure does add to the beauty of the place.

Bled is a very relaxed town and with very few people about it was very easy to just sit around for hours happily staring across the lake and surrounding mountains.  The small town provides enough in terms of restaurants and bars but that’s not really what Bled is about, in winter anyway.

kirsty in a rowing boat Row row row your boat

poi in solveniaIdentical twin?

Most people in the area have come to ski and you get the impression that most of the people you see in town during the daylight hours are just having a rest day before heading back up he mountain.

Walking around the lake it’s clear to see Bled probably has a very different vibe during the summer months.  Diving boards and water slides into the lake suggest it’s a much busier place when the suns out and a very popular holiday destination for the surrounding towns and cities.

Returning in the summer feels like a must but for Kirsty’s quiet half term getaway Bled fit the bill perfectly.

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John March 4, 2013 at 4:19 am

Am headed to Slovenia in 2 days time and was planning to make the trip to Bled from there. It really does look amazing.

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Poi March 12, 2013 at 3:32 am

It really is just a very stunning place. Enjoy yourself!

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Jenny March 5, 2013 at 6:48 am

The Lake Bled area is top of our list to see sometime. Talk about picturesque. We were this close to booking a trip there for this summer but decided on Brazil instead. We will definitely get there one day.

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Poi March 12, 2013 at 3:33 am

I’m sure you’ll have plenty of fun in Brazil! Can’t wait until we finally get there one day.

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Micamyx|Senyorita March 8, 2013 at 2:45 am

Fun vacation! Let me try that Google search tactic when I am not sure on where i should go next 😀

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Poi March 12, 2013 at 3:34 am

I thought that was how everyone planned holidays 😉

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Journey Scout March 8, 2013 at 7:57 pm

….gently down the stream, merrily merily merrily merrily Slovenia looks like a dream! haha. I’m sad I know. Cool pics though.

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Poi March 12, 2013 at 3:35 am

haha I like it & thanks!

It’s pretty easy to take nice pictures around Bled…

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Charli l Wanderlusters March 13, 2013 at 4:08 am

I’ve never used the random Google search inspiration tactic but it’s obviously a good way to go! Bled looks stunning. Who builds a church on an island in the middle of a lake?! How are you supposed to get there every week dressed in your Sunday best!!!

Glad to see you’ve been having fun!

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Emma @ GottaKeepMovin May 10, 2013 at 10:48 pm

Great choice guys! I’ve just finished writing an article about this and now I’m desperate to go back. I was there in summer 2009 so very different story to the snowy wonderland you found, it’s so hot in the summer! can definitely recommend heading back for that if you have the time. Thanks for sharing!

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Endri Hasanaj May 23, 2013 at 8:20 am

Well done mate! This Article is at the same time well written and accurate. I have a lot of friends that live in Celje and they tell me about all these great spots of Slovenia that I should go to at some point. I like these kind of places so I made a post about one of their castles! Here it is: http://tripandtravelblog.com/predjamski-grad-the-most-impressive-castle-in-slovenia/ I know it’s not like yours but I really wanted to write about this beautiful country picturesque destinations!
Greetings from Athens!

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Marysia @ My Travel Affairs September 13, 2013 at 8:04 pm

I so wanted to go to Slovenia this year, unfortunately no time! So jealous!

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Jay B. November 19, 2013 at 8:48 am

We got to enjoy fine late October weather when we walked around this stunning lake. It was midweek so all very peaceful and quiet. Most of the boat houses were closed but we managed to hire a boat that took us to the shrine..and it was a real joy! Stunning mountain backdrop, crystal clear lake and the church itself..Would go back anytime!

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Poi November 19, 2013 at 11:45 am

Thanks for commenting!
Sounds like you enjoyed Bled just as much as us. We’d love to head back there soon and experience it at a different time of year.

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Gemma June 21, 2016 at 9:05 am

This place is so special, a winter trip to see it like this + catching some slopes would be top of the pops.
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