It's hard to exaggerate the beauty of Lake Bled in Slovenia. Nestled at the base of the Julian Alps it was a wonderful place to stay for three days. We had made reservations at a popular penzione and soon found the reason for the popularity. After our bus ride from Ljubljana and a short walk the proprietor greeted us with cookies and a clean room. Since it was just minutes from the lake we had a chance to look around a little before coming back for dinner at the attached restaurant. As we enjoyed the delicious food and drinks we saw the waiter greet regulars who obviously returned here regularly.
On our next day we rented a car and took it out to see some of the local features. This started with the Vintgar Gorge a short drive from the lake. There, a wooden path clung to the edge of a serpentine gorge feet from the beautiful turquoise-green waters. The path was longer than we expected leading to beautiful views around every turn. As the amount of people on the trail grew though we decided to take the long way back around to where we were parked.
After lunch back in town we drove out to another, larger lake not to far away. We got wonderful views of this lake as we took a cable car up steep cliffs to a ski area overlooking the valley. Some more hiking around the area gave us plenty of exercise and we were ready to call it a day as we headed back to our room.
The next day we packed up the car and headed out. It was a little sad to go, but I can definitely see us coming back to this area in the future.