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Day 5: Lake Bled

This is the highly rated place in Slovenia....Lake Bled. We had to leave early as we wanted to beat the crowds.

First stop Vintgar Gorge. The highlight is a 1600m wooden walkway through the gorge, built in 1893 and continually rebuilt. It criss-crosses the swirling Radovna River four times over rapids, waterfalls and pools before reaching 16m-high Waterfall.

According to one version, the name Vintgar originates from the German name Weingarten – according to the vineyards in the nearby Podhom; another story says that the name origins from the shape of the gorge, resembling a wine glass.

Vintgar Gorge was discovered in 1891 by photographer Benedikt Lergetporer and Gorje mayor and cartographer Jakob Žumer.

Next drive to Bled and do a trek to get a view of the lake.

We chose Ojstrica (2,350 meters or 7,710 feet); it is a mountain in the eastern part of the Kamnik Alps with a pyramid-shaped top that is visible from far away. The name Ojstrica derives from the Slovene word oster 'sharp'. It was a 45 min trek...that was made very tough due to the rains of the past few days...slushy, slippery and wet ....but we braved it all to get stunning views of Lake Bled.

Lunch was Pizza with the famous Bled Cream cake, which was Yummy. Tummies filled, we decided to spend an hour rowing on lake Bled. It was just beautiful.

Next we walked up to Castle Bled which gave more stunning views...legs were begging for respite...

We didn't want to leave the we drove to another lake - Bohinj. We drove through some of the most stunning views of the mountains, alps and towns...Dinner was Doner Kebabs!!

How much can you squeeze in one day? Quite a lot when you consider we walked 18k steps, trekking, rowing, climbing, driving on an absolutely memorable day.

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