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Slovenia: Into the Julian Alps

Driving all day through torrential rain leads us to change course, and head to the mountains instead of the Slovenian beaches.


The Slovenian countryside

Despite my disdain of writing clichés, the overwhelming response that Marilynn and I have of Slovenia is “beautiful.”


Bled Lake, Bled Island, Bled Castle

Once we park the rental car in the town of Bled, after a daylong drive through rain and fog, a beautiful lake appears outside our window when the clouds lift.


The church on Bled Island in Lake Bled

We’re staying at the four-star hotel “Penzion Vila Preseren” for less than 60 US dollars, that includes fresh breakfast. Prior to this visit, my only impression of Slovenia has been its sausage.


From across the lake you can see our hotel – the very small white building to the right

Let’s walk off some sausage on this sunny morning with a five-mile stroll around the lake. It’s a slow walk, due to distractions of beauty such as an island church and a castle in the mountains.


Bled Castle

After a short drive to Bohinj, we’re on a gondola lifting with skiers to the Vogel Ski Resort area, in the heart of the Julian Alps.


Bohinj Lake, near Bohinj

We just roam around, stopping for a couple of cold ones, content to watch the skiers and snowboarders fly by.


Views of Bohinj Lake and Mt. Triglav (the tallest mountain in Slovenia) from the gondola

Slovenia beckons a more outdoorsy type of people. We stop in a small village in search of the traditional Slovenian sausage (We’re not that outdoorsy today).


Watching the skiers at Vogel Ski Resort

“Can I recommend a traditional meal?” our waitress says. “We just made a batch of homemade sausage.”


The Julian Alps

Well, you can guess our response. I discover a sense of irony when our waitress divulges her name. Melania. No kidding. The three of us discuss our travels.

“I loved the mountains of Montenegro,” Melania says. “Away from the coast you’ll find more natural beauty, and no crowds of people.”

She serves our lunch, and the sausage exceeds expectations.


Home made Slovenian sausage – Beautiful!

Beautiful, just like Slovenia.          Ron Mitchell






19 Comments Post a comment
  1. Kim Barnes #

    Slovenia is on my bucket list. Gorgeous pics! And my mouth waters for that sausage and kraut. Yummmmmm.

    March 5, 2017
  2. Skip #


    March 5, 2017
  3. Wow! What fantastically beautiful pictures – I couldn’t pick out the one I like best – they are all just gorgeous! thanks for taking the time to travel so I can enjoy your trip. Mariam

    March 5, 2017

    Such beauty! Thanks for another adventure. Totally enjoyed!

    March 5, 2017
  5. Ditto everyone’s comments. Stunning! Fantastic shots. Although the one you took of Marilyn is a pretty sweet shot too. And the sausage…making me hungry and I just finished dinner. Methinks this adventure is drawing to a close, what’s next?

    March 5, 2017
  6. ma & pa #

    Beautiful!!! but it will be more beautiful to see You two!!

    March 6, 2017
  7. Alice Chambers #

    Ron, I get another travel post from a friend of my daughter’s in Italy and you might be interested in seeing it. His blog is “Dog-Eared Passport” His name is John Henderson and he has an interesting article right now on his 100th country, Laos. Alice

    On Sun, Mar 5, 2017 at 5:58 AM, Ron Mitchell’s Adventure Blog wrote:

    > ronmitchelladventure posted: “Driving all day through torrential rain > leads us to change course, and head to the mountains instead of the > Slovenian beaches. Despite my disdain of writing clichés, the overwhelming > response that Marilynn and I have of Slovenia is “beautiful.” Once” >

    March 20, 2017
    • Very nice post on Laos, Alice. Thank you for sharing John’s blog. I like the way he has organized the site. I’ve been meaning to learn how to do that one day!

      March 21, 2017
  8. Holly #

    Wow!! Who knew Slovakia was so stunning! Thanks for showing me yet another facet of the world👍

    March 22, 2017
    • You’re welcome, and thank you for the inspiration! We can only hope too bring you to more places with us!

      March 23, 2017
    • Bojan #

      SLOVENIA, not Slovakia

      June 8, 2017
  9. Brenda #

    Wondering what happened to Ron and Mare???? Are you two ok? Or did I miss something???

    May 19, 2017
    • Not sure what you may have missed, Brenda, but we are fine, so fine! Heading out to Cape Verde Islands in West Africa soon.

      May 20, 2017

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