Touring Trip of Central Europe (July 2008)

Part 2: Slovenia (12th-14th)

We stayed in the country just outside Bled in a Pension for three nights. We visited the Lake on the first morning, with a boat trip to the island and chapel – you are rowed over by a boatman. That afternoon we walked up Vintgar Gorge and came back and visited the Castle (Grad), where a number of couples were having their wedding photos taken.

The following day we drove a circuit round the Triglav National Park via the Vrsic Pass. First we went to Pericnik Waterfall, where I scrambled up to a ledge behind the falls with the water thundering down in front of me. Unfortunately there wasn’t anyone there to take my photo! Onto the Pass where we stopped at a Chapel built by Russian prisoners in the First World War to commemorate comrades who were killed building the road. The afternoon was miserable as we looped back to Bled through heavy rain. The sun came out as we drove along Lake Bohinj. That night a most violent thunderstorm kept us awake from 2am ‘till 6am.

Next morning we headed for Opatija, a seaside resort in Northern Croatia. On the way we stopped at the Postojna Grottoes. I had first visited the caves in 1962 and, despite visiting many caves around the world since, remembered them as the very best. I thought the fact that I was very young at the time may have affected my memory but Sandra agreed they were the best we had ever seen. You travel on a train for several kilometres through the caves then have a walking tour for 90 minutes. The caverns are huge and the formations spectacular. Before travelling on to Croatia we went to look at Predjama Castle, a few miles from the caves.