“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go” Joshua 1:9

July 6, 2017

Day Three: Bled, Slovenia

30th of July 2017 - first glimpses of Bled in day light

Today was a beautiful day <3 The weather was perfectly warm and not too hot. Even though we made a mistake with buying too much lunch today we didn't dwell on our mistake ;) haha. After being on our own (Mum, Harri and I) for the morning, we then united with Dad after his conference to row out in a boat to Bled Island. 
View from our accommodation. I was suddenly amazed when everything became so much more defined and beautiful after I cleaned my glasses!!!! ;) In this image you can just make out the turquoise-coloured lake shimmering below the tree line in the centre of the photo
View of Bled Castle while walking on the other side of the lake taking Dad to his conference
Bled Castle, where we walked up later on in the day
Having morning tea on the balcony at our accommodation before heading out to walk around the lake :D 
Selfie in front of Bled lake and Bled Island before we started our walk
As per itinerary, we then continued to walk around the lake. It is 6 km so it would take around 2 hours with photography breaks. We would hike up Bled Castle Hill 3 quarters of the way, eat dinner, and then go pick Dad up when he finished his conference.

Bled Island
On one side of the lake there was a cute pebbled beach :D
And we started the ascent up Castle Hill!!

Starting the walk up Castle Hill
It was getting quite hot!!
On top of the hill. This was as far as you could go without paying to go into Bled Castle, which was quite annoying!! We were quite hungry, and we couldn't eat because the restaurant was in the castle area, so couldn't stay long. We did have to stop to catch our breath though ;)
View from Castle hill to Straza Mountain on Bled Lake, where we were going to hike up the next day
Passing by a church while going down the hill

Walking through an Italian-like area to get to a pizzeria

Mum's salad with chicken and grated feta cheese on top

My pizza with mushroom and ham

The lovely setting where we ate lunch, called Pizzeria Rustica. Here we accidentally made the mistake of ordering two pizzas AND a salad!! We over ordered ;) haha. Oh well, no worries ;)

Pretending to be the statue ;)

Picking Dad up from the conference and walking towards a boat dock to rent a boat and row to Bled Island

Rowing to Bled Island

Me on the island

Rowing around the island a couple of times to make the most of the hour that we rented the boat for

Still rowing ;)

The house in the background is where we rented the boat from. Dad wanted a natural photo ;) I actually think this is pretty natural for him :D

Awesome painting in the restaurant where we had dinner :D

Taking pictures of our food before tucking in ;)

After finishing our food we had to continue walking around the lake to get to our accommodation. It took me a while to get a good photo of the view in the dark because I don't have a tripod to keep my camera steady. After some blurry shots I ended up using Dad's shoulder to steady the camera, which was even then quite difficult as dad had to stop breathing for a while for me to get a good shot ;) This photo is one of the blurry ones, but I actually quite like it!
Action shot ;)
Then we walked back to our accommodation when it was already dark, which was actually quite lovely and invigorating ;)

Till next time,

Laura xoxo

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