Some places are so beautiful you wonder how they even came to be, and how do the locals feel about where they live? Do they know they live in such a divine location? Or, perhaps, they feel similarly to how those feel when they visit for the first time. Lake Bled, Slovenia is one of those places. The bright blue waters, the idyllic mountains in the background, and lush greenery that surrounds it all, it’s everything a person could ever want. The town itself is quaint and has some cutesy shops, but the majority of the town revolves around the beauty of this lake. My father, sister, and I decided to come here after we spent some time in Salzburg and Lake Hallstatt, Austria. We wanted somewhere quiet and close to town, my dad hates noise and loathes anything even related to motorcycles and loud radios. We were lucky and found a house to rent that was only 3 blocks from the lake, a local guy rents it out and his father lives in the house next door. The house smelled a little musty, but all in all it was clean and exactly what we were looking for. Peace and quiet. Minus the roosters.
The guy who rented us the home off Air B&B told us that the most iconic photographs of Lake Bled included the castle on the top of the mountain in the distance and the church on the island. So, naturally I took about 30 pictures including both, I didn’t want to miss any angles. The color of the water changed dramatically depending on the time of day, however it never changed temperatures; the water was absolutely freezing.
There are two ways to get to the island, either rent your own boat or pay one of the oarsmen to take you. The oarsmen aren’t simply men who row boats for a living, they pass down a specific technique for future generations to learn the trade. These men are greatly respected within the town and it is seen as a career path vs. just a job. These oarsmen are incredibly strong, they spend all day rowing (standing up rowing) boat loads of Japanese tourists to and from the island. We opted to rent our own boat, we’re a frugal family, and that way we had the opportunity to explore the lake a little on our own. The island in the middle is definitely worth the trip, you can pay to visit the inside of the church and ring the bell for luck or check out the cheesy gift shop for funny little knickknacks and wine. I went for the wine.