Picture perfect, serene and well, downright weird – the one European location you should not miss.

11 Jan

YOU know when something happens that is so strange and unbelievable that people are not going to believe you when you tell them about it later?

Well, now that I’m safely back in the comfortable familiarity (if you can call 40 degrees and 50 percent humidity comfortable) of home, or the southern coastal suburbs of Perth, Western Australia, even I’m having trouble relying on my own memory of some of the happenings of the last 3 or so months. It all feels kind of like a dream.

But here’s one that was just that bit too unique to forget, or make up.

We were abruptly woken in the early hours of one morning in November 2012 by three thugs ‘from the Projects, man’ bursting into our hostel dorm in the lakeside town of Bled, Slovenia.

While two proceeded shouting in strange American accents, (they weren’t fooling anyone with that thick Slovene lilt) threatening to rob and kill us in the semi-darkness, calling out fairly offensive political propaganda that needn’t be repeated here, the more subdued offender jumped into a bed and promptly went to sleep.

Eventually, (like two hours later) and thankfully, we somehow worked out these unscrupulous felolows were none other than Slovenia’s most esteemed rapper Klemen Klemen and his ‘Tea Party’ who had put on a show at the tiny town’s only nightclub the evening before. Apparently they had nowhere to stay and nothing better to do than to terrorise us. Klemen actually returned later with cold and half spilt ‘apology’ coffees for us and got quite angry when Nic wouldn’t take his.

I’m almost 87 per cent certain you won’t get mugged, unless The town hosts another rap concert, so would highly recommend anyone wandering that part of Europe visit the tiny town of Bled, Slovenia.

In stark contrast to that one crazy night, Bled boasts a postcard-perfect lake, with the country’s only island, a bevy of beautiful but sometimes angry white swans, a leafy, mushroomy gorge you can navigate for kilometres above the rushing stream, leading to a breathtaking waterfall, a bar dedicated to former Man United star George Best, a sex shop with Slovenia’s only 3D porn cinema and devices designed by the owner’s husband and some of the most amazing goulash from this place.

Plus, in summer, the cosy 5000-strong population swells to 25,000 adventure sports enthusiasts who come to take advantage of the pristine lake.

There’s even a toboggan.

Check out our photos below, and if you’ve been to Bled, let us know what you thought!

This swan was friendly – and check out the gorgeous lake.
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View of the mountains while walking to Vintgar Gorge.
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Colours of Autumn.
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Welcome to Bled.
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Island view on an overcast day.
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Some interesting fungi at Vintgar Gorge.
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Vintgar Gorge
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A blog post from me would not be complete without one of these majestic creatures. Ruler of the abandoned house.
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5 Responses to “Picture perfect, serene and well, downright weird – the one European location you should not miss.”

  1. gabrielablandy January 11, 2013 at 9:18 pm #

    Love this. Plus, those photos are amazing!!

  2. Just A Simple Guy January 11, 2013 at 10:25 pm #

    what a lovely shots and amazing colours!! It’s really picture perfect.

  3. Megan January 13, 2013 at 9:28 am #

    Thank you for stopping by and liking my blog and thank you for sharing these beautiful photos!
    Best,
    Megan

  4. aBitofCulture January 14, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

    Great story and lovely pics. I’ve been to Bled twice and would go every year if I could. Where was the rap gig? I didn’t realise there was a club there. When I was there last in October there were loads of daytrippers but so few people stayed the night it was dead, but in a nice way!

    • lyndseywetton January 14, 2013 at 4:37 pm #

      Thanks for the comment Richard. 🙂
      The gig was at a club called ‘Klub’ if I remember correctly – it was packed out, barely even breathing room! It was a fairly spur of the moment decision for all of us backpackers to go to the gig, but we had a blast.

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