After a relatively good sleep, BattleDad gave me a lie in with another hour in bed while he sorted BattleKid out. Everyone was late to rise but we enjoyed some yummy omelette and fruit salad for breakfast in an effort to try clear the fridge of food.
We got ourselves dressed and went out to visit some of the sights around Bled itself. First on the agenda was Bled Castle. Perched on a cliff top 130 metres above Lake Bled, it is accessible by foot up the hill or by car (our preference) and is the oldest castle in Slovenia dating over 1000 years old. We found a parking spot at the castle car park for both cars, saving us the walk up the steep hill! We didn’t see all of the medieval castle due to a small person with us but the views from the castle of the surrounding area more than made up for this.
We did see the print works, the forge room (where BattleDad bought an original iron dragon, forged by a 6th generation blacksmith of the castle itself) the museum, wine cellar and some of the chemins de rondes of the battlements.
Open from 8am to 9pm June to September (earlier closing hours at other times of the year) it costs €9 per adult, €7 per student (15-24 years of age), €4.50 per child and under 4’s go free. Parking is also free but is quite limited at the castle grounds.
After the castle we headed for the lake so we could visit the island. BattleKid fell asleep on the way so I let BattleDad go meet our friends for a drink and another slice of cake while I waited in the car with BattleKid. Amen to euro roaming finally working on my phone.Once BattleKid woke, I took him to meet everyone and we waited by the shore for the gondola to return. when he did, we climbed aboard and settled down for the 10-15 minute journey to the island. We took a gondola from the far end of the lake as the trip is short than if you take one from the Bled side of the lake, which I’ve heard takes 30 minutes.
We had 40 minutes on the island before we needed to be back at our gondola and this was more than enough in my opinion. There isn’t much to see on the island other than the church and souvenir shop. I bought some chocolate from the shop. If you want to enter the church on Bled Island there is a charge of €6 per adult and once inside you can ring the bell for luck. BattleDad went in to ring the bell for our group. I lit a candle outside the church for my Mum (as she does it for us every Sunday when she goes to mass) before we quickly walked around the edge of the island before getting back on our gondola for the return journey back to shore.
The charge for the return trip to the island is €12 per adult. Our friends were charged €6 per child and BattleKid went free of charge on our laps. It might seem expensive but I think it is worth it to say you’ve been on the only island in Slovenia.
After visiting the island we got a bite to eat at the camping restaurant and afterwards, BattleDad and I headed back to try to get BattleKid down for a snooze. But he had other ideas! At 5pm I gave up with him and started packing us for the next day.
We got dressed nicely and headed into Bled for a nice meal at the posh restaurant we visited with T&G’s friends for our last meal in Slovenia. BattleKid was fairly well-behaved and ate well. We finished up just after 8pm, got BattleKid home to pj’s and a bottle, swiftly followed by bed. We had brought L and T home with us so that T&G could relax and have a few more drinks on their own. BattleKid went down after I’d done some more packing, and BattleDad and I had a cuppa. It was a nice day seeing the sights of Bled to round off our holiday.
Slovenia might not be a country you’d have ever considered visiting but I can highly recommend it. We will definitely be going back at some stage. All that was left was the flight home and I was looking forward to my own bed and seeing the BattleDogs.
I’m happy to report that our flights were on time and we even made it back to Wales from Luton in time to pick the BattleDogs up a day early. All in all we had a great holiday in Slovenia. I hope you’ve enjoyed following the diaries of this holiday. Next on the agenda is a return weekend to Bluestone in October with W and S and their baby L again. Hopefully we get slightly better weather than we did in June but we’re not holding out much hope!