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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Place of the Day: Lake Bled

My jury duty has finally come to an end - a verdict was reached, and now life is relatively back to normal.  So...I thought it might be a good idea to write up another Place of the Day to highlight - it's a bit off the beaten path, but definitely in my region of places to visit that I haven't spent much time.

I know I didn't know where Lake Bled was the first time I saw the name.  This small island is located within the Julian Alps and the Gorenjska Province.  History says the lake was glacially formed, and to see it within the scope of the mountains can be breath-taking.  Thermal springs are present close-by, and a short gondolalike boat can whisk you over to the island and its 16th century Gothic church.

There are several places to stay in the area - if you're looking for a relatively well-known property, the only one that comes to mind is the Best Western Premier Hotel Lovec. Otherwise, you might want to enjoy a more local property, such as the Hotel Ribno Bled.  In any case, be prepared for an amazing view and experience.

How do you get to Lake Bled?  Train might be a good option:  The Lesce-Bled railway station lies on the Villach - Jesenice - Ljubljana - Belgrade - Istanbul - Athens railway line, and is within easy reach of Italy and Austria.  Flights are also possible into Ljubljana Airport at Brnik (LJU) - a sample fare from Chicago Ohare in Oct/Nov is running around $1000 on Delta/Skyteam and $1079 on Star Alliance carriers, so it's on par with other European air fares for that time frame.

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