I thought I’d better provide a map today to show you exactly where we have been! And where we are now!
The ship is in port today in Koper, Slovenia, but we immediately set off, by bus, to go on an almost 4 hour drive to Lake Bled near the border of Austria! We are hoping for cooler weather and I never thought I’d say it, but wouldn’t rain be nice for a change?
The landscape has taken on a totally new look! Instead of hot beaches and steep hills, we now have cool forests and mountains! The first photos were taken from the bus, but you will get the idea of the lush surroundings and the change in scenery!
If you didn’t get here by bus, as we did, you could have come this way!
We are finally here! Now we are getting on another type of boat called a pletna, a flat bottomed boat. The boat is similar in shape to the Italian gondola and seats 20 people. They are made by hand and are recognized by their colorful awnings. The role of the oarsman dates back to 1740, when Empress Maria Theresa granted 22 local families exclusive rights to ferry religious pilgrims across Lake Bled to worship on Bled Island. The profession is still restricted. Many modern oarsman descend directly from the original 22 families!
We are going to the only island in Slovenia and one of the most photographed! It has the Lady of the Lake Church, which was built on the site of a pagan church. Why do we want to go here? To ring the bell of course!
Here is the Church of Our Lady in the background…..
Here sitting on the outcrop on the other side of the lake, is the Bled Castle. We’ll be heading there too today!
The church is under repairs!!!!!
The view of the island from the castle………..
Whew, we made it! A few other people decided to row their own boats………….
What are going to find here? Exactly, what are we here for? See you tomorrow to see what we find!