Our first week-long trip since moving to the UK took us to the ex-Yugoslav countries of Slovenia and Croatia. We flew into Zagreb but immediately drove across the border to spend a few days taking in the natural wonders and friendly people of one of Europe’s smallest nations.
On our way to Lake Bled—where we would be spending our first few nights—we stopped to spend the bulk of the day in Ljubljana. Slovenia’s capital city is small but lively, with many sights to behold and experiences to be had in a compact area radiating out from the center. We made our way to the center to start—the venerable Triple Bridge is a beautiful symbol of the city.
After filling our bellies with caprese salad and ravioli at a nearby restaurant, we set off to explore. We wandered through the cobblestone streets along the Ljubljanica, admiring the towering castle from many angles. We could only take seeing it from afar for so long before setting our sights on the funicular to bring us up close!
Though it had been lightly drizzling since we had arrived, the rain and clouds started to clear as soon as we made it to the top. The castle offers good views of the city (and the alps in the distance) from every side and serves as an interesting history lesson about the city’s and castle’s evolution over the last few centuries.
We wandered around some more after getting back down to the streets, but dusk was quickly approaching. We hopped back into the car and set off for the snow-capped mountains of the Julian Alps! It was a pretty quick ride to Bled and we settled into our Airbnb apartment after a lengthy but helpful orientation from our host excited for the next day.