Italy Discovery #3: Lake Bled and Downtown Ljubljana

Monday morning we had a nice traditional buffet breakfast at our hotel and then departed via bus to Lake Bled. It was a beautiful natural lake made by a glacier. The water was very blue and clean and extremely peaceful. We took a small boat that held the entire group. A quick 10 minute ride to the other side of the lake got us to the bell tower and church of the island. We had to climb 99 stairs to get to the top of the island!

 

We headed into this beautiful church to make a wish on the wishing bell by pulling its rope three times. Then some of us climbed the 90 stairs to the top of the bell/clock tower for picturesque views and to see how the clock works/operates. After about an hour of exploring and photo taking, we reconvened on the boat, where we had a fun singalong, for our ride back to the mainland.

 

After the boat ride, we visited the center of the capital for lunch and shopping. The weather was perfect and there were plenty of places to choose from on the pedestrian-only streets. Then we headed to the “Escape Room,” and the challenge started before we even got there because each group had to race to the building! Sure enough, all groups escaped their rooms with time to spare! It was a fun and bonding experience for all.

 

It was then time to check out the castle in the center of town. We took the cable car up and explored the grounds. Some of us went up to the very top of the tower for breathtaking 360° views of the city but only for a quick minute because it started thundering and lightening! We got back inside to safety but the storm quickly passed. Afterwards we leisurely walked back to our bus which included a pit stop for some gelato!

 

On the way back to the hotel we loaded up with snacks and water bottles from a local grocery store for our long bus ride and some adventures coming up over the next couple of days. We ended the day with dinner back at the hotel, an all-you-can eat buffet which was delicious and filling!
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