Bovec, Slovenia

12th September – 15th September

Having a few days between our stay in Lake Bled and when we were travelling to Italy, we took the advice of the hostel owner in Bled and headed to Bovec for a few days.

Slap Virji, Slovenia. Look at that. It is like something from another world.. Or a sci-fi movie.
Slap Virje, Slovenia. Look at that. It is like something from another world.. Or a sci-fi movie.

Given it was only 40km or so directly from Lake Bled, it was a bit of a long trip to get there. We caught a train to Most Na Sochi; a tiny collection of buildings and a train station in the middle of nowhere. We waited for two hours, then caught the only daily bus passing the station to Bovec. We arrived when it was dark, and there was a very local very loud party in the bar where we were staying. So first off we had no idea whether the trek to this place had been a good or bad idea.

But when we awoke in the morning it was to a lovely little town set amongst some pretty epic mountain scenery.  We got ourselves up and together with our new friend from the bus trip the night before headed out to see some of the area.

Bovec, Slovenia. This small town is set amongst some incredible scenery, on the western side of the Triglav National Park.
Bovec, Slovenia. This small town is set amongst some incredible scenery, on the western side of the Triglav National Park.

We found our way to Slap Virje, a waterfall that honestly looked like something completely out of this world.  We wandered through the valley and grassy fields, along the Soca River and across some precarious suspension bridges.  Afterwards, I was left with a feeling of utter awe at the incredible landscape of Slovenia.  Maybe it is just because it is so different to so much of our landscape at home. But whatever the reason, I really loved it.

Slap Virje, one very incredible waterfall. I don't think you could have designed a more 'perfect' waterfall if you tried.
Slap Virje, one very incredible waterfall. I don’t think you could have designed a more ‘perfect’ waterfall if you tried.
Slap Virje, Slovenia
Slap Virje, Slovenia
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Ribogojnica, a lovely little lake not far from the waterfall.
The river Soca. The water, like all water in Slovenia it seems, was brilliantly bright in colour and crystal clear.
The river Soca. The water, like all water in Slovenia it seems, was brilliantly bright in colour and crystal clear.
One of the suspension bridges crossing the Soca River.
One of the suspension bridges crossing the Soca River.
The valley area next to the town of Bovec. It really was quite incredible to stand here, surrounded by huge mountains on all sides.
The valley area next to the town of Bovec. It really was quite incredible to stand here, surrounded by huge mountains on all sides.

Unfortunatly our last day in Bovec was pouring with rain. But there was something quite relaxing about being cosy inside looking out at the fog and cloud surrounding the mountains. (When we weren’t frustrated trying to plan and work out what we were doing for the next week or two that is! A rainy day does mean no excuse not to do these things) It was our last day in Slovenia.. The next destination – Italy! But it was no simple task to get there from Bovec..

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