More Lake Bled, and more cycling.

8th September – 12th September

Look at the colour of that water! Vintgar Gorge, Slovenia.
Look at the colour of that water! Vintgar Gorge, Slovenia.

Having spent the previous day cycling, we decided to have a ‘rest’ on our next day, and took advantage of a drop off from our hostel at the Vintgar Gorge.  The Vintgar Gorge is a 1.6km long gorge that has been carved out by the Radovna River.  We snaked our way along the path through the gorge, past rapids, vibrant blue/green pools and 50-100m high canyon walls.

The crystal clear and vibrant coloured waters of the Vintgar Gorge.
The crystal clear and vibrant coloured waters of the Vintgar Gorge.
Sigh. This place was pretty special.
Sigh. This place was pretty special.
A bit further long the gorge the rapids and energetic waters calmed to a lovely peaceful stream. It was like something from a fantasy film.
A bit further long the gorge the rapids and energetic waters calmed to a lovely peaceful stream. It was like something from a fantasy film.

After our visit to the Gorge, we then hiked up the short but steep path to what is known as the best lookout point over Lake Bled. I think I agree, it was pretty damn good.

Hiking our way to the top of the best viewpoint over Lake Bled. Yeah, the view was pretty good!
Hiking our way to the top of the best viewpoint over Lake Bled. 
The view from what is commonly regarded as the best lookout spot over Lake Bled. I think I agree.
The view from what is commonly regarded as the best lookout spot over Lake Bled. I think I agree.
Aaah, so pretty!
Aaah, so pretty!

For our last full day in Lake Bled we again decided to hire bikes and explore the countryside.  This time we headed for the Krma valley further into the Triglav National Park.

The valley is in the Julian Alps, and is the longest in the National Park. It was carved out by glaciers. The ride to get there took us through some small towns, along a river and through some beautiful woodland. It was a reasonably long ride, and the gradual uphill on the way there meant I was almost going to give up. But after 24 km we made it, and the view at the end was incredible. Needless to say the slight downhill most of the way home was a welcome relief.

Cycling through the woodland on our way to the Krma Valley.
Cycling through the woodland on our way to the Krma Valley.
The Krma Valley. After 24km of riding, this view was definitely worth it. I felt dwarfed by the sheer size and presence of the surrounding Julien Alps.
The Krma Valley. After 24km of riding, this view was definitely worth it. I felt dwarfed by the sheer size and presence of the surrounding Julian Alps.
Living the alpine lifestyle.. Nestled beneath the alps was this house.. It was rather peaceful hearing the cow bells ringing out in the mountain air.
Living the alpine lifestyle.. Nestled beneath the alps was this house.. It was rather peaceful hearing the cow bells ringing out in the mountain air.
Krma Valley, Slovenia
Krma Valley, Slovenia

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