Lake Bled – the Fairy Tale Island

Lake Bled is one of the most popular touristic attraction in Slovenia. It’s famous for the astonishing fairy tale-like view of the Church of the Assumption standing on an sole island in the middle of Lake Bled. On top of the hills is one of the oldest castle in Slovenia: the Bled Castle – Blejski grad.

Yesterday, we had a very nice weather, so we decide to go to Bled for a short trip and the view was fa-bu-lous.


We didn’t take the highway and on the way, we were able to catch a beautiful sight of the highest peak in Slovenia: Triglav (the three heads mountain). Triglav is an iconic symbol of Slovenia.

Triglav on the way to Bled

Beautiful Mountain Triglav on the way to Lake Bled, Slovenia


Lake Bled and the Church of the Assumption

The town of Bled is a well-known point of interest in the Julian Alps, which Triglav is part of, in the north-west side of Slovenia, known as Gorenjska (the mountain region).

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It has a beautiful lake and a sole island: Bled IslandBlejski otok – which is only reachable by small boat. During winter though, when the lake is frozen and the ice strong enough, you can walk to the island.

There’s also walking paths all around the lake. It is worth it to take a walk to admire the views and to take beautiful photos.

Bled - the Island

Beautiful Church of the Assumption reflecting in Lake Bled, Slovenia

On Bled Island, stands the Church of the Assumption – a very popular destination for weddings. It has a stair with 98 stones steps, and it is believed that if the groom carries his bride all the way up on their wedding day, ring the bell and make the wish, that they will have luck in their marriage.

Believe it or not? I still think that it would be a very romantic thing to do!


Bled Castle on the Hill

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Bled Castle is one of the oldest and most visited castle in Slovenia, due to its location, I presume.

There were also a medieval actors in the castle when I visited it, in 2011 – a wine master, a forging master and paper craft master, if I remember correctly. Quite interesting, especially for children.

I think that people visit the castle mostly for the astonishing views it gives on Lake Bled and the Church of the Assumption

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…and the kremšnita.


Famous Dessert from Bled: Kremšnita

If you like light cream pastry, Kremšnita (cream slices in Slovene) is for you.

Kremšnita from Bled Castle

Delicious Slovenian Cream Cake, Kreamšnita, in a Paper Boat in Castle Bled, Slovenia

You can get Kremšnita in many Slovenian pastry shop, but they are particularly good and famous in Bled. So, if you do pass by Bled, make sure to try it!

Thanks for enjoying the wonderful day at Bled with me. We’ve also took the opportunity to take photos with my new camera, you can look at them in my Gallery.

Until next post,
Anna.

Holidays in Tržič via Photos

Those photos were taken in Tržič, during the holidays season – December 2014.

Dovžanova Soteska in Pictures

These photos were taken in Dovžanova Soteska, Autumn 2014.

Dovžanova Soteska – The Hiking Path

For hiking lovers, walking through the Dovžanova Soteska – Dovžan Gorge is a must. It’s situated near the town of Tržič and begins at the village of Čadovlje.

Yesterday, we had a decent amount of sun, so we decided to do a small lazy Sunday walk in the Dovžanova Soteska

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We walked, following the road till our favorite bakery Slaščičarstvo Cerkovnik, then turning left at the bridge. And there’s another historical site: Jamenšnikova domačija in Paštba.

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As the sign says, the Jamenšnikova domačija in Paštba is one of the very few preserved architecture of the Karavanke region in the surroundings. Its paštba – a small place that was used to dry linseed, hemp and fruits, is also the only one preserved around Tržič.

We took the small path of the right side and made a small hike up. The paths follow the water flow of the Tržiška Bistrica nearby and gradually, lead us to better views of the mountains around. The rocks along the paths, known as Travis Breccia, are minerals that have been formed 267 millions years ago. You can easily be find and see them: they look like a conglomerate of round rocks. The Dovžanova Soteska is well-known for its geological path.

Dovžanova Soteska - The Bridge with Leaves

Beautiful Bridge and Fallen Leaves in Dovžanova Soteska, Slovenia

Walking up, taking pictures, breathing some fresh air, then we reached a beautiful wooden bridge, crossing over the Tržiška Bistrica and back to the main road.

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Beautiful Water Stream with the Devil’s Bridge in Dovžan Gorge, Tržič

At the top right corner, you can see a glimpse of a famous tunnel that goes through the rocks (it’s a little scary to walk there, but it’s safe), the road lead to the village of Jelendol.

Map and more information can be found on the Dovžanova Soteska Official Website (in Slovene).

Thanks for accompanying me through my refreshing hike! More photos can be found in my Gallery.

Until next post,
Anna.

Tržič – the Shoemakers Town

I currently live in a very small charming village called Čadovlje pri Tržiču, the closest town is about 10-30 mins walk downhills.

Tržič is a small town of approximately 15.000 inhabitants, northern side of Slovenia, near the borders of Austria.

One thing I absolutely like about Tržič is that it’s famous for its shoes industry- for a girl, this information is very important!

Tržiški muzej – The Tržič‘s museum

alternate textThe Tržič‘s museum has an interesting collections of different objects that are part of Tržič‘s tradesmen’s history.

Shoesmaking, leatherworks, wheelcraftings exhibitions (and more) can be visited there.

When I visited the museum, I was greeted by an nice English speaking guide – who also maintains the place.

The Peko Shoes Factory and Outlet

Peko shoes factory – a well known shoes brand through Europe, is situated in Tržič. Having a shoes factory in town means that the newest collection will be there first, the outlets sales will have the more choices of style and sizes.

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Peko also makes unique shoes model for fashion show and they sell them afterward at a very affordable price, usually size 37-38 (but that depends on the model’s size). I got a pretty, unique and all leather pair of shoes for only 20€!

The outlet also have sales pretty often – imagine finding a pair of leather shoes that you will absolutely love for under 20€ – isn’t it just simply wonderful! Sometimes, the Peko outlet also sells their “defective B” shoes model at a fraction of the normal price. It’s worth visit Peko shoes factory once in a while!

Updates June 2016 – I am sad to announce that the Peko Factory is now closed.

The Brodi Slippers Shop

In Slovenia, it’s part of the culture to offer a pair of slippers to guest when they visit you – not in our farmhouse but at least in most household.

Brodi is famous for their slippers in Tržič. They make handcrafted leather slippers for toddlers who learns to walk, for children as play shoes in kindergarten and for adults to be worn in the house. They also make other leather products such as belt, wallet, pouches and bags.

Once I saw a very original pair of sandals on their website, but when I got to the shop, they were sadly sold out. The owner then told me that he could make an unique pair, just for me, with customized size and colors if I wanted to. Guess what my answer was? Yes, please!

The vision at Brodi is to create handmade slippers for every customer, because everyone is unique. If you pass by, you should go have a look – their patterns are very creative and special!

The Shoemakers Sunday – Šuštarska Nedelja

Every year, on the first Sunday of September, there is a local fair in Tržič called Šuštarska Nedelja – the Shoemakers Sunday.

Huge sales at Peko (and tons of people) and lots of small kiosks full of products on the streets and through the old town. The main street is closed to traffic – so it’s safe for kids. Some stands are cooking golaž – a traditional Slovenian stew. Usually, a mobile attraction park with games for kids is also there. Fairs are entertaining and fun – it is also a good way to discover traditional Slovenian products.

If you’re nearby that day, be sure to walk around.


Of course, Tržič is not all and just about shoes – there is also others point of interest worth checking.

  • Dovžanova Soteska – The Dovžan Gorge, mineral and fossil’s hiking path.
  • RIS Dolina – The Fossil Exhibition, a collection of all minerals and fossils in the Dovžan Gorge.
  • Kurnikova Hiša – The Kurnik House, an architectural heritage of Slovenia right at the corner of one of Tržič‘s main street.
  • Staro mestno jedro Tržiča – The Old City Core of Tržič, iron gates with rosettes can be admired. The last Curiosity Window can be seen on Koroški 1, which allowed women to peek outside without having to open the window.
  • Memorial park Mauthausen, the only concentration camp in Slovenia.

Tržič is a very small town – compared to Montreal, where I am from, but in term of history, Tržič indeed has more noticeable ones.

If you decide to come by, let me know what you think about Tržič through the comment box!

Until next visit,
Anna.

Welcome to Čadovlje Pri Tržiču

Think about the town where you currently live: its local customs, traditions, and hangouts, its slang. What would be the strangest thing about this place for a first-time visitor?
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In the lovely country of Slovenia, I currently live in a small and quiet village of about 80-ish people near the Austrian border – Čadovlje Pri Tržiču.

The closest town – Tržič, is about 30 mins walk downhills.

A lot of my new neighbors own a family farm – I currently also live in a nearly 150 years old family farmhouse.

On the farm, they cut woods from the forest, have livestock such as cows for milk, bulls and pigs for meat, chickens for eggs and harvest from their lands as well. Almost everyone has a personal garden with flowers, herbs and vegetables. They also pick fruits and nuts from the trees on the land.

From the forest uphills, behind the house, there’s a hiking path – wild mushrooms are often collected by hikers. The view up the hills is very impressive. There’s also a discreet path to a small waterfalls near the house. For minerals lovers, there’s also a special hiking path nearby. It is also not that unusual to see deer or hear fox around.

The strangest thing for a first-time visitor?

“What? You own these fields, hills and forest?!”

Land 002The red arrows shows an example of the lands one family can own.

The fields are also divided in a very awkward way, as you can see, the hill in the middle of the pictures is our neighbor’s.

The whole land owned by a family is part of their family’s heritage, passed from generations to generations.


It takes a lot of time and devotion to maintain all these lands, especially the hills and forest. I want to help my boyfriend keep his Slovenian heritage.

So, here I am ,
Anna in Slovenia.