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Ljubljana, Bled, Lake Bohinj, Triglav National Park

Written on: Friday June 11th, 2010

A journal entry from: Adriatic to Amsterdam

We arrived in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, in the afternoon and whatever sickness had struck Tamsin while in Korcula had now fully moved on to me. I was in no mood to stay in the city which was quite different from the cool, serene atmosphere of Zagreb. We decided to head straight to Bled which was different than our initial plans to save that until the last part of our trip. After a loooooong bus ride we finally arrived in what appeared to be the Banff of Slovenia. The charm of this lake area was lost on the casinos and big hotels. Our target was to hike in Triglav National Park and at the moment all we wanted was a place to rest and something to eat.

We left early the next morning and took the bus to Lake Bohinj from where you could access many different hiking trails. We had been advised that only some of the alpine huts were open this early in the season so we chose on and headed out. The trail led us straight up the face of a cliff which was exhilerating and provided some stunning views. A few hours later we arrived at the hut, only to find that it wasn't open yet. So we embarked on another 3 hrs of hiking to reach the one hut we knew would be open for sure.

The alpine huts in Slovenia are quite different than ours in Canada. It was huge and well able to accommodate and feed many people. The staff there were very friendly and we decided on a local meal of goulash, buckweat mush (this is what it said on the menu) and sour milk. We would both agree that this was not the best meal of our trip, but we were hungry.

We woke the next morning to find a German man waiting expectantly for us. He had noticed our origin where we signed the guestbook and as a younger man had lived in Smithers also and tended the parks cabin at Tyhee Lake Park over the winter. He had fond memories of the area and we spent some time with him reminiscing about BC's north. This also precipitated us to decide to head back to Croatia and the water as hiking in the mountains is something we have no shortage of in Smithers. He was able to recommend some great spots along the coast in an area we had not been yet.

With some new ideas in mind, we headed back to Ljubljana and then caught a train south again - we were on the move.

 

 

From David W. on Jul 9th, 2010

Pretty sweet about running into the guy who had worked in Smithers. Small world!