My eldest son and I took a trip to Croatia and Slovenia over Easter spending time around Bled and Ljubjana. Slovenian countryside was incredibly beautiful, with chocolate-box villages and farms seen everywhere. It was easy driving on nearly empty roads with small numbers of other tourists meaning all the sights could be seen and photographed easily. Ljubjana is a small, but pretty town centred on an enclosed river with a domineering castle and imposing architecture. Excellent food also.

Bled Castle

IMG 3425.JPG

The Island in Lake Bled

IMG 3419.JPG

Do Not Pass this sign

IMG 3431.JPG

The Vintgar Gorge, nr Bled, is powerful and beautiful in equal measure, although the trail had been severely damaged by recent storms meaning we could only see about half of the gorge. There was a widely ignored “Closed” sign blocking access. 

IMG 3442.JPG

Our trusty Seat Toledo which performed perfectly over the trip, including this day up in the hills where snow was still lying up to 4 ft thick on the road edges. 

IMG 3448.JPG

Experimental shot of the river at night. 

IMG 3484.JPG

The Triple Bridge in Ljubjana. It consists of 3 bridges set together and in similar styles, but with subtle differences. Very difficult to show this in a photograph.

IMG 3470.JPG

One of the many beautiful castes in Slovenia.

IMG 3462.JPG


A second visit for me allowed Jonna to accompany me. We caught a train from Graz in Austria direct to Ljubjana where we had backpacker accommodation booked. It was only a short visit so the castle, river and key buildings fored the backbone. It was soon time to head to the airport and home to London

© Paul Hyland 2012