It was built in honour of the Virgin Mary and was called the church of Mary at Beli prod. Only the bell tower, built from sandy blocks in Romanesque style remains from the original church.
The existing church dates back to the late Gothic period and was built in 1510 by master builder Jernej Firtaler from Villach. A certain Carinthian influence is evident mainly in the nave vault, which is supported by internal pillars and decorated with a web of ribs which makes it one of the most interesting of its kind in Slovenia.
Lake Jasna is situated just a short stroll from the centre of Kranjska gora . Surrounded by beautiful Julian Alps, it offers many possibilities : walk around the lake, bathing, fishing...
A native, a Slovene youth novelist, the author of The Adventures of Kekec once said:
»The Jasna baths are indeed unique and none of other baths cannot be compared with it. Not only for its natural position. It is constructed in a romatic flat land, encircled by fragrant pine woods and the rocky mountains, raising before and above them, all crisscrossed by perpetual snow. The sun fixes its rays directly into it and the mountains shelter it from a cold wind. A man simply cannot believe that he is indeed up high in the mountains; the snow on the walls in front of him smiles at him and tells him that he is neither mistaken nor dreaming, but only experiencing reality. The lively view of the baths is really peculiar and one would beat the air walking around the world in order to find a similar one.«
Located at the start of the famous Vršic pass is a small jewel just a few meters away from Kranjska Gora. Ideal as a starting point for all that wish to explore the Julian Alps or swimming in the warm months of the summer is of course possible.
Mala Pišnica - 1.15 hours' walk from lake Jasna
Is an alpine valley 5 km long, passable just by taking some non-marked hunter's tracks; it is preserved as a natural reserve in the Triglav national park. In the upper part of Mala Pišnica one of the biggest larches in Slovenia can be found. As the tracks are steep, the walking boots are recommended.
Ski Flying is something that you need to see for real to believe.
The courage of the athletes who compete in this event is second to none and they deserve to be seen and supported, every one of them.
The atmosphere here is electric as everyone wills the record to be broken again.
There is a huge party culture and everyone is happy. Large quantities of alcohol are consumed and there is little if any trouble. All of the fans are superb.
Planica is where the previous world record was held and they don't call it the Monster! for nothing. When all of the modifications are complete Planica will be a world class Nordic centre and maybe the record will again be home.
Bled in late winter is a must, the lake, the Castle, the Churches.
A walk round the lake is about 6km and takes about 2 hrs depending on how many times you stop to admire the views. Then there is the castle, Walk past the church of St Martin and turn left , follow signs Blejski Grad, zigzag up for about 100m and you are there simple.
Views from the castle are breathtaking on a clear day and by this time you are ready for a snack and a beer what a place to have it.
NEW IN KRANJSKA
GORA - LARIX HOTEL
In the beginning of December they are going to
open a complex of three swimming-pools with total surface of 300 sq. metres. The
swimming-pools will be equipped with underwater massage with air bubbles and
geysers. The sole users of one of the swimming-pools will be children. You will
be able to relax in a whirlpool with the surface of 10 sq. metres. Turkish
baths, Finnish and infrared saunas with a refreshing cold-water basin will also
be available. If you want to get sun-tanned you will be able to enjoy a
solarium. We can also offer classic, reflex and Chinese TU-INA massages,
magneto-therapy, acupuncture and pedicure.
In 2001 there was a soccer game between ski jumpers and one Slovene female team. The female team were actually teenage girls, but most of the jumpers were quite young as well so in that respect it was a fair match. In everything else it was like David vs. Goliath.
Poor girls--they played on the team for 3 or 4 years, yet their skills with the ball were so poor that jumpers, who play soccer only for fun, looked like professional soccer players! While girls struggled, boys enjoyed themselves enormously--for many of them these were probably the only close encounters with the opposite sex ;-))
(Dieter Thoma, famous German ski jumper, accepting a statue of a woman as an award for the German team, said that he was sorry M. Schmitt and S. Hannavald were not there so they could finally hold a woman.)
Similar match was organized in 2003 as well, but was not as attractive.
Ski jumpers are still not paid in millions of Euros and that's probably why you can meet them pretty easily. All it takes is to walk around, go for coffee or in my case, go to a disco.
This is Jasmina & and me with my favorite Finnish jumper Risto Jussilainen. We saw him on the street on our way to disco and he immediately agreed to a photo session! Just for the record, in 2001 Risto finished overall 3rd in the world cup; in Planica he & his teammates won the team competition and he placed 2nd in the individual competition.
We met several other jumpers including Adam Malysz & Andi Goldberger and could have taken pics of them, but we did not want to be pushy. Risto was our favorite and a pic of him was enough!!!
For many years now the last competitions of the ski jumping world cup take place in Planica. Usually, they take place the one but last weekend in March and usually there are three competitions - team competition on Friday and two individual competitions on Saturday and Sunday. Competitions start at 10 am as they have to be completed before 1 pm when the wind begins. The wind is so regular that you can bet your money on it!
Planica gained fame much before it became the last stage of the ski jumping circus due to numerous world records. The first jump over 100 m happened there. Andreas Goldberger set his world record of 225 m also there. Matti Hautamaeki broke that record in 2003 during the team competition only to improve it twice in individual competitions the following days.
So many of world longest jumps/flights were achieved there that Planica became the synonym for spectacular flights and fans expect new records every year.
Adam Malysz captured the overall world cup title three times in a row! Ever since he started winning, Polish people follow him around in tens of thousands!
When they come, the competition can be anything but boring. Trust my word - these people know how to make great atmosphere!
My fondest memory of Polish fans is from 2001 when they came with flags and banners of all shapes and sizes displaying some of the craziest wording I've ever seen:
1. Adam - 500 m!
2. Adam for President!
3. Adam flies high - Adam come down to Earth!
If only I had better camera at the time to capture their masterpieces of paraphernalia. You cannot even imagine what crazy fans can come up with!
Photo: when the competition was over, a friend and I were "surrounded" by a group of merry Polish fans :-)
The chapel is dedicated to Saint Bernard from Menthon, Italy.He was proclaimed as the patron saint of the inhabitants of tghe Alps and mountaineers.The chapel was built in 1870 and repinted by Slovene painter Bradaška in 1930.
Either drive your Car like we did, or walk the 2km from Kranjska Gora to Little Jasna Lake.
This lake was stunning! The water was so crystal clear, that I could see the pebble's and rocks located on the bottom, and it was such a pretty blue green!
The Duck's must be fed by people, as when they saw me walking beside the Lake, they soon paddled over! Surrounding the Lake, were Mountains, and on one side the Village. I walked until I came to the Mountain Goat Sculpture, and took some more photo's! It was a wonderful spot for photo's, as the reflection's from the Mountain's were perfect in the Lake.
Beautiful area, worth going to !
We had a nice drive to Jasna lake. The surroundings of the lake are stunning. It was a hot summer day and lots of people were enjoying ther time around. There were a quite number of restaurants in the lake vicinity with beautiful views and domestic food.
Just to mention, during the winter the lake becomes the natural skating ring.
The Russian Chapel is the memorial to russian war prisoners who were killed by the snow avalanche . The poor souls were kept in prison bu austrian army and were working hard to keep the road passable .One day, 300 of them got killed in previously mentiond way.
The Chapel was built after the World War I by the russian soldgers. The graves can be seen all around the Chapel.