Two kilometers far fro Ribcev Laz there's a church that stands isolated by the lake. It was open, empty, and with a nice and rich decoration, including a large fresco in the outside. Back home I read that there's a house (I didn't notice) up the path, where the key is kept when the church is closedmore
A very old church (at least from the 15Th century) stands by the lake. It is open to the public ans shows some frescoes, that were being restored when I visited it. It seems that are several layers with the frescoes, so, it will be interesting to find out how will they deal with it in the final works.more
While we waited for the bus to take us to Bled, we walked down to the edge of Bohinjsko Jezero to make the most of the clear weather that day (good decision!). Apparently this is the nicest church in Slovenia. I must admit I thought some churchs in Ljubljana were much better, and less damp! Perhaps they include the surroundings in the assessment?more
Okay, I already had a tip on the churches, but this church is very cool. It is a medieval church that was built sometime around 1440. There are some really nice frescos here.As you may know, a fresco is a way of painting using water based pigments on moist lime plaster. Very cool, very old!more
Ribcev Laz, Stara Fuzina, and Ukanc are all located on Bohinsko Jezero (Lake Bohinj). The lake was formed by glaciers, and I guess it used to be bigger, but it is still quite large.This is a great lake for a lazy canoe ride or row boat. The lake is beautiful with the mountains growing out of the edges of the lake.more
Great food, a little pricier than other options, but it served until 10PM. We had just got back from 13 hours of hiking, we were dirty, it was open, and they let us in. It was truly one of the best beers I ever drank, mainly because I was done hiking for the day and completely exhausted. Stuffed squid was deliciousmore
The best bet for public transportation is to take a bus through Bled onto Ribcev Laz. We got on a bus in Ljubljana, through Bled, through Bohinj Bistrica, on to Ribcev Laz. The train also comes down from Salzburg through Lesce/Bled, where you will need to hop a bus anyway to get to Ribcev Lazmore
To get from one side of the lake to another you either need to walk or hop a bus. Check at teh Tourist Office if you can't figure out the bus schedule.We did both. We took a bus one time from Ribcev Laz to Ukanc, then we walked another time. Stara Fuzina to Ribcev Laz is definitely walkable.more
Your basic grocery store, with lots of the basics you need. Meat, veges, fruit, bread, juice, etc. But, they don't sell fingernail clippers here, to my dismay. I needed to go all the way to Bohinj Bistricta for that item, along with shoelaces.
What to buy: I got cookies here, they were cheap and good.
What to pay: Typical grocery store prices
While in Slovenia, I had some great local sausage, good fish, and fun Slovenian desserts. One basic dessert that I had here, and also make at home is Flancati (See picture). It is a pan fried cookie. Very basic, very good, I have seen very similar cookies in other cultures.more
At the cow festival, some of the people wore clothes that date back to their cultural heritage. The outfits were so fun to see, I had only seen them in pictures and on dolls.Obviously, the clothing styles are similar to other ethnic clothing in the general area. You can see the pants are like lederhosen, those little hats are also so Bavarian...more
When you are in the Alps, make sure you have a map, have someone in your group that knows how to read it, or stick close to other groups. The main trails are marked pretty well, but it is always best to understand where you are on a topographic map so you don't go down a wrong trail.
Luggage and bags:
Have a large backpack to store your stuff while hiking
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring both warm and cool weather gear, sturdy boots, and some sort of rain protection. The weather at higher altitudes becomes unpredictable, it can be beautiful during the day and below freezing at night. It can be sunny and rainy on the same day, pack accordingly.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: A small medical kit for your group is advised
Photo Equipment: Thsi is also a must, it is so beautiful
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Sleep and eat meal sin the huts, but bring water and some snacks for the trail.
No I didn't use bus in Slovenia, but, travelling with Fernanda how could I ignore this small detail?All bus stop are small wooden shelters with... flowers. All of them with a large and colourful branch of flowers. Now... how do I choose two or three photos from the hundreds that Fernanda couldn't spare?more
Kravni Bal (I think that is how it is spelled) - A Cow Festival held in Ukanc in September. I was there on Sept 15 2002. Ethnic costumes, dancing, and food are all highlights, and of course Lesce (Zlatorog) beer. We found out that this little one day festival is held in honor of the cows coming down from the high grounds for the winter. It is a...more
Okay, I didn't do any of this stuff, but i looked into it and decided I would rather go to the cow festival (sad, but true). I spoke with guys teaching climbing on a wall face near the lake, checked out the cost to parasail (about $75), and talked with the guys renting out boats. I believe I was a little wiped out from the hike to Triglav the previous days, so I choose to drink beer and hang with the locals.
It is pretty easy to find info about these sports out once you get to the lake. Either stop at the tourist office near Hotel Jezero or take a walk/drive around the lake and you will pass kiosks.
Equipment: rent it
Okay, I have no idea where this goes, but we needed to wash our extremely dirty clothes after about a week on the road. We stopped at the tourist office for tips, they recommended a campground in Bohinj Bistritca (sic?). Here you can get coins for their laundry equipment and freshen up your clothes. Ask te tourist office to call ahead for their hours (so you can get the coins), they are a little funky.
So, you say three bachelors taking care of laundry is amusing? Well, it was. We didn't really know how to use these machines, they were different from in the states. I believe one of our loads got washed three times since it just NEVER seemed to end. Finally, we got our dirtiness taken care of, but it was quite the adventure.
Fondest memory: Was this really my fondest memory...no way, but it is a funny memory.