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Best View of Lake Bled

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If you haven’t heard of Lake Bled or the country of Slovenia yet, don’t worry you haven’t been living under a rock.  Slovenia really hasn’t been on many people’s radars, until now.  Its magical, fairytale land is much less undiscovered because of how beautiful it is.

Lake Bled is probably one of the gems of the country.  It is at the least what the country is slowly becoming known for.  Lake Bled, the scenic, picturesque lake with a stunning island in the center.

There really isn’t a bad view or angle of Lake Bled.  Let’s be honest, it’s photogenic from all sides.  I, however, found the most beautiful view of the Lake and it’s from above.  No, you don’t have to pay tons of money to see it from a hot air balloon, though that would be a dream.  The Ojstrica hike is by far the best way to take in Lake Bled.  Here’s how to get there.

Be warned, this hike can prove to be a little difficult, both to find and while on it.  


The signs for the entrance to this hike are pretty hidden especially if you get there at 5am in the pitch black to catch the sunrise at the top which I highly recommend.  There are actually two ways to start this hike.  One is from a parking lot and the other is just off of the main street.  We were dropped off near Camping Bled.  When you see the Camping Bled sign, look to the far left in the brush.  There will be a slight opening and a sign that reads Ojstrica.  The sign at the driveway of the parking lot also says this.

The First picture below is the view of the trailhead from the street. The second is the entrance to the parking for the second entrance.


The path can be a little tricky especially since it is actually pretty steep and at multiple points very rocky.  On top of that, we took 2 wrong turns.  The first one was because we missed the turn to start heading upward and is the reason we discovered the alternate entrance from the parking lot.  For the most part just follow the dirt trail that looks cleared.  It was rather slippery when we went since it had poured the night before, so be careful!


While these two words look crazy similar, they are actually two very different hikes!  Don’t be fooled!  This was our second very wrong turn.  Since there was no service, we had to rely on our memories of what we had read on our research for this hike.  We were pretty sure that the best unobstructed view was a shorter hike called Osojnica.  Boy, were we so wrong.  This mistake lead us 20-25 minutes out of the way and to a small view point surrounded by a chainlink fence.  Not to mention a very steep hike up what seemed like a vertical hill.  Osojnicia is actually the longer hike, to a higher viewpoint.  As we backtracked, we found the faster, easier hike up Ojstrica was only 5 mins vs that dreaded 20.  

Our mistake did lead to making it to the viewpoint just after sunrise when all the hikers were starting to leave!  If you want the place more to yourself, head there just after sunrise, or wait 10-15 mins and the people will start to clear out.

You can see in the photo below, the Ojstrica sign points up to the right.


If we had taken the correct path, I believe the hike would’ve only taken us about 30 minutes to get to the top of Ojstrica.  Remember if you head out in the dark, bring a light.  You are hiking through the woods.

That’s it! Now you know how to get the best view of Lake Bled.  And you know the difference between Ojstrica and Osojnica.  Don’t get them confused!

Here’s a funny story to go along with this hike.  Not only did we take a couple wrong turns in the dark, but we also did this hike in dresses.  Not the most practical hiking attire and probably not something I would recommend.  Though, they did make for some beautiful pictures.  Oh Instagram!  I did tie up my dress and hiked in tennis shoes, so I wasn’t totally crazy.  If you did happen to see us on this hike though, you probably would’ve thought we were.

Happy hiking!

Yours Truly // Shannon

A Guide to Visiting Ljubljana

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Honestly, I knew nothing about Ljubljana until just a few weeks out from my trip.  I am so glad I was able to visit because this city is worth a visit.  Since the city is pretty small and very walkable, I wouldn’t suggest more than 2 days here.  You definitely should spend more time in Slovenia than that but I think more days should be spent in other areas like Lake Bled.

Ljubljana was one of the cutest and most quaint places to visit.  It has a really small town vibe because it is a small town.  I’ve listed some activities below that will allow you get the best out of your trip:


One of my favorite things to do anywhere is to people watch.  Ljubljana is the perfect place for this.  Restaurants and cafes line the Ljubljanica River, so you can enjoy a meal while taking in a beautiful view of the river and passerby’s.

Although when we were searching for a place to eat dinner, we ended up on one of the side streets.  Funny story, we walked by a restaurant cooking fresh mussels on the street and kept wandering thinking we’d find another one like it.  Moral of the story, when you smell something that good just stop to eat there instead of walking an extra 20 minutes trying to find said location again.


Well, you don’t necessarily have to hike or walk up to this castle on the hill.  There is a very convenient funicular that will take you up in a tram.  This option is particularly awesome when you’re in a rush to watch the sunset from the castle on the hill while playing Ed Sheeran’s Castle on the Hill song.  Yes, that is a true story.

I didn’t even know what a funicular was before this.  Have you heard of a funicular before?  It’s just a cable car.  This one was great because it was only 4 euro for a round-trip ticket.


Yes, this sounds strange - I wasn’t sure what to make of it myself.  In front of the pink church, aka the Franciscan Church of the Annunciation, is a rain installation.  Not exactly sure what the point of it is, but when it’s a hot day out, this sure is a nice way to cool down.


Just along the Ljubljanica River is the Central Market.  You can find everything here from groceries and fresh produce to the knick knacks and souvenirs you want to take home.  The goods are usually hand made.  The market is open everyday but Sunday.

There is also really wonderful shopping while strolling through the streets around the central part of Ljubljana.  My favorite one was called Gud and I literally wanted everything in it.


Slovenia is incredibly green.  Ljubljana is no exception to that.  If you’re feeling up for a nature walk away from the little city head to Tivoli Park.  There are tons of fountains and playgrounds and of course beautiful views.


If you’re into street art, this is the place for you to visit while in Ljubljana.  These old army barracks have basically become squatting grounds and an expression of art.  There are murals and art everywhere.

Honestly, I was a bit creeped out here, so this is a cautious warning.  I don’t know if this was the case, but I didn’t necessarily feel safe here.  The people are a bit sketch and there are signs to not take photos of the people. 

On the other hand, there is some cool artwork here, so really it is worth a visit.  The residents are actively painting and creating a daily basis which means you could see completely different art than I did.   Pretty cool thinking about that, right?


One of the cool things in Ljubljana is the Triple Bridge.  It really is 3 sections that make up one bridge.  The middle one is mostly used for car traffic, while the other two are more narrow for walking.  The bridge is located just in front of the Franciscan Church of the Annunciation and Presernov Plaza.

Hope this guide convinces you to travel to this cute town or helps you find out what to do while here.

Yours Truly // Shannon

10 Photos That Will Make You Want To Go To Lake Bled

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I don't think there are many words needed for this post, so I'll keep it short.  After all, these photos speak for themselves, don't they?  If you made it all the way down here, I know you're thinking, get me on a plane now, right? And before you might've never even heard of Lake Bled let alone the country Slovenia.  Oh, if I forgot to mention it, Lake Bled is located in Slovenia about 45 minutes from the capital Ljubljana.

Now that I've got your attention, stay on the lookout for more posts about this beautiful place.  Where to go.  What to do.  What to see. I'll guide you on all of those topics because this beautiful place is one that needs to be discovered.  I can't believe it wasn't on my radar before a few months ago.

It really looks like a magical, fairytale land, doesn't it?

Yours Truly // Shannon