This is my third post in my snapshot series and I’m going to focus on Slovenia, particularly the places we’ve been to in Ljubljana and Bled. ⌒°(❛ᴗ❛)°⌒
We started our walking tour quite early, and our first stop was to come and see the Tomb of National Heroes (In Slovene, its called: : Grobnica narodnih herojev, also nagrobnik narodnih herojev). It was created in 1949, and it has a dual purpose as it stands as both a tomb and monument for the national heroes that were part of the resistance struggle in Slovenia during World War II.
Then we were off to the town square! I think we made several other short stops along the way, but my memory’s quite bad as we made this trip some time ago, and the fact that I don’t have much photos from then doesn’t really help. ;vvv;
During our visit, there was an open market thing going on. Too bad we didn’t have the free time to actually look through the products being sold.
This is the parliament building located in Ljubljana. It’s an interesting looking building with a lot of statues, which are very detailed, displayed on the outside.
Cute children!! Ahh, somehow this reminded me of Madeline, hahaha. (ﾉ^∇^)ﾉﾟ
The sun was shining brightly, the weather was nice. It was at that moment that I knew that I was definitely in love with this place. (✿ ♥‿♥)
Even just walking along the streets is such an awesome experience already. °˖✧◝(⁰▿⁰)◜✧˖°
Then we got to the Dragon Bridge. There were a lot of people pushing for a good spot to take photos of and with the dragon, but since there’s another one (I think there are 4 of them in total, one on each corner end), we just crossed to the other side. No more jostling for a good shot. Easy-peasy! (❁´▽`❁)*✲ﾟ*
So clean! So beautiful! So scenic! I wish we had this in my country, the Philippines. Too bad most of our rivers are heavily polluted. ;;
We were given some free time to just roam around, but we ended up sitting on one of the benches near the bridge. It was windy that day, as you can see in the photos.
We left Ljubljana and off to Bled we went! Again, I can’t help but be astounded as to how clean the lake was here.
In the winter, the lake actually freezes over and you can even skate to the small island instead of taking a boat ride.
I think it was also mentioned to us during our trip that the task of manning the boat to and from the small island and back have been passed down from one generation to another. That means that not just anyone can do it. Which is pretty neat.
Also, there’s another fun fact: One has to climb 99 steps to reach the Assumption of Mary Pilgrimage Church. There’s a local tradition here of grooms having to carry their brides up these steps, while the bride must remain still and silent in order for them to have lots of happiness in the future – which I think is quite romantic, not to mention cute! (´∀｀)♡
The reason why we took the boat ride in the first place! In the small island in the middle of the lake is the Assumption of Mary Pilgrimage Church.
Inside the church. Also there’s another ~tradition~ here, but mostly for tourists, I guess. There’s a bell there and usually people ring it for good luck.
After our short trip to the little island in the middle of the lake, we were off to Bled Castle.
View from way up high.
You can even see the small island from here! (╯✧∇✧)╯
There are some hotels in the area, but we stayed at Hotel Golf. Nearby, there are some food stalls open.
My younger brother.. Taking photos, lololol. ∩(︶▽︶)∩
Aaaand, that’s the end of my third snapshot post! I hope you enjoyed reading and going through the photos I took. Anyway, given the chance, I would really love to come back to Slovenia – there are still so many places I’ve yet to go to! (๑꒪▿꒪)*