Visiting Lake Bohinj in Slovenia with Inghams
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Wild Flowers, Schnapps and DragonsMy Slovenian experience with Inghams
continues as we leave Lake Bled and drive south for an hour to Lake
Bohinj. The drive takes us through a
glacial valley filled with wild flowers. Lake Bohinj hosts the International
Wild Flower Festival each year situated at the centre of the Triglav National
Our Inghams guide Marko, who we now all
love, tells us that visitors can also travel between the lakes by train. In the
summer months, there is a scenic steam train but it is so popular that it has
to be booked well in advance.
Our hotel for the night is the 4* Lake
Jezero, situated on the edge of the lake. This hotel again is clean and
friendly, smaller than Hotel Golf with a pool and sauna and fitness centre. Spa
treatments can be booked at reception.
Lake Bohinj is bigger than Lake Bled. A
12km walk will take your around the perimeter. Mountain and electric bikes can
be hired opposite the hotel at the Activity Centre. This is a Slow Tourism area
set in the centre of Triglav National Park, which means that there are no
buzzing motorboats or jet skis to spoil the tranquillity. The only ripple on
the water is created by a passing swan, kayak or electric boat which ferries
visitors from one end of the lake to the other. This again is a walkers paradise.
Marko likes to keep us on the go, so off we
go to see Savica waterfall. 575 vertical steps later (I counted them!) we find
not one but two waterfalls plunging 78m to the lake below.
Thankfully, to catch a glimpse of top of
the highest mountain in the Julian Alps, Mount Triglav, we can take a cable car,
as this is a popular ski area in the winter months. There is also a chair lift
to take you higher still. Shedding its
cloak of cloud for us today, Triglav is still snow-capped and looking very
impressive standing at 2,864 metres.
The 2 week programme for the International
Wild Flower Festival is very impressive. There is really something for
everyone. Walks, talks by botanists, photographic workshops on how to
photograph wild flowers, even yoga and meditation classes. Lectures on Flowers in the Kitchen, concerts
in the forest and exhibitions of embroidery with flower motifs. This setting is
so tranquil and spell binding that I think everyone will be soothed into a peaceful
state of mind. I read that there are
4,000 species of wild flower and plant in Slovenia and a visit to the Alpine
Botanical Garden Juliana, which was founded in 1926, has 600 different plant
species. There are 40 species and sub species of wild orchid alone.
Before we leave it is time for us to sample
schnapps as an aperitif. Marko tells us that his grandfather’s home brewed plum
schnapps is 60% proof! I could grow to
like this fire water.
Our exploration of Slovenia with Inghams
draws to a close but before the airport farewells we visit Ljubljana. In 2016 this
fine city was awarded the title of European Green Capital.
On the approach to the capital city I am
reminded that Slovenia was once ruled by the Austro-Hungarian Empire and see
architectural influences from that period. I am then delighted to see really
fine examples of Art Deco. Ljubljana is
also called the Venice of Slovenia. Ljubljanica
canal snakes around the old town protectively and supports a very impressive
colonnade. To cross the canal you have to run the gauntlet with fierce dragons
who stand on guard at Dragon Bridge.
Today is Saturday, market day and
Slovenians are out in force. The cafe culture is vibrant with sun starved
Europeans promenading. Cobbled streets fit snugly around the feet of the castle
above, which is the green oasis of the city. Streets encircle St. Nicholas
Cathedral which in turn looks down on the central market. Stalls of fresh
fruit, vegetables, flowers and local chocolate fill the square and long tables
under canvas act as pop-up eating places. An ‘Oompah’ band is building up a sweat while burly men stir huge cauldrons of goulash.
Equally burly women pound dough for fresh dumplings. The atmosphere is buzzing.
I could have spent much more time in this
fine city. It offers green spaces, environmentally friendly public transport, pedestrian
ways, museums, galleries, restaurants and fine buildings. A day’s excursion
from the lakes will give you a taste of what is on offer in Ljubljana.
I decide that neither Dragons nor potent
schnapps will keep me away from visiting Slovenia once more and exploring
further. It is a safe, clean and
Inghams offer 7 nights H/B at the 4* Hotel Jezero, Lake Bohinj, Slovenia from £575 per person departing May 2017.
Price includes flights from London Gatwick to Ljubljana and resort transfers.
For further information and to book visit www.inghams.co.uk or call 01483 791116.
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