I departed Delphi (Greece) and headed for Lake Bled, Slovenia. I aimed to drive the 1000 miles as quick as possible. I drove until I was tired and / or hungry and stopped as long as I needed, usually in motorway services. Travelling through mainland Greece was frustrating, it seemed that every 30 minutes I would reach motorway tolls and be charged another €5 or so for the pleasure. In the 5 hours it took me to reach Bulgaria, I spent €60 on tolls.
Driving through Bulgaria, Serbia and Croatia was fine, although I was stopped and boarded in Croatia. The authorities were cracking down on tobacco and alcohol smuggling from Serbia. My three bottles of Greek wine, remained well hidden.
Travelling on motorways across Europe is not the best way to see a country, but it can inspire future trips. I’m not sure I would be in a hurry to visit Serbia or Bulgaria, but I would like to see more of Croatia and definitely Slovenia. Slovenia is beautiful, it resembles Austria more than it does the other former Yugoslavian countries.
I reached Lake Bled 24 hours after leaving Delphi and headed for my first choice campsite. Unfortunately, it was full, but there was space in my second choice, which was five kms outside the town. Camping Sobec, was great and the facilities were excellent, but they do charge for filling up fresh water. I again found the friendliness of fellow travellers to be warm, it seems everyone has a story that they want to tell.
I cycled into town and spent my time exploring the area. Lake Bled is just over 2 km long and wide, and 30 metres deep. There is a cycle / walking path around the lake that takes about an hour to circulate. In the middle of the lake is Bled island and the the Church of Assumption.
I didn’t know that Lake Bled had a toboggan ride, if I had more time, I would have been tempted to ride it.
Bled Castle (Blejski Grad) overlooks the lake and is situated on a cliff top. Built in the 11th century, the castle is now home to a museum.
The Gothic Church of St. Martin was built in 1905, but on the site of the previous church, which dated from the 15th century.
I only allowed myself one day to explore Lake Bled, it wasn’t quite enough, but with 800 miles to drive and several more places to visit it was again time to depart.