Slovenia: Vintgar Gorge and Waterfall Peričnik with CS Natalia
My day with my CS guest should start in the afternoon, but it started in the morning. Natalia called me and informed me, that she was stopped by police, hitch-hiking in the wrong place and that she forgot her documents at my place and If I can talk to the officers, that she is actually just my guest. After a short talk with the policeman he said they will try to figure out something not to give her a fine (what is here to figure out, just don't write anything). The story ends with happy ending, no fine for Bulgarian girl, without papers, hitch-hiking in the wrong place, at the wrong time. Thanks to the policeman for choosing the reasonable way!
Since we were back on schedule in the afternoon, I picked Natalia up in Bled and we went to see a couple of beautiful places in Gorenjska (Upper Carniola).
|View from Bled castle, where our meeting place was|
For our first destination I chose a beautiful gorge called Blejski Vintgar (Vintgar Gorge or Bled Gorge), unfortunately I found the information on the internet, that it was closed due to glaze ice consequences from February. Still we decided to take a look there. We were lucky, because the renovation work was almost done and we just ignored some warning signs and we entered the gorge.
Short description of the gorge from (http://www.vintgar.si/): The Radovna river cuts the Vintgar gorge deep between the hills of Hom and Boršt. The gorge is flanked by steep slopes overgrown with beech forests. It was discovered in 1891 by Mr. Jakob Žumer, mayor of Gorje, and Mr. Benedikt Lergetporer, a cartographer and photographer from Bled. Both were amazed by the beauty and the mysterious character of the natural attraction. Local people, however, have always viewed the gorge with awe and respect. In 1893 the gorge was opened to the public. Constructing a secured tourist trail through the wild gorge was a demanding and an extremely dangerous task. The roar of the fettered Radovna river echoes along the 1.600 meter long gorge, full or small waterfalls, rapids and erosion potholes where the river briefly slows down its pace. Trails, narrow passages and bridges lead a visitor to the end of the gorge, which is marked by the magnificent, 16 meter high waterfall Šum, the highest fluvial waterfall in Slovenia.
|Railway bridge crossing the Radovna river|
|Looking for a goldfish|
We continued towards Waterfall Peričnik, one of the most stunning and well known in Slovenia. Its waters drop 16 metres down to the first ridge from where it then descends 52 metres down the bottom waterfall. In winter both waterfalls turn into innumerable icicles and floes in delicate shades of blue and green.
|Let's check it out|
|Time for a quick shower|
You can see the waterfall from every direction, even from behind
|And your next destination in next visit is... Triglav|
We continued towards Dovje, where we stopped at the monument dedicated to Jakob Aljaž, a priest, who bought the top of Triglav, Slovenia's highest mountain.
Quick lesson where Triglav is and what we visited today
|My guest Natalia blended in with local flowers|
We finished the day with a quick dinner and the desert similar to the one we had yesterday.