Sunday, June 24, 2018

Amalfi Coast, Italy

We visited the scenic Amalfi Coast suring Easter 2018.

Village on a mountain
The corner house
The infinitiy pool with a view
The charming city of Ravello
Cliffs along the Amalfi coast
A beautiful day in Amalfi
City among the clouds
Night in Positano
The Lone Explorer
Last man standing
The Gateway
Lovely evening in Ravello

Lake Bled - A Slovenian fairytale

We had an opportunity to visit Lake Bled in Slovenia in Mar, 2018.

Bled Island

The place is simply amazing. It is one of the most picturesque locations we have seen, so far. The church on the island in the middle of the lake truly gives it a fairy-tale like feel.

Bled Island
Winter in Slovenia

The walk around the lake takes around 1 hour, and is highly recommended. It is so relaxing to walk around the lake, and the experience of an early morning jog around the lake is not to be missed. There are hotels on all sides of the lake most of which have a nice view of the castle, e.g. the pics below show the views from Villa Istra, Grand Hotel Toplice and Vila Bled, respectively. Bled is like a 40 min drive form Ljubljana, so day trips to Lake Bled are also possible, however try to stay at least a day so you can truly appreciate the beauty of the place.

The corner house with a view
A cold winter night in SloveniaA glimpse of Bled Castle

To reach Bled Island, you need take one of the beautifully decorated boats from the shore below. A ride to the island and back takes around 10 Euros per person.  

The lonely boat

The way it works is that they take you by boat to the island, where you can stay for 2-3 hours, and then take the boat back to the shore. Below is where the boats are docked at the island.

Waiting for a ride

Finally, walking around the lake, you will reach a point which is the starting point to hike up to to Bled Castle. Half of the hike consists of unpaved paths, so be careful if you are doing it in winter. There is a restaurant at the top, souvenir shops, and you will be rewarded with some nice panoramic views of the castle.

The "peaceful" Lake Bled

Vevey - the Swiss Riviera

Here are some pics from a weekend trip to Vevey in Feb, 2018.

Vevey - the Swiss Riviera

Vevey is often referred to as the Swiss Riviera, which should be evident from the stunning vista. The lake front location with a clear view of the Alps is a sight to behold.

Picturesque Vevey
Sailing in Vevey

In addition to the view, the culinary aspect of the town is highlighted by the sculpture of The Fork.

The Fork - in Vevey

We stayed at the Grand Hotel du Lac, which is highly recommended for its location, service and ambience.

Lovely day in Vevey

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