Friday, March 29, 2013

It's "SNOW" fun in Slovenia

Did we make it to Lake Bled?  Remember the vehicles covered in snow?

Well, when we woke up and it was still snowing we debated it for a while over breakfast (a lovely European breakfast of meats, cheeses, breads and cooked to order eggs from the lady at the apartment).  Eventually, Ted and Jon decided they would go on a recon mission to check the roads and conditions.  While they were away, the kids enjoyed playing around the building.

When Jon and Ted returned with a good report, we loaded up and headed out to Bled--about 30-45 minutes away.  Although we thought the snow would let up (when will we stop trusting the online weather reports?), it continued to be a light flurry for most of the day.  We arrived in Bled and trekked by foot up the hill (we did not trust the vehicle to make it up the hill) to the castle-- Bledski Grad.

Throwing snowballs the entire way up (and down again on our way back).

Views of the castle:

Do you see the faces in the windows?

Here they are up close

And two others

Views from the castle:

the island in the middle of the lake with the church

Views in the castle museum:
Castle Loo

Weaponry is always good.

Snowballs in the castle courtyard:

Snowmen in the castle courtyard:

After touring the castle, we drove to the other side of the lake and found some lunch, played in the snow some more, visited a church and then then enjoyed some of the famous kremna rezina (truly, the whole reason we went to Lake Bled).

Some more pictures.  The castle from the other side of Lake Bled:

More snowballs and snowmen:

Attack the Dad!!!!

While everyone else was throwing snowballs, Mary was busy making this guy


St Martin's Church:

Friends waiting for cake:

I cannot believe how much the kids played in the snow in spite of the fact that they didn't have snowboots, snow gloves, snow anything...  And even so, they didn't really complain.  Yeah, there was a tear or two over snowballs going down the jackets or hitting them in the face, but even still they were quickly back in the middle of snowball throwing.  Mary Beth, however, generally stayed out of the fray of the snowball fights.  Instead, she walked along the paths, making snowmen--Japanese style thanks to the Jensen's--and then leaving them next to bushes and trees:

YAY!  We made it to Lake Bled and back and had a great time in the process!  

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