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Bled Island, Slovenia (Where Gumbo Was #364)

 

Gumbo was visiting one of the most picturesque and photographed islands in Europe, lovely Bled Island located in Lake Bled.  Congratulations to George G, who recognized where Gumbo was.

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02 Bled Island

Bled is a small town that has been a popular tourist destination for some time because it lies on the shore of Lake Bled, home of the only island in Slovenia.  The lake is only of moderate size -- 2,120 m (6,960 ft) long, 1,380 m (4,530 ft) wide, with a maximum depth of 29.5 m (97 ft) -- but it is quite lovely.  Bled Island and Lake are well known and photographs are commonly featured in magazines and on travel websites.  

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05 Bled Island

Bled Island is usually reached by paying for a seat on a boat known as a pletna -- a type of gondola.  These canopy-covered boats seat about 20 people and are rowed to the island, a journey taking about 20 minutes each way.    Pletna oarsman stand as they row, using two oars.  Their role dates to 1740, when Empress Maria Theresa granted 22 local families exclusive rights to ferry religious pilgrims to worship on Bled Island.  These are highly prized jobs and the men rowing the pletna to this day are mostly descendants of the original 22 families.

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07 Bled Island

When you land on Bled Island, you're given 30 minutes to explore before you return via the pletna you arrived on.   You'll scamper up a flight of 99 stairs to reach the top of the island, where your explorations begin.  There is no charge to visit the island, except what you pay for the gondola ride;  you are free to wander and visit the cafe and souvenir store. However, most people go to the island to visit the church, for which there is an admission charge. 

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  • Pletnas arriving at Bled Island
  • Ascending 99 stone steps to Bled Island
  • Ascending 99 stone steps to Bled Island
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  • Bled Island
  • Bell tower of Assumption of Mary Pilgrimage Church, Bled Island
  • Bled Island
  • Entrance to Assumption of Mary Pilgrimage Church
  • Assumption of Mary Pilgrimage Church, Bled Island
  • Assumption of Mary Pilgrimage Church, Bled Island
  • Assumption of Mary Pilgrimage Church, Bled Island
  • Assumption of Mary Pilgrimage Church, Bled Island
  • Assumption of Mary Pilgrimage Church, Bled Island
  • Assumption of Mary Pilgrimage Church, Bled Island
  • Assumption of Mary Pilgrimage Church, Bled Island
  • Assumption of Mary Pilgrimage Church, Bled Island
  • Assumption of Mary Pilgrimage Church, Bled Island
  • Views from Bled Island
  • Views from Bled Island
  • Bled Castle, viewed from Pletna going to Bled Island

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