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Video for today – 14 November 2019

One of my favourite bands in one of my favourite places Larkin Poe, Okarina festival Bled 2019

Altitude Activities sports tourism agency

Altitude Activities is another professional adventure tourism and sports activities agency who provide services to the more adventurous traveller.

Lake Bled – some of the best bars and pubs

Most “pubs” are also restaurants. But there are a few really good bars. The best are for locals,

A quick coffee by Lake Bled (and tea, too)

Slovenia is a coffee drinking nation. Coffee is often not a destination, but a pitstop on the way. That is reflected in the wide availability and sometimes limited choice.

Christmas at Lake Bled

Christmas is a very special time in Bled with events celebrating the season and the history of the lake.

Matjaž Repnik – Diving in Lake Bled

Matjaž Repnik has been teaching diving at Lake Bled for about three years. He and other enthusiasts also participate in the annual lake clean up.

A Firsthand Guide to Slovenia – Events throughout the year

People come to Bled all year round, but the busiest time is, unsurprisingly, the summer. But “off season” Bled can be at it’s best.

A Firsthand Guide to Bled, Slovenia – Money and Banks

Slovenia is in the Eurozone (and Schengen area) of the European Union. It is easy to find automatic teller machines and there are two easily accessible banks.

A Firsthand Guide to Bled, Slovenia – Shopping for fun and survival

This is the 2018 edition of Firsthand Guide to Bled, so a little out of date, but like its author still useful……

A Firsthand Guide to Bled, Slovenia – Arriving at Lake Bled

This is the 2018 edition of Firsthand Guide to Bled, so a little out of date, but like its author still useful.

A Firsthand Guide to Bled, Slovenia – Introduction

In 2017 and 2018 I published A Firsthand Guide to Bled, Slovenia. This is the 2018 edition.

A Firsthand Guide to Bled Slovenia

The 2018 editions of Firsthand Guide to Bled, Slovenia are no longer available . But you can download the book here.

Stories from Lake Bled Podcast Index

This is a list of the podcast episodes for Bled Stories – stories and people from Lake Bled.

Firsthand Guide to Bled, Slovenia – special edition pdf

In 2017 and 2018 I published A Firsthand Guide to Bled, Slovenia. This is the 2018 edition. I’m happy to provide this to anyone interested with the advisory note that parts may well be out of date.

PEOPLE IN BLED – Župan (Mayor) of Bled

Profile – Janez Fajfar, the man who represents Bled to the world and at home.

A Firsthand Guide to Bled Slovenia – Slovenian food

This is a very small selection of items you might see on a menu. If you are a bit more hesitant about trying new tastes, give these a go as an introduction.

A Firsthand Guide to Bled – Bars and restaurants

The whole point of Firsthand Guides is to give you personal recommendations of places the writer has been. The suggestions are my personal choices. They are places I, my family and my friends like.

A Firsthand Guide to Bled, Slovenia – Getting Around

This is the 2018 edition of Firsthand Guide to Bled, so a little out of date, but like its author still useful…

Janez Fajfar re-elected Mayor of Bled

Župan Janez Fajfar has been re-elected mayor of Bled once again. He was standing unopposed. Here is an interview he did for the Firsthand Guide to Bled.

Total Slovenia News – Meet the people

Link to interview in Total Slovenia News

Pod Lipo Restaurant Ljubljana

Staying in an Air B&B on Rimska cesta Ljubljana took us from our usual patch in the old town and led us to do what I enjoy most, exploring.

Total Slovenia News

A new English language news and current affairs website Total Slovenia News has recently launched.

Free Download – Firsthand Guide to Bled Special Edition

As a special offer, a PDF of the Special Edition of Firsthand Guide to Bled is now available to download.

Slovenian Wine – Wine Tasting and Wine Routes

There are two places to enjoy wine tasting sessions in Bled and three major wine growing regions in Slovenia to drive through.

Slovenian wine: what to drink, wine traditions, wine growing regions, St. Martin’s Day events

Wine is one of Slovenia’s biggest secrets. Celebrated every November on St. Martin’s day, only 6% is exported. Not to be missed on a visit to Slovenia

Bled Stories podcast: Mikame Craft Shop

In the Firsthand Guide to Bled Standard and Special editions, both this and last year, I interview some of the people who make Bled the town it is. Now, I plan to release some of those interviews in a new podcast; Bled Stories.

Restaurants and Cafes in Ljubljana – some suggestions

A friend of a friend emailed me. He and his wife were going to Slovenia for a holiday and he would be grateful for any suggestions. The Visit Ljubljana website is excellent for places to go and things to do, but I think personal recommendations are better for restaurants and cafes (beats TripAdvisor hands down to actually speak to someone).

Last week an other friend of a relative said he was going to Ljubljana and Bled and asked for suggestions. So here are a few thoughts on restaurants in Ljubljana. Fir information on Bled, I have written this book.

Music walk around old town Ljubljana

I was in Ljubljana on a Saturday morning to record some of the sounds of the streets. Particularly the street music and the other music seeping out of buildings in the historic old town.

Hotel Review: Grand Union Hotel, Ljubljana

Union is a stylish, very well maintained hotel. The new room was large, fresh as a daisy and had a view of that wonderful building opposite. Although the city was heaving outside, once the curtains were closed, there was no sound from outside.

Tržič

I spent about two and a half hours wandering around the old Slovenian town Tržič, which is a short drive on the highway from Bled, but a much longer – and significantly more interesting journey by bus. This post features video audio and photos.

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