A Podcast about Lake Bled, the people of the town Bled in Slovenia and other parts of Slovenia.
Jakob Ribnikar runs the tiny shop filled with beautiful work of local craft artists
It is early May 2018. It is a quiet Wednesday morning – about 10:00 am. This part of Bled town on the lake shore is still getting into gear. We are the main shopping area below the Park Hotel and opposite the Park Terrace cafe where Bled Cream Cakes were invented.
Shops are opening, but there are not many customers yet. Delivery vans are delivering. Shopkeepers are keeping each other company. Coffee is being shared and sipped where last night beer and wine were being served. The alpine air is fresh and Jakob Ribnikar arrives at his shop Mikame. It’s a tiny place, dwarfed by the Devil Bar next door, you could miss it.
May weather is unpredictable here – like most places. We were told to expect rain all day, almost every day. There have been showers, but mostly it has been warm and sunny this week. Mountain air breezes in from time to time and there can still be a chill in the evenings.
The holiday “season” officially began a few days after we met. That weekend over 500 accordion players turned up to the festival in 2018. It really is one of my highlights of the year when they stand at the lakeshore and play Avsenic’s tribute to Bled Otoček sredi jezera Isle in the middle of the lake.
During the conversation Jacob mentions the accordion players and their Avsenic’s tribute to Bled, “Otoček sredi jezera”.
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