Explore & Glamp in  Slovenia with Bigberry ~ Day 1

It’s the night before the Brexit vote, I finish work and heard to London Luton Airport for my early morning flight to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. Spending the night at the airport was not fun but what awaited me upon arrival in Ljubljana would make the most uncomfortable sleep at the airport an afterthought for at the Bigberry campsite awaited me the most comfortable and glamorous camping accommodations ever.

 

Bled Castle Ticket, Slovenia

Ticket to enter Bled Castle

Bled, Slovenia

The view from Bled Castle facing Lake Bled

Bled, Slovenia

The view from on top the Bled Castle

I arrived at Ljubljana airport and Bigberry is there ready to pick me up. At this time I didn’t know the plan was to tour Bled lake and Castle then hike up the Vintgar Gorge, before finally visiting Ljubljana the city with visit Ljubljana tourist information. Though Bigberry had organised a calendar of what tours and visits they were planning to show their guests, I hadn’t really had a chance to absorb the information has it had been an incredibly busy week.

 

From Ljubljana airport we drove to Bled Castle, though I had been to Ljubljana before I had not yet ventured out to Bled to visit the Castle, hiking up it to get a bird’s-eye view of the lake and surrounds was such an incredible opportunity. The view was absolutely spectacular, there was so much green in the area it was easy to see why Slovenia is considered the green capital of Europe. Everywhere I looked there were amazing views that blew my mind. Bled Castle is a definite must see part of Slovenia, there is so much on offer for all ages. There are restaurants and cafes to cater for all, museums, souvenir shops and a workshop to teach the kids (and adults alike) about the older ages. 

Bled Castle, Slovenia

Inside remnants of a church in Bled Castle

Bled Castle, Slovenia

Early Slovenian Settlers

 Leaving Bled Castle behind us we visited a local cafe to try out the local Slovenian cake called Kremna Rezina before we embarked on the hike that awaited us. The heat was blasting through the skies and they were no clouds to shield us from 32 degrees of sunlight but we forged ahead and went to the Vintgar Gorge driven with the energy from the Slovenian cake. Unlike Bled castle and lake Bled, I hadn’t heard of Vintgar Gorged until we arrived there and I was being told how beautiful the place is and what an amazing place to hike (my brain switched off at the mention of hiking).

Bigberry paid for the tickets and sent us bloggers on our way to explore the gorge. Every tired step I took I felt rejuvenated and so relaxed it was unbelievable. I thought to myself, I could live here, I could get used to this kind of lifestyle. Mother Nature in her prime, the green scenery everywhere you looked, the flow of water calming to my ears, even the insects and bugs as well as the mini falls within the gorge were too amazing to miss out on the feeling and the detail. We stood for a good minute just taking it all in and appreciating what God’s gift Slovenia truly is. If there is one place in Slovenia I would recommend to visit, it would be the Vintgar gorge.

Vintgar Gorge had revitalised the otherwise tired me, I felt the pain of being busy all week then hiking up and down the gorge, plus the hike up Bled castle in my bones. All of this was somehow cured or maybe just moved to the back of my mind as I was now feeling fresh and ready to see what else Slovenia could offer. The drive between the airport, to Bled Castle, then to Vintgar Gorge and finally to Ljubljana city was the most liberating of them all. I got to rest for a moment but also took in the sites of Slovenia.

As I have mentioned above, I had been to Ljubljana before in fact it was last December (2015) that I went there and it triggered the traveling bug and exploring Europe as been my greatest joy. Ljubljana made me see Europe in a whole new light so much that it triggered my participation in the #take12trips travel challenge. When we arrived in Ljubljana, we met up and around with our tour guide for the evening.

 

When I visited I explored one side of the city, mostly the market place then the Castle before stumbling upon an Italian girl whom I became friends with and hope to see some day soon. During the recent tour of Ljubljana, I got to see the side of the city that I didn’t see last time. One particular thing that stood out for me during the tour was the Dragon Bridge also called the mother-in-law bridge. There is so much history screaming to be heard and spoken off in Ljubljana, yet there is also that slow paced feel like you can take all the time in the world whilst here and get rest and rejuvenated reinforced with the energy to take on the world again.The day ended with visit to where Ghee is made before heading to the Bigberry campsite. Day 2 will give in detail on my opinion of the Bigberry campsite and the activities that awaited us.

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Dragon Bridge, Ljubljana

Stayed tuned for me glamping fun, Slovenia’s best and why you should experience Bigberry is the first Slovenian Lifestyle resort where there is luxury of freedom.

*Thank you Bigberry for organise this trip, all opinions, experiences and images shared are my own*

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  1. July 7, 2016 / 8:50 pm

    I have never thought of going to Slovenia before, it looks beautiful. It sounds like you had an amazing time xx

    • July 7, 2016 / 8:58 pm

      I had such a wonderful time I can not wait to go back

  2. July 7, 2016 / 7:32 am

    What a fantastic sounding trip! I would love to visit there one day. Did you set up a proxy vote before you left?

    • July 7, 2016 / 9:14 am

      Proxy vote?? But yes it was an amazing trip

    • July 7, 2016 / 9:10 am

      It was an amazing trip and thanks

  3. July 6, 2016 / 10:23 pm

    I’ve never thought of Slovenia as a destination but this is making me change my mind. Hoping to travel more in Europe – when the family is a bit older!

    • July 7, 2016 / 9:08 am

      Slovenia is definitely underrated, it’s such an amazing country to visit

  4. July 6, 2016 / 10:21 pm

    I have never thought about going on holiday to Slovenia I have to admit, but this looks fabulous! xxx

    • July 7, 2016 / 9:08 am

      It’s amazing and I think many people have not

  5. July 6, 2016 / 9:09 pm

    What an amazing country to explore. Love seeing them through your eyes 🙂

    • July 7, 2016 / 9:05 am

      Thanks Dean

  6. July 6, 2016 / 4:57 pm

    Slovenia looks like such a beautiful country. You were so lucky to be able to visit.:)

    • July 6, 2016 / 6:57 pm

      I was blessed big time and can’t wait to go back

  7. July 6, 2016 / 4:57 pm

    What a beautiful place, those views are stunning. I’ve never been before, but looks a lovely place to visit X

    • July 6, 2016 / 6:57 pm

      It’s a lovely place indeed

    • July 6, 2016 / 6:56 pm

      It’s such an amazing country and you should definitely visit it

  8. July 5, 2016 / 10:15 pm

    Slovenia looks so beautiful. What a wonderful place to visit.

    • July 6, 2016 / 9:51 am

      It’s an amazing country I love it

  9. July 5, 2016 / 5:02 pm

    Wow this really looks like a supper fun time, I really cant wait for my vacation to get here. I love how you captured your experience in pictures!!!

    • July 5, 2016 / 5:12 pm

      Thanks Leslie

  10. July 5, 2016 / 2:05 pm

    Oh wow how beautiful. I love visiting places like this.

    • July 5, 2016 / 2:49 pm

      Thanks it’s an amazing place

  11. July 4, 2016 / 11:12 am

    Wow it looks like a beautiful place. I haven’t been to Slovenia before but I’m on a mission to find new places to explore so I’ll add this to my bucket list!

    • July 4, 2016 / 11:46 am

      You should definitely check it out as its such an amazing country

    • July 4, 2016 / 9:51 am

      Oh wow for real? I loved seeing lake Bled and I can’t wait to go back and see it some more

  12. July 4, 2016 / 8:07 am

    I never knew Slovenia was so beautiful, bet you had an amazing time.

    • July 4, 2016 / 9:51 am

      It is that and much more and yes thank you I did

  13. July 4, 2016 / 1:30 am

    at least the airport experience was immediately replaced by an amazing Bigberry exploration. Loving all the nature landscapes. 🙂

    • July 4, 2016 / 9:51 am

      I couldn’t agree more, it was just the best time ever

  14. July 3, 2016 / 9:50 pm

    I am terribly jealous! What a beautiful experience. Your photos are incredible!

    • July 4, 2016 / 9:50 am

      Thanks so much, I had an amazing time

  15. July 3, 2016 / 6:14 pm

    Slovenia is just so beautiful and naturally beautiful too, ive been once and loved it x

    • July 3, 2016 / 6:58 pm

      Yes it is such a beautiful place indeed

  16. July 3, 2016 / 12:46 pm

    wow this looks and sounds amazing! The views are the gorge are stunning, I’d definitely love to visit there!

    • July 3, 2016 / 6:58 pm

      It was truly amazing and yes the gorge is gorgeous

  17. July 3, 2016 / 11:49 am

    I’d love to see more about where you actually stayed and about the glamping, really intrigued. Sounds like a fun trip though x

    • July 3, 2016 / 6:57 pm

      I will be sharing that in the next few posts so you can have a look

  18. July 3, 2016 / 11:43 am

    It looks amazing, it is somewhere I have not thought of visiting, but you may have changed my mind 🙂

    • July 3, 2016 / 6:57 pm

      I am glad to hear that, you won’t regret visiting if you visit in the future

  19. July 3, 2016 / 10:49 am

    Oh wow, I never imagined Slovenia to be that beautiful! Those calm waters make me want to hop on a plane right now 🙂

    • July 3, 2016 / 6:57 pm

      I know right, it’s an amazing destination and one all should have the pleasure of checking out

  20. July 2, 2016 / 11:30 pm

    Everything looks so beautiful! I never really thought that this is how Slovenia would look, I think I really underestimated it. The view from the castle is amazing xx

    • July 3, 2016 / 6:55 pm

      I think many people have the same thought I know I did but glad to have been proven wrong

  21. July 2, 2016 / 7:34 pm

    Wow, it really looks like you crammed plenty in! Vintgar Gorge looks incredible and the views from Bled Castle are beautiful!

    • July 3, 2016 / 6:54 pm

      We really did but it was worth it

  22. July 1, 2016 / 12:21 am

    Im loving reading the take 12 trips challenge posts! Slovenia looks an amazing place to visit, glad you had fun

    • July 1, 2016 / 10:01 am

      Thanks so much, I am loving sharing my experiences on this travel challenge and yes Slovenia is so amazing

  23. nicol
    June 30, 2016 / 9:56 am

    those views are so beautiful! never thought about travelling to slovenia. no I’m persuaded

    • June 30, 2016 / 4:20 pm

      They are so much more in person and you should definitely head over there

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