The countryside we journeyed through had mountain scenery and small alpine like villages. It was only about 60 kms to the Lake so didn't take too long.
The Lake was stunning with a small Island in the middle. Th church on the island dates from the 17th cent when it was renovated after an earthquake.
According to the legend, a young widow Poliksena once lived at the Bled Castle, who had a bell casted for the chapel on the island in memory of her husband. During the transport of the bell, a terrible storm struck the boat and sank it together with the crew and the bell, which to this day is said to ring from the depths of the lake. After the widow died, the Pope consecrated a new bell and sent it to the Bled Island. It is said that whoever rings this bell and thereby gives honour to Virgin Mary gets his wish come true.
The bell mechanism at the top of the tower.
Across on the mainland you can see the castle on top of the hill.
As the sun went down the sky was ablaze with colour.