Bled In Fog

There are some massive advantages to traveling in the off-season. We’ve saved money on accommodations because prices are typically lower and we sometimes have had trains all to ourselves. Even at the most popular attractions, we haven’t run screaming from hordes of tourists, or had to wait our turn to take a picture. We have enjoyed serene moments where we’ve made intense connections with our surroundings and each other, reminding us of everything that is great about this fancy-free and nomadic life path that we’ve chosen. I’m not sure that we could replicate those moments in busy-tourist-season.

But then, thanks to the off-season weather, we sometimes get this…

Lake Bled

 

That’s me, at one of Slovenia’s most popular tourist attractions, Lake Bled. Behind me you should see ducks gliding gently in still water, their wet feathers glistening off the warm sun. On a nice day you would be dazzled by lush foliage and bright blue skies. We would have loved to show you Bled Castle up on a rocky hill, or the tiny island with a famous neo-gothic church that sits on an island near the far shore.

We’ve seen some gorgeous pictures of Lake Bled previously, and were so anxious to experience it for ourselves. We wanted to take this picture:

 

And this one:

 

But instead we got this:

 

And this:

 

And, froze our butts off while we did it.

Just when we thought it was hopeless, and the cathedral would remain completely out of our sight for this wintery visit, there was a small break in the fog. There it was, visible for only a few seconds. We stopped pinching our legs for circulation just long enough to lift the camera and snap this shot that we love…

 

So the trip wasn’t entirely for nought, we got a little lucky. And, it just gives us one more reason to come back (like we even need another)!

Many thanks to Steph at twenty-somethingtravel.com for her pretty pictures of Lake Bled!

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  • Sean Westrupp
    December 14 2011

    Hi guys!

    Love the last two photographs by the way. Very romantic and fairytale like.

    Yes, Slovenia’s weather has been a tad off for a while now and we’re never known when the next “blue skies – grab your camera moment” is going to arrive.

    Keep up the good work with this blog as it’s a pleasure to read!

    Sean

    • December 15 2011

      Thanks so much Sean!! We are excited to come back sometime in summer to see it again – we heard about some sort of festival where they float candles in the water in July? Would love to see that!

  • December 14 2011

    We love exploring Europe in the off-season too. But, yeah, the weather can sometimes be a pain in the butt. Like when we visited Venice in a freezing deluge in March… not so romantic. On the up-side I think you get to experience the real character of the places you visit. I love to moody foggy photo you guys took and it’s a photo that not a lot of other visitors will have :)
    Alison recently posted..Visiting the Cliffs of Mohre, County Clare, Ireland

    • December 15 2011

      Thanks Alison – we got so lucky with a couple of photos, that the fog just broke briefly. I do love that one, but still wish we could have seen more of it! Venice when so cold would make a big difference in being able to enjoy it!

  • December 14 2011

    Traveling during the off-season can be tricky, but your photos are still very pretty! Really enjoying your posts :) Keep ‘em coming!
    Savannah recently posted..Barcelona Daytripping: Figueres

    • December 15 2011

      Thanks Savannah! I have to say that we are generally lucky with weather overall, this was just one instance of it getting in our way!

  • December 14 2011

    Love this! Reminds me of my visit to Olkhon Island in Lake Baikal in November. The day started off clear and sunny and by the time we reached the north tip of the island – the part with the best views, we were in the middle of a snowstorm with near white-out conditions. My pictures of Lake Baikal didn’t exactly turn out as planned either… :)
    Katie recently posted..Hitting the Wall

    • December 15 2011

      I suppose you should expect that in Russia in winter! :) And as we are generally very luck with weather, we’ll take this one *miss*.

  • December 14 2011

    Umm, well, call me crazy, but I love that last foggy photo of yours!!! LOVE it. I’ve seen plenty of sunny photos of Lake Bled, but never one like that.
    Amanda recently posted..Photo of the Day: Milford Sound

    • December 15 2011

      Thanks Amanda! We were so, so lucky with getting that picture. And I love it too! :)

  • Rob
    December 14 2011

    Hard to beat that last photo! And once you’ve got a photo like that you can run to somewhere warm!

    • December 15 2011

      Oh yes, there was definitely some running back to town! As fast as our frozen legs would carry us!

  • Peg
    December 14 2011

    I like your photos better. I can totally commiserate with the not-fun part of freezing your asses off, but I’d have to say it was worth it for those last two photos. Beautiful and unique!
    Peg recently posted..Brazil – Fazenda Shangri-La in Aldeia Velha

    • December 15 2011

      Thanks so much Peg. I am happy with our pictures, but also am jealous of the blue skies in the other!

  • Mom
    December 14 2011

    Your photo’s seem mystical. Love them!!

  • December 15 2011

    The last photo is so cool very mystical!
    James Cook recently posted..Midweek Snapshot – Scottish Highlands February 2008

  • December 15 2011

    Your photo of the lake and island is beautiful, not just lucky but good photography skills!
    Natasha @ Wandering Kiwi recently posted..Travel foodie: The island of Ischia in Italy

    • December 15 2011

      Thanks Natasha – very sweet! I consider us lucky to even have seen it at all! :)

  • I really love your last photo and that mysterious feel to it.
    Better luck next time!
    Marko @ Travel Photo Blogging recently posted..Lyrical Minutes in the City of Ljubljana

    • December 15 2011

      Thanks Marko! We’re excited for another chance to shoot it in better weather conditions!

  • December 15 2011

    Pretty! I happen to love foggy pictures. :)
    cheryl recently posted..A Kei Kegami Restrospective At The Lloyd Hotel, Amsterdam.

    • December 15 2011

      I like them even better when someone else is taking them and I’m not freezing my ASS off! :)

  • December 15 2011

    I actually really, really love the fog photos! Maybe it’s because I live in the desert where it’s sunny approximately 364 1/2 days a year.
    Abby recently posted..Costa Rica coffee yum

    • December 15 2011

      Haha! And then the desert goes wild for that other 1/2 day! :)

  • Mae
    December 15 2011

    Too much fog and I can’t I see anything… just kidding, they look great and wonderful, especially the first one.

    • December 16 2011

      We barely saw a thing ourselves! Thanks Mae.

  • December 15 2011

    wow those are so creepy looking! i love them!
    Maria D. recently posted..Cheap Transportation to Buenos Aires Airport

  • December 16 2011

    Although the weather didn’t allow you to get the photos you wanted I think the ones you got were still pretty awesome. Love the snowy trees and the ducks.
    cailin recently posted..Tenerife confirms my love for food in Spain Pt 2

  • December 16 2011

    This just totally happened to me in September at the Point Reyes Lighthouse outside San Francisco. It looks like you guys handled it well. (There is not a picture in my collection of me flipping off the fog….)
    Erik Smith recently posted..Photo of the Day- Budapest, Hungary

  • December 16 2011

    Goodness, all bundled up – what a difference from when I first (digitally) “met” you two back in the tropical sunshine of Honduras.

    Absolutely fabulous pics! The foggy faaaaaarrrrr more interesting than the clear.
    Dyanne@TravelnLass recently posted..(CELTA) D.O.N.E. Woo-HOO! (and some luscious travel plans…)

  • December 16 2011

    We like traveling off season too- less crowds, more intimate, and less expensive. I like your quirky whiteout photo. I think it shows a whole different side to Slovenia vs. touristy photos :)
    Mary @ Green Global Travel recently posted..GLOBAL CUISINE: Mary’s Oatmeal Fruitcake Christmas Cookies

  • December 17 2011

    I find the two shots you took (except the one of a total wall of fog, of course) to be much more beautiful than the ones you showed where it’s nice weather. They tell more of a story.
    Denise recently posted..The Benefits of Slow Travel

    • December 17 2011

      A FREEZING story! Haha, thanks Denise!

  • December 17 2011

    Whoa. Definitely dig the fog. Unreal shots. I think you should add the last one to your post card series :)
    Phil recently posted..Traveling from Accra to Bamako by Sound

  • December 17 2011

    Love, love LOVE the foggy pictures! They are so creepy, mysterious, and beautiful!
    Emily S. recently posted..This is a Hold Up!

    • December 18 2011

      I never thought about how nice the photos were at the time, only about how damn cold I was! :)

  • December 17 2011

    Wow, that last photo was definitely worth the wait! I’ve got some of my own that look similar to the rest of yours, although mine are from a trip to Rio…you’d never know I’d trekked up to the giant Christ statue from the completely grey backdrop behind me. Makes the good photos and good weather days just that much better.
    Emily in Chile recently posted..Tourist vs. local

    • December 18 2011

      Ah – what a disappointment to trek all that way and not see the view! Hopefully you get back there on a better weather day!

  • December 17 2011

    Your view of the fog looks a lot like what we saw at Machu Picchu!
    JoAnna recently posted..Here’s a Question for You: Week 50

    • December 18 2011

      Did you get to see it through the fog? That place is so hit and miss, hey? We never actually made it there when in South America, it was all closed due to rain washouts.

  • Cam
    December 18 2011

    Oh la la… me likey the fog! Gives the lake such a dramatic tone.

  • December 18 2011

    Just love that last photograph. So unique. It is different from the hundreds of samey images you get of Lake Bled, even the snow scenes. How fortunate the boat (pletna I think is the correct word) was there.

    Some of my best photographs are in “bad” weather when most people don’t venture out

    • Pete
      December 19 2011

      Cheers, sometimes things just work out, even when you don’t think they will. Agreed, that you certainly get a different perspective when the weather is not optimal.

  • December 19 2011

    While it would be great to have both, I love the shot you DID get.
    Jeff recently posted..Woman Crossing Courtyard in Villa de Leyva

    • Pete
      December 19 2011

      Thanks Jeff. I really enjoyed the day and the effect the fog gave.

  • December 23 2011

    Wow, that’s insane! I was there in August this year and it was beautiful! I still like the misty look of it now in winter though, although it’s a shame you didn’t get to see it in all its glory!
    Lauren recently posted..Lauren Vs. Food: Learning How to Cook Korean Food.

    • Pete
      December 24 2011

      We most definitely want to return to see it in the sunshine, but the atmosphere with the fog was just beautiful.

  • December 28 2011

    You were in Newfoundland, sure! Should be used to a bitta fog!

    ;)
    Candice Walsh recently posted..Merry Freaking Christmas

    • December 29 2011

      Alas, never visited the Rock in winter. :)

  • December 29 2011

    That last photo is incredible. Totally worth travelling off season to get pics like that. :)
    Andrea recently posted..2011 Year in Review

    • December 30 2011

      Yes, we are so glad it worked out that we got one nice pic. We weren’t sure we would! :)

  • December 30 2011

    Haunting and inspiring pics! When I was there last year, I had a total fiasco rowing my boat and can only imagine what would have happened had it been foggy. No one on shore would have been safe.
    Scott recently posted..My Dia De Los Meurtos in Mexico

    • December 30 2011

      Oops! Yes, I can imagine that would have been a little dangerous. :)

  • January 7 2012

    This problem is not unique to Europe. I have a similar mental image, if not a picture, of myself on top of Table Mountain, in CAPE TOWN, of all places.
    Theodora recently posted..We Love Finland — And You Could Win A Trip There

    • January 8 2012

      Oh good grief! In Cape Town! Ah, just more reasons to go back.

  • January 25 2012

    Ahhhh…the table cloth as the cloud cover veil on Table Mountain is affectionately called I believe. Perhaps I should know for sure having been born there and visited since!!

    The mysterious pics are far superior to the claer day shots anyway so there is always a reason for every situation.. great shots.
    Gary Thomson recently posted..Weekend working on our new life

    • January 25 2012

      Thanks Gary! We are happy with how our pictures turned out but do wish we could have seen Bled in better weather, especially because of our frozen body parts!

  • February 17 2012

    The pictures are amazing! The fog really brings special chilling effects to the whole picture. Thank you for posting the pictures!
    Alexa Meisler recently posted..Estiatorio Milos & Knave: A 5 Star Evening in New York

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