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SLOVENIA June 2006
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We passed through Slovenia from Austria on our way to and from Croatia. On our outward trip from Graz to Zagreb we drove straight through this small country, but on our return trip to Austria from Porec in Croatia we stopped for three nights near Bled on the shores of the lake. Unlike other continental countries, I had a job to identify any national features which shouted out, “This is Slovenia” and there was nothing note worthy on the drive through to Zagreb, but as we were to find out on our return journey, this is no third world country. Slovenia is a member of the European Union and is scheduled to join the Euro zone on 1st January 2007. Further information about Slovenia is available at The Slovenian Tourist Board site.

Lake Bled

On our return trip we stopped on the shores of Lake Bled at Camping Bled. On a fine sunny day, this is one of the most beautiful areas we have ever visited. The blue crystal clear lake, with its island church and the back drop of the Julian Alps, teams with fish. Rowing boats glide silently across the waters taking passengers to the island and horse drawn landaus trot gently round the traffic free road which circumnavigates the lake. A road train also plies for trade on this route and provides an easy way of travelling from the campsite to the town of Bled which is located at the opposite end of the lake. This train is not wheelchair friendly and the alternative is about a half hour pleasant walk along the shore.

Bled has an attractive waterfront, a good range of shops and cafes and it is not too difficult for a wheelchair user with a carer to get about. Ramps and dropped kerbs are provided and I cannot recall anywhere being inaccessible in spite of some areas being elevated from others. Even the lido swimming area of the lake had ramped access into the lake!

Camping Bled is an excellent site. It slopes gently upwards away from the lake side into a steeply sided wooded valley. The main site tarmac road leads to mostly level grass pitches. There is a single step into reception and the on site restaurant, bar and shop can be reached via a gravel path. The wheelchair accessible toilet facilities are located in block 2 and are some of the best we have used anywhere. The large room is very well equipped with a wheel in hand shower with a fold down shower seat and toilet, both are of a good height of 48 cms and have well positioned hand rails. There is even a remote flush mechanism to make the task easier and the wash basin is adjustable in height and is equipped with a large tilting mirror. The site is very popular and it is advisable to book especially from mid June until end of August.