It was Tim’s school holidays last week and we headed for a long weekend with some friends to the Julian Alps in Slovenia for some skiing (or hot chocolate drinking on my part), relaxation and fresh air.

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On the drive up to the place we were staying we stopped at Lake Bled. This is a beautiful clear lake that caters well to tourism by having a picturesque castle to photograph on top of a mountain and a traditional cream cake as well as very relaxed swans which were walking around and caused cars to change their path rather than disturb them.

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The next day I woke up early to capture the perfectly white and quiet world that was outside. Is there anything like being surrounded by the magic of nature?

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We then headed up to a ski resort near Lake Bohinj. Our friends went skiing while Tim and I enjoyed hot chocolate, chatting and beautiful views from the top of a mountain.

jereka-slovenia-church-mycreative jereka-slovenia-mycreative There was also some general relaxing, driving around, oohin and aahing over views. I had been a bit worried that when eating out that there wouldn’t be anything for me to eat and although the food was simple I never went hungry – boiled potatoes with cottage cheese (much drier than the shop variety), asparagus with gorgonzola, local pastries, strud’l.

Slovenia had never been big on my radar but I have to say the country has blown me away and I am keen to head back.We are in fact heading to a different part of the country this weekend for Tim’s birthday! It is super handy that it is literally 20 minutes drive from us to the border so I can imagine many more trips happening soon. As a bonus I definitely have pictures sorted for Christmas cards sorted for this year!

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    1. Thanks Catherine. Hopefully we will be able to make a trip to Ljubljana soon as there is a train from a small nearby town which apparently goes there!

  1. These photos are so beautiful Michelle, looks like you had an amazing time. Lake Bled was pretty grey when I went, it looks so picturesque here!

    1. Hi Melinda, thanks. I might even waterlogue them for Christmas!

      I have a Nikon D7000 and I have two lenses – 50mm 1.4 and 24-70mm 2.8f. For the landscape stuff you don’t need a large aperture though. You need to have an f-stop of at least 9 but preferably upwards of 11. I rarely carry a tripod around so I might go lower if light is an issue. You will want to keep your ISO as close to 100 as possible and shutterspeed above 100 to prevent blur.

  2. These pictures are absolutely stunning, looks like another world with all that expanse of white snow. I am desperate to go to Lake Bled, we went to Slovakia a few weeks ago and Slovenia is next on my list! xo

  3. Your pictures bring back memories, I went skiing at Bohinj a few years ago. Looks like you had a magical time!

  4. Oh my gosh! These photos are mesmerizing. What a gorgeous place, I would love to visit there. My favourite image is the reflection of the trees in the water, it could be a painting. Magical!

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