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Lina's Slovenia trip report- part of Croatia/Slovenia trip

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This is the continuation of a trip report I have already posted for Croatia. This will be the Slovenia part of our 2-1/2 week trip to Croatia and Slovenia in Sept/October 2002.
We took the train from Rijeka, Croatia to Ljubljana (2-1/2 hours) and then the bus to Bled (about 1-1/2 hours). There is a train to Bled which actually stops in the village of Lesce-Bled, several kilometers from Bled, while the bus goes right to the town and stops near our hotel. However, the bus is slower and the cab fare from Lesce is very reasonable. If you can take the train straight through, it probably makes more sense but they wouldn't sell us a ticket past Ljubljana in Rijeka. Our first impression of Bled was just slightly disappointing - probably because we had built it up so much in our minds. The problem was the large unsightly cement type hotels on one small portion of the lake and some large ugly buildings around the town. However, the charm and beauty of the lake really quickly overcame these and we were quite able to just not see them. The views from the 4 and 5 star large hotels are the best in town (since you look at the lake, island and castle and not your own hotel). We stayed at the Vila Preseren for 5 nights on the lakeshore at the edge of town under the castle. It was a lovely small hotel with only 8 rooms and an excellent restaurant on the ground floor (88E/night). The view from our lakeview room was partially obstructed by the roof of the lower porch, but the view was still good and the room very comfortable and well furnished. The buffet breakfasts were exceptional and the restaurant probably had the best food of the trip.

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