It all started with an Instagram pic. That’s how all modern-day love stories start, right?
My obsession with the real-life fairytale that is Lake Bled started when my fellow travel-loving boyfriend became mesmerized with a photo on Instagram many years ago. He shoved his phone in my face and said ‘we NEED to go here!’ – and the rest is history! From that moment on, Lake Bled has sat proudly at the top of my bucket list.
With a two-hour pit stop at this mystical location in Slovenia, there was only one thing I wanted to do: take a boat ride over to the heart of the lake – Bled Island.
We had two options. Rent out a rowboat and sail across the lake ourselves, or hop on one of the little group boats and the leave the rowing to the professionals. With little time and many cameras wrapped around my neck, I went for the latter option, enjoying the peaceful sounds of the crystal clear water as our guide sailed us through the Instagram destination of my dreams.
I’ll be honest with you guys, I’m a little bit embarrassed to say just how many photographs I took during those two hours, but after the initial rush to document the spectacular beauty, I found myself leaving the camera down, just to simply be there in the moment; to truly soak up the magic of Lake Bled.
When we arrived on the island, I realised that the famous church was in use for a baby’s Christening. Yes, luckiest baby in the entire world!
Now picture this: as you step off the small wooden boat, the sound of church bells ring as you look up to find a charming white chapel, towering above a tiny secluded island. Then, you wander up the alluring steps to catch an unforgettable 360 degree view of the surrounding mountains, forests and medieval-esque towns. Sounds like heaven, am I right?
Needless to say, our two hour pit stop at Lake Bled only fueled the fire that has been growing inside my heart ever since I first laid eyes on that captivating Insta pic many years ago. Thanks to Topdeck, my list of ‘places I NEED to visit again’ has been growing rapidly.
By the way, Lake Bled was just our first stop in the freakishly beautiful Slovenia – just wait until you get to Ljubljana!
See you again soon Slovenia.
Jess Glynn is an Irish Photographer, Vlogger and a self-professed social media addict. She's always on the prowl for a pop of colour and positivity in the world, and has recently packed up her bags to embark on a one year trip around the world - her second gap year in the past five years. She classifies her camera as an extra body part, so you definitely won’t find her without it as she documents her colour-filled adventures over on her YouTube channel and Instagram channel (@The_GapYear_Guru).