In one of the many tourist brochures we got in Bled, we saw a description of a nearby town that had a cool medieval centre. Suckers for such things, we thought we’d make a quick stop there on our way to Ljubljana. Of course, it didn’t turn out that way.
It did have a cute medieval centre, at least one street of it – this is pretty much it:
So I did as I normally do, and asked in the tourist info what there is to see there – on finding out there was a bee museum, our plans were made. We headed in. There were some cool features the kids enjoyed, like trying on a beekeepers hat:
And climbing stairs in the viewing area set up to watch the documentary on bees:
And Sprockette really liked playing with this smoker, and kept trying to take it with her:
She loved pushing on it:
And there was a demonstration beehive and the kids liked watching the bees at their work:
And they had these cool old wooden beehives:
They amazed Sprockette:
But she was cool about it:
Then we ate a really nice late lunch at this restaurant, one of the two in the tourist area. I should have taken a picture of the food, but the kids, and hunger, distracted me. We had mushroom soup in a bread bowl, some kind of buckwheat blini/ravioli filled with sweet cheese with a mushroom sauce, grilled vegetables and a local sauce/tapanade thing and cheese filled dumplings, all accompanied by really nice bread. Most of the other patrons were Slovenian from what we could tell, though the woman I talked to (who also had a kid who wouldn’t stay seated), was visiting from the coast. And there were stairs for Sprockette to climb on:
And this view to look at:
It was a truly satisfying afternoon, and we headed into Ljubljana later than we’d thought, but fully sated. The kids fell asleep on the way, and then we had a nice time playing with them in the van as a thunderstorm rolled by. And I didn’t even need dinner, though we did have the vanilla/cream pastry thing Bled is known for (and that we’d picked up at the gas station on the way out of town), for dessert.