Since the boys and Ken all have a week off in October for EID (a Muslim holiday), we made plans to head to Croatia and Slovenia. I've wanted to go to Croatia for years ... ever since I saw a show on the travel channel! :-) It did not disappoint!! And the best part was that my parents joined us for the trip.
We flew into Zagreb (the capital) and our first laugh was trying to fit 4 adults, 2 children (both still in car seats), and an insane amount of luggage into the European "mini van" we rented. It was not a mini van by American standards!! Clearly we had to upgrade ... to what would be a tour bus by European standards! :-)
We only spent one night in Zagreb and the apartment we rented was right smack in the heart of the old town. It was cool to see the city markets come to life on a Saturday morning ... one section for flowers, another for honey and a huge one for fruits and vegetables. It made me miss the farmer's markets in Wisconsin!
|Our apartment was just off this main square in old town Zagreb|
|flower market ... Get ready for LOTS of silly faces from Nicholas!!!|
He's in that phase where he prefers silly faces over anything.
Some of them are absolutely HILARIOUS!!!!
|Fruits and vegetable market|
|Beautiful cathedral under some renovations|
|It was drizzling when we arrived in Ljubjlana.|
Boys loved using umbrellas!
In the background you can see the "funicular" (cable car)
ride up to the castle on top of the hill.
|On the funicular|
|Beautiful calligraphy in the chapel|
|Stair case up to the castle tower|
|Mom and dad on top of the tower|
|Ljubjlana Castle tower|
|Looking into the castle|
|Even in the drizzle, Ljubljana is a pretty little town|
|Colors are starting to look like fall|
|I think there was a view through the floor, but you can't see it. Still a cute picture! :-)|
Lake Bled was like a fairy tale. The lake surrounded by golden fall colored hills with the snow capped Julean alps peaking up in the background. There's a cliff with an amazing castle perched on top and the cutest little island in the middle of the lake--just big enough for a little church. The only way to the island church is by row boat.
|We loved our little guest house in Bled|
|Having breakfast before heading out for adventure|
|Beautiful flowers filled windows all over Croatia and Slovenia|
|Lake Bled Castle|
|Mom and Dad ready to ride row boat to the island church|
|Headed to the island church|
|More of Nicholas' silly faces|
|The island church with the sun setting behind|
|Inside the church|
|Legend holds, if you ring the bell tower 3 times, all your dreams come true|
|More silly faces from Nicholas|
|Jaden and I were the only ones who hiked up to the castle. |
Ken drove everyone else in the van.
|Looking down on all the stairs we climbed|
|We made it to the top! Jaden was very proud of himself for making it up so fast!|
|Perfect backdrop for family photo|
|With mom and dad|
|Love you Ken!|
|Island church seen through a window of the castle|
|Views in the other direction include small valley town with Alps peaking through in the far background.|
|Boys with the dragon|
|Guarding the entry way|
|Along the castle wall|