The Cerkev Marijinega Vnebovzetja (Pilgrim Church of the Assumption of Maria) sits surrounded by the calm waters of Lake Bled, over looked by towering mountains and steep hills covered in lush green forest.
We arrived in Lake Bled by bus in the middle of amassive thunderstorm. The deluge was so intense that I was soaked through within a matter of seconds of stepping off the bus. About an hour later, after having got to the hostel and drying off the weather started to break and after a long day of travel it felt like a good idea to get out and take a walk around the lake. With the heavy rain just having passed the path around the lake was quiet and we had the place more or less to ourselves. It was very still and peaceful, the last of the cloud was breaking to reveal blue sky but low level cloud was still lingering in the valley above the lake.
The Baroque style church was constructed around the end of the 17th century, a flight of 99 stone steps lead up to the church from the shore of the lake. It is considered good luck for grooms to carry bride up the stairs to the church for their wedding. You can hire a plenta, which is a local style of flat bottom boat, and row across to the island to visit the church.