Bled Castle … Bled, Slovenia

Weekly Photo Challenge: On Top

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How lovely! This challenge allows me to expand upon my last post A Moment in Bled, Slovenia

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On a rocky precipice 130m above glacial Lake Bled sits Bled Castle ~ a mighty medieval stronghold.

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The castle was first mentioned in a charter dating back to 1011 AD, and was referred to as castellum Veldes (the castle on the cliff). It was built with an upper and lower courtyard and is the oldest such structure in Slovenia.

View from on top

The reason for its location is obvious.

View from on top II

From atop the cliff you can keep a watch for the enemy, all while enjoying a cup of tea and taking in the glorious scenery.

Thanks for visiting,

Dorothy 🙂

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©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014

Shout Outs

 Vero Supertramp

Northumbrian Light

Photographs by James Collett

Travel Monkey

Santiago the Shepherd

 

 

 

 

 

A Moment in Bled, Slovenia

Bled, Slovenia

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Bordering Italy to the west, Austria to the north, Croatia to the south and south east and Hungary to the northeast, Slovenia is a lovely jewel in the crown of south central Europe and full of delightful surprises.

One such surprise is the beautiful resort town of Bled (pronounced “Blet”) nestled in the Alpine region of the northwest.

This view of Bled Castle was taken from a row boat while crossing the pristine waters of Lake Bled.

Motorized boats are not allowed on the lake.

The stillness of the lake makes it a perfect training ground for Olympic rowing, and Bled has hosted the World Rowing Championships several times.

It’s worth a visit.

Thanks for stopping by.

Dorothy 🙂

©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014

Spring Contemplation … Dromoland Castle Grounds, Co. Clare, Ireland

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A stroll through the beautiful grounds of Dromoland Castle is the perfect place to contemplate an Irish spring.

I fell in love with Ireland when we visited for three weeks in Spring 2011. The combination of its raw beauty, colourful history, love of the horse and my Irish ancestry is what draws me.

I will return one day … soon.

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Thanks for visiting,

Dorothy 🙂

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond … Lismore Castle, Co. Waterford, Ireland

Lismore Castle

A couple of springs ago Lloyd and I spent three memorable weeks in beautiful Ireland. One of our last stops was dramatic Lismore Castle.

I’ve always been fiendishly interested in history and loved visiting castles, and while we couldn’t actually go inside this old fortress we did purchase tickets to wander its extensive and beautifully kept grounds.

Naturally, I had camera in hand.

When I captured this moment I was standing on a small stone stairway rising to ground level. My focal point was, or at least I thought it was, Lloyd disappearing into the garden. But as you can see it isn’t as simple as that.

The moss-covered stone wall to the right, the ground cover and and narrow dirt path in the centre, and Lloyd wandering off into the shrubs to the left create a surreal frame for the haunting, ancient castle looming beyond.

I’m thrilled with the effect.

And I think it fits in beautifully with this week’s challenge theme. What lies beyond makes the image so much more interesting.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂

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