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Section 1 ECHO/Page ELY SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, 2019 (Continued from Page 10) named Boris and had a day of tours outside of Ljubljana. Our first stop took us to the Lipica Stud Farm where they breed Lip- izzan horses. We learned that the horses are not born white. They are born black and brown and you can tell their age as they turn gray then white. There were 360 horses at this farm and a Linden tree is planted for each one. Next it was to the Skocjanske Caves for a two hour tour. It was dark in the cave and pictures weren't allowed, so there are no pictures to prove that Caitlin car- ried Amelia much of the time. A quit stop was made at the Predja- ma Castle, which means in front of the cave castle and a picture with the Ely Echo, of course. We had a fabulous lunch in Pi- ran, an Adriatic coastal city. We each order something different and gave each other tastes. Karen and I went to a fish foot spa and Doug, Pat, Brian, Caitlin and Amelia walked along the Adriatic Sea. So much beauty packed into one day and our 3 1/2 year old traveler did an awesome job keeping up, or should I say us old folks kept up with her. To Bled Our friend Nina Strel, daughter of Slovenian swim- mer Martin Strel, arranged for one of Martin's team to drive us from Ljubljana to Bled and took us on a tour of Radovljica. Radovljica is medieval town that is well preserved. Homes were built in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. In the earlier centu- ries there was a defense moat to protect the town, but in 18th and 19th centuries the moat at the entrance was narrowed and new houses were built. It is the only preserved town defense moat in Slovenia. Radovljica is known as the Slovenian capital of beekeep- ing and also for its chocolate. The Radovljica Mansion is home to the Bee Museum. We visited the beautiful St. Peter's Church built in the 15th century. B ore bringing us to our hbtei,i Ana who drove ii s from Lj ubljana to Bled, brought us to a castle. We walked up the long cobblestone walkway to the top of the mountain but we didn't have time to go into the castle. Bled is picture-book beautiful! Our hotel Rikli Balance over- looked Lake Bled and we could see the island and church where my nephew would be getting married and also Castle Bled where the reception would take place. We had a couple days to tour around while in Bled and we took a bus ride to Lake Bohinj, the largest lake in Slovenia, maybe a couple miles long. Now when I say .bus ride, this in itself was quite the experience! The road you could swear was only a one- way road as the bus appeared to be riding in the center of it. That was until another vehicle was coming from the other direction. Our best description of this bus ride would be to ride through Chandler with all the turns at 40mph. In Bohinj we had a back to nature experience with a guided tour on an electric boat ride around the lake. We saw the beach scenery, camping area, shops and St. John the Baptist With cooks preparing fresh, hot food, wooden boxes serve as serving containers for different types of bread. Lakefront Church. happy to be able to have his daily was served while photos were something he never thought he A trolley ride around Lake honey, right off the comb. We had taken and guest visited. Then the would say, "To the Castle!" Bled gave Karen, Pat, Doug and been told that Slovenia had many walk down the ninety-nine steps Needless to say we arrived I a great opportunity to see more traits and foods were similar to to the gondolas for our ride back a bit later to the reception than sites of the area, including Pres- Italy so for one of our meals out to the shore and shuttles to Castle other guests but everything was ident Tito's former headquarters Karen and I ordered pizzas. One Bled for the dinner and dance wonderful. The food, the music and former summer residence thing about Slovenian pizza, they reception, and the speeches, especially by which is now the hotel Villa Bled. don't cut it. And it's the first time Several days earlier I said Amelia who announced Smooch We got off the trolley at the I've ever seen a fried egg and we had stopped at a castle and her Beanie Baby frog to everyone Pot Franca Gornika sign. Father dandelion greens with prosciutto walked up the cobblestone and they thought it was for David Gornika was a longtime Bled ham on a pizza. It was very good. walkway. I hadn't realized that and Dana to kiss. Amelia said she priest and historian at St. Martin The Wedding was Castle Bled! Knowing we was going to party until midnight Church, another beautiful church Guests were all shuttled to were going to have to walk up and she just about did. Lake Bled in the Julian Alps with views of Castle Bled sitting high up over the lake. Photos by Nancy McReady. := :, =// :~i ~: i if~:i!i:i:i: in Slovenia. He was born inthe shore of Lake Bled where we that long walkway again, I was Gabrovac near Metlika, which boarded gondolas for a ride to wearing the wrong shoes, and I is where my relatives live. We the island where for David and also had forgotten the thank you wonder if we are related as my Dana's wedding at the Assump- note we wanted to take apicture maiden name is Gornik. tion Church. It was a hot and of with the bridal couple. We The walk back to the hotel humid day. Not ideal conditions asked the shuttle driver to bring was through open markets where for David to carry Dana up the us to our hotel for a quick stop. vendors were selling their crafts ninety-nine steps to the church Doug and I ran up to our room. I just like our Blueberry Arts for good luck for their marriage, changed my shoes, grabbed the Festival. There were also horse The ceremony was beautifulthank you and a passport for a and buggy rides, bicycle, paddle with the two flower girls Ame- prop and headed back to the shut- boards and kayaks to rent. lia and Maya coming down the tie. It had left! Language difficul- The foods, especially the aisle first. After the couple was ty, the driver didn't understand breakfast buffets at our hotels, pronounce husband and wifehe was supposed to wait for us. were fabulous. Many people they rang the church bell. We all I went to the hotel desk to call had told us you have to try their lined up outside of the church for a taxi and Doug went back up breads. The chocolate croissants and threw rose pedals at the to our room to get some Euros. were wonderful, as were the happy couple. A reception of The taxi arrived in minutes and meats and cheese. Doug was champagne and walnut potica when asked where to, Doug said i:? ,:!:il i: THANK YOU from Slovenia Congressman Stauber read the sign being held up in this wedding photo. Pictured Jankowski, Caitlin, Amelia and Brian Jankowski, Nancy and Doug McReady, Karen and Pat Jankowski are Dana and David Caitlin, Brian and Amelia arrive in Minneapolis. Paris Early Saturday morning all seven of us load up into a van for Ljubljana airport. Brian, Caitlin, Amelia, Doug and I flew to our connecting flight in Paris. Karen and Pat rented a car to continue their time in Slovenia and Croatia with more visiting with relatives. Once in Paris we checked into our hotel and called for aft uber. Our sixteen hour layover in Paris allowed us the time to see the Eiffel Tower and Amelia having a ride on a carousel. We had a bite to eat and then an hour tour on the Seine River. This was a bonus, to be able to see the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Louvre and so much more, if only from the river. Even getting caught in pouring rain at the end of tour, it was a perfect ending to a perfect week.