There is a bit of walk from the entrance of vintgar gorge to the bus stop. The road is flanked on either sides by apple trees. Branches loaded with green apples are within a reach of hand. We plucked a bunch and munched on them on our way back. Our next destination is Lake Bled ! Smack in the middle of Bled, this lake is the centre point around which the town of Bled is built. Clear waters, lotus plants and swan groups adds to the rustic charm of this alpine lake. Though there is no shortage of such alpine lakes in Slovenia, three things make lake bled unique. An island right in the middle of the lake, a cute church with 99 steps built on that water locked piece of land and a medieval castle built on a rocky cliff just above the lake. Row boats ply on the lake to transport tourists from lakeshore to the island church and back. They are crafted in the traditional Slovenian style and are known as 'pletna' boats. Most of the weddings in Bled happens at the island church. As per their tradition, the groom should carry the bride in hand and walk up the 99 steps to reach the church. Also the bride is not supposed to laugh or talk till they reach the top. Most of the young generation who gets married here still adheres to these traditions from their yester years. The road that winds around the lake is rife with cafes, restaurants and thick canopied trees. The patch of grass in between the circular road and the lake usually is occupied by sun bathing tourists and families on picnic. While walking on the patch of grass close to the lake, we heard a rustle of leaves above. We looked up and saw a bunch of teenagers perched on top of a tree branch leaning above the lake, planning to make their dive to the water. By the time I figured out the fast shutter settings of my camera, some of them had already jumped. Still we got lucky in clicking the last two who jumped.