Well would love to say its been relaxing but once more we have walked forever and got up to much mischief! We began our morning by heading down to the lake to hire a row boat to go over to the Church of Assumption. Alan did a grand job of getting us over there, we looked around at the amazing views and had a nice refreshment. We each rang the bell in the church, apparently the bell was a gift from the pope after a woman who was widowed, melted down her gold and silver to have a bell cast in memory of her dead husband. While it was being transported to the island/church the boat apparently sunk and the bell was lost forever as was the crew, more distraught than ever the woman went to a convent in Italy, the pope moved by her story and commitment then donated the bell, if you ring the bell in memory of The blessed Mary and make a wish your wish will come true – so we will see!
I would like to say the journey back was as smooth as the journey across, but it was not. I took to the oars, not very successfully after sending us off in the wrong direction I finally got us on track, but the wind and current was picking up! So in our very dodgy and unstable boat Andy and I decided it was time to swap. Easy you may say but it meant that I had to lay down on the bottom of the boat while Andy climbed over the top of me in a bid to keep the boat stable and central. Yet the water got even more choppy and for a while we thought that we might capsize, one wave actually came into the boat, Andy was struggling so we thought it called for captain Alan to take the oars which once more meant me laying on the floor to swap places with Andy and then on the floor again to swap with Alan, hysteria kicked in and we really did almost go in the drink as the cloud and rain moved closer! But captain Alan managed to get us back safe and sound giving Janet the opportunity to park the boat.
After a spot of lunch and sheltering from the thunder storm that had rolled in we headed off for a walk around he lake and up to Bled Castle, 200+ steps later and steep climb we reached the castle and managed to get some great views of Bled.
Our legs are killing but we have had a ball and finished off with a great dinner and blueberry schnapps! Photos to follow! Tomorrow Alan, Andy and Janet head off to hull whereas for me, it’s Dublin bound!