During the field trip on the 22nd, the participants and faculty of the Liberty Seminars visited amazing Bled Castle.
The castle was first mentioned in 1004. The oldest part of the castle is the romanesque tower. The buildings are arranged around two courtyards, which are connected with a staircase. There is a chapel on the upper courtyard, which was built in the 16th century. The castle also has a drawbridge over a moat and the museum, which was renovated in 2008. We also visited their printing shop, cellar, herbal gallery, and souvenir shop.
The castle overlooks picturesque glacial Lake Bled. The lake surrounds Bled Island, the only natural island in Slovenia. The island has several buildings, the main one being the Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Mary, built in the 15th century.
After the tour of the castle, we took a nice stroll along the lake, while we stopped on many occations to take photos. We were all taken by the beauty of the lake, the island with a church in the middle of it, and the swans and ducks swimming in it.
At the end of our field trip to Bled, we took time to taste Blejske kremne rezine (kremšnite), the most famous local dessert.
After the field trip, the participants of the first seminar took their bags and nice memories of a liberty week, said goodbye to newly found friends, and headed in different directions. Most of them took a bus toward Ljubljana, where they explored Slovenian capital on their own for a day or two.
The participants of the second seminar on the other hand, returned to Bohinj where they started with academic program of the seminar. The afternoon sessions featured a rather interesting series of lectures and breakout panels, discussing a range of topics, including economic crisis and bail out, institutions and growth, and the impossibility of social justice, among others.
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