Sunday, August 9, 2009

Day 63, Bohinj, Slovenia

We are now para gliding over Bohinj, an alpine valley and a municipality in the north-west of Slovenia, in the Julian Alps.

Just look at the pristine periglacial lake, Lake Bohinj (Bohinjsko jezero)

...... the largest permanent lake in Slovenia. Lake Bohinj is 4.2 km long and 1 km at its maximum width. It is a glacial lake dammed by a moraine.

Some say the area is associated with the legendary "Zlatorog", a white chamois with golden horns.
There look , a statue of the creature stands beside the lake.

So what is the legend behind Zlatorog??

This is the story in a nutshell....
Goldhorn's golden horns were a key to a treasure hidden in the mountains around Triglav.
A young and brave hunter from the Trenta valley fell in love with a beautiful girl and managed to win her heart by bringing her beautiful flowers.
However, one day a rich merchant from Venice came by
and tried to gain her attention by giving her golden jewellery and dancing with her.
As the hunter approached the girl, she mocked him. The hunter was desperate and left.
Persuaded by another hunter, called the Green hunter, who was said to had brought about the fate of several honest boys, he decided to go at that very night to find Goldhorn and claim his treasure.

In the morning, they found the animal, shot it and pursued it. The dying animal dragged itself onto a narrow, rocky ledge.
Suddenly the boy saw on a dangerous trail the most beautiful and healing flowers.
The Green hunter forced him on to catch the Goldhorn before it ate the magic Triglav flowers that grew from its blood, but it was too late.
The Goldhorn already ate one and the flower gave it tremendous life power.
It ran towards the hunter, who being blinded by the bliss of its golden horns lost balance and fell from the mountain.The river Soča brought his corpse to the vale.

Wow, this place is just so tranquil....serene....relaxing........

Do you know what the locals say about Bohinj?
God was giving land to people and as he finished he realized that he had forgotten about a small group of people, who were silent and didn't hustle like the others. Because of their modesty and patience he felt pity for them. That is why he decided to give them the most beautiful land of them all, which he had spared for himself.
It's called Bohinj, because they call God "Boh".
Absolutely amazing.....heaven on Earth.....

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