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Slovenia may be small country, but it has a big heart, rich historical background and a lot of interesting legends to tell.

Here is one...

The "Wish bell" is certainly the most significant point of reference for pilgrims that have been visiting the place since the Middle Ages. It hangs from the tower on top of the ship roof. The bell was probably a donation of a wealthy parishioner and it seems to have been inculcated by Francesco Patavini da Padua in 1534. According to a legend, a young widow who lived at Bled Castle mourned her husband who had been killed by brigands. She gathered all her gold and silver and had a bell cast for the chapel on Bled island. When the bell was being transported to the island, a tempest caused the boat to overturn. The boatmen drowned and the bell sank to the bottom of the lake. The young widow, now even more devastated, decided to go to Rome and enter a convent. After her death, the Pope donated another bell for the church on the Isle of Bled. The legend has it that those who ring the bell to honour the Blessed Virgin and make a wish will see their wish come true.

I am still waiting for my wish to come true. The last time I was on Bled island it was during very hard period in my life and I made a wish...one wish that would make a great difference in my life. That was in July this year. Now it is October and I am still waiting for my wish to come true. But I am not giving up on hope..not yet.

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