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... So we visited one church and St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, and I must say it is very impressive. Near by they have a flee market, where we bought some souvenirs and took pictures with those cool Russian hats. Walked through Vitosha Boulevard and stopped in one of the cafes for lunch. You must try Bulgarian yellow cheese! Snacks, two beers each and main meals cost £34 for 5 people! With a short tour around Sofia over, we headed towards Borovets.
... 90) for a half litre of good Bulgarian hops, that's a bargain in any man's language!
So the 13 of us hunkered down for an hour and swapped stories of Game of Thrones and drank some local brewskis. We had a couple of the locals stop by and yell some things in Bulgarian at us. None of the townsfolk appear to speak English so everything's done in sign language or smiles. It was all good fun and, as mentioned, the locals seem to get a kick out of having us around. ...
We hiked up to Ivan Rila's tomb. Had some time on our own with the ward who introduced us to the tame robins that flew on my hand.
Many Bulgarians come up to this place for religious reasons, leave whishes in the wall, fetch source's water. Interesting to see where the Orthodox Church leaves room for connectedness with nature. I however don't believe that Ivan slept in this cave for 7 years without even preparing himself a mattress.
We tried to venture over from the lift station to Ivan Vazov Hut. We knew that the hut is open and we had food for self-supply with us. There was quite some new snow lately unfortunately after a snow-meagre winter. Later the day bad weather came in that was forecasted to sustain for the following days. All in all reasons for us to buy a ticket on the lift down again and postpone the Rila mountain crossing to a later date.
Sapareva Banya allows for recreational and therapeutic swimming. It's the Kneipp kind of change between quite hot and icing cold. On weekends it can get quite crowded because it's on easy driving distance from Sofia.
Sapareva Banya also has a big open-air fountain of thermal water.
Local food is very ...