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... what would be the main route for skiiers visiting in the winter from all over Europe with huge new complexes being built and signs lining the road 'luxury spa suite hotel' etc... As we pass an elderly woman using a waking stick moving a donkey along the road... Something amiss here perhaps... Just before dark we (after a few more diversions) find the monastery town, and quickly realise this is not the famous on in the book... And what promised ...
... centre of a valley while towns dotted its edges.
Gas station break at 1415 for 20M. No self serve here. Bought an ice cream bar [2.5]. The name of the town where we stopped was Gotse Delchev, a national Bulgarian revolutionary hero. We saw his mausoleum at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Skopje.
Climbing again removed all vestiges of civilization but the road. Bansko is at 900m. It is a ski resort town. We were into the Park Hotel Gardenia by ...
... the hotel around 1 and you know what that means...nana nap time! So after some serious snoozing, we got up around 2 and wandered around the village of Bansko, heading down some lovely little alleyways and spent the rest of the day just chillling out in local bars and cafés, drinking beer and coffee and relaxing and catching up on our photos and blog time.
It was really great to have a nice chill-out day in the ...
... Monti, one of the blind bears, had a 3/4 acre area, whereas they had several in various enclosures ranging from 6 acres to about 9 acres. There are about 32 bears here in total. Most of the bears had re-learned how to hibernate and one was now hibernating for 6 months of the year. One of the other ones, still hadn't hibernated at all. In all, it was tragic to hear about the bears's former lives but incredibly rewarding to see them now in a much better environment
... Steve's Mum would have been in heaven as she is a big fan of donkeys and one kindly local offered one of the girls, Al, a ride on one. Al politely declined. All of the locals smiled and waved at 13 tourists strolling down their main street, it was really quite charming. I'm not sure if this would happen in other parts of the world but clearly our groups bring a bit of money to the village and the locals seem to embrace it.
Interesting tradition we ...