Bansko Spa & Holidays
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... and church happily for quite some time, (and, with Kate and Andrew, having a drink of water from a stone fountain using a silver ladle chained to the side), I went up the medieval tower. Dating from 1335, Hrelyo's Tower is the oldest preserved building in the monastery. It was used as the monastery's fortress. In 1844 a belfry was attached to it; this holds the bells, clock and the monastery shop. The views from the top (there are five floors) through the windows ...
... common issue here?! Shopping done, we set our sights on a monastery that we think is the most famous one and head to the hills. The drive was quite incredible winding through mountains between tiny villages as the temperature dropped and the rain set in. What seamed like Hundreds of people were lined along the highway selling jams and honey's - kinda wishes we had some Bulgarian to purchase - before we dropped down to ski valley. Pretty crazy ...
... us some 2H so gave her 20 euros.
We walked through the forum and the commercial market to get to the second basilica. The most interesting religious structure was the Octagon, an eight-sided building dedicated to St Paul. A dog following us around plopped down on a mosaic, stealing the show. There was also a separate rare cruciform-shaped baptistery.
Mary went off and we walked to the museum, reaching it by 1030. It does not have alot of items but ...
... 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 ...
This morning Andie had organised the local horse and cart dude to come and pick us up and take us on a Tiki Tour around the village. The cart could only hold 6 at a time so we did it in two rounds. Steve finally had a competitor, with the horse releasing eye watering, noxious gases less than a metre away from Steve's face every 5 minutes or so. Yum! How the driver puts up with it all day long is anyone's guess. Again, lots of cheery waves from the locals and chats to ...