Bansko Spa & Holidays
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... 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 ...
... a holiday in Greece if things would be open [yes]. Today is the Dormition of the Virgin Mary, when she died and was resurrected before being taken to heaven. The place was founded by Philip II.
Our guide came and Daniela did not assemble the sheep which was odd. The guide then proceeded to give a lecture in the hot sun while I shrewdly edged into the shade. A big dog was eating some grass; never seen a canine as a herbivore before.
We had only ...
... to the nearby olde worlde tavern for some delicious chicken soup and a massive baked loaf of monastery bread. All the while sitting next to an open log fire, as it was a wee bit chilly in tham thar mountains. Very nice ambience.
We then arrived at the wee village of Gorno Draglishte, pop 1000, and settled into our new hotel. GD is a lovely place and Andie took us on a stroll around the village and showed us where the locals had their fields of vegetables ...
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.