Grand Hotel Velingrad
Travel Blogs from Velingrad
... 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 ...
... to get the off-season tourists into their venues by thrusting brochures into our hands and offering us vast discounts, free coffee and their first born children.
Steve had an appointment with the Dancing Bear Sanctuary at 1.30 so the two of us finally found a nice looking restaurant, lured in by a charming Siberian maître de with good English. We ordered a salad and 2 chicken skewers at 1 pm, thinking naively this would take around 10 - 15 minutes ...
Back on private transport this morning and we took a 2 hour bus trip to Rila Monastery. Built for Saint John the miracle-working hermit from the 9th Century, it is located in a beautiful spot in the hills, and surrounded by snow capped mountains. It is an incredible place for the monastery, which was rebuilt in the 19th century, so quite modern and has a very distinctive look. We had a quick glance through the church, as, by this stage, we have seen a fair few churches. ...
... an hour! Not to worry, we still made the first part of our leg and landed in berlin later that night, to stay in a hotel before we flew to Bulgaria! The airport hotel at berlin was 5 min bus ride from airport and had very accommodating staff, bar, communal kitchen, and tasty pizza :) few drinks and into bed! Next morning we were up and off to the airport after a well enjoyed breakfast buffet at the hotel! Once again we were met with delays! After ...
... at all. Christmas day was dinner at Gloria Mar (also visited in 2012) along with 2 new friends from our boarding class Jimmy and Cally that are staying in the same town. The same people came back to Dak's Irish bar to work and it was great to see them again..along with the band and tasty cocktails. Sadly not enough snow to do a skidoo trip this year, but we feel like we jumped ahead in our skill levels and have some lovely bruises to prove the effort put in this year ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Room service