Hotel Downtown Ski & Spa

Stragite District, Bansko, Blagoevgrad, 2770, Bulgaria | 5 star hotel
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Travel Blogs from Bansko

The Eyeball of Bansko

A travel blog entry by madanaki on May 18, 2014

2 comments, 13 photos

10 of us jumped into two private buses this morning with our driver, Jorgi again, to drive up the nearby ski resort of Mt Vihen, at around 2500 metres. Our guide, Kraski, was a local ski instructor. He had won three bronze and one silver in the Bulgarian downhill and slalom so a pretty fit character. He took us for a half an hour walk up the hillside to a lake, through the snow.

We thought it was going to be a ...

Dancing with Bears

A travel blog entry by madanaki on May 17, 2014

1 comment, 13 photos

... end. The locals first scrub down their laundry on the concrete bench nearby, then throw it all into the bucket, let Mother Nature do its thing, then hang all their intimates up on the nearby drying racks. Today, one of the locals, was doing their carpets. How they do this in the middle of the winter when there's 3 metres of snow is anyone's guess.

We later got back on our private bus and drove to the nearby ski resort of Bansko. Bansko is like any ...

Hermits and the Bulgarian Disco

A travel blog entry by madanaki on May 16, 2014

10 photos

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. ...

Some more hiking below snow zone, UNESCO heritage

A travel blog entry by elohim on May 06, 2014

5 photos

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.
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Snow and Crocuses

A travel blog entry by elohim on May 05, 2014

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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.
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This 5 star hotel, located on Stragite District, Bansko, is near Vihren and Baba Vanga Museum.
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