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... us little gifts too: a vial of rose oil in a little painted wooden bottle, and a most welcome bottle of (actually cold!) water.
We had learned enough Bulgarian on the bus to ask the children their names. I met Raya and another girl whose name escapes me but it was something like Salome or Selina (only in Bulgarian). I told them they were super, which if you make it sound like "soo-pair" turns out to be a universal word. One of the little boys marched up with ...
... They were built during the 1800's when the area was well known as a producer of fine materials and laces.
In the afternoon we visited Rila monastery. It was a lovely drive off the main road and through some little villages and then up a valley. It's still a working monastery and is the largest in Bulgaria. It's been there since 1335 and was nearly destroyed by fire in the early 1800's so most of the ...
... last 1000 years or so. More about that tomorrow.
We think in our modern era that we have achieved much, however looking back through history we realise that mankind has been very cleaver for thousands of years.
As we leave the Museum we walk the impressive concourse back to the cark park. One of the signs (not sure if it is a communist relic) advises not to stray from the path as the grounds ...
Today we visited a gorgeous, serene monastery in the lush mountains of Bulgaria. It was so nice to be in nature after spending an entire month just in cities. In addition to the great landscape surrounding the monastery, the architecture and decor of the structures was ...
... my weight in cheese over the past 3 days, the food would have been much better.
After dinner, I checked my wallet and was utterly surprised. I had pulled WAAAAY too much cash. I had thought that $50 per day for food, souvenirs, hostel, tips, tours etc would be just about right. I was far off as Bulgaria is much cheaper than expected.
So, we strolled down the main pedestrian boulevard to look for something useful to buy and use up the money. First, ...