Iglika Palace Hotel
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... Greece and other Eastern Orthodox countries; Bibles, icons, weavings, embroidery, carved wooden crosses, silver plate, etchings and a giant candle (at least two metres high and a foot or two in diameter!) There were also written decrees from the Ottoman Turkish sultans, granting the monastery rights.
This was all on the ground floor - up the stairs there were was more silver plate and crosses, priests' and bishops' vestments, etc., but we had to rush past ...
... called Black Cat, the food was delicious and the portions really generous, so one portion for 2 is enough depending what you ordering. And once again, the hospitality is very warm.
On our last day, we missed our skiing class as some of us partied with a bang till 8 am and there was no way we could make it at 9am for a class! So half day wasted, we went to pay and apologise to our instructor for no show and you can imagine he wasn't happy. Part ...
... they call them here, and encouraged all of us to toss down a shot of the local fire water, Rakia. After getting us in the mood, Baba Yinka and Baba Lina serenaded us with some traditional songs, possibly a local version of "Danny Boy". They next culled a few of us from the herd and took us into the next room and dressed us up in the local clobber. The four of us were then paraded into the main room and taught some fairly basic local dances. The dances were a ...
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.