LION Hotel Bansko
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... what would be the main route for skiiers visiting in the winter from all over Europe with huge new complexes being built and signs lining the road 'luxury spa suite hotel' etc... As we pass an elderly woman using a waking stick moving a donkey along the road... Something amiss here perhaps... Just before dark we (after a few more diversions) find the monastery town, and quickly realise this is not the famous on in the book... And what promised ...
... us some 2H so gave her 20 euros.
We walked through the forum and the commercial market to get to the second basilica. The most interesting religious structure was the Octagon, an eight-sided building dedicated to St Paul. A dog following us around plopped down on a mosaic, stealing the show. There was also a separate rare cruciform-shaped baptistery.
Mary went off and we walked to the museum, reaching it by 1030. It does not have alot of items but ...
... 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 ...
... The place had about 4 tables of people there and 3 staff running around but by 1.25 Steve was all a panic as no food had arrived. He had to do the bolt back to the hotel in time to join 3 others on the Bear Sanctuary tour. Mandy was left to consume both meals and delight in a Steve-free afternoon. What to do, where to go? Photo opportunities? No. Checking out the local church? No. Coffee and cake? No. Mandy chose sleep. Sleep is good.
Steve's driver, ...
... our walk about. Death Notices. Not placed in the local paper as we do, but rather, printed A4 sheets of paper, laminated and pinned on buildings all about the town. Sometimes with a black bow. We understand that these notices can stay up for years.
The mother of our landlady had died since the last time our guide, Andie, was passing through here, and although she knew about it, she was quite moved when we came across her notice on a bus stop wall, as we walked about ...