Lucky Bansko Aparthotel
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... farmer, basically) is seen as more traditionally Roma. Many Roma parents don't let their kids go to school (too suspicious) so they aren't educated enough to get good jobs; they end up working construction or going into crime. Thus, there is still the stigma that Roma equals criminal.
Stefan told us more about the Roma. They originated in India, and at some point a large group of them settled in Egypt. They didn't really settle though, because they ...
... the ruins of Tsaravets Fortress. There were originally over 400 houses, churhces monasteries and shops but was pretty much destroyed by the Turks in 1398. After a brief visit we found an overnight park beside a roadside restaurant.
The town of Koprivshtitsa was really interesting. It had several old homes open for viewing. Some weren't open because they were closed on Mondays, but we were able to see inside 3 of ...
... 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 ...
... gas station stop so that the other van could catch up to us.
The tour guide (who was in the other van) walked us into the monastery and gave us a brief history of when and why it was built, before setting us loose.
Rila is surrounded by beautiful mountains, and it's clear why this was selected as a place of meditation. 72 steps up the tower, and I had a great view of the picturesque mountains and the monastery.
In addition to having time to climb ...