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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 ...
... wanted food. I was able to get cream cheese on my sandwich, which was a bit different, but everything else was exactly the same-filling.
My tummy happy, I headed back to the cathedral to wait for the tour shuttle.
I went inside, since I hadn't been inside yet. I'm pretty sure I'm cathedral jaded. The walls were painted with great paintings, but it was so dark i t was hard to see. The windows weren't anything special, and mostly not even stained ...
... we were now due back at the minibus. The problem had been sorted - great. It took us further on, further up the mountain, to the special cave.
To get to the cave we hiked through the forest up the side of quite a steep gorge, so you can imagine how spectacular the scenery was! After about 10 minutes we came across a look out point, with an information board giving a list of the wildlife that lives in the area; this included wild boar, deer, and at least ...
... group went skiing and the other part took a gondola (18 lev return) and went even further this time into a mountain. 25 min journey took us up 2.5km into a mountain. And the view! OMG! This has been a highlight of our holiday. There are so many nice picture opportunities and also, there is a nice traditional chalet type restaurant, not so great to eat, but the atmosphere is really cool. After we came down the mountain some of us went to a little spa by ...
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.