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... as we got to the monastery a problem with the minibus arose, so our driver told us to get out here and look round the monastery first instead. We had two hours, so by the time we had to meet back up, hopefully the problem would be sorted and we would continue to the cave.
The monastery itself forms a square of monks' living quarters with a massive courtyard; in the courtyard lies a small church, a medieval tower and some trees, and beyond the square there are a ...
... 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 ...
... bit more than a half hour there. Column tops and funerary pieces were the most interesting.
Looking west from the museum was a field. The battle of Philippi took place between two hills west of the city. Alas, there was nothing about this very significant battle in Roman history.
It was slightly downhill to St Lydia's Baptistery, arriving at 1125. A service was ongoing in the stream as we approached. U/K and the Smoker must have had some six items ...
... in the highlands to see an awesome alpine lake. It was actually a trudge through the snow, sometimes up to our knees, to a tiny ice-covered body of water at the top called Mt Okoto, or the Eyeball, because it looked....errr...like an eyeball. Even though no one was really clad for the walking conditions, it was a beautiful walk in the mountains, breathing in the fresh air and soaking up the alpine views.
We got ...
... campervan in their back garden. WHY??? Crazy town.
Once we arrived at the Dancing Bear Sanctuary, we met one of the keepers, Vil. She explained that the bears had all been rescued from various places around the country and there were, supposedly, none left performing in Bulgaria. The original owners would somehow get them as one year olds, put their paws on hot plates and play the violin. Once they stopped the music, they would remove the hot plates. ...