Travel Blogs from Golden Sands
... peak in the Balkan. Both of the lodges where we stayed are above 1000m, permanently staffed and open all the year round. The first one, Hija Rai (Paradise Lodge) sleeps 100 people and sits beneath a waterfall coming down from the Botev peak. The lodges were built in the 1920s and 1930s and all the bricks, tiles and other building materials must have been brought up here with horses. There are still no roads. The cook ...
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Did this a couple of years ago on a road trip with my friend Pat, it was falling down then.....3 years later a bit more of it has fallen down!
Entry was a tad more difficult this year, the hole was a bit higher.....
Weather has been great, roads as good as they get in this part of the world. ...
Again my mind pondered on the concept of "nation", “state”, “country” and potentially how negative the consequences of our separation is.
Back to Veliko Tarnovo or shall I call it Bulgarian Durham due to the wonderful Yantra River which meanders brilliantly around the city centre in quite a unique way.
Perhaps it does not have a stunning cathedral but the panorama more ...
... to the Ivanovo Rock Monastery, a 14th century sanctuary which was cut into cliffs adorned with fantastic frescos. The views of the valley below were brilliant and gave my vertigo a test. I seem to manage quite well though.
Apparently, it's all about speaking to your inner child! What a good call that was.
Later on, we kept heading south through the low hills of northern Bulgaria. Hill after ...
... in the oil production afterward. The parade is world-renowned and is one of the largest yearly events in the country.
Josh and I explored the streets and bought a few souvenirs to remind us of our small visit. The rose oil was definitely the highlight for me; for Josh, I think it was the bottle of cognac with 40% alcohol content he'd purchased from a local shop keeper to get a little cultural, hoping it ...
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