Spa Hotel Dvoretsa
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... including dips. Had a dip of my own, putting my feeting in the water, atter some olives and cheese. One did get a sense of the history of the place. Lydia was the first documented convert to Christianity on European soil.
The interior of the church is simply stunning. It is freshly completed but maintained that stilted look to the depictions so typical of medieval frescoes. Waiting to leave, it was euros out and Bulgarian levs in. We left at 1215.
... 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.
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... drove us over some of the worst roads he'd ever seen. Potholes the size of bomb craters along the 17 km trip to the sanctuary. When it rains this road becomes a river, with massive rifts through it. Halfaway up this near-impassable road, the group saw a half finished hotel. WHY??? In the middle of absolutely nowhere with the crappiest roads, someone thought it prudent to build a hotel. We also saw a couple of what looked like restaurants and someone else had a 10 ...
... as both Baba's had also consumed a fair amount of Rakia by this stage and appeared to be dancing to different rythyms. We joined in with gusto and showed them how Aussies could also shake their booty.
After the disco session, the Baba's grabbed some of the other girls and shuffled them next door and taught them how to make the local pom poms. The girls came back a while later proudly displaying their hand made souvenirs. All in all, a very entertaining night.
... really boarded I these conditions before and it was quite an experience. The afternoons became way too slushy though so our best work was in the morning.
Can not recommend Pamporovo and the apartments and lessons we had enough.