St. Ivan Rilski - Hotel, SPA & Apartments
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- Continental Breakfast
- Minbar in room
- Meeting rooms/conference facilities
- Drycleaning onsite
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... to Plovdiv to try and get some cash out before venturing through the mountains. Just past town we were diverted, little did we know this would be the buzz word for Bulgaria! Diverted off the main highway, onto a small road, that got smaller and smaller and the pot holes started to outnumber the amount of Tarmac left. It was slow going and the short journey turned long. In the middle of all the diverting, Bulgaria had suffered some major ...
... I am already thinking of Sunday night dinner, trying to put this trip in the rearview mirror [but not first without a couple more WHS's].
Daniela mentioned about 'those of you who want' to traipse around Philippi. Who wouldn't? Apparently Red and the Mouse might not want to [but did]. We have a site guide and do the museum on our own.
It was a long haul uphill inland but we were at Philippi shortly after 0820. There was a bit of uncertainty with ...
10 of us jumped into two private buses this morning with our driver, Jorgi again, to drive up the nearby ski resort of Mt Vihen, at around 2500 metres. Our guide, Kraski, was a local ski instructor. He had won three bronze and one silver in the Bulgarian downhill and slalom so a pretty fit character. He took us for a half an hour walk up the hillside to a lake, through the snow.
We thought it was going to be a ...
... 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 ...
Back on private transport this morning and we took a 2 hour bus trip to Rila Monastery. Built for Saint John the miracle-working hermit from the 9th Century, it is located in a beautiful spot in the hills, and surrounded by snow capped mountains. It is an incredible place for the monastery, which was rebuilt in the 19th century, so quite modern and has a very distinctive look. We had a quick glance through the church, as, by this stage, we have seen a fair few churches. ...