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... us some 2H so gave her 20 euros.
We walked through the forum and the commercial market to get to the second basilica. The most interesting religious structure was the Octagon, an eight-sided building dedicated to St Paul. A dog following us around plopped down on a mosaic, stealing the show. There was also a separate rare cruciform-shaped baptistery.
Mary went off and we walked to the museum, reaching it by 1030. It does not have alot of items but ...
... the hotel around 1 and you know what that means...nana nap time! So after some serious snoozing, we got up around 2 and wandered around the village of Bansko, heading down some lovely little alleyways and spent the rest of the day just chillling out in local bars and cafés, drinking beer and coffee and relaxing and catching up on our photos and blog time.
It was really great to have a nice chill-out day in the ...
... Monti, one of the blind bears, had a 3/4 acre area, whereas they had several in various enclosures ranging from 6 acres to about 9 acres. There are about 32 bears here in total. Most of the bears had re-learned how to hibernate and one was now hibernating for 6 months of the year. One of the other ones, still hadn't hibernated at all. In all, it was tragic to hear about the bears's former lives but incredibly rewarding to see them now in a much better environment
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.
We tried to venture over from the lift station to Ivan Vazov Hut. We knew that the hut is open and we had food for self-supply with us. There was quite some new snow lately unfortunately after a snow-meagre winter. Later the day bad weather came in that was forecasted to sustain for the following days. All in all reasons for us to buy a ticket on the lift down again and postpone the Rila mountain crossing to a later date.