Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
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... common issue here?! Shopping done, we set our sights on a monastery that we think is the most famous one and head to the hills. The drive was quite incredible winding through mountains between tiny villages as the temperature dropped and the rain set in. What seamed like Hundreds of people were lined along the highway selling jams and honey's - kinda wishes we had some Bulgarian to purchase - before we dropped down to ski valley. Pretty crazy ...
... centre of a valley while towns dotted its edges.
Gas station break at 1415 for 20M. No self serve here. Bought an ice cream bar [2.5]. The name of the town where we stopped was Gotse Delchev, a national Bulgarian revolutionary hero. We saw his mausoleum at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Skopje.
Climbing again removed all vestiges of civilization but the road. Bansko is at 900m. It is a ski resort town. We were into the Park Hotel Gardenia by ...
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 ...
... The place had about 4 tables of people there and 3 staff running around but by 1.25 Steve was all a panic as no food had arrived. He had to do the bolt back to the hotel in time to join 3 others on the Bear Sanctuary tour. Mandy was left to consume both meals and delight in a Steve-free afternoon. What to do, where to go? Photo opportunities? No. Checking out the local church? No. Coffee and cake? No. Mandy chose sleep. Sleep is good.
Steve's driver, ...
... they call them here, and encouraged all of us to toss down a shot of the local fire water, Rakia. After getting us in the mood, Baba Yinka and Baba Lina serenaded us with some traditional songs, possibly a local version of "Danny Boy". They next culled a few of us from the herd and took us into the next room and dressed us up in the local clobber. The four of us were then paraded into the main room and taught some fairly basic local dances. The dances were a ...