Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena

98 Pirin Street, Bansko, Blagoevgrad, 2770, Bulgaria | 5 star resort
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Travel Blogs from Bansko

The Eyeball of Bansko

A travel blog entry by madanaki on May 18, 2014

2 comments, 13 photos

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 ...

Dancing with Bears

A travel blog entry by madanaki on May 17, 2014

1 comment, 13 photos

... 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 consumed 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 ...

Hermits and the Bulgarian Disco

A travel blog entry by madanaki on May 16, 2014

10 photos

... br> On the way back to the hotel we managed to go past the local Kwikimart and picked up a 2.3 litre bottle of beer for $2, and a $4 bottle of white wine for the home cooked dinner tonight at the guest house. Gotta love these prices! Our host, Dehska, had laid on a traditional meal of Bulgarian sausages and a casserole of mixed veges and a ginormous loaf of fluffy white bread. Delish!

Then, out of the blue, appeared 2 pint sized Babushkas/grandmothers or ...

Some more hiking below snow zone, UNESCO heritage

A travel blog entry by elohim on May 06, 2014

5 photos

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.
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Snow and Crocuses

A travel blog entry by elohim on May 05, 2014

2 photos

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.
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This 5 star resort, located on 98 Pirin Street, Bansko, is near Vihren and Baba Vanga Museum.
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    4.50 of 5 stars Outstanding