Plitvice lakes – natural beauty

Good evening, dear friends. I have special feelings , when I am writing about one country which is very close to my heart. If you are a regular visitor in this blog, you would have recognized and realized  , that I am speaking about Croatia.

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I heard two of my friends, speaking one day about Plitvice lakes. They said , that they are so gorgeous that , they can visit it regularly each year. I though , what a miracle this should be. One of my girl friend had visited over 50 countries from all around the Globe and she was about to visits this place for 5th or 6th time.

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If I wanted to give you just figures, I would sip and put to your attention numbers and numbers. All I can say and promote is this : 1 million visitors from all around the world visit this place. It is part of a National Park which is preserved and saved by UNESCO. The lakes are sixteen and also there are 20 caves, which usually are not shown for visit. Also in the woods around the lakes, there could be found bears( brown ones) , many salmon in them , foxes , wolves … Yes, this is a peace of heaven, I am not joking……

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Also the National  Park is close to the border with Bosnia and Hercegovina. From November till March the whole place is covered with snow and the lakes got frozen on January and February. Also around one of the biggest hotels around , you will feel the smell of onion and garlic, these are they wild relatives. This place is not just a piece of Paradise, it is a place to which you would like to come back regularly. Now it is time to enjoy the perfect pictures from there :

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Venice – before, after and forever

Good evening, dear night riders, readers and the ones, who search beauty and culture everywhere around themselves. There is something unique, when we start to speak about Italy . Italy is the cradle of art, music, fashion and nice coffer. Maybe it is the cradle of romance and love, not only because of the story of Romeo and Juliet. It can be the lad of nice wine as well?

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One of the most special cities in Italy is Venice. The town -Republic, the dominant power in the sea trading and vast conqueror of territories , cultures and many art-fact, the city in the Laguna, which is kept by wooden bars , over the sea level. Is it all real?

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There is one interesting argument, which city is better Rotherdam or Venice, both are unique, this is for sure. On thing I must say – Venice has the beauty of masterpiece, which will live and last long after we leave this world and planet. This city is like Rome,Florence, Dubrovnik , Paris – it is like a breathing “creature”, which has in its stone walls and roofs the history and legend of many people, who gave their life for a grandeur, that will last for ages.

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The most eminent places in the city are : Piazza San Marco , the Castle of the Dodges , Fish market , The Rialto bridge, the Bridge of whispers and Canale Grande with all special boats, called ” gondolla“. Also there is a mask parade each year, which attracts many tourists. Venice is a very crowded and expensive tourist destination, but it is so beautiful and magnificent, that you have to to feel regret for a single time or a  second.

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If you have time to cross all the squares and small paves streets, you will get amazed by the architecture genius of the people, who gave their talent to built a city in the sea. To give life and beauty to everything their talent was in touch with. You have to walk and open all your senses and your heart. In order to love and want to see Venice more, you have to love it. Because without loving it, you would not be able to feel it and see it, the way most romantic souls do.

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One thing, I was about to forget, in the city you will see many lions with wing, which is the symbol of the city and the area of Veneto, which administrative capital is the city of Venice. All I can say is, that I lost my breath when I stepped into this masterpiece. Also there are shops of all world known and famous fashion marks, the city of Venice does not sleep and can provoke even the most sophisticated and caprice people. Venice is a throne of glory and if you are ready to be king or queen, please feel welcome to open your heart and eyes in this universe of beauty and harmony.

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Dubrovnik – the pearl of Adriatic sea

Hello , dear travelers , readers or normal first time visitors of my blog. Today is a writing day, so I am standing next to you and I am giving life to my new post. When you are giving life to something, you want anyhow or anyway to not be ashamed by your “creature “. This is a blog about travelling and today I will show and represent you one very beautiful city in Croatia.

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Dubrovnik, also known in Latin time as Raguza , is a masterpiece in 16th  and 17th it had a leading domination after Venice city, because great part of trade, ships and people, were passing through Dubrovnik. The old town is that beautiful, that lord Bayron when visiting the city in 1929 , said that : “this is the heaven on Earth”. I can say that this is one of the most beautiful cities ,I have ever seen. And it is not only because of the architecture or the small paved street.It is not only because you are listening and hearing the songs of Adriatic sea, it is because of some calmness and harmony nevertheless there are thousands of tourist coming with buses, ferries or ships.

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To whom which never have been to Croatia, I highly recommend to taste their naturally made ice cream,it is magnificent. People in Dubrovnik are very friendly and smiling, positive and also speaking many and different languages.

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It is very interesting when you pay for a tour over the city walls. For all of you who like taking pictures, this is your heaven of Earth. On one hand you see the roof of the houses, on the other the Adriatic seas, also in front of your eyesight there are small gardens with oranges, or even small back yard pitches with basket playground. As all of us well know, Croatians are very good not only in football, but in basketball as well.

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If you like travelling by sea , you can hire a yacht or a boat, it is expensive, but every cent worth, when you have come to such a gorgeous place. Not forgetting to mention , that big part of the old city was demolished and ruined by the bombs of Serbian planes, during the 6 years war for Independence of Croatia ( 1991-1996). After the end of the War with the help ofUNESCO, the city was all re-built and re-constructed. When you enter the old town , there is a map on the right showing where were the biggest hits by the bombs.

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You can by many souvenirs from a shop nearly on every corner, the traders usually take only Kunas, but you can have luck to pay with Euro as well. Also I have to admit there is some art spirit in the city. It is like a cultural heart of Croatia. Yes, Zagreb is the biggest city and I have also been there, but in Dubrovnik there is something special in the air. You have to come and feel it. See you soon, dear travelers :):):)

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Zagreb – love and more

Good day , dear visitors. This story will be very special and interesting. This is how I feel , when I write about one of my favorite countries, excluding my home country – Bulgaria. This is a country , which has rich history , good people, nice climate, good wines and marvelous nature. As you have seen from the section of this article, it will be about some Balkan country , some country , which also has nice Adriatic sea beaches and has been known in the past as the Roman Province – Dalmatia and also the dogs Dalmatians, have their origin from this place.

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I have visited this beautiful place 3 year ago, when we were going to the gorgeous city of Dubrovnik. It was one of my dreamed destinations, after the eternal city of Rome. But actually my interest date back in time, when I used to play professionally basketball, I had one idol , one man , one star and one humble person, who showed to the athletes in the USA , how good a white boy can be. How good a man can be in the eyes of his team-mates , in the eyes of everyone. He is an angel and he is watching us from somewhere, whit his honest and deep eyes. Rest in peace, Drajen. You are a hero of many people, from all around the world.

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So you will think what is the common between Drajen and the heading of this post. He played for the team of Cibona Zagreb and also his statue is in front on the basketball hall. I could not see it, but I was watching on the T.V when the statue was ready and all the people in the crowd, were smiling and crying joyfully.

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The capital of Croatia,Zagreb is one very beautiful city with lovely blue tramps.  I do not know do they have in common with the color of the local football titan- Dynamo Zagreb, but they are marvelous. We did have time to walk and take picture in the center of the city , and we got really touched. Touched by the beautiful weather and the clam atmosphere. Many tourists and interesting architecture . Also I realized that the tie was invented in Croatia, as have seen many shops for men fashion with only hand-made ties on their windows. I had intended to write a lot, but usually when there is a big post, you got lost your audience somewhere in the begging of it.  I will add some more information and will let the pictures speak by themselves. You can shop in Croatia with Kunas, which is their national value – 7.5 kuna is 1 euro. In some of the shops local people can take euro as well. Also the city is very clean, people are hospitable, their  ice-cream and beer are wonderful :):) I felt in love with this city , if you think that you can have and feel the same grab the first train, bus or go with your car, you will never regret for this choice :

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P.s One last thing I forgot to mention. the War of Independence of Croatia with Serbia 1991-1996 started on the Stadium Maximir, the home place and stadium of Dynamo Zagreb. It was the CUP Final between Dynamo and Crvena Zvezda. I will not go on to details, but there is one thing I ought to say , I clearly remember the scene how Zvonimir Boban is protecting a Croatian fan from the police forces….

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Plovdiv -ancient and marvelous

Hello, dear visitors . It is a great honor for me to write this article. It is an article about an ancient city , a heritage that has the power to conquer your dreams, to enter in your mind, and never let you go.

If you have been to Rome, the capital of Roman Empire,  feeling is the same. You are fascinated from the first point of view, straight after you went in the central part of the city and seeing all the seven hills. Yes the resemblance is magnificent. Plovdid is a city with real inhabitants since 8000 years. It was and it is one of the 4 most ancient cities in Europe. It brings history and many memories, from all the citizens, traders, painter, soldier  and humble man , who gave their best to turn this city into a living legend.

What do you have to do when you are for the first time in the second city by population in Bulgaria ( around 500 000 people recently):

  1. Definitely you  have to check first the ancient city of Plovdiv – with many houses from Renneisanse , Ancient Roman Amphy Theater .paved streets many pubs and galleries. Most of the places in the city are called with the name Puldin, which is also an anceint name of the city. It is also known as Philipopolis , named after Philip Macedonian the father of Alexander The Greatest.dreamstime_m_78284219
  2. To go and to see the International Plovdid Fairy – like in Bologna it is an international meeting of many companies in different areas.
  3. Maritza river and it is beauty – the city is naturally split on two by this very beautiful river.
  4. To see the seven hills and take pictures from there , as the Bulgaria was under the rule of Ottoman Empire , the hills in Turkish were called “tepe”. The city is also known with the name under the tepes( under the hills).
  5. Night of the theaters – one day for 24 hours all the museums and theaters are open for free for visitors.
  6.  The home place of the first beer in Bulgaria – Kamenitza , firstly brewed in 1881. When you come to Bulgaria, I recommend you to taste all the kinds of this beer. Actually it is my favorite one as well.
  7. Filibe ( anoterh name, actually a Turksih one of the city ) – is the home and birth place of many well known and famous all around the world Bulgarians – Hristo Stoichkov, Stefka Kostadinova , Hristo Bonev and Tzvetana Pirkonova.dreamstime_m_78283970
  8. You have to check and see many of the churches and mosques in the city. Traditionally for ages many religions live together in peace and harmony for ages.- Jewish , Muslim, Christians and Armenians, who are also Christians.
  9. Also in the center there is the ancient stadium of Philipopolis. It is very beautiful, near the old Djumaia mosque.
  10. To listen to the singing and shining fountains in the central garden of the city. It is very beautiful. The climate and the people are always smiling and helpful.

Plovdiv, Puldin, Philipolis, Filibe – many names for one city One shining star and a legend for the European and World cultural heritage. It is a place, which has a special magi like Rome, Prague, Wien, Budapest. This city never sleeps and will welcome you any time you want to see and visit it.dreamstime_m_78284077