Bansko- snow, beauty and something more

Hello, dear friends. Not it should be winter, but in Bulgaria the weather is very strange. It should be snowing, but it is raining, and no one knows which season exactly is. As you have seen and read before, I already have a post about winter, but here I will speak about out best ski resort.

The town of Bansko is 170 km in south direction from Sofia. You can reach to there by bus, which will cost you 15 leva/ 7.5 euro. The other way is to go by car. Bansko is part of Blagoevgrad municipality. It is a small town , easy for walking across, but there are many things to be done.

If you are a keen skier , there are many slopes and a big lift. The legends of skiing : Mark Girardelli and Alberto Tomba – “La Bomba” are faces and marketing person , who are having the care of making the city and our country more popular all around the world. We have wonderful nature and the prices here are a little bit lower then the ski resorts in Austria, Switzerland and Italy.

One of the most interesting facts is that Bansko is the birth place of one of the most powerful and influential poets – Nikola Vapcarov.  He was a communist and has been death sentenced , for making and proclaiming pro-Russian and anti government ideas. In my opinion this is one of ht greatest stupidities done on our history. He was a genius , a man who could create , kill and make you think in deep with the power of his words.

When you come to Bansko you should definitely have to taste the local specialty – “Kapama ” and the meat salami ” Banski starec“. Both of them go perfectly with red wine. There are many restaurants and hotels, spa hotels, casinos and another facilities, that will make your stay perfect. If you come here on the spring or in the summer, there are many lovely golf hotels.

Bansko is a lovely town in Bulgaria. If you intend to take a camera with you, do not stop photoing. There are many interesting places and people , who deserve you attention. Have a wonderful weekend…..

 

Zlatograd – Deljo voevoda and the spirit of freedom

Hello, dear all. Visitors from all around the globe. Maybe at first, you will be my guests here and after you will make the decision to come and see my lovely country – Bulgaria. To see, to recommend and to bring next time many friends with you 🙂

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Zlatograd is very interesting town in Rodopi mountain ( by the way this is one of my favorite mountains). The name of the city, literally in English would sold the Golden town , as it used to have a very strong and highly developed mining industry. Also this is the home place of one Bulgarian most loved and powerful revolutionaries from freedom from Ottoman yoke – Deljo voevoda ( in Bulgarian voevoda  is standing for a small armed group of men around 200 – 300 who were fighting with the regular army in Ottoman empire).

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I will put the things from another angel , from a different point of view. Usually when you are reading new posts about new places, you would like to know where it is situated, how to get to there, what are the costs of the souvenirs, what traditional food to eat and how much the cabs will be .. I will tell you another name Valya Balkanska…

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She is a singer of a traditional Bulgarina music and here voice has traveled the space with both “Voyager ” shuttles with the song ” Izlez e Deljo hajdutin ” ( Deljo hajdutin has been went off ). She was discovered by American – Michael Koening and he said that this song of this singer will be in the Golden disk and will be one of our messages to the universe…. When you listen to this song, you stand still, maybe a tear or more will drop from your eyes and even with not knowing the text  , you will feel the magic ? I am saying the magic, because this is the magic that was in the spirit of Deljo voeovda  , also in the voice of Valya Balkanska and not on the last place in the lovely town of Zlatograd.

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We have been there during the Deljo voevoda festival ( days of memorizing and celebrating his memory). This is a memory of a very strong man, who was hard to be killed , that’s way he was killed with a bullet made by silver coin, which was stolen from him. The place where he was killed , there is a monument which is called the Stone of Deljo voevoda, also there is a big memorial of this legendary man and hero in the center of the city.

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During these several days of festival – the people are in the old traditional clothes, it is like how the market place has been done 200 years ago. There are peoples singing, dancing and also the most famous Bulgarian musicians with back pipes… This is just a miracle, I wish all of you to see and to feel this atmosphere. All the scenes took and take part in the complex which is with all reconstructed houses and paved streets . This all has been done by  engineer Alexander Milushev.  The Deljo voevida festive days are hold in the third decade of month of September close to or on the date of our Independence – 22nd of September.

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After you have been to the festive days with people around the streets you should have to go to the traditional restaurants in the center, where they cook delicious. You should taste the potatoes from Zlatograd and their traditional meat specialties. I bet , you would be more satisfied then me, if you take the chance and come to see ths wonderful place 🙂

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On the last place there are many interesting churches to be seen – “Saint George ” and ” Uspenie Bogorodichno“. I forgot to mention that the town is 300 km south east from Sofia , 60 km from Smolyan and it is very close to the border with Greece.

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What else I can say to you, when you enter in the city of Ztatograd  you feel some special magic, some special power and feeling that the mountain is watching you. There is something , which stays down – deep in your heart and makes you feel and share this wonderful experience. Zlatograd ( Golden town) is waiting for you, come one do not waste your time, hurry and pack… This voyage will be one of your favorite and maybe the best one…..

 

 

Leshten and Kovachevica – let the fairy tail begin

Hi  , dear all. Today I will tell you a story about Rodopi mountain. This is one of the most beautiful mountains in Bulgaria. Usually in the mountain there are special places with special stories and some mystic ways to get to them and to know the story of their creation and about their first inhabitants.

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As you have seen from the heading of the post , the article will be about two villages who are very close to each one and are just gorgeous. They are very close to the city of Goce Delchev ( around 20 km) and are situated in the western part of Rodopi mountain. The road to there is very narrow and if you see car coming up to you, you have to wait or make great maneuvers. Also the view is marvelous, on the left hand there is a perfect view to Pirin mountain. As high as you get in the mountain, the air is fresher and you feel your lungs refined and pure. In the mountain all your body and soul empowers and revives. You are somehow close to o, close to the ancient people and the spirit of times, when technology was not that expanded in our routine and daily work and minds.

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Leshten – bio tourism and marvelous houses made all from stone :

The first impressions of this cozy and very beautiful village is like the time has stopped and you are in a fairy tale. All the houses are made simply and only from stone. For ages people in the region of Bulgarian , have built and made their houses with stones, also the roofs are from stone parts. Also the little streets are all paved with stones. The story of this village is that a businessman bought all the houses , re-innovated and re-constructed them and now all of them are open for guests. Also there is a famous house, which resembles to the house of Flinstones cartoon movie. This one is also opened for guests. While you are crossing the small streets of this place  , you listen to birds singing and all around you there are so many fresh green trees and grasses. Not forgetting to mention the lovely , traditional, bio meals that you can eat here – yogurt ( cedeno kiselo mliako) , also you have to taste the traditional wine which they produce on this place.

Kovachevica – Bulgarian Hollywood and the tradition of renaissance of buiding of stone houses

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If you have been impressed by Leshten , just wait and see the surprises that are waiting for you in Kovachevitza. This is a cultural and national heritage also a reserved city , as it is a fairy tale of masterpiece houses , paved streets , beautiful church ” Saint Nikola ” and also view that can make your heart stop for 5-10 seconds. In this place there are shot a lot of Bulgarian classical movies like : ” Mujki vremena “( Men ‘s time ) , “Mera spored mera “, ” Biala magia “( White magic) , Don Kihot is coming back , ” Vreme razdelno ” and “Kozia rog” (  The Goat horn). The last one was chosen for the best Bulgarian movie for the last 100 years. Also it was in the top 10 of most powerful and influential movies for the last century. I recommend you to watch it..

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There is an interesting story about the name of this picturesque village. There was a very smart woman which was the wife of the smith in the village. When there was a quarrel or something which could not be decided or resolved by few people they also said ask the wife of the smith. In Bulgarian smith is kovach and the wife of the smith was called Kovachevitza.

The architecture of the houses is very unique. The houses are on two or three floors , all made from stones. On the first floor there were the animals ( sheep and cows ) on the upper floors , were the inhabitants. The streets are narrow and all paved . You can imagine what wine stays in the basins of such gorgeous houses. Also every where you go , you can buy traditional Bulgarian souvenirs.

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On the last place , I would like to say about the church ” Saint Nicola” in Kovacheviza. It was buint in the 19 century for 7 years only from local architects and masters of building. It is all made from stones . The belfry was made several years after the building of the church. When you enter there, you feel special and mystic power. In the west part of the church there is a church school. Also there are preserved and well kept several icons and pictures from old times.

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There are many beautiful places, that await to be seen and photoed. Maybe on your next trip, you will see the one I have mentioned in my post , I do not know. But I give you my word, once you have seen these places and this marvelous stone houses you would wish to come back with bigger company. Have a nice day ahead…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miracle rocks – just hold your breath

DSC_1462Hello, dear readers. I will tell you a story about one phenomenon of nature. It is called  ” Miracle rocks ” , in Bulgarian it is said Chudnite skali. This place stands on 90 km south from Varna, municipality Dulgopol on the road between Provadia and Aytos. Close to the road there is the railway between Plovdiv and Varna. The rocks lay on one of the sides of Conevo dam, this is the 3rd biggest dam in Bulgaria , which was made after connecting the waters of Kamchia river and also forced people form one village to go to another place ,in order to create the dam. Close to the rock phenomenon stays Asparuhovo village, where there are many guest house , made at your convenience at a reasonable prices.

 

Conevo dam is a very interesting and scary place. When you go there you will definitely see some boats with fishermen, usually 3 or 4 people, because there are immense fishes in the waters of this dam. The rumors say there are so huge catfishes , who are above 100 kg weight and there are also many people taken and killed by them. It does not matter from what point of view , you are watching the dam, either from the Miracle rocks, or from the road – you feel hypnotized and somehow astonished…..

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To get to the rocks , you have to swerve from the main road and to have a walk by feet. From a long distance , the cliffs look like and ancient castle and make your breath stop. It is a natural phenomenon built by wind, water and limestone. It is unique masterpiece. There are three main rocks complexes with big towers and tunnel which was made by humans…

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My first impressions were from a place close to heaven, I was in such intimacy with nature..  I bet all of you had felt this sense or have been in such situations, when you just said to your self, oh God you have created such things , that even a whole life could not be enough to understand and realize some of them…

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It is very windy when you cross and pass though the tunnel and have a look around, taking pictures and feeling fascinating and amazed by all that beauty. Here is the place to mention that this place is favorite one for climbers and fisherman. Close to the natural phenomenon Miracle rocks there is a cottage up in the mountain and there are many path ways, favorite for the tourists.

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I have never been passing by that place with train, but I can guess and imagine that it would be great to take pictures from it. The interesting thing is the bridge that is built over the dam, the road needs to be prepared , but the feeling when you travel with car is gorgeous. On the right hand you have the waters of the dam and the ancient castle of the Miracle rocks, on the left one you have again the waters of the dam plus the railway , all the other surrounding is green trees and grass. It is just amazing. On this place you can take hundreds of photos.

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Close to this phenomenon is situated the city of Provadya, also known as one of the most ancient cities in Europe. In my future posts , I will write about this interesting place as well. If you like climbing, catching fish or if you are just a keen fan of tourism and also great photographer, just take your time, leave some weeks of your vacations and step by. Miracle rocks is a place that will stay forever in your heart. And I promise you , that after you see it and come back to your countries and home places, even the mentioning of its name, will make your heart shiver and a mysterious smile will appear on your face.. See you very soon.

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Pobiti kamuni – do you dare?

Good evening, dear friends and dear followers. It is a great pleasure for me to have you here with me , not literally net by me, but staying close and reading with your breath hold all the new and upcoming articles. It is a great challenge to write and to explore with you all the nice and marvelous places of my lovely and beautiful country – Bulgaria.

 

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Yes,  I know that for more of you, your countries are the most beautiful ones. All I want from you is to stand and sit patiently and to read as much as you can. To see the pictures, to think, maybe to decide and to come to see with your own eyes. I do not want more from you, I just want you to feel all the beauty and lovely places, if you dare to come , you will be welcomed and your stay will count, will count not as a visit , it will be counted as already made good choice. Because good choice is a privilege of intelligent and good people. I know your good, so the next lines are for you….

I will tell you today a special story, I will give you a pass to a very intimate and unique world. I love mysteries, how about you ? Everyone has attraction and feeling about the unexpected and hard to be explained things and stories, why not about some ancient and sacred places.

 

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One of these places in Bulgaria is called ” Pobiti kamuni “, if I have to be correct with the translation , they are like put there from somewhere, some stones who do have a great resemblance with “Stone Hendge” in UK . The place is situated at 18 km distance from our sea capital Varna. It is easy accessible by car and once you get there you will fell like being hypnotized. You will feel something, that will make your skin shiver. Maybe you will feel yourself as a part of a big mystery, which will not be found easily to be explained. You just have to feel and see it…

 

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For me it is a sacred place, a place that has its own history and it is a cultural heritage. It is something that gives us some signs, maybe the ancient people left us signs to walk our road easily. Most of the stones are high between 2 and 10 meters. Also I must have to say , that the feeling is like in big labyrinth in Geometry. You see a lot of symbols and shapes and you keep asking yourself what is the meaning of all of it. Why is this complex of figures so big ???

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I meant to write a very long post, a post with many numbers , advises and prices. but…. I will let the pictures speak by themselves. If you are interested and if you have seen just a small percentage of all I have mentioned above, please make the next move and be the next visitor of Dikilitash – ” Pobiti Kamuni “.

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Perperikon – close to Gods or close to human excellence

Good day , dear fellows. How do you feel today ? What is your mood and how do you like my travel blog? The power of blogs is consisting of the facts and directions that can transfer you to different places and give you hint and clue how and where to go in the best possible way.

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My country is very reach of historical monuments, ancient complexes, fortresses and castles. Not forgetting to mention churches and miracles of nature, which will be future participants in next posts. There are such holly places, such historical heritage that touches you inside and turns around all your world. This feeling I had when I entered the Colloseum, when I went to Vatican and when I stood in front of the doors of Uffici museum. Such a strong emotion and electricity through all my cells, I felt when I went to Perperikon previous year.

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What is Perperikon? Is this a saint place, just a castle and a special place , all made by stone , with many paved streets, Oracle place( Acropolis) and mystical legends are just floating around in this place, while we were walking and listening to guide’s stories. I was all shivering the time, while I was waling upstairs over the paved streets, terraces and ruins that were about to start talking and telling many and interesting stories. We were a big group and every single one of us was astonished from all the things we saw and heard about. While you were reading, probably you are getting curious about the details, hot to get to there and how much money to prepare. Do not hurry, I will tell you all the information, I just want to enter in this story as it was knocking in my mind and wanting to appear in the most glamorous way on a white horse , holding golden crown and smiling to you and me.

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We started our trip from Sofia heading to highway to Plovdiv and made a turn to Parvomai, going to Kurdjali. We were passing through small and interesting villages, heading south we saw many interesting places, who were photoed by my wife. In a 15 km distance north east from the city of Kurdjali is Perperikon. It is a very bad way to get to there , as it has not been re-innovated for many years. There are road tables in Bulgarian and English , which will guide you on your way. It is a very picturesque experience, as you are going deep in the Rodopi mountain, as you also are crossing small villages with very nice and good people, who will help you with open heart. The times in travelling from Kurdjali to Perperikon is 30 minutes bu car. Let’s me now point you all the main things about this sanctuary and holly place :

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  1. When you park your car there , they will take you 1 lv( 0,5 eur) parking fee. Also the entrance for the complex is 6 lv ( 3 euro) , for students and pupils are 2 lv ( 1 euro). If you want to take a guide, it will cost you 30 lv ( 15 euro). I recommend you to do so, as you will learn interesting stories. There is available English guide course.
  2. When you start your way  climbing and heading up to the sanctuary , you have to wear comfortable shoes, because other wise you risk to come back down shortly. You will be walking on stones and maybe losing your breath  , but when you go up you will fell happy and satisfied. The view from up side of the hill is just marvelous. This sanctuary belonged to Bessi, a Thracian tribe which were mystical and people who loved working and creating brilliant art works. When you see how the stones were made, you realize that nothing can be put between 2 connected stones.
  3. All the materials were brought from the valley , which was an immense labor. I could hardly believe and imagine, how much it worth for building such a masterpiece, a castle, an Akropolis ,  a church and a holly place, which was not only secure but full of beauty and marvel.
  4. The temple of Dionisos – thracian tribes loved to drink wine and Dionisos was their favorite God. Also one of the most important place in Perperikon is the Oracle place , the Akropol where two great predictions have been made. Here on this place using the method of firing wine on a saint place , oracle had predicted to Alexander The Greatest that he will expand his Empire till Asia and also the grandeur and magnificence of Roman Empire were predicted here.
  5. The ” father” of history Herodotus, said that the sanctuary in Perperikon and the predictions made there are the 2nd valued after the ones did by the oracle in Delphi.
  6. Proves for living in this place were found and dating from 5000 years B. C . In the ancient days the whole area of this sanctuary place was around 12 square km.
  7. On the right hill that stands next to Perperikon are about to be made new excavations and probably more interesting facts will be found and revealed to the public and to the many tourists coming here from many different countries in the world.
  8. When you come back down to the parking place, you may buy yourself souvenirs , map of Bulgaria and the region. You may also buy wooden , traditional spoons, which will cost you 4 lv ( 2 euro).

In a conclusion , I like to say that this pace will stay forever in my heart and I will definitely come back. I do not know if it will be this or next year. My advise to you is to come and see it. All the pictures, and the words cannot describe the magic, the creation and the powerful energy which shines and speaks from every stone and part of this masterpiece. I do not know, if I was close to Gods on Perperikon ( 470 m height from the ground) , but I was deeply in touch with the pure masterpiece of humans dating back in the days , when technologies were just a dream. I felt more then perfect. Now it is your turn to decide …..

 

Ljubljiana – is this real , a story about beauty

Hello , dear friends. Sun is coming to my room and is giving me signals to start writing. I had a discussion in my mind about which country to write first , which stands close to Bulgaria. I was hesitating between Croatia and Slovenija. The final choice was Slovenija.

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Ljubljana by night

 

We went on a tour previous year with a friends of mine to all the surrounding countries west of Bugaria – Serbia, Croatia, Slovenija + Italy ( Venice). We were travelling by bus and had stayed in a different cities – Nishka Banja, Zagreb, Ljubliana and Beograd. When you have the chance to travel by bus and do have a very good guide on your way, who tells you many interesting things, the excursion is an excellence , a pure diamond that glitters all the way to the awaited destinations and pointed places.

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We entered in Slovenija from their border with Croatia. My first impressions were for a very beautiful and green county, with many water resources and calm people, who will always smile and help you . It was like we felt in a country of order, green grass at the same level , no matter if you are in a big city or just passing by small villages and cottages along the way. All of you had played and seen Lego constructors . It was a country , where all the Lego ideas were in a palm distance. We were seeing as we traveled by bus – beautiful houses, neat yards, perfect roads and one thing to emphasize, the church or the cathedrals were the highest building in all the inhabited places.

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We entered Ljublijana by night and our astonishment grew bigger and bigger. There were so many lights and all was like a live disco party in the streets of the city. The beauty of this country revealed to us, even by night. And suddenly you fell you are in love. It is that inner and touching beauty, that makes you fell calm and in perfect harmony. Let me explain you the 10 things you should to , when you are in Ljubljana and especially in Slovenija:

  1. To go and see Postojna jama – a marvelous cave . The things you will see there is the ” human fish ” a special reptile, a good small train and electrified caves. Also there is a special hall, where the Milan La Scala opera had a concert recently. In this hall, the echo stays for 5 seconds. It is just amazing to go and see this cave

 

  1. To see the center of the city by night- there are many small cafe’s and restaurants around the river which is passing trough the capital of Slovenija ( Ljunlijanica river). Also there are many bridges on the river, from where you may take beautiful photos.
  2. Ljubljana opera house – one of the best musicians of classic music do come from Slovenjia. When we were there there were rehearsal in front of the opera for a big concert about their day of. Liberty . Many of the musicians were holding their instruments, while riding their bikes. I think in Slovenija there are more bikes, than cars.
  3. To eat traditional ice cream in the center. It is like a tradition for every tourist to eat this marvelous ice cream.
  4. Ljubljana castle – it watches the whole city and can be seen for 5 euro for adults and 3,5 euro per children. You can go there by foot or take a ” tourist train”.  To access the tower, you have to pay additional tax.
  5. Square of the Republic – at this place at 1991 Slonejina people had pronounced their independence from Serbia.Across the road stands Slovene Parliament.
  6. Tivoli park –  it is situated at the western end of the city. It is a tremendous park , with many path ways and it is the favorite place for the locals to have a rest at the end of the week
  7. If you love skiing , Slovenija is your place. They have many ski resorts , which offer high class equipment and perfect conditions for all the fans of winter sports. Such ski resorts are : Kranjska Gora, Bled, Cerkno and Kope.

 

It is the final of this post and I did not want it to finish. The 4 days we were there, were like a piece and a slice of Paradise. We felt secure, amazed, happy and gathered many nice moments and memories. Slovenja , I will definitely come back. I kindly advise and ask, Slovenjians to come and see my country 🙂 Maybe you will get amazed, the way I did when I met first time your lovely place and country ….

 

 

 

Rila Monastery – a place to see

Good day , dear friends and travelers. Maybe the love for travelling and exploring new places and magnificent buildings, monasteries and creations of human mind and skills. This post will be about St ” Ivan Rilski ” monastery , which i situated in Rila mountain on 1147 m above the ground and on 117 km distance from our capital of Bulgaria- Sofia.

 

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Let it snow

Hi , dear all. It is a perfect time of the year now. When we speak about winter, there is a special feeling and a glitter that appears in the eyes of everyone. Winter is that special time of the year when all the nice and good December holidays have passed and on January we are enjoying the snow.

In Bulgaria there are many nice places and mountains, where you can see and enjoy the snow at its excellence . Some of you might have been and are a nice photographers, other may love to ski in Bansko or Pamporovo , or go to Vitosha mountain next to our lovely capital -Sofia. I do not know, my goal is to make you love and want to visit my country. You can not have hard feeling, before you recognize and realize what is the measure of beauty and harmony.

This piece of harmony and of clear vision and inner calmness is given by snow . Let me share you my thought of why I love and maybe you do the same with winter :

  1. To see the snow how softly covers all- it is a relaxing process. It is a moment of a meditation and great thinking about the meaning of creation of the word and our roles in it.
  2. The ” white ” blanket that gives special power and magical inspirations. There are two special season – spring and winter. In spring all is awaken up for new live and new fresh colors, in winter  it is more beautiful as the “white ” blanket is the special safety shield , which covers all and prepares us and the nature for the upcoming year and the revival of spring 🙂
  3. Bulgarian mountains  in winter are mote than gorgeous. The winter has ti be felt and seen in the mountain. If you are not a skier or rider of a snowboard, there are also many ways to enjoy this marvelous season. If you like you may visits Bansko or Razlog, just for a weekend or few days and taste the wonderful Bulgarian wine and lovely dishes they cook there.
  4. The kids are happy – tell me in which other season you can see more smiles on the faces of the children. Snow is that special spice , the space in their and our hearts , which suddenly in a minute makes us laugh, makes and and provoke us to be better humans.
  5. To drive a long road distance in a ” white” fairy tale. This is my favorite part. When I drive my car and all is covered with snow , it is very special time for me. It is like a long distance travel, not just from point A to point B, it is a travel to the better part of me. It is a travel in the most beautiful country in Europe and world – Bulgaria.

I guess you liked my post. I want to write more and more, and this will soon happen. If you still have not planned your winter vacation, feel welcome and take the adventure to come to my beautiful country. You will experience and fell a lot of interesting moments, especially in the winter. Have the best day today and if some of these words , have seeded in your heart, just google Bulgarian and Bulgarian mountains 🙂

 

 

Why we love?

Hello, all. It is nice having you around again. We are speaking and will be speaking permanently in the future about Eastern Europe , Bulgaria and its  neighbors. For those, who come here for the first time, this is my blog, I am Bulgarian and I love my country. All I want to do is to make you love it, buy yourself.

What actually love is ? Is it about that mad beats in the heart or about that strange look in the eyes? Or it is about the magic in the air that we breathe? All these questions can be answered here , here in Bulgaria.

You may think I am a prank, some idiot or crazy man, who has nothing to do, but write silly posts in his  national blog. No, you are not correct – I have a wonderful job and I do not have plenty of time to waste. I am here to share with you my love, to my country.

Just close your eyes  and imagine you are here . Here in a beautiful country, with a wonderful nature, nice people and music from ages to ages. In order to get deeply in love you have to open all your senses and perceptions , you have to feel, see, listen – to be a verb by yourself and to feel the vibes.  Yes, the vibrations are making this country , wonderful and adorable.

You have to see and hear how birds are singing in the spring time, you have to smell and taste the traditional Bulgarian cuisine , cooked and made in the small villages. You have to smell the summer on the sea-side and let the sand sweep down from your fingers to your body.

You have to listen to 100 kaba gaidi ( back pipes). Pipes are the instruments that we and Scottish people only have . This instrument and the spirit in it, has kept the Bulgarian spirit high and free during the 500 years of Ottoman Yoke. Back pipes make your blood shiver and makes you feel and turn into an eagle , floating deeply true the vast and magnificently blue sky above Rodopi mountain.

You have to watch Nestinari. These are men and women dancing in trance on a coat of just fired fire, they are holding icons of holy man and women and dance in trance. This is something unique, which you cannot see in another country in the world.

You have to dance a Bulgarian horo. This is a traditional Bulgarian dance. As Japanese people, they are mad about all connected with Bulgaria.

You have to taste rakia and kiselo mliako ( yogurt).

You may never come to this blog again, but.. Just give your self a time to think. If you are on an excursion to Serbia, Turkey, Greece or Macedonia , leave a few days , jump over the borders and see if my words were just a waste of your and mine time :):):)