Blagoevgrad – Goce Delchev , Varosha and Berbatov

Hello, dear friends. It is nice having you in my blog. It is also nice to have the numbers of the posts getting bigger and bigger. Bulgaria is a small country, but there are so many interesting places that can be seen and so may interesting things to be done. Also there are many wonderful cities, which wit for they turn to come and their story to be told.

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Today we will speak about Blagoevgrad. The city is situated in 100 kn distance south from Sofia and it is very close to our borders with Macedonia and Greece. This is the city with the greatest number of sunny days during the whole year in Bulgaria. Also the first thing you recognize about the city is a white cross , who is situated on one of the hills and is 33 meters high, but I will tell you about this later.

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The old name of the city was Gorna Djumaya, during the Ottoman yoke, Djumaya was word for a market , because near the city every Friday was held a big market place. Nowadays the city is called Blagoevgrad and there are many interesting places and stories for it.

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One of the most interesting places to see is the old town , the old neighborhood called ” Varosha” and the church ” Virgin Mary” which is situated in the heart of this district. In this region the houses are like the old style, very beautiful , common architecture like the houses you saw in my articles about Leshten, Kovachevica and Zlatograd. The streets are paved and there is a special spirit , while you are walking or taking photos around. Not forgetting to mention , that there are many cats around the houses and many more around the church. Church ” Virgin Mary ” was built in 1844 , all done and made with the efforts of the local people. There was a legend that women took small stones in their skirt in order for the church to be built stronger and bigger. Church is very beautiful and if you come to Blagoevgrad , you should definitely visit it and light a candle in it ( this is a traditional habit we do and we have as Orthodox Christians). In the yard of the church there are many graves and monument. One monument is of the general Orlovski, who liberated the city with his troops in 1878. Also there is a monument of Goce Delchev and members of his family who fought for the liberation of the city.

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Goce Delchev is a national hero, one of the ideal makers and founders of VMRO – millitary organization for the liberation of Macedonia. Macedonia as you know it in its borders nowadays was part of the Bulgarian territory , but several bad contracts signed from our politics leaded to this situation. His ideas were for free Macedonia and Odrin in the territory of the Bulgarian country. He was killed in 1903 in village Banica, Seres district . The ambush was made by one his fellow class mate – Husein Tefikov. The grave and the remains of Goce Delchev are in the church ” Sveti Spas” in Skopjie.

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We have also another hero, which faith is connected with the football player Dimitur Berbatov. He was born in Blagoevgrad and played for his own team Pirin. After that he was bought from CSKA. Then you know his brilliant carrier – Bayer Leverkusen, Tottenham, Manchester United , Monaco and know is in Paok . Tessaloniki is very close to Blagoevgrad. What I can say for him – he is a very modest guy , with a technique of elegance and high class. Sir Alex Ferguson had said for him that he is one of the most elegant players he had seen in his all carrier. I would like to mention one interesting fact, that probably few of you may know- Berbatov is a also a brilliant painter. He is painting humans and faces , like cartoons but very popular and nice one. Every one in my country is proud with such diamond, especially his home city πŸ™‚

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Not on the last place, to mention the fact that the American University in Blagoevgrad ,which was founded in 1991 is an attractive point for many students from different countries. Also here is the South West University “Neofit Rislki”and two more universitites. Thus the city is all the year full with young people. There are many pizza restaurants, caffes , pubs , two malls and lots of discos and bars. City is a popular and favorite destination to all of Bulgarian and for many foreigners from the close countries – Greece and Macedonia.

So what are you waiting, pack , plan and come. I was about to forget.. There are 3 main symbols of the city – you will see on many sculptures and monument -eagles ( symbol of the people faith , spirit and that there are many revolutionary who were born here) , also you will see a flying horse Pegasus ( the legend tell that a woman had passed through the city in recent ages with here horse, he was bout to die and she gave him water from a mountain spring, and the horse came back to live). The third and the newest symbol is the White Cross , on one of the hills. It is 33 meters high and symbolizes the human faith and spirit and can be seen from any point of the city. It was built and opened on 24 May 2014 , on the national holiday of the city and also the holiday for Cyrillic Alphabet and culture , alphabet was created by Cyril and Metodius .

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Hope you liked this post. If you come to Blagoegrad , you will feel happy, you will see a lot of things and will have a good memories, I guarantee that to you. Have a remarkable day ….

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Petur Dunov – The Master

Good evening, dear all. I suppose you are coming from school, work, university.Staying on the sofa or on a chair, take some rest and want to see what is interesting and new, not only in my blog. Interesting facts usually and most of the time are just in front of of our eyes, but do we want and like to see it as they are.

Today story will be something different from what you may expect as a content of a travel blog. It will be a story of one man, who left many ideas and spiritual techniques behind him, but also made a lot of people to think- how to live better, hot to do better things and how to evaluate living in harmony with nature and all other human beings.

He was and he is a diamond, a man of great honor and symbol for inspiration. You just see his face and his eyes, they can tell all other I will try to explain with my simple words. As you all know there are humans, geniuses or maybe mediators, who come for a while , shake our lives and inner world and go back to where they belong – the Universe.

His name is Petur DunovBeinsa Douno or simply the Master. A man born in the village of Nikolaevka near Varna on 11th of July 1864. His father was the first teacher in this region and after that he became an Orthodox priest. I will pass his early years, but obviously he was a very curious boy , alter and man for knowledge from different spheres.

He graduated the Boston University School of Theology and came back to Bulgaria in 1893. Maybe his mission was to gives us a sign or to change our point of thinking. You know in each nation, there are spiritual leaders and men of great honor and intellectual power – Ghandi, Dalay Lama, Rasputin , Djuna , Vanga , Nostradamus .. and many more. Their ideas as a whole are pointed to the beginning, from where all had started – the nature and the relation between humans and nature and all the sources, we have a connection with , but we are totally devastating and ruining them…

One of the most powerful things that Petur Dunov invented was the White Brotherhood and the special called dance “paneurhythmy “. Why was the bortherhood called white? It has nothing in common with the color of the skin. It is because all the participants in dance, prayers or just lecture are wearing white clothes. He preached for the power of mind, anything can be done or cured with the power of each one positive thinking. I know you have heard a lot about this, but I just have to say it you πŸ™‚

What about this special dance “paneurhythmy“? Usually a great gatherings have been done and now are held in Rila mountain, close to the 7 Rila Lakes. As more of the spirituals believe that the energy is bigger in the highest parts of the mountains, also there is a balance between the energy of our planet, energy of the space, the sun and the all participants in this dance. While they were dancing they are saying prayers… It is a very interesting experince.

The master died in 1944 year and he is buried in Izgrev (sunrise) estate in Sofia. The place is called the Sunny Garden or the Garden with the flowers. It is a very special place close to the Russian Embassy . Each Sunday many people go and stay there , just to think, walk or meditate. While he was alive in this region he was giving his Sunday lectures and explained parts of the Bible to his followers. Also for your information, on this place there are many birds. The place has a special energy and I recommend each one of you , when has a visit to Sofia to come and see it.

Thank you , master for all the lesson of humanity that you had left to us, thank you for all your lectures and positive words. I have not been alive, when you were among my grandfather , mother and father, but I heard a lot of good words for your deeds. After that when I grew up, I read a lot of your books – about diets, spiritual balance and mind and body control, I explored your live and I am happy. I am happy and proud , because we both are Bulgarians . I am happy that I wrote this article about you. I guess all of my visitors will be happy too and will find some of your books. Rest in piece, great minds, great ideas and phenomenons never die !!!!

 

 

Sopot – cradle of revolution and scent of freedom

Good evening, dear friends. How are you today? What interesting things have happened to you ? I decided to write tonight as an impulse, as something coming deep down from my soul and heart. Tonight I will tell you a story about one very ancient town in Bulgaria.

I will be writing about Sopot. The town is situated 5 km from Karlovo, from Sofia the distance is 130 km. The town is situated nearly in the bottom on the central Balkans mountain. It is very beautiful place with people , who do have spirit for freedom and it has always been a place of progressive minds and brave men and women. You can reach to there by car, bus or by tramp. I recommend you to go there by car, as you will see very beautiful sight-seeings along the way.

One of the most popular man of this city is Ivan Vazov. He is one of the most famous Bulgarian poets and writers. He wrote the novel “Under the Yoke “, a book about the life of Bulgarians and the preparation for the April revolution in 1876. I recommend you to find and read this book. His statue is situate in the center of the city , next to the statue in the right it is his birth house. When we were under Ottoman Yoke , the city was called the White Church. Yes there is such church and I strongly recommend you to see it.

In Sopot in 1858 Vasil Levski, becomes a monk with the name Ignatii at the church “Saint Spas”. There is something very special when you walk through the paved streets of this town. You do feel special energy, it is not just because it is close to mountain.It is not because there are many famous people and revolution guys born here. We have a sentence in Bulgarian , that the mountain gives birth to people of revolution and strong mind and soul and the valley gives birth to pumpkins .. πŸ™‚

In the city there are 27 fountains running 24/7 with a natural water from the mountain. The name Sopot comes from Slavic tribes and means , that it is a water source , a big lake or river. Also the city has nice climate and big temperature amplitudes. It could be very hot in the day, but in the evening because of the cold air coming from the mountain, the temperatures go rapidly down…

Not on the last place , Sopot is famous with people who do come for paragliding, mountain bikes rides and just to walk into the mountain and take wonderful pictures. The nature is so beautiful , no matter at what time of the year you would plan your stay.

Another places to see : Anevsko castle – it is an ancient castle, over the village of Anevo, which is several km close to Sopot- very beautiful castle. Also the Grandfather Stoyan‘ s Mill, in fron of it there is a saved stone on which Ivan Vazov had the habit to sit and relax. This mill is close to a lift, which is the biggest of its kind on Balkan peninsula and will lead you up in the mountain.

Sopot is a wonderful town. And not just because I spend my summer time there, to a relative of mine. It is because of its spirit, people, nature and secrets… Maybe when you come, you will find the secrets for you, which you will share with your friends…………….