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Europe » Bulgaria » Blagoevgrad Province » Bansko September 22nd 2018

De multe ori suntem tentati sa ajungem cat mai aproape si o destinatie ar fi Bansko, Bulgaria. Poate ar fi mai avantajos sa ajungi undeva iarna, dar daca nu esti iubitor de sporturile de iarna, ce faci? Pur si simplu o viziteti, ca noi curiosi de inca un oras al Bulgariei. Arata ca o destinatie de munte de pe la noi, dar parca mai bine intretinuta in cabanele/hotelurile imense si in extrasezon parasite. Am gasit cazare la hotelul Gazei, care intre timp si-a modificat parcarea, adica nu mai exista desi pe booking scria ca este, dar nu au updatat informatia mergand pe principiul 'lasa ca ne descurcam noi cumva, sa ajunga ei la mine'. Si chiar asa a fost. Hotelul este situat in centrul vechi pietruit, greu de acces cu trolere. Camera a fost destul de ... read more
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Europe » Bulgaria » Blagoevgrad Province » Bansko June 23rd 2018

HE SAID... Today we were travelling southwest from Plovdiv to Bansko. With a long trip to Bansko ahead, and a detour into a bear sanctuary on the way, we opted for an early breakfast in the tiny hotel dining area. I had muesli, yoghurt, prunes, toast, ham, cheese, fresh strawberry jam and tea. We checked out of our very comfortable hotel, threw our packs into the back of a minibus and made our way out of Plovdiv. It wasn’t long before we were driving along a bumpy potholed road that I think was a fairly major highway, with flat agricultural fields stretching to the Rhodope Mountains to the south. About 20 kilometres before Bansko we detoured up a steep and winding dirt track to the Belitsa Bear Sanctuary, otherwise known as the Dancing Bears Park. This ... read more
serda, belitsa bear sanctuary
charlie, belitsa bear sanctuary
bobby, belitsa bear sanctuary

Europe » Bulgaria » Blagoevgrad Province » Bansko March 8th 2015

UNMIK, the UN Mission in Kosovo, runs these weekend tours to various places in the region. I signed up for the one for Bansko, Bulgaria - a ski resort town. I don't ski, but there is plenty of stuff to do in Bansko anyway. We left Pristina at around 3:50pm by bu s. I tried taking pictures of the beautiful mountains of Kosovo, but it was through the bus window so they're not very good. WEhad no problems on the border to Macedonia. However, on the border to Bulgaria, we wound up having to wait for a very long time to get through. It felt like hours, but I don't really know how long it was. Then it was snowing heavily, so we had to drive really slow. About 18 km away from Bansko, we became ... read more
Scene From My Hotel Room
Breakfast
The Main Shopping Street

Europe » Bulgaria » Blagoevgrad Province » Bansko March 8th 2015

So, I wound up having a nice day on Sunday. I was not perfectly better, but I was good enough to enjoy more of the city. I had coffee in the morning, and some bread, so not the sumptious breakfast of the previous day in an effort to help with my stomach complaint. It worked, so I went back to the main street and turned the opposite way than I had before. I saw many interesting shops, which I took pictures of, and did more shopping. However, when I got near the end of the street, I found a museum dedicated to a Bulgarian Renaissance thinker and an Orthodox church from the same time period. I went to the museum, and it was absolutely deserted except for me and the guy running it - it was ... read more
Lollipop Tree
A Traditional Outfit
Still Very Snowy

Europe » Bulgaria » Blagoevgrad Province » Bansko August 13th 2014

10th August Very peaceful nights sleep in the hotel in Xanthi. 4 of us made breakfast before 10 and were still eating when it closed at 10.30. Then we drove into and through Kavala and found a lovely beach - no wind today so the sea is unbelievably flat. Hot though - 30 something so the sea is refreshingly cool. Filled up with petrol before getting to the beach and the guy filling the tank graduated from Southampton the same year as Christopher. Nice beach, lovely warm sea, massive jellyfish :) just the one. Hopefully got some good pictures with the underwater camera. Should have brought the GoPro though as that takes good pictures underwater I believe. Next stop a bite to eat in a cool Taverna? We got back in the car and travelled a ... read more
Model
Kavala Beach
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Europe » Bulgaria » Blagoevgrad Province » Bansko July 27th 2014

27thJuly 2014 Today we are going to see the bears at the Dancing Bear Sanctuary near to Belitsa. Got up at a reasonable time and while the kids slept Catherine and I headed down to the local supermarket where we picked up a few fresh supplies – including a very interesting bread with cheese in it…. Looked a bit like Lardy bread… The kids woke in turns and struggled out of bed – showers for everyone – 2 bathrooms is great Paul. Both working fine. Then we headed out of Bansko on the Razlog road and stopped at Lidl for a few supplies. The local beer is 40p a litre – and when it’s cold it’s not bad. Picked up ham, after sun, cakes all sorts of stuff. We’ll be leaving some stuff behind in the ... read more
Prespa
Prespa
Uncle Bulgaria and Bears

Europe » Bulgaria » Blagoevgrad Province » Bansko July 26th 2014

As Catherine un-folded it from her carry on bag! Uneventful trip to Heathrow Terminal 5 - taxi was 10 minutes early and as Mathew was still in the shower we left at 6.00 am. on the dot. Nice big van this time with space for all of us and our luggage - with the schools broken up traffic was very light until we reached the M25 - but we were still at Terminal 5 by about 6.30. We had checked in so dropped the bags and went through South security which was very straightforward. Wandered around for a bit as Terminal 5 does not have a priority pass lounge then sat at A6 while waiting for the gate to be called. A6 was called while we were waiting and was for Leeds Bradford... I mean really? ... read more
Road to Virhen hut
Flowers
Stones

Europe » Bulgaria » Blagoevgrad Province » Bansko February 26th 2011

Bansko (Bulgarian: Банско) is a town and ski resort in southwestern Bulgaria, located at the foot of Pirin at an altitude of 925 m above sea level. Bansko is the birthplace of 20th century Bulgarian poet Nikola Vaptsarov and Bulgarian enlighteners Paisiy Hilendarski and Neofit Rilski.... read more
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Europe » Bulgaria » Blagoevgrad Province » Bansko February 16th 2009

One of Chris Alger's wily investments had seen him purchase a one bedroom apartment in the Bulgarian ski resort of Bansko. So what better way to enjoy this than to cram six of us into the apartment for a 6 day skiing holiday - and as we drew straws for the beds, Chris ended up sharing a futon in the lounge of the apartment that he actually owned! Getting there had been the usual "no-queuing" affair that is always a regular feature with Alger Jnr at the helm. This time we were cutting it so fine to get to the airport that I had to stand in the doors of the airport bus stopping them from shutting to allow Steve to park the car and us to make our flight!! Arriving in Bulgaria the first battle ... read more
Bansko scenery
Boys lined up for skiing
Pete shows us how its done!

Europe » Bulgaria » Blagoevgrad Province » Bansko April 13th 2008

Je parné bulharské odpoledne. Právě jsme projeli Sofií. Po pravé straně za sebou necháváme kopce pohoří Vitoša - místo víkendové rekreace mnoha Sofijčanů. Za pár kilometrů u jsou vidět vrcholy nejvyššího balkánského pohoří Rily i s její majestátní Musalou. My však míříme dál na jih po silnici spojující bulharské vnitrozemí s řeckým pobřeím. Po pravé straně se nám podél cesty poklidně klikatí řeka Struma na své cestě do Egejského moře a po levé ruce začínají vykukovat vrcholky Národního parku Pirin, jeho nejjinější cíp je naším dnešním cílem. Rádi bychom strávili dva dny v okolí městečka Melnik a ochutnali tak jedno z nejvyhlášenějších vín Balkánu, prošli se mezi unikátními pískovcovými pyramidami a dali zapomenout starostem v prostorách pravoslavného kláštěra - Roenského monastýru. Melnik, kt... read more
Rozensky monastir
Uvnitr monastiru
Melnik




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