Blogs from Borovets, Sofia Province, Bulgaria, Europe


Europe » Bulgaria » Sofia Province » Borovets June 23rd 2018

Our last morning in Borovets was drizzly but still warm. We went on a last walk, catching all of the local pokéstops and doing a last minute spot of urban exploration after we spotted a derelict bar/ hotel. The sorry looking calendar on the wall was from 2006 but strangely there were planks of wood piled up as though it was in the middle of being built. There were some disregarded ski boots which is particularly odd because they are expensive items. There were signs that someone could be living rough there, so we didn't stay long. The drive to the car hire depot in Sofia got hotter as we progressed and Sofia was having a very sunny day. We filled the tank and in Bulgaria they still have an attendant who fills the car for ... read more
mini place of worship and also a pokéstop.
Wooden church in Borovets
abandonned building

Europe » Bulgaria » Sofia Province » Borovets June 23rd 2018

Bulgaria day 8: Homeward bound, more urban exploring and a summary Last day and a few hours to kill so we decide to go for a walk around Borovets....well there are a few pokestops and Pokegyms to take as well. Our watches are also screaming at us to do more exercise as well. We did manage to do some more urban exploring but the one building we walked into (there was no door!) looked like it had someone living there despite its dilapidated state. They could either afford ski boots or had acquired them but we didn’t stay long enough to find out. We returned the key to a box near reception in the main building but I refused to even look at the receptionist after previous experiences there. Claire managed the drive back to the ... read more

Europe » Bulgaria » Sofia Province » Borovets June 20th 2018

Bulgaria day 5: Climb every mountain but don’t make hay too Yes, after walking 13 miles round Sofia yesterday we deserved a rest so we lay in until 7am! Crazy I know but, as the first cable car didn’t go until 8:30, we thought we’d go nuts. So after breakfast we headed to the gondola station. Having made some booboos on previous climbs this time we were determined to be prepared. So we had shorts and long trousers, coats, sun cream, hats and umbrellas. We even had water as well as two packs of Refreshers and a packet of Cherry Drops. We were ready for anything.....although I have to admit to being a tad envious of those that had made sandwiches.... The cable car was £6 each return, took 25 minutes and took us up just ... read more

Europe » Bulgaria » Sofia Province » Borovets June 17th 2018

Bulgaria day 1-2 Four grumps, thunder, urban exploring and bodily functions Day one wasn’t actually spent in Bulgaria but I always like to mention the getting to the airport and then the inevitable delays getting to our destination country. We managed the appalling roadworks on the M6 without too much trouble....THREE years and counting....but a wrong turn later on saw me having to drive over a bridge that my satnav didn’t know existed. And it cost me £2! Which I had to pay online when we got to the airport. At John Lennon airport we parked on the Imagine car park which fills you with wonderful imagery from the song. The grotty shed on an industrial estate left all of that to the imagination. The best and quickest security checks ever has encouraged us to fly ... read more

Europe » Bulgaria » Sofia Province » Borovets June 17th 2018

Today I have become an Urban Explorer in the mountains! This is easily done in Bulgaria due to the declining population, the fall of communism and the failure of capitalism, resulting in an extremely high amount of derelict dwellings, factories and public buildings. Glyn and I had driven near to Mount Musala looking for moody, misty mountains (which we found) but ended up exploring what we think were derelict hotels, literally in the middle of nowhere. We arrived in Borovets in the small hours of the night, having driven from Sofia, and after much confusion mixed with stroppy night receptionists, we eventually dragged our luggage past the only rowdy bar in the area and found our apartment. To Glyn's utmost horror, there was no bogroll and he was getting anxious about his morning poo. So he ... read more
Bobby’s Bar, Borovets

Europe » Bulgaria » Sofia Province » Borovets February 3rd 2010

Having only ever 'boarded' once before, in Queenstown New Zealand back in June 2006 and never having been to a European snow resort I can hardly make a comparison. However just got back from an interesting 4 days at the Borovets resort. I flew over from Gatwick with Chris and Richard from my exhibition organiser days, we started proceedings with a wonderfull full english and guiness breakfast. Then a smooth 3 hour flight with Easyjet to Sofia, then an equally smooth taxi ride up into the mountains. The Bulgarians unlike the Brits know how to drive in the snow and are well prepared for it. We were with the 'Hunters' school, equipment was fine, I had one young instructor on the first day who had the 'disinterested 16 year old' vibe. But an older and superb ... read more
View from the Top

Europe » Bulgaria » Sofia Province » Borovets February 17th 2007

Hello everyone, Yes it is us! The long lost travellers - my apologies for not keeping you a little more up to date with what has been happening. So, we arrived back in London and we have settled in quite well here. We share a house in Shepherds Bush with 3 others who have made us feel quite at home. Steve is still working North of London and I got a 2 week contract with a government agency over here just before Christmas.... I am still there. My contract finishes (for good!) at the end of March so I am currently putting my feelers out to see if I can find something else. The lead up to Christmas was pretty uneventful. We attended a football match between Tottenham and Middlesborough which was good fun. I have ... read more
Us at the Football
Regent Street
Burton Dinner

Europe » Bulgaria » Sofia Province » Borovets January 12th 2007

BOROVETS After the diappointment of Christmas Day, due to the lack of snow on Mount Vitosha, we were determined to find some nearby mountains to carve up. So with the help of the hotel staff, a lot of phone calls and a good K1W1 organising committee, we were able to charter a bus, a driver and a local travel guide/ hotel receptionist/ expert snowboarder (thrown in for free) for the 17 of us. We managed to organise a total of 4 days on the slopes - all at Borovets. Borovets is the oldest mountain resort in Bulgaria, dating back to 1896, with the highest pistes at 2600m. It would have been a disappointing trip if we hadn't found any snow, as about 80% of Bulgaria is made up of mountains. Although due to the bad snow ... read more
Looking the part is half the battle!!
Parko & I
Local Restaurant.

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