Weekly Photo Challenge: Treat

October 30, 2015 at 2:41 pm 7 comments

Rila Monastery, Bulgaria
Location: Rila Monastery, Kyustendil, Bulgaria
It’s always special to go to places you’ve never been before. I consider visiting the Rila Monastery in the Kyustendil Province of Bulgaria to be one of them. Located up in the Rila Mountains, it was founded in the 10th century by the hermit, Ivan of Rila (876 – 946 AD) or John of Rila, who eventually became the patron saint of Bulgaria.

Rila Monastery, Bulgaria Rila Monastery, Bulgaria

The accommodation at the monastery fit right in the “what you see is what you get” category. There was no clock, TV, or internet connection to remind you of the outside world. I had to make my own bed which made noise when I lay on it. For somebody who couldn’t keep still, it was very challenging to be quiet and avoid disturbing the monks staying on the floor above. It was obviously not designed for honeymooners. In addition, the blanket was coarse, thick, and heavy but provided enough warmth during the night.

Rila Monastery, Bulgaria Rila Monastery, Bulgaria
Rila Monastery, Bulgaria Rila Monastery, Bulgaria

I found the food to be a real treat, though. For dinner, I had salad, soup, a choice of either grilled pork neck or trout for the main course, and cheese cake and coffee for dessert. From the above picture, you could see what I chose for the main course. After dinner, I went straight to bed full and contented and slept soundly to the sound of the nearby Riska river.

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  • 1. Weekly Photo Challenge: Treat  |  October 30, 2015 at 6:41 pm

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  • 2. Suzanne Joshi  |  October 30, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    Looks like they baked their own bread. I think I could put up with a squeaky bed for those meals. 🙂

    • 3. plaridel  |  October 31, 2015 at 9:58 am


      they do. excellent bread, too. 🙂

  • 4. lifeconfusions  |  October 31, 2015 at 10:45 am

    You are right, what a yummy treat to end the day with, Mouth watering and scrumptious !! Now I’m craving for some cheese cake too 😀

    • 5. plaridel  |  October 31, 2015 at 3:32 pm


      i do have a weakness for cheesecake. 🙂

  • 6. Tina Schell  |  October 31, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    I agree, when it comes to treats, exploring a new place is very high on the list!!

    • 7. plaridel  |  November 2, 2015 at 9:29 am


      it’s filling alright! 🙂


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