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Wordless Wednesday: Feline Cute

Monastery Cat
Location: Rila Monastery, Rila Mountains, Bulgaria


July 29, 2019 at 8:01 am Leave a comment

Mmm Monday: A Tasty Treat

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Vegetable Soup Grilled Pork Neck

Location: Rila Monastery, Rila Mountains, Bulgaria

Grilled Pork Neck

Its’s been years but I still have fond memories of the Rila Monastery where our group stayed as guests for one night.

For dinner, I was given the choice of either grilled pork neck or trout. I chose the former that came with potatoes and a generous serving of soup and salad. There was no desert this time around. But who needed one when you were already full?

Rila Monastery

The Rila Monastery was founded in the 10th century in honor of the St. John of Rila (Sveti Ivan Rilski) who would eventually become the patron saint of the Bulgarian people.

Rila Monastery

I found the accommodation at the monastery to be very spartan and fit for a monk. I had to make my own bed which made noise when i lay on it. The wool blanket was thick and heavy but provided enough warmth during the night.

I slept soundly to the sound of the nearby river until 3 am when I was wakened by a 5.7 magnitude earthquake. For a second, I thought I was home in California. I was paralyzed in terror and unable to move. Luckily, the building held its own with some visible cracks on the wall.

Because of the rainy weather, there wasn’t much to do at the monastery but tour the complex and visit the museum, which contains ancient icons, religious artifacts, and manuscripts dating as far back as the middle ages.

We left the monastery at around noon the following day en route to Plovdiv, the second largest city in Bulgaria.

July 28, 2019 at 8:02 am Leave a comment

Weekly Photo Challenge: Relax

Dog Taking a Nap
Location: Dupnitsa, Bulgaria
It was one of those dog days of summer. Arriving at our destination, it was only fitting that I saw a dog napping on the rooftop. It seemed to have no care in the world and oblivious to what was happening around.

On that day, we spent a relaxing afternoon with the Roma people in the village of Dupnitsa. Unlike their nomadic counterparts who roam around Europe, they have decided to stay put. Roma is the politically correct term for the gypsies. Among ethnic groups in Europe, the Roma people are the poorest and most discriminated against.

Our hosts welcomed us with the customary bread and salt and served us traditional food. We deeply appreciated their hospitality.

As we left the village, I noticed that the dog was no longer on the rooftop. I looked around hoping to see it one last time, but the dog was nowhere to be found. Too bad. I could have share it a cookie.

Please click here for more pictures and a complete write up of this trip.

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December 3, 2016 at 2:00 pm 13 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Treat

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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October 30, 2015 at 2:41 pm 7 comments

Inside Bulgaria: From Roma to Rila

A light rain was falling the morning we left for the Rila Monastery located about 70 miles to the south of Sofia in the Rila mountains. It has become one of the most popular tourist spots all over Bulgaria due to its history, unique architecture and beautiful surroundings.

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June 11, 2012 at 6:30 am 3 comments

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