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Where to stay in Sliven: the Little House

A while ago Ellie and I said we were blessed to discover the most amazing places one can stay at, and as often happens in life: whatever you think becomes your reality. Just when we were about to stop traveling for a while and catch up on some writing, an email arrived. It was from…

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Karandila: one of the most beautiful places we’ve seen

Even if you’ve already heard of Bulgaria or considered visiting it, I bet you never thought someone could be recommending Sliven, let alone an area 30 minutes drive away from the town. Well, that’s because many are engaging into showing you the beaten path. Let us take you away from it for a while and…

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What’s so special about the Russian Church in Sofia?

You know this church – you’ve seen it on so many pictures. It is a gorgeous building in the very heart of Sofia, standing there to remind us (and our guests) that Bulgaria and Russia have a common past. But this isn’t what makes the church so special. Nor are the tulips, nor its golden…

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I bet you haven’t heard of Domlyan dam

I can no longer keep this a secret. It is tearing me up on the inside. I need to say it out loud. Hello. My name is Nina and I am addicted to lakes and dams. There! Now you know. And since I am not going to fight my addiction, if you keep on reading…

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Climbing Cherni Vrah: the highest one in Vitosha

As many people who live in Sofia, I always neglected the closest mountain – Vitosha. You know this feeling of taking things for granted, right? This summer, however, Ellie and I decided we should tick Cherni Vrah off the list. And so we did. It turned out to be the most boring peak we’ve ever…

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A night in the Rila Monastery

You can’t sleep on the Eiffel tower, nor on Tower Bridge. Actually, most famous spots limit your experience to simply watching. But! We got some good news for you – this isn’t the case in Bulgaria. The most popular site in our gorgeous country allows you far more than merely seeing it. We’re talking about…

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Yagoda and Malina Villas in Borovets: one of our favorite places

We are the type of travelers that like unique places with their own style and spirit. This is why we think that the Kosovo Houses Complex is perhaps the most beautiful hotel in Bulgaria; why we LOVE the warmth and spirit of Levana Guest house, and why we bow before the genius concept of Villa…

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The cave of St. Ivan Rilski: a sacred place

We took a few steps into the deciduous forest. Walking in absolute silence, we were headed to one of the most sacred places in Bulgaria – the cave of St. Ivan Rilski. Where is Ivan Rilski’s cave? The cave in which St. Ivan Rilski spent more than 7 years of his life is located only…

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Yastrebets lift, or how to climb Musala peak in a day

Musala peak is the highest peak in Rila Mountain and on the Balkans peninsula. For the experienced hikers, climbing this 2925 meters tall giant in a single day wouldn’t be a problem. But what about all the rest of us who are simply hiker-enthusiasts? Can we also conquer Musala in a day? The answer is yes. With the help of…

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The Dancing Bears Park in Belitsa: a sad story with a happy ending

Dancing bears. Bulgaria’s shameful past. Something as historically embarrassing as Hitler is for Germany, and as Brexit will probably be for the UK one day. Dancing bears were a “thing” in Bulgaria back in the late 90’s. Mostly trained by gypsies (99.99%), bears were taken away from their mothers as cubs and trained to dance.…

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Green Wood hotel & spa: made for relaxation

After recently coming back from an exhausting trip to Slovenia we were in a desperate need of good rest. Our idea of time well spent consisted of a bed, a few episodes of “Friends”, and comfort food. If we could, of course, combine this with a good hike in a beautiful mountain, this could be…

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We (kind of) visited the summer residence of Queen Elizabeth

Well, maybe we didn’t exactly visit her summer residence but we saw her carpet. The carpet isn’t yet in her residence, but it will be soon. And it’s absolutely amazing! How did it all start? When someone suggested we visit the carpet factory in Kostandovo, I couldn’t help but wonder why the heck would we…

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The life lessons I learned from a mammoth in Dorkovo

You think you know it all until one day you go for a SPA retreat in the healing mineral waters of Velingrad and decide to visit the Pliocene park in Dorkovo to see a real-size mammoth! Although the experience sounds quite touristy, to me this appeared to be more than that. Here are the lessons that…

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Bulgaria Destinations In the city Sofia Travel

Varadero: our favorite swimming pool in Sofia

We can’t deny the benefits of living in Sofia – with mount Vitosha in the backyard, amazing places such as the Golden Bridges, a gazillion restaurants and coffee shops that can satisfy absolutely any taste and preferences, there is so much you can do around here. The lush greenery of South park offers relief to the…

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Your very own spa villa: hidden before your eyes

For those of us who are not blessed with our own home SPA, going to one is usually the highlight of the holidays. But! Isn’t it frustrating having to share this precious time with total strangers? Full of energy children jumping in the pool one after the other. Individuals with questionable hygiene. Or the worst: a…

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Bulgaria Destinations Natural Phenomena Travel

Belogradchik’s rocks and the beautiful nun legend

Ah, Belogradchik! Before we visit it, I had this idea that the rocks can only be seen inside and around the Kaleto fortress. Nobody told us, that the entire Belogradchik is surrounded by them and the fortress is simply the highest point with a view to the entire city and all rock formations surrounding it. We decided…

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Bulgaria Destinations Mountains Travel

Climbing Musala: the Everest of the Balkans (photo story)

When I first started blogging several years ago I promised myself to help my readers find the few remaining places in Bulgaria without a cellphone network. One of those places, as I have recently discovered, is the highest peak on the Balkans, our local Everest – Musala. If the lack of cellphone coverage isn’t enough…

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Stob Pyramids: nature is gorgeous even when sick

A day trip from Sofia that we strongly recommend is a visit to the Stob Pyramids. A gorgeous destination just an hour, hour and something from Sofia, you can combine this with a visit to the Rila Monastery. The Stob Pyramids are a natural formation, caused by the heavy rains and wind in the area…

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Thoughts on the festival “With Bulgaria in heart”

Nostalgia. It is said that this is the feeling of sadness caused by being homesick. The sorrow you feel for losing something that was yours once. Have you, however, felt homesick while at home? Or have you ever felt nostalgic for something you never really had? Something you couldn’t possibly have lost? It happened to…

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What a Citroen Jumpy has to say about traveling Bulgaria

Hi! My name is Jumpy, Citroen Jumpy. My family is Val&Kar, but something happened last week. Something, I want to tell you about. I was taken away from my family by Nina and Ellie. You already know them – they have this website and allowed me to post here. I was scared at first. They…