У дома! Къде са тия Хасковски Минерални бани и Коледен дух

Живея в София, столицата на България, от вече почти 7 години и харесвам този забързан и изпълнен с динамика град. Родом съм от село Минерални бани, община Минерални бани, до град Хасково. Това е Южна България и тук хората са топли и усмихнати. Тук са родителите ми и моят дом, тук са детските ми мечти и приключения. Тук всичко и всичкиме ме подкрепят и обичат.

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Обичам да се връщам тук за събота и неделя и да си почивам, да се наслаждавам на красивата природа, на старите селски къщи, на миризмата на село. Обичам звуците рано сутрин. Винаги когато се прибирам натежавам с поне 2 килограма, толкова вкусни неща ми приготвят у домa, че преяждам доволно. Имаме градина и от там си късаме био зеленчуци и плодове безплатно. Имаме двор и барбекю и прекрасни зелени градини. И една страхотна череша отпред!

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Село Минерални бани е самостоятелна община. Има много добре развита спортна и фолклорна дейност. Мъжкият отбор по футбол и женският отбор по хандбал прославят малкото курортно селце. Самата аз тренирах над 10 години хандбал.

Национален курорт село Минерални бани, община Минерални бани! Добре дошли. Може да посетите сайтът на Минерални бани тук. Разбира се туристи има много и голяма част от тях се възползват от лековитата вода на минералните извори. Минералната вода е уникална по своя състав. В курортното селище има 14 бликащи извора. Повече за химичния състав на водата в Националния курорт тук.

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Има множество по-големи хотели, както и семейни хотели и стаи, където туристите отсадят и се възползват от вкусна храна, добро обслужване и спа пакети. В някои хотели има открити басейни, които са страхотни за разлечение зимата, защото наоколо има сняг, а ти си стоиш в минералната вода и снежинки валят по бузите ти…

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В малкия център на селото има обществена баня на много достъпни цени, която също предоставя достъп до минералната вода. Може да проверите цените тук.

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Природата на моя роден край е източно-родопска! Най-високият връх е Аида и е страхотно място за разходка и отдих. Гората е типичната широколистна прелест, която те приветства навсякъде из Родопите. Древните траки са населявали земите ни тук и са оставили своя отпечатък в народните традиции, празници, обичаи, като тук напълно изключвам църквата и църковните ритуали. Тук местното население наред с религиозните, е запазило и още по-дълбоки и стари традиции, които следва.

Римляните по нашите земи оставят и Римската крепост “Свети дух”.

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Разхождайки се из центъра на селото, задължително трябва да посетите стъпката на Света Богородица – местните вярваме, че тук е стъпила Богородица. И защо да не е стъпила? Теорията за хората гиганти е подкрепяна в миналото и до днес.

В община Минерални бани могат да се посетят редица каменни феномени – Орлова скала (с. Сърница), Пробития камък (с. Сърница), “Находище на момина сълза и божур” (местността Дренака). Селският туризъм предстои да се развива.

Терариумът в курортното селище Минерални бани също е страхотна атракция. Цялата информация за животинските видове, цени, контакти, къде се намира – ето тук.

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И сега какво остана? Заглавието е” У дома. Къде са тия Хасковски Минерални бани и Коледен дух”. За Коледния дух – Коледа тук е песни на коледари. Тези коледари са млади момчета и знаят песни за здраве и плодородие. Местните ги чакаме с орехи и сладки и се радваме на пестните им. Коледа тук е топлина, уют и на Бъдни вечер нечетен брой ястия. Коледа е фестивална. Да, в селцето кипи фолклорна култура и се провеждат фестивали през цялата година. Коледа е цветна, навсякъде с коледни светлини.

Благословена съм с корена си!

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Пожелавам ви Весела Коледа и Весели Празници! Много любов, мечти и прегръдки.

 

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10 reasons to visit the Weihnachtsmarkt in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria

Christmas is knocking on the door. Why not enjoying a little bit of the German Christmas spirit at the German Christmas bazaar. If you live in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, or you will travel soon to Sofia –The Weihnachtsmarkt is a nice place to relax and drink a glass of glue wine with friends.

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Weihnachtsmarkt is a traditional German Christmas Bazaar but nowadays it is very popular in many European countries. Ages ago, opening this market is a symbol of the beginning of the Christmas time and welcoming the Christmas child. Nowadays is more about the Christmas and Santa Claus.

10 reasons to visit the Weihnachtsmarkt in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria

  • You can taste delicious Bratwurst and any kind of Wurst
  • You can drink glue wine with fruit taste and smell of cinema
  • You can bring your kids to a puppet show
  • All the kids can meet Santa Claus and tell him their Christmas wishes. Santa Claus is giving gifts! Maybe you will have some 
  • There are concerts and music
  • You can buy handmade Christmas gifts and handmade Christmas cards
  • You can have a walk around the wooden houses enjoying the Christmas spirit everywhere and drink hot drinks
  • You can taste Chirous
  • You can have delicious potatoes and cheese
  • You can enjoy the delicious Christmas chocolate

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The Weihnachtsmarkt in Sofia is open 11-22 h till 20 of December.

It is not a traditional Bulgarian Bazaar but it has the Christmas charm and the enthusiasm of December celebration.

Enjoy it and if you were inspired to visit the Weihnachtsmarkt in Sofia after reading this article – put your nice photos on the internet with hashtag #travellifestory. This will be the best Christmas gift for me – to see all your happy December moments!

Happy Christmas time!

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Colorful autumn in Bulgaria

Bulgaria has 4 seasons and I am so happy to live here in Sofia, Bulgaria and enjoy every one of them!

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The autumn is amazing time, not too hot and not too cold. Humans always look for the balance in their life and the autumn is the greatest time to take the energy of the nature. I enjoy my everyday walks, I enjoy being with my dog in South Park in Sofia. I strongly recommend as a must to visit this beautiful park if you visit Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria.

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Home is the best destination for me right now, I am collecting naturally painted leaves, running between the colorful trees with my puppy and just relaxing.

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The sun gives me soft kisses and makes me feel stronger.

I love this season, it smells on mature fruits, leaves and pumpkins. Smells good, tastes good and that’s why I choose it as my favorite!

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I suggest to visit Sofia during the autumn, this time of the year I find it the most beautiful!

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Stay cool and keep the positive vibes!

Health and Sport Festival, Sofia, South Park

Health and Sport festival in Sofia, South park before 3 days has past – one of the most meaningful festivals I have recently enjoyed in Sofia, South Park.

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I got the idea to start calendar activity on my blog and to schedule all upcoming cool events in Sofia. What do you think?

I like the idea to be surrounded with healthy drinks and food, to have organized open-door classes. You can dance Bulgarian traditional dances and Latino dances, there were zumba, yoga, tabata, fat burning and many more activities. IMG_20170701_182258.jpg

The Health and Sport Festival was during the past weekend and South Park was so alive. Actually I love South park. Every time I am here I find myself so chilling! , people are relaxed and there are kids playing and dogs scrambling.

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So the festival was just what I needed for my Saturday, it combined the 3 things I love – Healthy way of life, variety of sport activities and It was held in South Park, Sofia!

Let me show you my tour.  What I met for the first time – Mother Nature Bio Product. These cosmetic products are 100 % Bio and you can even eat them! and they are even delicious! So cool!

What I also like a lot and taste it!

The festival is over but as I promised soon I will implement event calendar and you’ll never miss cool event in Sofia!

The summer mood is on and South Park is amazing place to spread your vibes and energy!

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What The Moraines simbolize? Vitosha mountain, Sofia

The Mountain massif Moraines in the heart of the symbol of Sofia – Vitosha mountain is magnificent place to be! It is very reachable – 30-45 minutes by car.

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The Stone river – one of the next wonders of the world?

The Moraines of Vitosha are a symbol of great old times. Thracians!

The vitality of the megalithic composition of The Moraines is monstrously complicated. All stone rivers (The moraines) are connected in a mega-complex covering the eastern and western parts of Vitosha Mountain. Exactly where the Solstice is happening!

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The Sun Solstice is two times a year, summer solstice and winter solstice. Then the sun reaches its highest or lowest point in the sky at noon, marked by the longest and the shortest day. Some theories say this long/ short day can be entertain by its entirety exactly on the Moraines. The place is good to catch up the first and the last sun light.

Nowadays the stone river of Vitosha is a good improvised “beach” in the summer days. People are laying on the enormous rocks. The place is good for sunbathing.

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May be Thracians did it the same way. They strongly believed in the power of Sun.

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Go to feel their energy on the rocks!

 

 

Travelling in the world of wines while staying in Sofia

This is a story for travelling by our senses.

We don’t see… But we do taste! We can smell it mmmm… We can drink it!

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Blind degustation of Sauvignon Blanc in Elvinos shop, Sofia. Find them HERE .

Absolutely fun! The bottles are hidden and we should guess which country is represented by each wine.

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Delightful atmosphere and Sauvignon Blanc!

We are travelling on the Bulgarian Black sea side, then we go in Italy, France, Argentina, Chile!

Every taste is different and we close eyes and feel the shades of the wine bouquet.

Freshness. Grassy scents. Bright palette of exotic fruits.

Wine travelling is always nice choice to spend time with friends in Sofia.

Thanks Wine Boutique Elvinos.

Thanks to the best Sommelier of the Year Jivko Enchev .

Summer mood on and let’s keep track for next degustations at Elvinos.

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Summer day in Vitosha, Sofia

The hut “Момина скала” is situated near Sofia, in the beautiful mountain Vitosha. It takes 30-40 minutes by car from Sofia and you are at the foot of the mountain.

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It is amazing place to spend one whole day relaxing and breathing the fresh mountain air. Vitosha is always a nice escape from the big city Sofia.

There are big wide green areas for relaxing with friends, many benches, hammocks and Wooden gazebos.

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There are many touristic paths you can take and reach other huts and areas from the hut “Момина скала”. The closest are Boyana Waterfall (45 min); Historical site “Момина скала”; hotel Elitsa; The Мoraines.

Vitosha is alive! The heart of Vitosha is beating with the Rhythm of all people’s hearts who love the mountain.

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Also if you don’t have time to prepare delicious food – no worries , there are some places you can buy food from. The food is ordinary but very delicious. Also there is one pastry shop in the mountain around the hut “Момина скала”, so the brunch picnic will be organized very easy.

You can take your dog, kids and friends and enjoy the sky under Vitosha mountain.

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It is a good plan how to avoid high temperatures during the summer day.

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Well, don’t waste your time and just go to enjoy Vitosha mountain!

 

One amazing day in Hydropark Wind Mills

If you live in Sofia, Bulgaria or stay in Sofia for a couple of days, it is a good chance to visit Hydropark Wind Mills. Very close situated to Sofia – 30 minutes by car, close to Dolna Malina village.

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This is an amazing way to spent one day or the whole weekend.

Especially in the summer days there are lots of attractions there.

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For more information you can check Hydropark Wind Mills site here.

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My staying there was on a team building, so I can recommend it as a very nice place to be with your colleagues. So much space for games, relaxing, chatting, volleyball and so much fun!

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It was a lot of fun there! I love the park area, the flora and fauna and the beautiful peacocks!

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The area is very green and the air is so fresh, it smells on forest and flowers…

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Let me share my favorite nook there – it is kind of Italian style, it is lovely and it charms with coziness and nature!

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Hydropark Wind Mills is really attractive place to be – you can combine sunbathing with archery, horse riding, walking, zoo visit, volleyball and walking through nooks with smell of Russia, Japan and

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Discover by yourself Hydropark Wind Mills! One of the places in Bulgaria which gives you the touch of Paradise.

Special Thanks to Vesela Vukova for the amazing photos! The beauty is in the eye of the beholder! 

In case you are charmed by her talent – find her in facebook by simply clicking on her name Vesela Vukova .

Kavaci – Bulgarian Black sea

The sun is up and the summer is coming soon here in Bulgaria. There are amazing Black sea beaches and summer spirit everywhere!

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Do you remember my story for Sunny beach. Now let me take you in a place where the story is the opposite – it is relaxing area, beautiful, exciting wide siren beaches.

Here we are – Kavaci, region Burgas. It is between Burgas and Sozopol – so it is really reachable destination on the Bulgarian Black sea.

Destination Kavaci on the Black sea

There is a forest around to decorate the camping area of Kavaci. The subject of protection here is the rare Pontic white dunes and the characteristic sand-dunes.

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The name of the district Kavaci originates from the word “kavak” which in Turkish means the poplar, and is so named because of the poplars that grow in the area.

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Laying on the beach, drinking cocktail, reading a book… And watching the seagulls’ dance in the air… sounds like a paradise and it is possible! Kavaci. Black sea! Bulgaria!

I was there in September, so my pictures are a little bit different from the usual summer pictures. But I think the beauty of the place is so obvious. Follow me!

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Kavaci is famous with the camping area but also have four stars hotels around. Absolutely for everyone destination!

I like the area because it’s calm and I can practice sport activities on the Black sea beaches here (That’s why I decided to go in September), I can stay alone and just breathe. And of course there are beach bars in Kavaci for the time when your summer party spirit will get wild.

I’ve never seen anything more beautiful than the sea before storming!

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Can’t wait to visit this summer the Bulgarian Black sea!

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Are you ready?

Chepelare & Pamporovo- the Bulgarian pearls of Rodopi mountain

The ski season is open and all mountains are beating with the rhythm of millions people’s hearts!

Bulgaria has beautiful mountains which are waiting to be explored. Compared to other European ski resorts the prices are really good.

Let’s explore Rodopi mountain – there are legends, spirits, skiing, traditional dishes, traditional dances and beautiful nature!

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From Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, to Pamporovo and Chepelare ski resorts it takes around 3 hours and a half to reach the heart of Rodopi mountain.

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It’s another world out there!

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There are plenty of hotels and houses you can stay in Pamporovo and in Chepelare. The prices in Chepelare are cheaper compared to Pamporovo. No matter where you will decide to stay, you definitely should explore the skiing in both areas!

Pamporovo – this is the official site . For the beginners there are really good Bulgarian teachers who can show you the first steps in skiing.The ski slopes are green (for all tourists), blue (for beginners), red (for advanced) and black (for professionals) – so the mountain is for everyone! The slopes are wide and good for skiing. The lifts and all facilities are in a good condition.

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Pamporovo is well-known Bulgarian ski resort. The tower “Snezhanka” is the most popular tourist peak. From the top there is a breathtaking view of the Rodopi mountain. In clear weather even Stara planina mountain can be seen. On the tower “Snezhanka” you can take a rest, drink hot drinks and eat.

Be brave to feel the spirit of Rodopi mountain, feel the energy of all the people, drink a cup of tea with rum and speed up yourself!

It is an excellent way to spend the entire day in the mountain and be on a new place all the time. Your breaks will be surrounded by friends and delicious food – definitely try traditional dishes – patatnik, kachamak, Bulgaraian beans, vine leaves stuffed, fruits. Taste the traditional Bulgarian wine! The Bulgarian kitchen is a legend!

Chepelare – next destination for skiing. Here is the official site. “Mechi chal” has its own lift and slopes with different difficulty. Everyone is welcome! The ski slopes are really nice and long, wide and one good advantage – not so crowded as in Pamporovo.

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On my walk in the city center of Chepelare I found one beautiful frozen pine tree in the middle of the river 🙂

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A good hotel where you can stay in Chepelare is Rodopski dom. They have and spa which is the perfect combination with the skiing all day 🙂

There are traditional pubs with folklore music and amazing food, so you can have really interesting night life 🙂

Enjoy Rodopi mountain!

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