Mud splashes and ATV passions!

It’s been a great weekend spent in the nature of Mineralni bani village (region Haskovo, Bulgaria) and I am going to share more about it. With pleasure! The spring shows its beauty on every step, the views are just breathtaking… the green warm of the forest gently touches your senses…

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ATV adventure with Moto Squirrels

I experienced an amazing ATV adventure with Мото Катерици/ Moto Squirrels (click on the name for Facebook). I got so much adrenaline and these guys from Moto Squirrels showed me so amazing paths in the forest. The start: Горно Брястово/ Gorno Bryastovo (in Minerlni bani village). My very first impression at the start: peak Garvanica, or called by the locals the hill “horn” because of its shape. It is an old Thracian terrain close to Mineralni bani village. The hill keeps secrets from the past and the human touch is stamped in the stones. Can be notices even nowadays.

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Time for photos. Shtrak! 🙂

Before I even realize what is about to happen I am on the whirl of a cool Kawasaki Brute Force 300 (2018) and the route is unbelievable! I feel the off-road passion in my blood and the wind blows my hair about . All the stress is gone with the wind. I feel so relaxed and I truly enjoy the moment! Moto Squirrels gave me professional equipment and I feel comfortable with it and at the same time protected. The equipment protects the upper body, back, arms, shoulders; I have helmet and glasses, and the mud splashes are not a problem at all.

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Share the adventure with a friend!

The route starts a little extremely and we cross a mountain river. Then we speed up and I can feel the power of the ATV machine. WoW! The road is wonderful, green, mud splashes, emotions, birds’ songs, incredible views, sun. We pass a green lake with beautiful tree in front. We have stops for relaxing, taking pictures and just enjoying the nature. Then we pass the area called Юртите/ Yurtite. There is а stone fountain with fresh water. Later on the road, I got the courage to switch with my boyfriend and to take the ride. I push the throttle gently and the joy is in my blood. Off-road emotion! Our guide was super cool and the whole experience was really exciting!

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Kawasaki Brute Force 300, 2018
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My turn now!

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We are on the way back, a little tired and with big smiles. These two hours adventure were awesome! Special thanks to Moto Squirrels and our guide. We promised to ourselves to come again for a ride.

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Me, myself and I posing…

We had a delicious dinner in a local restourant in Mineralni bani village and suddenly we fell asleep. Amazing weekend in Mineralni bani ( Haskovo).

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Perfect equipment!

If you are passionate about off-road adventures and want to get some adrenaline emotions, to discover new places and enjoy the beauty of the Rodopi mountain – I strongly recommend you ATV adventure with Moto Squirrels.

Special thanks to Мото Катерици and to the spring because it’s so beautiful!

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Rodopi mountain is calling you! Levochevo and Chepelare in the winter!

In the Central Rodopi mountain, there is a small village called Levochevo. When entering the village there is a sign “Welcome in a piece of Paradise”. We are driving slowly in a really tiny road between some cows. It smells of the village and the beautiful nature prepares you for gorgeous views.

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Cows on the road
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Many cows welcome you!
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Welcome to Levochevo

I am making jokes that this is the “Bulgarian Tivoli” ( Tivoli is an Italian cute city) because it really has these small cobblestone streets and the food is so delicious. Every house keeps the old traditional look and at the same time the modern way of living. The oldest houses dated from 1876. Some of the houses have names – traditional Bulgarian names. It is so nice to see how the Bulgarian spirit has been kept for years here in Levochevo, in the heart of Rodopi mountain.

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House “Rada”

The biggest Festival in Levochevo is during the traditional Bulgarian celebration of “Илинден”. During this Festival the whole village is on the main square and everyone is dancing the Bulgarian traditional dance horo.

The views are simply fantastic as the village Levochevo is on a high hill and when you look down you see a big part of Rodopi mountain, many different shades of green color! It is so relaxing, there is no rush and you are infected by this calmness immediately.

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Rodopi mountain

Chepelare – my favorite choice for skiing resort in Bulgaria, is around 14 km away from Levochevo town. The trip to both destinations Chepelare and Levochevo can be combined. Chepelare is an amazing winter destination in Bulgaria. The ski slopes are long, wide and beautiful. There are slopes for everyone – from amateurs to professionals. The Rodopi mountain loves all her guests and shows its majesty every day.

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Mechi Chal
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On the slope of Mechi Chal!
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Mechi Chal – just amazing!
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Sunset at Mechi Chal, Chepelare

The traditional food of Rodopi mountain is something you can’t resist. Definitely try “пататник“, “родопски клин“, “марудници“, “качамак“, “агнешко чеверме“, “салата от смилянски фасул“, “телешко“, Bulgarian yogurt (кисело мляко), “сарми“, “къпана баница“. This just the begining of a legendary kitchen!

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Traditional Bulgarian salad; Traditional pumpkin pastry called “Тиквеник”; Traditional potato specialty called “Пататник”.
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Traditional specialty with chiken, beef and pork plus “сърмички”! Delicious! Called Капама!
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Traditional banitsa with rice called Родопски клин! Fantastic!

Enjoy skiing, enjoy Bulgaria, enjoy Rodopi mountain, enjoy the incredible food and yes – the winter is blessing season!

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Off-road adventure time!

 

 

The city of the Bulgarian Tsars and Emen’s fairy tales.

Bulgaria has been established in 681. An old country with history and traditions. Situated on the Balkans and part of Europe. It is an amazing country for a trip because of its beautiful nature. Impressive mountains, The Black Sea beaches, the spirit of the Old Bulgarian traditions, the delicious food, the home-made wine and the traditional alcoholic drink rakiya – these are just a few things everyone can really enjoy in Bulgaria. There are really cheap offers for flights to Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, so no matter of the season it is totally worth it to visit this small but extremely charming country!

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Tsarevec, Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria

Our trip starts at Sofia and we are going to Veliko Turnovo city, situated in Stara Planina mountain region. We drive 2 hours by car. The architecture of the city is unique, all the streets in the Old city are cobblestone and there are many historical places in the city of Veliko Turnovo – churches, old buildings.

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Welcome to Tsarevec! Veliko Turnovo! Bulgaria

Veliko Turnovo was Bulgarian historical capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire. It is called the cities of the Tsars because the Bulgarian emperors had lived there and build city-state fortress. There are 3 hills – Tsarevec, Trapezitsa, and Sveta Gora. The river Yantra crossed the city and forms amazing Canyon in the mountain Stara Planina.

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The entrance of Tsarevec is just 3 EUR

The fortress Tsarevec is very famous because of the audiovisual spectacle “Sound and Light” which is performed every year during national holidays and festivals of the city Veliko Turnovo. It is FREE and it is performed no matter the weather conditions. It is an outdoor spectacle.

The “Sound and Light” is a spectacular thunderous show presenting the dramatic history of the Second Bulgarian State. One of the best dates to be watched are 3 and 22 March and 6 September. This time of the year the weather usually is very nice.

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View from the Baldwin tower in Tsarevec

After visiting Veliko Turnovo our last stop is 8 km away – Village Emen. The village is an eco place where you can relax in a quiet and calm place. Complex “Imenieto”  (click on teh name to find their facebook page) was my choice to stay and I love it. So much green area around, so cozy place with space for outdoor activities, a nice pool and volleyball playground. There is a spa included and the kitchen is really nice. The food is home-made and extremely delicious! This complex contains 8 wooden houses close to the forest. It smells so fresh and you could sleep so well.

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In the village Emen there is a famous Canyon called Emenski Canyon, The cave of Emen and the echo path Emen.

Massive rocks, impressive view and an adventurous path will lead you to the epicenter of the Emen’s fairy tale. It smells on fresh moss, the Waterfall of the Emenski Canyon is calling you from the beginning of the echo path. You are trying to get to this waterfall and the road is intriguing.

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at the echo path of Emen

The Canyon and the Waterfall of the village Emen are with faerie energy and the beautiful nature around is simply amazing. I feel the Bulgarian mountain is alive and it beats with the rhythm of the rocks, the wind, the water and the sky – perfect harmony between nature and her guests!

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Take the road!

2 FUN FACTS about Los Angeles

I spent just 2 days in Los Angeles. This is not enough even to get used to the air.

Los Angeles, California!

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Main rule: You need a car! The distances are big and you better have a car with you.

My first impression is it’s crowded and I see a lot of poor people on the streets. On the other side, I had the nice chance to walk through the Orange County streets and wow… Amazing country houses, summerhouses, beautiful huge houses with colorful gardens. Expensive cars on the streets. Exclusive shops. Orange County is a nice area in LA, California! Some of the houses are properties of Hollywood stars.

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Orange County streets

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2 FUN FACTS:

1. The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a sidewalk with stars. It was not so impressive neither so wide and shiny.

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2. The Hollywood letters are seen so small from the city center that I can’t even share a nice photo of them.

What I love about Los Angeles is the beautiful wide beaches with soft sand and ocean breeze. Amazing pink clouds and the sound of the ocean … people are running, doing exercises, chilling, eating around the ocean, riding bicycles. Kissing on the beach. It is an incredible atmosphere. Best place for a picnic.

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Two days are not enough at all. I am going to be back here. It was a pleasure to spend some time in LA and to taste the atmosphere!

Keep traveling!

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.

 

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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Tupavica waterfalls, Serbia

I had the chance to visit water pearls of Stara planina, located in Serbia – Tupavica.

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Stara planina is the longest mountain in Bulgaria but also has amazing places in Serbia!

You can have a very nice walk there and it’s close to Pirot and Nis in Serbia.

The nature is calling you , the nature gives you hugs and energy.

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People are so warm and friendly. Take your friends also and the atmosphere will be so fresh and crazy!

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Attention: The food is just amazing, delicious, natural, homemade with love.

Tupavica waterfalls in Serbia are perfect for one weekend trip, so don’t wait and take the road!

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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?

When in Merida with messy hair

Merida is the capital of the autonomous community of Extremadura, Spain. The city sits proudly on the Iberian Peninsula just 174 miles (280 km) southwest of Madrid.

Destination Merida

Merida can be reached by plane to Madrid and from there rent-a-car/ train or bus. Merida is also very close to Portugal and the trip can be combined with some places in Portugal.  Check my amazing experience in Lisbon here.

Unique region with strong Roman influence. Over time, the Extremadura region was held under Christian, Moorish and Portuguese control – marvelous mix of cultures and spirits in Spain!

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When I was there sometimes I had the feeling I am in Rome but the Spanish language always turned me back in the reality.

Let me start with the most visited part of Merida, Spain – Mérida Theatre – one of the oldest archaeological sites in Spain. The ticket is less than 10 EUR, so it is a must to go there when you visit Merida, Spain.

20150204_112615Roman Theatre is one of the most Roman places in Merida. It is built in Emerita Augusta (the old name of Merida, it means the Army of Augustus), located in the archaeological ensemble of Merida, one of the largest and most extensive archaeological sites in Spain. It is World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Beautiful wide stage and so much Roman spirit around. Behind the stage is a garden area surrounded by columns. It makes me feel a part of the past. I had so much fun around!

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While trying to find some place to eat, I found The Temple of Diana – Perfect Roman style under the Extremadura sun.

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Another bridge which connects Merida with small village area around is the Roman Bridge of Merida – Puente de Lusitania. It is nice to crossed it and have amazing view from there. Perfect time to take some photos.

I spent some time in the village area around Merida and the nature was so beautiful!

Something I missed to visit because I did’t have enough time – National Museum of Roman Art – Museo Nacional de Arte Romano. My friends strongly recommend it as a very arty place.

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Do you like circus? If yes, then Roman Circus (Circo romano) in Merida, Spain is waiting for you!

anfiteatro-romano-meridaIt is ruined Roman circus used for Chariot racing – so exciting and very dangerous for the racers in the past, spectacular for watching.

Tip: don’t miss the local Jamón ibérico (Iberian ham) in Merida, Spain. The food is delicious! Taste sangria!

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Spent at least one whole day walking around the city Merida to feel the energy. Enjoj Spain!

Take the road!

Under the Transilvanian sky – Carpathians miracle

There are million reasons why I love travelling. I believe it’s a way of living. Travelling is education and love!

Once in a plane I’ve had the perfect moment to see the Carpathians from my window!

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It’s one of the most inspiring flights I’ve had. I felt like a bird and I felt freedom.

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Such a beautiful view and such a wonderful life!

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It’s pleasure to share with you Carpathians miracle.

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I had the feeling I am not in the sky but in the ocean!

Life is great! Buy the trip you want and go to explore the unique world!!!