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Barcelona! How to enjoy it in a smart and funny way!

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Barcelona has been amazing from the very first touch. We were landing and it was sunset time. The beautiful panoramic view from my plane window prepared me for one exciting week in Barcelona! Can’t wait to share with you!

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Parc de la Ciutadella Barcelona Fountain

The food, the music, the street dance, bikes around me, the breeze, the whole spirit is something I fell in love with! But let’s start from the beginning.

We used Airbnb to reserve our apartment Habitat ApartmentsIt is suitable for 2 couples/ 4 people. It is close to the city center and close to some of the most popular Gaudi’s houses. The restaurants around are one of the bests.

Smart Tip 1: It is much better to be outside of the city center during your stay. You can walk to the central areas. The reason is the main street is not the best choice to eat and to rest.

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Barcelona is so colorful!

Smart Tip 2: If you use Airbnb, check what is the cleaning fee and the fee if you arrive later than the arranged hour – sometimes these fees can be unexpectedly huge.

Smart Tip 3: Plan in advance what you will visit during your stay in Barcelona! The city is so charming, there are plenty of architectural and historical places, some of them are far away from each other. Organizing what you will see during the day, will save your time and energy and you will have an enjoyable experience!

Not to be missed. Sharing my list 🙂

  1. Casa Batlló and La Pedrera

Casa Battlló can be seen from the outside, there are benches you can sit on and admire the building just in front of it. Inside, there is no furniture and taking into consideration all the entrances you’ll pay during the next days, you can save money from this entrance. Of course, it is up to you and Gaudi is always charming, no matter which masterpiece you are visiting.

La Pedrera is one of my favorite attractions. They have one of the best audioguides. It’s like you are in a fairy tale. The house is one of a kind and the symbolism is everywhere. You will see the four vital elements as parts of the house and many more… I strongly recommend this house to be visited even the entrance is 20 EUR. I will write my fairy tale in La Pedrera in a separate post soon! The house is so vital and inspiring!

2. The main street Las Ramblas and the most famous market La Boqueria

The main street is full of tourists, emotions, different languages and offers unexpectedly little streets you can take to escape from the crowd. In the past, it has been a flowing river here and that’s why you can notice the waves on the mosaic of Las Ramblas (representing the water element). The market La Boqueria is on Las Ramblas. Only Sunday is not working day for it. There you can find yourself exploding because of the delicious food you have tasted.

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The waves on the mosaic of Las Ramblas
Gothic Square
Gothic Square

Patatas Bravas, Paellas, Gazpacho, Jamon Iberico, Calamari and seafood, Tortilla Espanola, Crema Catalana, Chorizo, and much more typical Spanish delicacy will make your day one of the best! The wines, of course, are the cherry on the cake! Saludos! Cheers!

3. All Squares has their own charm. Gotic Quarter. Columbus Monument.

Columbus monuments have to be observed by all 4 sides as the figures are quite nice. If you decide to go on the top of it, the panoramic view well worth it. The monument is on the first line of the sea. Another option is to enjoy this view from a cable car, which I did.

Columbus Monument
Columbus Monument

Smart Tip 4: Las Ramblas, La Boqueria, and The Columbus monument plus some nice squares around (The biggest Square is Plaza Catalunya at the beginning of Las Ramblas) can be good combination on your planning list as they are close to each other and basically you will follow the main street and will reach the seaside where is the Monument at the end.

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Plaza Catalunya
La Boqueria
La Boqueria

4. Biking on the seaside + Ciutadella Park and Monument

Actually, this was one of the best choices we’ve been taken. Amazing way to discover the whole seaside, to refresh yourself, to visit the sightseeing around and to do some sport before the next portion of TAPAS and WINES. I truly enjoy this biking tour that we’ve organized for ourselves. I felt like Shakira who actually did her clip of “Loca Loca” song on the main seaside street. In the city center, you can easily rent bikes. It is cheap and saves your time.

The Aquarium is on the seaside as well and it is quite nice!

Smart Tip 5: If you don’t have much time to spend in Barcelona, definitely this is the way how you should explore the city.

Biking in Barcelona
Biking in Barcelona

5. Sagrada Familia – Gaudi’s masterpiece!

Definitely, a must on your list. It is a symbol of the city, one of the most significant works of Gaudi. La Sagrada Familia has been building for many years and it is expected in 2021 to be finished. It represents an amazing symbolism and an unbelievable architecture. Gaudi has been a genius!

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Sagrada Familia

Smart Tip 6: Book your ticket in advance to skip the queue. Saving slot for a certain hour of entering the building will give you 15 minutes to walk around and then you will need to follow your second slot on the ticket for one of the 2 Towers. Don’t be late for this second slot! After observing the Tower, you will have time to walk around the whole Basilica.

NB: The hours after lunchtime are better because the sunlight is going inside the Cathedral in a unique way! The photos will be better as well if taken during this time.

Smart Tip 7: When booking your ticket for Sagrada Familia, you will be requested to choose which of the 2 Towers you want to visit – the Passion or Nativity Tower. The choice is yours. The Passion tower is the new one, built after the Gaudi’s dead. It is without much ornamentation. The Nativity Tower is the older tower and the ornaments and symbolism are everywhere. Both towers are quite nice, but you need to choose one of them. There are no tickets that include both.

Smart Tip 8: Take an audio guide for Sagrada Familia. Definitely worth it! Otherwise, you will skip most of the little details which are so interesting and hide history behind.

6. Park Guell

Nice park with lots of opportunities for fun, walks and relax. Nice alleys and you can spend 2 or more hours walking here. There is only one paid part of Park Guell, where you can see the famous mosaic of Gaudi and the famous Gaudi’s lizard.

Smart Tip 9: To be honest, you can save around 17 EUR for this paid part if you plan to visit other Gaudi’s things like houses, Sagrada Familia. Because this paid part is nothing really distinctive from his work done at La Pedrera or Sagrada Familia for example. It is nice of course and totally your choice.

Park Guell
Park Guell

7. Camp Nou

If you are a big football fan, then it totally worths to visit Camp Nou. For all the rest, the entrance is expensive – around 30 EUR and you can save some money for tapas and wines.

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Camp Nou
Camp Nou handball
Did you know Barcelona has quite a good handball team!?

8. Olympic Park and Montjuic Castle

The Olympic Park will be more interesting for people who like sports. Montjuic Castle is more related to local history. It is with nice architecture and beautiful view. Olympic Park and Montjuic Castle are close to each and should be considered to be visited together.

9. Tibidabo – the translation of the name means

” I am giving to you”,

taken from The Bible. It represents the episode where the evil enchants.

Tibidabo is a hill with a beautiful church and an amusement park. The perfect place if you are with kids. In the church, you can see one of the Black Madonnas. There are 400-500 Black Madonnas in Europe depending on how they are classified.

The Black Madonna at Tibidabo
The Black Madonna at Tibidabo
Tibidabo Amusement Park
Tibidabo Amusement Park

What I missed was the Montserrat tour but I heard it is hot! Next time I am there and if you have time, don’t miss it!

This seems like the end of my Barsa experience. For now! I will definitely visit this city again! Maybe next summer!

Kisses from Barcelona!
Kisses from Barcelona!

 

 

What you should know before in Norway

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Norway is a Scandinavian country and it is very intriguing for all travelers. Just before traveling to Norway, you should be prepared in advance for some Vikings habits and a way of life! Of course, it is totally worth to travel to Norway, to explore the mountains, to enjoy the Fjords! I write down for you 13 simple rules for Norway. Enjoy!

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Breathtaking view from Bergen! Second biggest city in Norway.

Rule 1: Don’t need to wave and say “hello” to Norwegians. Greetings are considered fake gestures. They rarely greet each other at work.

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Art on the street. Fairy tales are alive.

Rule 2: You are not from there and you will feel it at every step. But that’s fine. You will get used with it in a couple of days.

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Nice view in Bergen. Colorful trees.

Rule 3: The summertime is during May, June, July. It doesn’t mean it will be hot. Some summer days can be easily turned into cold winter days. Pack your luggage smart. The Viking country is cold and green.

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Gamlehaugen – historical royal castle in Bergen.

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It is so green and fresh in Norway!

Rule 4: Everyone goes to the Fjords and/ or in the mountain. All you have to experience.

Check my Fjords tour in Bergen and more activities to do there.

Rule 5: Don’t tell to locals that the Fjords are cool but you’ve seen cooler things. It is a National proud. The Fjord tours is the most touristic adventure in Norway. People from all over the world come here because of that. And the good advertising of it, of course.

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Fjord tour

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The emotions are always calm with this beautiful view.

Rule 6: It is hard to buy any kind of alcohol after 6 pm. There are strict restrictions. The wine should be bought only from e specialized shops till 6 pm again. In the bars and restaurants they can serve you alcohol till late hour but it is quite expensive.

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KINN PILS – National Norwegian beer

Rule 7: Norway it is not on a budget destination. So enjoy it a lot!

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Rule 8: The Norwegian kitchen is absolutely delicious. Fresh fish and seafood! A must try when you are there.

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jubel – cheers in Norwegian

Rule 9: Take with you your credit card. Some of the services can be paid only by credit card and they are automated. For example in the parks, the WC should be paid only with credit card.

Rule 10: In the late hours of the night you will notice the Vikings have bad drunkenness. Be careful. Go out with friends, especially for the ladies! But they have nice clubs and the music is cool.

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Rule 11: During the summer, you will enjoy the white nights. Extremely long days. I managed to be in Norway when it didn’t go dark at all for a week. You feel super energized and can spend many hours outside having fun and walking. During the winter it will be cold as hell and dark.

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3 am in the morning

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When the day is long, you have time enough to stay on the top of the mountain and just chilling!

Rule 12: Tromso, in Norway, is considered as the best point to watch the Northern lights. They have to be seen during the winter.

Rule 13: Norwegians like trolls, boats, submarines, biking, fish, beer, snow, rain, nature, The North Sea. Don’t ask why. It is just because they are born Vikings.

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Trolls

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wolf

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My friend -the white bear!

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Even from the picture, you can see the clean air.

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Biking is one of the most popular activities in Norway!

Check here my Floro experience in Norway. I did some pretty cool biking there and a lot more!

Well, it seems like you are ready to go! Enjoy and make your staying blissful!

Norway on the road! Landing…

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Floro – hidden beauty in the North Norway

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I was traveling for a whole day to reach my final destination Floro in Norway. And this was just the beginning of exploring the culture of the Vikings living in Norway!

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Floro, Norway!

My route: Sofia ( Bulgaria) – Vienna ( Austria) – Oslo ( Norway) – Bergen (Norway) – Floro (Norway).

I reached Floro from Bergen by boat. And this was so cool because I could see some of the very popular and beautiful Fjords in Norway. They are really nice, it’s true! When possible try to travel by boat while in Norway because these Norwegian Fjords are quite beautiful and impressive.

 

 

 

Floro. Beautiful small town on the North Sea. Traveling to Floro can be organized with a flight from Oslo or Bergen. Another option is to get a boat to Floro. If you are in a hurry, you can take the fast boat. If you want to spend some more hours in the water, take the touristic boat. Taking some of the touristic tours will mean deeper exploration of many Fjords and amazing breathtaking mountain views.

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The White House in the middle of the North Sea. On my way to Bergen from Floro!

It is not a rumor that the standard it’s high compared with many other European countries. The prices of the hotels are almost one and the same no matter of how north or east you are in Norway and the lowest fares in a good hotel can vary from 120 EUR to even 200 EUR per night. In the summer they get higher because of the high season. The high season is April, May, June when it is expected the weather to be a little more friendly and with more sun. During this period many cruises are organized for people all over the world and Norway is really full of tourists. The white nights are also happening during these months and I really like them!

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Midnight in Floro during the summer!

One of the charming things about Floro is that this town is really local town, no tourists and really calm even during the high season.

Everything in Norway is well priced. In the stores, in the restaurants. Norway it’s not on a budget destination. But of course, the quality of almost everything is good. The food is delicious. They have really warm clothes and accessories. Plenty of Christmas ornaments and the traditional trolls figures everywhere.

Good news: The drinking water is free in Norway! It is fresh and super cool! And clean! And you can drink from the tap with no worries! It’s even recommended!

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Cold, clean and beautiful. North Sea.

How about the weather? Yes, it is cold. And the local people are a bit cold especially at the beginning of a new conversation. But if you spent some time with the Norwegians, some of them can be nice.

 

 

Floro! The town is not a touristic place and the local people are not used to see many foreigners around. In the stores, they don’t have many touristic magnets and stuff and it is hard to make a gift from here.

Recommended hotels in Floro: Comfort Hotel & Quality Hotel. I stayed in Comfort Hotel and I can say it was fine for me, the gym is outside the hotel but it is a big one, the breakfast is super, it is clean and the relaxing area is nice. It is close to the center, close to supermarkets, close to restaurants. Quality hotel is just 5 minutes from Comfort Hotel.

What to see and what to do in Floro? Floro has incredibly beautiful nature! The nightlife is not something you can come for. It is a really calm city. Of course, there are small and big restaurants with beautiful views of the North Sea, also there are some pubs where you can taste local beer. The food is extremely delicious and you can taste different fishes and seafood. Be prepared to spend about 20 to 45 EUR per dish or even more if you gonna eat in a restaurant. A glass of wine is about 10 EUR and the beer almost the same.

 

 

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Regular view from office building in Floro

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Another usual view from office building in Floro

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Feeling part of National Geografic!

The harbor is something every town in Norway should have. In Floro, the harbor area is quite nice. Many boats are coming and going and they bring the vitality of the town.

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Floro’s Harbor

There is a town football team and you can watch some of their games. I had the chance to be a part of one. It is a good way to experience the Vikings’ spirit! I don’t watch football but I did enjoy the football game in Floro. Next, to the stadium, there is a beautiful path in the forest and of course I had a walk there. The air is so fresh, the trees so big, the forest was really impressive and massive. Everything is so green! It gives me the sense of freedom.

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Watching the Vikings football game

 

 

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Floro’s forest

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I feel so small!

There are so many lakes in the city and there are areas where you can sit around them and have a lunch with champagne. You can even have your dinner outside in nature. You know in the summer the sun doesn’t go down or it goes but really lately. So the too many light hours give you more time to be outside on the mountain or in the North Sea.

 

 

If you wanna go on a beach, that’s not a problem. There is a nice sandy area, a barbeque can be organized there. It is called Sørstrand Folkepark. It is close to the airport but hidden in nature. In a good weather you can get some ten here and even go in the water, locals said. But that’s more for the locals. I felt cold all the time being in Floro and the wind is cold. Around this sandy beach area, there are some historical monuments from the Second World War. These German Bunkers are many in this area and there are some more in the Forest Area of Floro as well. If you like history, this can be something to explore.

 

 

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Sørstrand Folkepark beach

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Sørstrand Folkepark beach

 

 

Hiking is a very popular activity and there are organized hikes for tourists but you can also rent a bike yourself. I got a bike from my hotel Comfort Hotel for free, so you better check your hotel options first. It is a really nice experience. You are passing mountains and North Sea views are just wonderful. The vast mountain area is called Flora district and offers good walking and hiking experience. On the south/ east side of Svanøy, there are many signposted footpaths and hiking paths. You better be in warm clothes!

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Biking in Flora District

I strongly recommend doing the Brandsøyåsen Hiking. This is the highest peak in the Flora mountain area. It is reachable from Floro town. I can say it was a little extreme to reach this top, it was rainy and even some snow but the sun came up when I was at the top and the view took my breath.

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Breathtaking view from Brandsøyåsen!

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Norway is a really different experience from any other European countries. It is the touch of the nature that gives you the sense of the powerful energy around. It is once in a lifetime experience to explore the culture, The North Sea, The Ocean, The Fjords, the beautiful forest in Norway.

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Floro is just the start of one Norwegian adventure. I spent almost a month in Norway, so I am really excited to share more of what I’ve learned from the Vikings. Stay with me on the road!

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Kisses!

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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!

Пръски кал и АТВ страсти!

За мен е удоволствие да споделя един невероятен уикенд сред природата на Хасковските Минерални бани! Тук пролетта разлиства красоти на всяка крачка и погледът се спира на безброй места… докато неусетно зелената топлина на гората нежно ме прегръща…

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Започваме АТВ разходката с Мото Катерици!

Изживях невероятно  двучасово АТВ приключение с Мото Катерици (кликни на името за Facebook), които ми вдигнаха адреналина и ме преведоха през невероятен маршрут. Стартът: Горно Брястово, Минерални бани. Отсреща се намира връх Гарваница, хълмът рогче, който е стара тракийска местност в Минерални бани. Този хълм пази тайни от минали времена и човешката намеса по камъните се е запечатала и до днес.

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Kратка почика и снимки 🙂

Докато се усетя съм понесена от страхотно АТВ Kawasaki Brute Force 300 (2018 година) и маршрутът е невероятен! Изпитвам силни офроуд емоции и вятърът разпилява косите ми и отнася натрупания стрес и умора. Чувствам се лека и истински се забавлявам. Да вдигнеш адреналина всъщност е толкова релаксиращо! Мото Катерици ни предоставиха страхотна професионална екипировка, с която се чувствахме сигурни и спокойни! Екипировката изцяло предпазва горната част на тялото, гърба, ръцете, раменете; имаме каски и очила и пръските кал не са никакъв пролем!

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Страхотно е, че може да споделиш приключението с приятел!

Маршрутът ни започва екстремно и преминаваме местност с приятен наклон. След това пресичаме рекичка и се озоваваме на път, където може да увеличим скоростта и да усетим мощта на АТВ-то! WoW! Пътят е прекрасен, зелен, с пръски кал, емоции, песен на птички и невероятни гледки. Минаваме язовирче с красиво дърво отпред, разцъфнало от пролетна прегръдка. Правим паузи и почивки и снимаме, за да запечатаме тези адреналинови емоции. Стигаме до местността “Юртите” и правим освежаваща пауза. Наблизо има каменна чешма и може да се разхладим. Продължаваме разходката с АТВ и пътят е равен. Досега се возех, но вече имам куража и да се разменя и да покарам АТВ-то. Натискам леко газта и удоволствието веднага ме изпълва. Офроуд емоции! Водачът ни беше супер и беше предвидил спирки, където ни предложи да се разменим и да покарам и аз. Толкова е вълнуващо!

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Връщаме се приятно изморени от това двучасово изживяване и благодарим на нашия водач за страхотната АТВ разходка. Обещаваме си да повторим скоро!

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След като хапнахме и пооспокоихме страстите, се оказа, че сме се изморили доста и заслужено поспахме! Невероятен уикенд в Хасковските Минерални бани!

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Ако искате и вие да вдигнете адреналина, да съчетаете разходка до ново място, да се освежите из Родопи планина – горещо препоръчвам АТВ разходката, която ние направихме! Благодарим на екипа Мото Катерици и на пролетта за красотата в гората!

 

 

 

 

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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!

 

 

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My beautiful hometown – Mineralni bani

I have been living in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, for 7 years and I love the rhythm of this dynamic city. My hometown is Mineralni Bani, Haskovo city region. A small village in the beautiful South Bulgaria where all people are warm and smiley. My home is here, my parents live here, many of my dreams start here. Here everyone and every place give me love and support.

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Beautiful hometown village Mineralni Bani

I love being here, in Mineralni Bani, for the weekend. It is so relaxing and the nature is so beautiful. I love the old village houses, the smell of my hometown is amazing! When I am here, I always get 2 kilos because the food is incredibly delicious and I overeat with pleasure. Our house is a big courtyard where my mum takes care of bio vegetables and fruits. We have wooden barbeque and green areas. My favorite is the cherry tree in front of the house!

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Homemade Buns

Village Mineralni bani is an autonomous municipality. The sport and folklore are very well developed here. The men’s football team and the women’s handball team glorify the small resort village. I have been training handball for 12 years in my teenage years here.

The national resort village of Mineralni Bani welcomes you.

You can visit the site of Mineralni Bani here. There are many tourists and many of them use the healing water of the mineral springs. The mineral water is unique with its composition. There are 14 gushing springs in the resort Mineralni Bani.

More about the chemical composition of the healing mineral water in the National Resort Mineralni bani find here.

There are many nice hotels, family houses, and rooms where the tourists of the village can enjoy the relaxing and authentic energy of Mineralni Bani. They can enjoy the delicious homemade food. The hotels have full spa packages, indoor and outdoor pools. The outdoor pools are an amazing experience during the winter when the snow is around the pool but you are sitting in the hot mineral water enjoying the snowflakes on your cheeks.

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Pool summer party 

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Ecopath in Mineralni Bani

In the small resort center, there is a public bath with mineral water at really affordable prices. You can check the prices here.

The nature of my hometown Mineralni bani is typical for the East Rodopi mountain. The highest peak is Aida – a great place for a walk and relax. The forest welcomes you to explore Rodopi mountain.

The Thracians have lived here and stamped the region with their traditions and energy. The local people know the old traditions.

The Romans have lived also here and there is a Roman Fortress “Holy Spirit” as a heritage.

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Roman Fortress “Holy Spirit”

Walking around the center of Mineralni Bani village, you should not miss the giant footprint of Virgin Marry. The stone phenomenon can be visited in this region – Orlova Skala, Probitiyat kamak, Drenaka.

The Terrarium in the resort Mineralni Bani is also a great attraction. All information on animal species, prices, contacts – here.

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Terrarium Mineralni Bani

Mineralni Bani village welcomes thousands of kids every year during the Festival of the Mineral water, big celebrity for the whole town. The kids from Europe, Turkey, and even Brasil perform traditional dances and songs and show their talent during this Festival.

I am blessed with my hometown!

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Beautiful nature in Mineralni Bani

 

Between The Old town and The Lower town in Sibiu – Gossip tree

It’s been one amazing day in Sibiu, Romania!

The city is more alive than ever. From a week lots of strikes against the new government’s laws! Good job, Romania!

But this is another story. And my story is happening every day between the Old Sibiu Town and The Lower town of Sibiu –Gossip tree!  Just click on the name and you will see the location.

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Let’s enter the story and go directly into the Wonderland!

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The store collects beautiful unique cloths and jewelries from 40 Romanian designers from Sibiu! Everything is arty and you feel like the cloths are telling you stories…

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I love home made nice creative style and this shop is full of this!

It smells like home and the music makes me feel like I want to start painting… or at least to create something beautiful!

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If you have the chance to visit Sibiu in Romania, this shop is exactly for you. You can have amazing gifts or also you can add something really beautiful and different in your wardrobe!

The Gossip Tree Boutique facebook page is here. I have more good news for you. You can contact them and make your order online and they might be able to send you what you want 🙂

I have the feeling this will return as my practice 🙂

And most but not least the lady in the shop is charming and can make your day. One of the few people who really loves her job!

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10 Alternative ways to stay excited in Sofia(Bulgaria) during the winter

Well, I live in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, and here now there is some snow and minus temperatures. So nice cold winter weather!

I do have a lot of fun during the winter and I am very happy to share with you 10 alternative ways to stay cool and excited when outside is minus 20 degrees.

Let’s discover Sofia!

  1. Painting and drinking wine at the newest hit in Sofia – Rosso

Have you heard about this place? It is painting and wine bar in Lozenets, Sofia. Rosso. Charming atmosphere, nice people and so much art on this place!

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You can paint your best picture while drinking wine.

During the whole time an experienced painter is helping you. His explanations and ideas are so good, so no matter how “unarty” you think you are, you will have really nice picture to take at home.img_20161229_213436

Rosso has a facebook page and you can trace their events. Also check the locations in the facebook page. It’s really fantastic place to go and relax creatively!

  1. Karting

Sofia Ring Mall has indoor karting and you can drift yourself! If you are a group of friends, they can organize a competition and wake up your sport spirit! The karting has challenging runways so be careful!

  1. Skiing/ exploring Vitosha mountain

The best thing you can do during the winter is to go and celebrate the snow. Sofia has a big advantage as an European capital –  it’s close to Vitosha mountain.In fact, Sofia is the only one European capital with a mountain really near to the city center! So if you do skiing, go to feel the mountain. If not, you can always learn. At least there is a fantastic paths you can have a fresh walk.

For skiing in Vitosha mountain more info check here

For just nice walks – Vitosha mountain again is the right place. It’s no more than 30 – 40 minutes far away from the city center of Sofia!

After the beautiful walk/ skiing it’s strongly recommended to eat in guesthouse “Moten” as the food is one of the most delicious and represents the Bulgarian traditional kitchen.

  1. Karaoke

Yes, You can do it! How about some cocktails with friends and after that you can sing together your favorite songs. I can recommend one cozy place in Student city area. Student city is a place especially for young students, there are plenty of bars, discos, caffees. If you want to party, this is where most of the people in Sofia regularly go.

Let’s go back to the karaoke night. I recommend – Sound Wave. Really nice modest bar for everyone! Find them here.

They have a big big list of songs which can be sung, so no way to have a bad night there.

It’s a rock bar so it’s time for headbanging!

  1. Spa

In Sofia, there are plenty of hotels where you can swim and relax the whole day.

I recommend Victoria Spa in Ramada hotel. The facilities are nice, it’s clean and the pool is huge, which is important if you want to swim. They have relaxing area, two saunas, steam bath, big pool and pool for kids, Jacuzzi, massages, fitness and group sport activities.

More information you can easily find on their site.

  1. Escape rooms

Entertain, friends, thinking, new challenge, secrets… Yes, all these you can feel if you try some of Sofia escape rooms. It is a room where you and friends need to discover, explore and find the answers of puzzles from different areas. It helps you also to develop your team building skills.

The full list of all escape rooms in Sofia can be found here, so don’t wait and book your new challenge!

No matter of your nationality almost all escape rooms in Sofia have English versions.

  1. Boom! Burgers N Steaks

Why not having an amazing burger, specialized exactly for you. Find the place here in the city center of Sofia. You can arrange the perfect burger for you, they have plenty of combinations. Boom yourself with a burger!

If you overeat, you can always have a nice walk on the main Sofia boulevard Vitoshka. It’s a really charming area, one of my favorite for a walk.

Check also and St. Alexander Nevsky Bulgarian Orthodox cathedral in the city center of Sofia.

  1. Latino dances

Well, this is one of my passions. It’s being more and more promoted recently. There are organized classes by reputable dance schools. My school is Salsa Ritmo and I believe they are the best!

My teachers – Tedy & Mitko, become the 4th in the world this winter in bachata style! Check Salsa Ritmo’s site here and choose a class! They also have a facebook page with news and exciting Latino events.

Also there are plenty of places to go just for salsa party dancing. They are very social latino events, you can meet really interesting people and burn some calories, while having fun!

I have two favorites for Latino parties in Sofia:

  1. Kango jumps

Well, let’s jump into the world of Kango jums. It is recently very popular in Sofia to try this sport activity. I really enjoy it. It is a mix of cardio and burning exercises on a loud music. The feeling is refreshing and you can stay slim and feel beautiful! Almost in each neighbourhood of Sofia there are Kango jump facilities. Be crazy, cool and fit with Kango jumps.

  1. Ice skating

Well, one of my favorite activities during the winter. Actually you can practice them only when it’s winter. Ice skating in Sofia is available for you on many places. Check the list here thanks to two amazing travel bloggers and sisters. Their site is fascinating.

My favorite ice skating places in Sofia are the Winter Palace (it is in Student city, Sofia) and Ariana lake ( in the city center of Sofia).

Love the winter! Do you?