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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2008 10:35 pm 
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Hi everyone, chatting with Pravdo elsewhere in the forum about their home country of Bulgaria inspired me to post some photos I took during a very enjoyable holiday there in August 2004.

All photos taken with the original Canon EOS 300D / Digital Rebel using the bog-standard 18-55mm kit lens. None are cropped or processed.

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Above: Typical bar / restaurant in Bansko. These are called Mehanas

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Above: strange rock formations surround the tiny town of Melnik, population 267.
Melnik is famous for producing a dark red wine using grapes unique to the area.

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Above: escaping from the heat in a cool cave wine cellar in Melnik.

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Above: eastern-bloc styled hotel in Sandanski

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Above: Car in Sandanski

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Above: The amazing Rila Monestary in the heart of forests and Rila mountains

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Above: Ceiling detail from church in Rila Monestary. Ahem, inspired by the cover of the Lonely Planet!

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Above: former Monk's room in Rila monestary. Members of the public
can rent these rooms for the night and this was our resting place!

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Above: View heading down to the popular Seven lakes area in the Rila mountains.

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Above: Is it a Mars or a Snickers? Neither actually! A kind of sub-kit-kat!

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Above: Rila Mountain Hut in the Rila Mountains. Generally regarded
as the best of the huts in the area. Great location, but a bit run-down!

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Above: view from the peak of Mt Musala looking back to a modern mountian hut to the left of the lake.

I'd highly recommend Bulgaria as a destination for anyone travelling in Eastern Europe!

Gordon


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Don't think much of the hotel in #4...looks like my old flat in Walthamstow :)

Seriously though, Bulgaria looks amazing and I really hope to get there some day. Particularly like the monastery and the mountains.

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Hey, Gordon, so lovely photos and funny comments... I am happy you enjoyed there... you were indeed in loveliest places. Buy the way, Melnik (267 inhabitants) is a town but not village, and always have been. When it was big town there were 500 people :-) . It is like funny fact in bulgarian geography I remember from school. what make a place town, city or village are two things-the range of the local bishop and second the livelihood. if they live of trade but not agriculture it is a town no matter how big or small it is... well, it was in the past but Melnik still insist on "town" :-)
Thanx again for that nice walk in my country. Refreshing as I am stuck to Sofia...

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Thanks Pravdo! I'll update my caption!


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I loved Bulgaria when I went!
I met some lovely people and had a great time. Maybe I'll come back one day =).
The only problem was the damn mosquitoes!


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Looks like a really nice place... Great shots there...

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A fascinating country, lots of new money in the citys and towns but a very different story in the countryside. Travelling around you see lots of change and building work, but there are some lovely old buildings around too. Here are a few pictures taken over the last 4 years when we're visited Pamporovo, Bansko, Elenite and Nessebar. Its got an amazing history, a very proud people and wonderful scenery.


Nessebar, UNESCO World Heritage
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Pamporovo - Ski resort in the Rudopi Mountains, topped by the Snezhanka TV Tower

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Bansko & Sofia

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Bansko Town Square
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Sofia Herself!
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main throughfare in Sofia
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Roman ruins in Sofia
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Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia, built to commemorate the Russian Soldiers who died helping liberate Bulgaria from Turkish rule
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Former Headquarters of the Communist Party, Sofia
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The trusty Tupolev Ty 154! Fastest jet airliner currently in service

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PS I have resized all the above files in photobucket down to 320 x 240, but the larger sizes still seemed to be appearing! Any suggestions on how to rectify this?

As most of were taken on a 2MP camera, the files aren't as big as they may appear!

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michduncg wrote:
PS I have resized all the above files in photobucket down to 320 x 240, but the larger sizes still seemed to be appearing! Any suggestions on how to rectify this?

As most of were taken on a 2MP camera, the files aren't as big as they may appear!

We're OK - it'll be your browser. If reloading the page doesn't sort the problem try clearing your browser's cache.

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We're OK - it'll be your browser. If reloading the page doesn't sort the problem try clearing your browser's cache.


Sound advice Bob - thanks :wink:

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Isn't that a Trabi at #5?

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Wou... so many people visited my country? Yes, it's Trabi... a legend during socialistic time, but not anymore :-) terrible car... but cheap...cheap but terrible

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Ah Nessebar!
That place was breathtaking =)


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