For decades Vitosha has been one of the most favorite places for spending time amongst nature and have a walk – a pleasant gift for the citizens of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria.
The most picturesque places in the Vitosha mountain are – it’s highest peak – Cherni vrash (2 290 meters high), Golden Bridges, Kamen del peak, lands around Bistritsa and Zeleznica, which offer wonderful conditions for a family picnic and tourism.
It’s a Sunday winter morning and I’m walking down the magical path toward Golden Bridges. I was surprised of the way I has left astonished of the magic that this mountain hides. You can only assume that a fairy could appear from the snow. Everything is white, snow covered everywhere. Silence makes me listen the story that nature tells by itself.
The path is swirling upwards around the river. The birds are singing happily. Aren’t those songs that glorify the beauty of the nature? The snowflakes sparkling like little golden pearls which embellish the trees and all of the greenery. The smell of freshness is spread everywhere. You are exclaim how clean and beautiful it is. This is the magic of Vitosha!
The Rila Monastery – my favorite place, is located near my home town Rila. I grew up here, I was baptize here and I visit this holy place every time I need more emotional power and every time I realize the magic of this place.
The Rila Monastery is located amidst herbs and sweet with resin fragrance woods deep in the valley of the Rilska River in the Rila Mountain. It is an amalgamation of religious, residential and farm buildings. It is distinguished by its unique architecture. The twenty-four-meter long stone walls of the foundation of the buildings form an irregular quadrangle rendering the monastery the appearance of a fortress from the outside. Therefore, upon entering through one of the two iron gates tourists are taken by surprise by the soft architectural forms: arcs and colonnades, covered wooden stairs and carved balconies in front of the premises – around 300 in number. In the cobblestone courtyard there coexist the stern holes of the Tower of Hrelyu built by Sebastocrator Hrelyu in 1335 and the silver domes of the Main Church built in 1834-1838.
Founder of the Rila Monasrety is the first Bulgarian hermit monk Saint Ioan Rilski (876-946) who chose to live in the Rila wilderness as a way of coming close to God.
The Rila Monastery is at the top place in the World heritage list of cultural and natural sites to the UNESCO.
In the autumn of 2022 I made a trip at northern England and visited the Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland. The castle is quite impressive with its architecture and is created as a modern museum, telling plenty of stories. In one of the halls there is an interactive table where visitors can listen to the stories of the people that lived in the castle. Thus I felt like the castle is alive and these ancient walls have so much stories to tell. Apart from this , the view from the gardens of the castle is breathtaking. It is a place worth visiting, especially for families with children.
En el video “La historia de mi vida”, Chaimae nos cuenta su experiencia, cuando hace unos años dejó a su familia en Marruecos y vino a vivir a España junto con su esposo.
Drevesa ne le rastejo in zelenijo, temveč se tudi gibajo, kar da poseben pečat naravi.