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Third time lucky?

Third time lucky?

Early morning hike Once more, we did not set a time to get out and move. Like yesterday, I don’t want to wake up Evo. Instead, I am just getting prepared for the day in my room and opening the door to the corridor, so he knows to come in once he is ready. However, if he has the same approach, we will both stay in our rooms until we have to check out of this hotel. Anyway, if nothing

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Visiting small mountain villages

Visiting small mountain villages

Sunrise over Trigrad We are starting the day by putting Evo’s driving skills to the test while trying to find a suitable spot for our sunrise shooting. Somewhere up that mountain would be good; however, it turns out the road is not safe enough for us to continue. At least not with this car; if it had a higher clearance, it would work out just fine here. But not as it is. My first thought when Evo tells me that

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Visiting an abandoned village in the Rhodopes

Visiting an abandoned village in the Rhodopes

Sunrise over the abandoned village Another crazy early morning, we are getting up at 4 a.m., skipping breakfast again to save time. Who would have been hungry for breakfast yet anyway? This morning Evo takes me to an almost entirely abandoned village in the Rhodope Mountains. At its peak time, 60 people of Turkish origin lived here, planting tobacco and farming for a living. Today less than 30 remain. The others moved to the towns of Bulgaria or even abroad.

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Hidden gems of the Rhodope Mountains

Hidden gems of the Rhodope Mountains

Early bird gets the worm, they say My alarm goes off at 04:20 a.m., and it is only “this late” because we are saving time by skipping breakfast. instead, it is all about getting dressed and ready to drive to our first hidden gem of the day. It is a couple of hours away, so we need to start early to be there in time for the sunrise. I already charged my batteries and packed my bag for the tour

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