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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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Sacred places and photographers problems

Sacred places and photographers problems

A morning hike to some waterfalls Today we won’t make long car rides, but stay a little closer to home. We start the day with a lovely breakfast at Evo’s place before getting ready for the day’s first hike. Not a hike like last year’s Rila Seven Lakes tour. Just a short one. Over some fields and along a river that cascades further upstream down some lovely small waterfalls. Evo assured me that I could do it in my sport

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Rila Mountains & Bulgaria’s largest Monastery

Rila Mountains & Bulgaria’s largest Monastery

Sofia, Monday, June, 25, 2018 Do I have to go now? My last day of this fantastic tour has come – but there is no time to be sad right now, there are still some more hours left! For the moment I am snuggling back into my bed, trying to keep warm. It has been so freaking cold in this hut tonight, even four wool blankets could not keep me warm. A knock on my door, the others are already downstairs

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