Category Archives: Balkans

The Small but Excellent Vitosha Lounge, Sofia Airport

The Ancient Macedonia tour ended where it began, in Sofia, Bulgaria. We ordered a taxi and made our way back to modern, easy to navigate Sofia Airport for Leg 1; a Lufthansa flight to Frankfurt, Germany. Leg 2 would not

Hindsight is 20/20 in Ancient Macedonia

Before I begin nit-picking the Explore Worldwide itinerary apart (after all Hindsight is always 20/20), I thought travelers may be interested in what the UK people told us about Budget Airlines; airline facts change daily so check for yourself and

Outside the Back Entrance to Rila Monastery, Bulgaria

The existing structures inside Rila Monastery date back to the Nineteenth Century except for Hrelyu Tower built with donations of Prince Stefan Hrelyu who had it built in 1355 for defensive purposes. Hrelyu tower is a compact building 23 meters/75 feet

Unique and Spectacular UNESCO Rila Monastery, Bulgaria

Marine Steve and I visited Rila Monastery 10 years ago (actually hiked there with a Wilderness Travel group traveling through Bulgaria) and were thrilled with a chance to gawk at the fabulous frescoes once again. Visitors were then allowed up

A Quick Walking Tour of Adorable Bansko, Bulgaria

Bansko is located at the foot of the Pirin Mountains, only 150 kilometers/93 miles from Sofia and is one of the leading winter ski resorts in the Bulgaria. There is a cabin lift beginning in Bansko to Banderishka Polyana. If

Review of Star Park Hotel Gardenia in Bansko, Bulgaria

One night was spent at the Park Hotel Gardenia, 72 “Tzar Simeon” Street, in Bansko. The Four–Star Park Hotel Gardenia is located in the center of Bansko next to the town park and is best known as one of Bulgaria’s