|the view from our bedroom|
THE BALKAN JEWEL RESORT
|our comfy beds|
|our dining area and kitchen|
Bulgaria is a country in southeastern Europe. With a territory of 42,855 square miles and a population of more than 7 million, it is Europe's 16th-largest country. The Thracians occupied the land in ancient history and later the Persians, Greeks and Romans. From 681 AD, the First Bulgarian Empire dominated most of the Balkans and was the cultural hub.
|the view from our dining area|
RAZLOG, BANSKO AND THE PIRINS
|a flock of sheep|
|Sveta Troitsa Church|
The shuttle also took us to charming Bansko, an important tourism and winter sports centre, only ten minutes away on the northeast slopes of the Pirin Mountain Range. Our friendly driver who speaks no English took us to the town's pride, the magnificent wooden Orthodox Church, Sveta Troitsa Church (1835). Surrounded by a high and thick stone wall, it hosts Bansko’s major landmark: the 30-meter high clock tower.
|the marvelous wooden Orthodox Church of Bansko, Bulgaria|
|the indoor spa|