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Baba Vanga

In many aspects Bulgaria is a miraculous country. It hides many known and unknown wonders. It`s not only an unusual place but a source of energy as well. It is a place that lets you become one with nature. The country offers a big arsenal of interesting and adventurous places to visit in Destinations Bulgaria.

Visit Bulgaria and discover its mineral springs. Learn about its history. Enjoy its picturesque nature and get amazed by its mysterious places.

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Even without having yet being on a holiday in Bulgaria, I am sure you have heard about Baba Vanga (Grandmother Vanga). Many Bulgarian and foreign tourists visit the house of Vanga and the Saint Petka Bulgarska Temple as ones of destinations Bulgaria. They are sacred places.

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Vanga is a symbol of compassion, of nobility. She is a woman of many virtues as well. Vangeliya Pandeva Gushterova was the One, the Chosen.

Born in 1911 in Strumica, in today`s Macedonia, Vanga had really difficult childhood. Losing her mother at the age of 2, Vanga depended for some time on the neighbours until her father remarried and thus Baba Vanga had a stepmother, who didin`t treat her very well. She had to stay in an orphanage. Once being home for a holiday, Vanga went for a walk with her cousin. Although the weather was good, a sudden whirlwind rose and strange enough, took only Vanga. A few days later people found her in bushes with her eyes bleeding. She was badly damaged and suffering enormous pain. After this incident she went blind.

Vanga`s destiny

Vanga`s destiny had always been unusual and she suffered many hardships.

In 1940 she began to prophecy. At first, she heard a voice in her dream that told her about the forthcoming war (World War II). Soon after, `the Voice` started talking to the blind woman while she was awake. For it Vanga said was the voice of St. John Chrysostom. He came to Baba Vanga on 6 April 1941 and since then the Saint was with her, until her death in August, 1996.

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Cross Forest mystical Bulgaria Destination

Krastova Gora (the Cross Forest), one of many mystical Bulgaria destinations

Bulgaria Destinations Day 1

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First day of your customized tours Bulgaria . Firstly, we will travel to one of Bulgaria destinations, Panagyurishte, where we will go sightseeing.

Sofia – 95 km, 1,30 hours (Sofia tour guide)
Plovdiv – 80 km, 1 hours
Burgas – 315 km, 4 hours
Varna – 437 km, 5  hours

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After breakfast we will make a city tour around Panagyurishte. It is a small, picturesque town in the Sredna Gora Mountain. Panagyurishte is an important place for Bulgaria as it was part of the April Uprising in 1876. It is also the birthplace of the teacher known as Rayna Knyaginya. The brave Bulgarian who sewed the flag for the Uprising. Nowadays her house is a museum.

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Bulgarian Monasteries

Customized Tours Bulgaria Day 1

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Let your customized tours Bulgaria start. On that first day of tours Bulgaria we travel to the Rila Monastery. It is not far from the capital of Bulgaria, Sofia, which is 120 km away. (private guided Sofia tours)

As soon as we reach the monastery, we check in into a hotel in the region, dinner and overnight.

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After breakfast we will visit the Rila Monastery. It’s a unity of spirituality, culture and nature. It is a National Museum and a National Historical reserve. The Rila Monastery is also in the List of World Cultural Heritage of UNESCO.

It`s one of the symbols of Bulgaria and also a very popular Bulgaria tourist destination for customized tours Bulgaria. There we will see the church of the Nativity of the Virgin, the grave of Tzar Boris III as well as the Tower of Hrelyo and the Rila Monastery History Museum.

Follows lunch after which the smallest town in Bulgaria, Melnik and its Pyramids are awaiting you. Surely, let`s not forget the wine produced there. When we are there, we will relax from the journey with wine trying in Villa Melnik Winery. Check in the hotel in Melnik, dinner and overnight.

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Breakfast and a short city tour around Melnik. It includes a visit to the Kordopulov`s House which is supposed to be the biggest residential building on the Balkan Peninsula from the Revival Period. Also a visit to the Museum in the town. Another monastery is awaiting us – this is the Rozhen Monastery, built in 1890, with fine frescoes and amazing wood carvings.

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Coastal Bulgaria Tours

Discover Burgas

Coastal Bulgaria Tours Day 1

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This time we suggest that our coastal Bulgaria tours begin from Burgas instead of Sofia. (daily tour Sofia) The second biggest on the Bulgarian coast, after Varna, Burgas is a modern city where one can find traits of the mysterious middle Ages. All you need to do is visit the most remarkable places in the city.

Firstly, our tour starts with `St. Cyril and Methodius` Cathedral – one of the most beautiful churches in Bulgaria.

Then, we will have the chance to learn about the traditional culture and way of life of old Burgas in the Ethnographic Museum.

Coastal Bulgaria tours and the Sea Garden of the city

Burgas` largest and best-known public park, is rich in flowers, trees and sculptures. It is located along the city`s coast on Black Sea and it houses a casino, the `Marine Casino`, Also, a small zoo and an open-air theatre where the annual International Folklore Festival takes place. A nice walk there with a great Black Sea view will refresh us. And not only that but it will make us ready for a visit to the island of `St. Anastasia`. After that, the second half of the day we will spend right there – on the island, which is the most romantic place on the Burgas Bay. A small ship, from the Bridge in the Sea Garden, will take us there. (private Bosphorus tours)

Apart from the delicious authentic Burgas dishes, which we will definitely try, we will enjoy the history of the island as well. It is surely one of the places to visit in Bulgaria. It is veiled in mystery and many legends and stories can be heard about it. The island is the only one that has a church – `The Ascension`, which is part of the monastery that once existed there.

After the visit to the island, we will go back to the hotel.

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After breakfast we leave for the ancient town of Sozopol. Tourists, on their holidays to Bulgaria, come to Sozopol for the beauty of the sea and for its rich, ancient history. The town can be paradise not only for the ones who love ancient architecture, but also for those interested in the unique archaeological relics. Even if you are not, there is no other way but to get inspired by the antiquity and grandeur of this small town.

Sozopol is on the Black Sea coast, in the southern part of Burgas Bay. It is divided into two parts – Old and New Town between which is the Sea Garden. The Old Town is on the small Skamniy Peninsula which has connection, through artificial embankment and breakwater, with the island of St Cyricus. There the archaeologists found unique temples – one is from the archaic century while the other is from the elinistic.

Two other islands in coastal Bulgaria tours are waiting for us. These are the island of St Ivan (St John) and the small island of St Peter, which is next to it. Boats and a small ship from the harbour of Sozopol, will take us there. Tourist paths lead to the archaeological monument – `St John the Baptist` Monastery.

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Bulgarian Coast

A small town with big `heart` ready to welcome everybody, who love beauty, on their holidays to Bulgarian coast

Sozopol – a city with soul

A small town which attracts with its picturesque sunsets, the coziness of its small streets and the peaceful laps of waves… Sozopol is the oldest settlement on the Bulgarian coast. It is located in the south-east of Bulgaria, around 30 km south of Burgas, in a beautiful bay.

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Tourists, on their private tours Bulgaria, come to Sozopol for the beauty of the sea, of the Bulgarian coast, and for Sozopol’s rich, ancient history. Antiquities crop up behind the narrow corners of the narrow ancient streets. Even if you`ve somehow gone the wrong direction, you shouldn`t be worried. You would, definitely find yourselves at some fascinating place.

Today`s Sozopol is still a place where life is busy. Especially in summer. There one can meet people who belong to the world of cinema, theatre and music…

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Make sure your private tours Bulgaria take you to Sozopol – the city with soul. This is one of the best places to visit on Bulgarian coast.

The archaeological exploration of the site gives a proof of more than six thousand years of cultural tradition. The remains of primitive houses, ceramic pottery, stone and bronze tools serve as evidence of the busy everyday life of the local population.

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Sozopol’s first name was Apollonia Pontica (that is ‘Apolonia on the Black Sea’). It got its name after and in honour of the God of Apollonius. This was a God of various functions but in ancient Apollonia, particularly, people respected him as a healer. Apollonia Pontica was founded in the year 610 BC as a Hellenic colony, a city-country. Today, people use this old name for the annually held Festival of Arts in Sozopol.

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Ancient Bulgaria tour

On the steps of Ancient Bulgaria tour

Ancient Bulgaria Tour Day 1

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Ancient Bulgaria Tour starts – Sofia – Perperikon – Kardzhali, 290km 3:30 hours` drive

We welcome you for your ancient Bulgaria tour in the city of Sofia. Then we leave for the town of Kardzhali. Kardzhali is a town in the Eastern Rhodopes and the area where the town is located now has been inhabited since Neolithic. When the Thracian tribes settled there they developed a highly advanced civilization. There are many stone castles and palaces that the Thracians built in the region. We will visit the most significant one of them, Perperikon. The medieval archaeological complex Perperikon is one of the most ancient monumental megalithic structures, entirely carved into the rocks. It is one of the most popular Bulgaria destinations. For thousands of years this place has been used by the people to worship their gods.

Then we will proceed to Kardzhali where we will have lunch.

Check in into a hotel and stay in Kardzhali overnight.

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Kardzhali – Tatul – Armira Villa – Plovdiv, 320 km 5:10 hours` drive

We will start the day with a visit to another Thracian megalithic monument near the village of Tatul. It is one of the most imposing monuments on the territory of Bulgaria.

Next stop in our Bulgaria holiday will be the ancient Roman Villa which is 2000 years old. It belonged to a Thracian aristocrat who received the status of a Roman citizen and he built a holiday residence. That was the most impressive and rich private villa of the time on Bulgarian lands. The name of the villa is Villa Armira.

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The Attendant`s Confession part 9

During this time there was much talk of the colonel. People came and told me tales about him, but without observing the priest`s moderation. I defended the memory of the colonel. I recalled his good qualities, his virtues; had he not been austere?

“Austere!” they would interrupt. “Nonsense! He is dead, and it`s all over now. But he was a regular demon!”

And they would cite incidents and relate the colonel`s perversities, some of which were nothing less than extraordinary.

Need I confess it? At first I listened to all this talk with great curiosity; then, a queer pleasure penetrated my heart, a pleasure from which, sincerely, I tried to escape. And I continued to defend the colonel; I explained him, I attributed much of the fault-finding to local animosity; I admitted, yes, I admitted that he had been a trifle exacting, somewhat violent.

“Somewhat! Why he was as furious as a snake!” exclaimed the barber.

And all—the collector, the apothecary, the clerk—all were of the same opinion. And they would start to relate other anecdotes. They reviewed the entire life of the deceased. The old folks took particular delight in recalling the cruelties of his youth. And that queer pleasure, intimate, mute, insidious, grew within me—a sort of moral tapeworm whose coils I tore out in vain, for they would immediately form again and take firmer hold than ever.

The formalities of the inventory afforded me a little relief; moreover, public opinion was so unanimously unfavorable to the colonel that little by little the place lost the lugubrious aspect that had at first struck me. At last I entered into possession of the legacy, which I converted into land-titles and cash.

Inheritance in charity

Several months had elapsed, and the idea of distributing the inheritance in charity and pious donations was by no means so strong as at first it had been; it even seemed to me that this would be sheer affectation. I revised my initial plan; I gave away several insignificant sums to the poor; I presented the village church with a few new ornaments; I gave several thousand francs to the Sacred House of Mercy, etc. I did not forget to erect a monument upon the colonel`s grave—a very simple monument, all marble, the work of a Neapolitan sculptor who remained at Rio until 1866, and who has since died, I believe, in Paraguay.

Years have gone by. My memory has become vague and unreliable. Sometimes I think of the colonel, but without feeling again the terrors of those early days. All the doctors to whom I have described his afflictions have been unanimous as regards the inevitable end in store for the invalid, and were indeed surprised that he should so long have resisted. It is just possible that I may have involuntarily exaggerated the description of his various symptoms; but the truth is that he was sure of sudden death, even had this fatality not occurred.

Good-bye, my dear sir. If you deem these notes not totally devoid of value reward me for them with a marble tomb, and place there for my epitaph this variant which I have made of the divine Sermon on the Mount:

“Blessed are they who possess, for they shall be consoled.”

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The Attendant`s Confession part 8

“How much was he worth?” my brother asked me.

“I don`t know, but I know that he was very wealthy.”

“Really, he`s proved that he was a very true friend to you.”

“He certainly was—he was.”

Thus, by a strange irony of fate, all the colonel`s wealth came into my hands. At first I thought of refusing the legacy. It seemed odious to take a sou of that inheritance; it seemed worse than the reward of a hired assassin. For three days this thought obsessed me; but more and more I was thrust against this consideration: that my refusal would not fail to awake suspicion. Finally I settled upon a compromise; I would accept the inheritance and would distribute it in small sums, secretly.

This was not merely scruple on my part, it was also the desire to redeem my crime by virtuous deeds; and it seemed the only way to recover my peace of mind and feel that accounts were straight.

Suggested tragic deeds

I made hurried preparations and left. As I neared the little village (he sad event returned obstinately to my memory. Everything about l he place, as I looked at it once again, suggested tragic deeds. At every (urn in the road I seemed to see the ghost of the colonel loom. And despite myself, I evoked in my imagination his cries, his struggles, his looks on that horrible night of the crime.

Crime or struggle? Really, it was rather a struggle; I had been attacked, I had defended myself; and in self-defense. It had been an unfortunate struggle, a genuine tragedy. This idea gripped me. And I reviewed all the abuse he had heaped upon me; I counted the blows, the names. … It was not the colonel`s fault, that I knew well; it was his affliction that made him so peevish and even wicked. But I pardoned all, everything! … The worst of it was the end of that fatal night. … I also considered that in any case the colonel had not long to live. His days were numbered; did not he himself feel that? Didn`t he say every now and then, “How much longer have I to live? Two weeks, or one, perhaps less?”

Careful weighing of the matter

This was not life; it was slow agony, if one may so name the eternal martyrdom of that poor man. … And who knows, who can say that the struggle and his death were not simply a coincidence? That was after all quite possible, it was even most probable; careful weighing of the matter showed that it couldn`t have been otherwise. At length this idea, too, engraved itself upon my mind.

Something tugged at my heart as I entered the village; I wanted to run bjjfck; but I dominated my emotions and I pressed forward. I was received with a shower of congratulations. The vicar communicated to me the particulars of the will, enumerated the pious gifts, and, as he spoke, praised the Christian forbearance and the faithfulness which I had shown in my care of the deceased, who, despite his temper and brutality, had so well demonstrated his gratitude.

“Certainly,” I said, looking nervously around.

I was astounded. Everybody praised my conduct. Such patience, such devotion. The first formalities of the inventory detained me for a while; I chose a solicitor; things followed their course in regular fashion.

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The Attendant`s Confession part 7

We went out. Once in the street the passing from semi-obscurity to day-light dazed me and I staggered. I began to fear that it would no longer be possible for me to conceal the crime. I kept my eyes steadily fixed upon the ground and took my place in the procession. When all was over, I breathed once more. I was at peace with man. But I was not at peace with my conscience, and the first nights, naturally, I spent in restlessness and affliction. Need I tell you that I hastened to return to Rio de Janeiro, and that I dwelt there in terror and suspense, although far removed from the scene of the crime? I never smiled; I scarcely spoke; I ate very little; I suffered hallucinations and nightmares.

“Let the dead rest in peace,” they would say to me. “Such gloom is beyond all reason.”

Interesting phenomenon

And I was happy to find how people interpreted my symptoms; I praised the dead man highly, calling him a good soul, surly, in truth, but with a heart of gold. And as I spoke in such wise, I convinced myself, at least for a few moments at a time. Another interesting phenomenon was taking place within me—-I tell it to you because you will perhaps make some useful deduction from it—and that was, although I had very little religion in me, I had a mass sung for the eternal rest of the colonel at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament. I sent out no invitations to it, I did not whisper a word of it to anybody; I went there alone. I knelt during the whole service and made many signs of the cross. I paid the priest double and distributed alms at the door, all in the name of the deceased.

I wished to deceive nobody. The proof of this lies in the fact that I did all this without letting anybody know. To complete this incident, I may add that I never mentioned the colonel without repeating, “May his soul rest in peace!” And I told several funny anecdotes about him, some amusing caprices of his.

About a week after my arrival at Rio I received a letter from the vicar. He announced that the will of the colonel had been opened and that I was there designated as his sole heir. Imagine my stupefaction! I was sure that I had read wrongly; I showed it to my brother, to friends; they all read the same thing. It was there in black and white: I was really the sole heir of the colonel. Then suddenly it occurred to me that this was a trap to catch me; but then I considered that there were other ways of arresting me, if the crime had been discovered. Moreover, I knew the vicar`s honesty, and I was sure that he would not be a party to such a plan. I reread the letter five times, ten times, a hundred times; it was true. I was the colonel`s sole heir!

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The Attendant`s Confession part 6

Before daybreak I bandaged the wounds that I had received in the lace. Then only did I pluck up enough courage to return to the other loom. Twice I started, only to turn back; but it must be done, so I entered. Even then, I did not at first go to the bed. My legs shook, my heart pounded. I thought of flight; but that would have been a confession of the crime. … It was on the contrary very important for me to hide all traces of it. I approached the bed. I looked at the corpse, with its widely distended eyes and its mouth gaping, as if uttering the eternal reproach of the centuries: “Cain, what hast thou done with thy brother?” I discovered on the neck the marks of my nails; I buttoned the shirt to the top, and drew the bed-cover up to the dead man`s chin. Then I called a servant and told him that the colonel had died towards morning; I sent him to notify the vicar and the doctor.

My immediate departure

The first idea that came to me was to leave as soon as possible under die pretext that my brother was ill; and in reality I had received, several days before, from Rio, a letter telling me that he was not at all well. But I considered that my immediate departure might arouse suspicion, and I decided to wait. I laid out the corpse myself, with the assistance of an old, near-sighted negro. I remained continually in the room of the dead. I trembled lest something out of the way should be discovered. I wanted to assure myself that no mistrust be read upon the faces of the others; but I did not dare to look any person in the eye.

Everything made me impatient; the going and coming of those who, on tiptoe, crossed the room; their whisperings; the ceremonies and the prayers of the vicar. … The hour having come, I closed the coffin, but with trembling hands, so trembling that somebody noticed it and commented upon it aloud, compassionately.

“Poor Procopio! Despite what he has suffered from his master, he is strongly moved.”

It sounded like irony to me. I was anxious to have it all over with.

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