After I presented the main Tallinn sites , let me introduce you two exciting routes for day trips in Estonia, outside Tallinn. Those routes are similar in a sense they both include an ancient castle and a waterfall … I adore waterfalls and each time I go anywhere I look for a waterfall 🙂 to visit, if any. The first route is east of Tallinn and includes the Rackere Castle and the Jagala waterfall. The second one is in the opposite direction – west of the Estonian capital – and includes the Keila Falls, the Medieval Monastery of Padise and the Haapsalu Castle.
Rakvere castle in Estonia
In May, we had the wonderful opportunity to visit Estonia, to get closer to one of the northern peoples – the Estonians – and to get to know its culture through the places we visited there. We spent 4-5 days in Tallinn, enough time to see the main sights of the city, most of which are located in the center and the Tallinn Old Town.
Tallinn Old Town
It was a long day full of impressions. We started it with a visit to Postojna Cave, a top tourist destination in Slovenia, offering longest cave tourist route in the world. Then continued with consideration of another iconic object for Slovenia – Predjama Castle, near Postojna. Finally we finished with Piran – cute little town located on a peninsula on the Adriatic coast with a unique antique architecture and a particularly pleasant atmosphere.
It was late afternoon when we came in Piran. A little bit later there we welcomed the sunset. And what a sunset it was … But let me start from the beginning.
Sunset in Piran
I really love the sea, the Black sea, perhaps because I live very far from it. I prefer it for my summer holiday. In the same time, I am quite interested in visiting other places, even for a while – to examine them, to feel the atmosphere there, and to compare.
Some time ago we had the opportunity to go to the coast of Croatia. We stayed for an evening in Opatija – a pompous little coastal town on the Adriatic sea.
Let me take you there for a while. You may also like it.
Every year, one special place among all of the places I visit, take the Bulgarian monasteries. Each of them is a real center of spirituality, faith, culture and solid relationship with our history and the Bulgarian soul. Beside that, most of the monasteries in Bulgaria are located in quite beautiful places. Therefore, visiting each of them combines both a lovely walk and a touch to the history.
Arbanassi is a small village near Veliko Tarnovo, sheltered seven medieval churches. All the houses there still keep the old Arbanassi architecture – white, made up of stones, with high fences, almost like forts. It is always interesting to have a walk in Arbanassi.
Arbanassi: Konstanzalieva’s house
At the end of last July we spent three wonderful days in the heart of Strandzha Mountains in the area of Malko Tarnovo. This was our second visit to the region. We were there 7 years ago. At that time, our goal was to visit the most important sights within the town and to try to feel a bit of its atmosphere. We liked the area and not only that – we were truly amazed. We understood that there were plenty of interesting places to see and what we had already seen was a very small part of everything.
In the last days of the passing 2017 many of us are reviewing what has been achieved. Me too. The year was so rich in terms of impressions and visited places in Bulgaria. Let me present 20 of them. In my humble opinion, each of those places would serve as a business card of Bulgaria, of its rich culture, ancient history and beautiful nature.
The best 20 places in Bulgaria 2017
We have visited so many Bulgarian monasteries in the recent years and we will continue to explore them, because each of them is unique, makes us feel strong relation with the spiritual, and the most of them have reach history.
Traditionally, at the end of each year, I do a review of the monasteries we passed. Here are the Bulgarian monasteries we visited in the past 2017. They are exactly 12, all of them interesting and curious places. I arranged them in alphabetical order.
Sokolovo monastery: the church
The monastery of St. Athanasius is one of the many places I have come across to. We were traveling on the Maritsa highway to the village of Mezek and we saw a road sign to the monastery. The plaque was new, the turn-off too, so I thought maybe it was a new tourist site.We passed the sign and forgot about this monastery. A few days later, when we came back to Sofia, the plaque reminded us for the monastery again. I pulled out the phone, asked Google for more information, and realized the importance of the place. Unfortunately, it was too late that day, but I promised I would be back soon.
10 months later we visited this holy place. Now, I would like to tell you about it.
Monastery St. Athanasius