Archive for August, 2008

Museum of Innocence

August 31, 2008

Thanks to Smiling  just found out that Orhan Pamuk’s latest novel The Museum of Innocence has been released yesterday in Turkish. I am currently enjoying ‘The Black Book’ in English, so as a fan of him, look forward to his latest.

St. Petka Temple in Tran

August 31, 2008
St Petka - centuries-old rock temple

St Petka - centuries-old rock temple

A small rock temple of St. Petka, centuries-old, probably dating back to the 11th century, up on the hill above the town of Tran. A hospitable local woman takes us around and tells most interesting stories about it.

Village of Nasalevtsi

August 31, 2008

An awesome 600+ centuries-old oak tree in the small village of Nasalevtsi (some 10 kms away from the town Tran). Under the magnificent shade of the oak tree is the Church “Nativity of Our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos”.

Centuries-old oak tree

Centuries-old oak tree & the Church in Nasalevtsi

And up the slope of the hill at the top where the rock can be seen (known by the local people as Щърби камик [The Clipped Stone] passes the border between Bulgaria and Serbia. One of those little-known, but peaceful & most relaxing nature spots in Bulgaria.

shtarbi_kamak

Щърби камик [The Clipped Stone]

Erma River Gorge

August 30, 2008

An impressive gorge, located some 3 km from the town of Tran on the river Erma,  offers great views from the eco path & bridges going right through it. A picnic by the river the pebbles of which have a rubin-like red colour makes a great day out in nature. Tran is some 80 kilometers away from Sofia.

More of Paramun

August 30, 2008

Some while ago I dropped a line on Paramun.   As I still have this bee in my bonnet on the visual similarity of the Paramun peak with the peak on Paramount pictures, came back to this region again for a picnic & more photos. At this link I came across an interesting discussion on the subject.

Blogging me, blogging you

August 28, 2008

Management lessons from football – I get involved with football only on TV … and only with the World Cup semi-finals & finals, however the lessons here on communicating with team players, based on the analogy with the game of football (popular in Bulgaria, as well) impressed me … interesting & useful reading, one gets the ball…whoops…the point.