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    A tunnel of green

    by desert_princess Updated Jan 18, 2009

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    A tunnel of green

    Than the road continued in a tunnel of green , descending at places steeply in direction of the Dam wall of Studen Kladenetz. It started raining, and rained all the way through the evening. The rest of the trip was a dirty muddy ride through small villages, with the most remembering moment , a shepherd dog that decided to start chasing and barking at me while I was pedaling uphill. A horror memory...as I thought he almost caught me , when he just gave up and turned back. I have to specify that I was all alone at that moment of the trip.

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    The Stone wedding

    by desert_princess Updated Jan 18, 2009

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    The Stone wedding

    A natural phenomenon , result to the geological past of the region.The Mountains were believed to be an ocean ground once.
    The legend about the "stone wedding "says that the gods petrified the bride, the groom and the whole wedding procession, because of the groom father's sin , who fell in love with the bride and wished to have her for himself.
    What I find amazing is that all the surrounding stones are white,and only the bride and the groom are in a soft pink tone.

    http://moiteplanini.com/legends/legenda_za_kyrdjaliiskite_piramidi.html

    "Според легендата левент момък от Зимзелен залюбил девойка от съседното село. Прекрасните и очи, сини като небето, го преследвали навсякъде. Той искал да си представи лицето и, но според тогавашните обичаи девойките били забулени, само очите им се виждали. Залинял от мъка момъкът. Старият му баща отишъл при родителите на девойката и успял да я откупи. Вдигнали тежка сватба и тържествено тръгнали към Зимзелен. Изведнъж духнал силен вятър и отвял булото на младоженката. Всички занемели пред ненагледната и хубост. Свекърът неволно завидял на сина си и тутакси всички се вкаменили. Само младоженецът останал жив. Заплакал той с горчиви сълзи и помолил вятъра да вкамени и него. Вятърът изпълнил молбата му. Вкаменените сватбари и до днес стоят до една локва - незасъхналите сълзи на злочестия младоженец."

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    The temple complex of Perperikon

    by desert_princess Updated Apr 11, 2008

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    The temple complex of Perperikon
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    What I found on top of the hill was enormous....Not a temple, but a whole city....
    here's what you can read on the sign at the bottom of the hill at the start of the trail leading you to Perperikon -"Traveler from distant lands, Welcome to Perperikon!
    Once upon a time here was the temple of Dionissius, that was not less famous than the temple of Apollo in Delphi. Here Alexander the Great knew that he will conquer the world, and it was taught to the romans that they will become an empire.
    Bow your head before the memory of the people, that have inhabited 8000 years ago the hill in front of you."....
    It's always great to be the only visitor of such a site. Even the sun looked through the clouds , jumping from stone to stone with its playful rays ...
    Visit the official Perperikon site and choose the flash version for a mystic trip in our ancient lands , mythology and history and music.

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    "Po Jitsata" - Jordan Yovkov

    by desert_princess Updated May 8, 2007

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    "Po Jitsata" - Jordan Yovkov. My mind makes sometimes the most unexpected associations , go figure where he comes up with all this...
    But this is one of the most famous books from the Bulgarian Revival period writer Jordan Yovkov.

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    On the road again

    by desert_princess Updated Nov 1, 2005

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    Mudretz Village

    After filling myself with impressions and energy from Perperikon I jumped on my bike and headed on the road with my thoughts as company.....Even tho I was on my own there were always people from the group that you will catch up, or others that will pass by arriving from the back.So you are actually never alone.
    You can see here the Village sign on both languages , very useful indeed

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    the Tin Mosque

    by desert_princess Updated Oct 31, 2005

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    the Tin Mosque

    This strange mosque was in the village of Kanjak and it's a Tin box with a cone roof and a loudspeaker. A ladder takes the Hodja to the top.
    It reminds me of a bird's house somehow...
    Population in the Rhodopa Mountains is muslim. That's why you will see a mosque , sometimes two in every village. The bulgarian book of history says that these Bulgarian people were forced under Turkish Occupation times to convert to Islam under threat of being murdered if refused. Alot of bulgarians and their families were assasinated for not accepting to change their religion.

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    The petrified city

    by desert_princess Updated Oct 23, 2005

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    The Entrance Gate - Dagovnitsa Rocks
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    There you go , my weird mind popped with this association of a petrified city, inhabited by strange stone creatures.....
    There were stone arches, stone houses, stone streets,stone mushrooms with mysterious niches....everything you need for a city of the Flinstones....hahahhahaha
    There is a hypothesis that this was once a sea port....

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    Day two - Krushka Village

    by desert_princess Updated Oct 23, 2005

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    Day two - Krushka Village
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    I left the campsite before everyone, because I didn't want to be the last one like yesrurday.
    Following the instructions I passed through the village and some abandonned house in the way to the valley and it's where I got lost... I took the right trail instead of the left one and after awhile I realised I was going back to the village. So I followed my steps to the crossing point and took the left trail this time...

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    The entrance of " Utrobata" cave

    by desert_princess Updated Oct 23, 2005

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    Photo Petya Petkova

    The entrance of the cave was nothing I had expected. You need to climb in a crack and hang on a tree ,some 2-3 meters above the ground in order to enter the cave, plus there are no signs to direct your way....If I wasn't with people that knew where they were going, I would walk by without notice it.
    hehehehe...cool socks I have ,what do u say?

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    Arriving at Perpericon at sunset

    by desert_princess Updated Oct 5, 2005

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    Arriving at Perpericon at sunset

    After a pleasant downhill among fields and some road , me and my friend arrived at sunset at Perperikon , where our camp will be for the night. The guys took a shortcut way , but as I have been told I will need to carry my bike for about an hour, I voted for the other path...good choice - the ride was very panoramic and relaxing, even tho longer with about an hour....

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    We built our Camp

    by desert_princess Updated Oct 5, 2005

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    Kroushka Village - photo Hristo Todev

    After an insane downhill ride from Utrobata cave through some steep trail full of rocks, mud,running water and some more miles through cow herds , a bridge and some asphalt road,we arrived at out end goal for the day - Kroushka village. We built the tents as the sky was preparing to rain over us and the strong wind wanted to stop our attempts to built a campfire.

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    Donkeys and carriage

    by desert_princess Updated Sep 27, 2005

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    Donkeys and carriage

    This is the most common form of thansportation in the Rhodopes, even tho what is unusual here is that the donkey is being ridden. Usually the people are sitting in the back in the carriage. We often switched asphalt roads with Black roads like this one.
    Very ecological indeed...

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    The Stone village

    by desert_princess Updated Sep 27, 2005

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    Hodjovtsi village
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    Hodjovtsi village is perched on a mountain ridge , being accessed only by a pedestrian trail. I haven't seen any other road leading there. They had a magnificent view to the whole valley of green. The few houses of the village were all made out of stone,the fences,the roofs,the narrow street with a stone arch..... time had stopped here about 200 years ago...

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    Day three - Perperikon

    by desert_princess Updated Aug 7, 2005

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    The street leading to the temple

    It was raining during the night and small drops were still pouring out of the sky in the morning...
    I decided to crawl out of the tent and as long as I am here , to go visit the Mystical town.
    I did not find anyone to join me , as the camp was still sleeping , so I started climbing the hill on my own and arrived to the stone street leading to the complex. It was looking more like a giant stairway and brought associations to the Maya and Inca pyramids

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    After the petrified city came the arrow lake

    by desert_princess Updated Aug 7, 2005

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    After the petrified city came the arrow lake

    After the petrified city came the arrow lake - The Dam Kurjali. Take a look at the shape of it, pointing to you....;)))
    On some point we crossed the city of Kurdjali with its dam and turkish population where the road had collapsed as a result of heavy rain.

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