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    Skiing & winter

    by ChristinaNest Updated May 4, 2006

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    There are several facilities with lifts, equipment rentals, hotels, pubs etc. The biggest skiing centre is at Aleko, just under Cherny Vrah. There are pistes for all kinds of skiers and snowboarders. There are skiing schools too. Better use official pistes only, as there could be avalanches.
    For those of you who arent't expert skiers, you can do some oldfashioned sleigh riding, make snowmen, or just walk on the snow-covered paths.
    Just be careful, some pistes are very stee, and if you don't know how to stop, you can go down all the way to Sofia :)

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    Wild Geranium

    by ChristinaNest Updated May 4, 2006

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    You can come accross wild geranium fields when climbing from Dragalevtsi. It is beautiful. The plant is called 'zdravets' in Bulgarian, it derives from the word for health ('zdrave'). It is used in traditional rituals for health, etc. It's one of the most common plant you'll see in pots at almost every home.

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    Boyana Church

    by ChristinaNest Written Feb 7, 2006

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    Built in 1259 and with its unique frescoes, no wonder it's a UNESCO heritage site.It was built as a family chapel within the palace of a Bulgarian nobleman. His family and the Bulgarian Royal family at the time, are depicted in frescoes inside.

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    Boyana Lake

    by ChristinaNest Written Feb 7, 2006

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    I wouldn't call it a lake, it's more like frogs' paradise big poodle of water but it is a nice 1 hour walk from Boyana. We saw some birds on the way and then we spent some time watching the frogs, insects and some animals that might have been tritons. On the way to the lake we saw something like a mini chapel or a worship place: a few small icons, candles and flowers left in a small cave formed by rocks.

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    Boyana Waterfall

    by ChristinaNest Updated Feb 7, 2006

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    Take marshroutka 21 to Boyana from where you can take the trail to the waterfall. The path is not too hard, goes by the river and takes you to the waterfall in about 2 hours.
    Boyana itself is a nice suburb, there are some good restaurants and don't miss the Boyana Church, UNESCO heritage site.
    There are also other trails starting from Boyana.

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    Picnic

    by ChristinaNest Written Dec 28, 2005

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    Can be done almost everywhere, there are benches and picnic sites here and there, or you can just choose a nice place yourself. There are some nice villages in the skirts of the mountain. you can get there and walk a few metres to find beautiful hills, small rivers, cool woods and almost no tourists.

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    Vitosha - my love affair

    by desert_princess Updated Nov 12, 2005

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    Vitosha ,I Iove every piece of you !!!!! I love you in winter ,all covered with spakling snow, letting me ride my board through your valleys , stones and forests all the way to your foothills. I love you in summer for the escape from Sofia vanity and greyness. I love you for your rivers , lawns , berries , trails.... You are a part of me.....

    Everytime I come to you , It's soo hard to leave you and go back in the city....
    Oh how I wish to to stay at the top forever and watch the valley where Sofia spreads and people live their stressful lives...

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    A view to Cherni Vrah 2290m and the Tbar lift

    by desert_princess Updated Nov 12, 2005

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    A view to Cherni Vrah 2290m and the Tbar lift

    Vitosha is really a windy b itch especially at the top....nothing to protect you there than your windstopping clothes. The wind carves the snow into interesting sculptures that are pretty to see if only it wasn't that cold....

    At the top there is the Cherni vrah chalet where they make the most delicious herbal tea. Collected from the high mountain lawns where only pure crystal air is used :))))

    There was once a "chaina" tea cafe under the top station of "Romanski" lift ,that saved my live in a blizzard storm ,but it burned awhile ago , so no rescue place now.....beware....especially in winter - the weather could switch there in minutes.

    A view to Cherni Vrah 2290m and the Tbar lift

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    Frozen tree

    by desert_princess Updated Oct 15, 2005

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    Frozen tree

    Frozen tree
    I remember taking the two man chairlift of Bai Krustjo to the top. The fresh snow was untouched and the 15 min walk to Aleko turned about an hour as you sink hips deep in powder. The views were not from this planet....The frozen trees,than the path turning into a tunnel as it sinked into the covered with snow forest with branches heavily bent under the extra weight. The silence.....To be the first to make the tracks....that's the most amazing thing .......Just the sound of the snow compressing under your steps..... krrrrrrrrrr........ krrrrrrrrrrrrr

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    Wind in Vitosha

    by desert_princess Updated Oct 15, 2005

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    Wind forms in Cherni Vrah

    Vitosha is a very windy mountain as there are no close surrounding mountains to protect her from the sides. Especially The "Romanski" two man chairlift that takes you close to Cherni Vrah *( 2200m) is on a Side that almost always has winds blowing...Make sure to wear warm clothes while taking a ride.
    As you see from the picture,the wind has sculpted the snow in some amazing shapes
    march 1998

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    Dragalevtsi river

    by desert_princess Updated Oct 15, 2005

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    Dragalevtsi river

    Running In the lower parts of the mountain, Dragalevtsi river is a splendid cascading river that weaves through old forest with massive trees , at the side of the Dragalevtsi Monastery ,bringing the clear waters from Vitosha mountain,jumping from stone to stone all the way to Sofia. It looks like a stairway covered with running water.

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    Dragalevtzi monastery

    by desert_princess Updated Sep 27, 2005

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    Dragalevtzi monastery - the church
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    Dragalevtzi monastery is located in the foothills of Vitosha, further up the road from Vodenitzata restaurant. Take a walk among the freshness of the forest,following the Dragalevtzi river and you will end up in front of the doors of the Monastery. Everybody can enter if decently dressed.You can relax in the serene atmosphere of the garden , enjoy the beautiful flowers, drink blessed water from a spring guarded with a white cross, or visit the graves of the nuns as it is a female monastery.
    It is a working monastery ,nuns are taking care of it.

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    The Stone Rivers - Morenite

    by desert_princess Written Sep 27, 2005

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    The Stone Rivers - Morenite

    Formed under the shaping forces of Glaciers ,that disappeared long time ago, the Stone Rivers of Vitosha are a unique natural phenomenon .They are spread through all the mountain , and you can still hear water running under the stones....

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    Results of a local tornado in upper Vitosha

    by desert_princess Updated Jun 14, 2005

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    Vitosha Smerch

    On this pic u can see the results of a local tornado called "smerch" that took away 30m high trees and threw em all around a big area... even the roofs of some houses in the Jeleznitza village were damaged from what I heard..

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    Vitosha - "The Avalanche" - Lawinata

    by desert_princess Updated Nov 29, 2004

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    Vitosha Lawinata

    This is the last lift and the place Called "The Avalanche" - Lawinata, usually the lift is not operating and there is lots of fresh snow to take a ride.
    I like this particular photo for two reasons....first because of the sun ray effect in the middle, but actually the main reason for which i took this pic was that the mountain looked like a giant Tzunami wave and the snow blown from the wind was making the foam on top of the wave...look again - do u see it?Watch out it's coming your way!!!!

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