Girl Meets Bulgaria

Musings of an American expat in Bulgaria (with detours in Utah and Alaska)


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Rupite: A Volcano, Thermal Springs, and a Blind, Clarvoyent Baba

What a title, right?!

The final stop on our whirlwind weekend in southeastern Bulgaria the weekend before last was a visit to the small village of Rupite and the area around the extinct Kozhuh Volcano.

Rupite

To get to Rupite, we drove through the city of Petrich. Unfortunately, we didn’t stop and I regret it now. It looks like an interesting town and I hope we can make it back some day.

Rupite is  known as the home and burial place of the Bulgarian mystic/healer, Baba Vanga, as well as the site of the Kozhuh Volcano and a series of thermal springs.

After a quick drive through Rupite village to ask for directions, we made our way to the thermal springs and nearby baths. The smell of sulfur and steam rising from the springs was a little intense. The average water temperature is about 78 C (172 F); how someone could lay in near-boiling water is beyond me!

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Kordopulov House Museum | Melnik, Bulgaria

Church ruins and Kordopulov HouseVisiting the Kordopulov House Museum in Melnik was the best 4 lv Vince and I have ever spent!

I’m a sucker for historical architecture and museums in general, so Bulgarian house museums are the best of both worlds. Out of all the house museums I have been to, the Kordopulov House (built in 1754) is, by far, my favorite. The house is the largest of its kind in the country and is really a hidden gem. Alright, I am not sure about how “hidden” it is considering it’s one of the main attractions in Melnik, but I had never heard of it until reading up on the area in my LP guidebook and even then not much was said about how truly awesome it is. Kordopulov HouseEntrance to Kordopulov HouseKordopulov HouseKordopulov House Museum

For a whopping 2 lv (about $1.40) each, Vince and I were given free reign to tour the house, take photos (which I later read online other people have been charged for), explore the house’s huge wine cellar, and enjoy a wine tasting.

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Weekend Getaway | Melnik and Rozhen Monastery

MelnikMelnik, BulgariaLast weekend Vince and I took a little road trip to the lovely town of Melnik. This charming little village is famous for being the “smallest town in Bulgaria” as well as for its 600+ year winemaking tradition. The entire area is covered in vineyards and there are dozens of wineries dotting the rolling green and brown hillsides. In fact, rumor has it that Winston Churchill’s favorite wine was from the region and he stocked up on it often.

Melnik is settled in southwestern Bulgaria’s Pirin Mountains. The area is noted for its unique–almost otherworldly–sandstone mountains and rock formations, into which many people have dug out labyrinthian tunnels to use as wine cellars for centuries.

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