If there’s one thing you can visit in Balkan peninsula, visit Rila Monastery in Bulgaria. Personally, I’m neither a church nor monastery person. I barely visit any monasteries but I do love colorful architectures, like Rila Monastery. After having seen it while researching where to go in Bulgaria, I decided immediately that I had to go there. It has not only the colorful exteriors but more importantly its spectacular paintings. The mural paintings inside are incredibly fresh and well maintained, and everything inside is eye-catching. I had never seen paintings with such rich colors. Bulgaria is a mountainous country and green mountains plus blue sky creates a spectacular setting for this beautifully-maintained monastery.
To get there it wasn’t that easy, I got up very early in Thessaloniki in Greece that morning, in order to take a morning train around 6:40 am to Sofia. But instead of going directly to Sofia, I stopped in a city called Blagoevgrad. It was funny because when I went to buy the ticket, the ticket lady couldn’t believe I’m going to Blagoevgrad… She insisted to get me a ticket to Belgrade instead until I showed her in the map. In Blagoevgrad, with my body language, I got some help from local kids to find the bus station. From there I took a bus to Rila town at 12 pm. It took around 30 minutes.
The driver is very nice and helpful. After everyone got off at Rila town center, he drove me further to get me closer to another mini bus that goes in the direction of the monastery. Thanks to him I was still able to catch it. The bus left at around 12:40 and takes around 30 min to get to the monastery. It was a wonderful drive through forest and canyon. I really enjoyed it.
大巴司机人特别好，虽然也听不懂我只看得懂我手机上的修道院图片，他告诉我没有直达车但还是示意我上车。在里拉市，所有人都下车了，司机继续把我送到一个小巴停靠的地方，告诉我搭这小巴去修道院。多亏他我才赶上了这小巴，保加利亚公车车次真不多呢，真是幸运。于是小巴在山间绿树中行驶了大概半小时，沿途的风景真是好。 Continue reading Trip to the spectacular Rila Monastery in Bulgaria 保加利亚有着非凡壁画的里拉修道院
Do you remember the trip to Varanasi the other day? This time I will take you to Kerala’s backwaters. If you think Varanasi is too crazy for you, then Kerala would be a great destination. Kerala is an Indian state in South India on the Malabar Coast, to the South of Goa. Kerala seems to me like it could belong in Southeast Asia, instead of the India we used to hear.
For many travelers, Kerala backwaters is the most serene and relaxing experience ever. Backwaters in Kerala is a network of 1500 km of canals both man-made and natural. Every year during the monsoon season, the paddy fields with lagoon, lake and rivers extends to the sea, meanwhile the high water in the river rushes into the sea as well. You can never tell if the water is from the sea of from the river because they all merge and join together, at the same time, they are all separating. I really enjoyed the ride along the deep green stagnant water.
对于很多旅行者来说，喀拉拉的回水泛舟是最能舒缓放松心灵的经历。为什么叫回水呢？因为科钦附近的河流很多与海岸线平行，宽窄不一的水道，河水与海水彼此相望。而每年季风季节到来时，海水灌入河内，同时河水暴涨也会奔海而去注入海里。河水和海水汇为一体，再也分不清谁是谁。在此中泛舟，吹吹海风，很是惬意。 Continue reading [Incredible India] #3 – Travel with me to Kerala backwaters [不可思议的印度] 在喀拉拉邦的回水泛舟体验
Today I bring you to one of the coolest market in the world – Jemaa el-Fnaa in Marrakech. It’s one of the craziest places in the world. There’re lots going on, vendors, food stall holders, entertainers, monkeys, story tellers, dancers. I somehow got the illusion that some kinds of Arabian 1001 night stories are going to happen here.
Continue reading Morocco’s crazy market – Jemaa el-Fnaa, day and night 摩洛哥的一千零一夜。
I bring you today to Jardin Majorelle, a beautiful garden with an impressive shade of blue. The garden is a bit outside the busy center of Marrakech. It’s like a oasis in the pink city of Marrakech. Here you can see so many different colors, all of high saturation. Especially this delightful shade of blue, which makes me feel tranquil immediately. Designer YSL bought this garden and after he passed away it is now open to public. They said this kind blue is YSL blue, I love the color even though I’m not that familiar with YSL’s fashion.
Continue reading Impressive blue Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech, Morocco. 摩洛哥的蓝色花园。 FridayBlue – Colorchallenge