20 Mar 2007 - Bansko, Bulgaria

Another day on the slopes and more glorious weather. Even Nick got himself out today but by the end he regretted learning ski boarding because of the longer and steeper learning curve. If he had used skis he would have been getting about and skiing though perhaps a little gingerly. Instead, he spent a day on the baby slopes banging his knees and backside, taking his board off, walking up a hill and sliding or falling down it again.

Eventually I persuaded him to accompany me on some easy slopes but one of the easy slopes wasn't so easy and it was a long and eventful trip back down to the gondola station. Well, at least he saw the mountain.
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Bansko - Me!

Bansko - Me!

A nice day and a nice spot of a photo with the mountain sloping away and the Razlog valley behind.
Bansko - Across the Razlog valley

Bansko - Across the Razlog valley

Skiing down the mountain gives breath taking views of the surrounding area. This is even more remarkable when the snow has melted on the plains below the mountain.
Bansko - View down the baby slopes

Bansko - View down the baby slopes

A good place to re-familiarise yourself with being back on the snow or to learn the skills. The station at the bottom is where you can find the usual eateries but also the gondola life back down to the town.
Bansko - A novice boarder

Bansko - A novice boarder

My mate who decided to learn how to snow board on the slopes for the first time and now seriously out of his depth. He realised it was a mistake and should have done skiing. You live and learn. He will also have learned not to be convinced by me that he was ready for an intermediate slope.
Bansko - One of many bars and mehanas along Pirin St

Bansko - One of many bars and mehanas along Pirin St

As you walk Pirin Street which leads from the ski slopes to the square, the traveller will pass bars and restaurants, often with touts trying to tempt you.

Here is the restaurant I ate in on the last day when I recovered from being flu and bed ridden. For this reason, it gives me special memories!
Bansko - Looking across the cobbled square

Bansko - Looking across the cobbled square

A view of one of the many mehanas in Bansko. This is off the old square

In this picture you can see an old woman dressed in only I can guess traditional gear. Or is she in mourning?
Bansko - Sveta Troitsa Church from the old square

Bansko - Sveta Troitsa Church coming from the old square

The Sveta Troitsa Church looking from the main square of old Bansko.
Bansko - Run down housing in the town

Bansko - Run down housing in the town

While walking through the cobbled streets I came across a number of old, attractive looking buildings but also the ugly modern blocks that serve as a reminder of Bulgaria's history and the fact that much development still needs to be done in this country.

Renovated, this house like many in Bulgaria would still have plenty of charm.

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