𝑩𝒆𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒂 𝒕𝒐𝒖𝒓𝒊𝒔𝒕 𝒊𝒏 𝒎𝒚 𝒕𝒐𝒘𝒏
🌺 I'll do a small break from sharing my cruise photos in order to show you more from the city where I live. 🌺 I have the feeling that nature somehow wants me to do it. Why? We left our home on a Saturday noon for a walk through the city. The target location was clear - a symphateric cafe in a park which I had never visited but which was on my list for quite a long time.
🌺 The weather was greyish, even chilly when we started the walk. The moment we reached the park though, the sun started shining and the sky got blue. Nature wanted to show me this beautiful place in its best. So, I want to share it with you.
🌺 Have a sunny day!
𝑺𝒕 𝑺𝒐𝒇𝒊𝒂 𝒄𝒉𝒖𝒓𝒄𝒉 𝒍𝒆𝒈𝒆𝒏𝒅
When I was a little child, I loved listening to fairytales and legends. There was something mysterious about them, something scary and fascinating at the same time. Here is a legend about St Sofia Church in which like in each fairytale the Good dominates over the Evil.
📍Long time ago, when Sofia was a small village, there was a beautiful church called St Sofia. It resembled the famous St Sophia Cathedral in Constantinople (the old name of Istanbul). People from the surroundings were coming to this church and the festive days turned into big celebrations. 📍When Sofia was occupied by the Ottomans, they did not dare to turn the church into a mosque, like they used to do with the other churches. However, they also did not allow Bulgarians to pray in the church. They formed a small place at the entrance where the Ottomans could pray and the rest of the church was empty. There was strict guard in front of its main doors. In fact, very often the Ottomans could see lit candles in front of the icons and the altar of the church. They were wondering how this is happening having in mind the severe guard.
Once, an Ottoman pasha visited Sofia. He saw the church and after hearing rumors about the candles, he arranged that his people destroy ‘the devil’s home”.
.....(to be cntd)
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𝑩𝒆𝒂𝒄𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒊𝒏 𝑬𝒖𝒓𝒐𝒑𝒆 𝒊𝒏 𝑱𝒂𝒏
Many of you were asking whether it is a good idea to visit Barcelona in Jan-Feb. Even though we were unlucky with the weather (it got worse compared to the previous days), we still enjoyed around 17 degrees and full day of sunshine yesterday. For me this is a bit cold to go with my bikini on the beach, but it depends on the benchmark ...
If you a fan of ABBA as I am, I can highly recommend you visit their museum in Stockholm. I still have goosebumps when thinking about the time we spent there.
And now a little bit of history about them:
ABBA is a Swedish pop supergroup formed in Stockholm in 1972 by Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. The group's name is an acronym of the first letters of their first names. They became one of the most commercially successful acts in the history of popular music, topping the charts worldwide from 1974 to 1982. ABBA won the Eurovision Song Contest 1974, giving Sweden its first triumph in the contest. They are the most successful group to have taken part in the competition.
During the band's main active years, it was composed of two married couples: Fältskog and Ulvaeus, and Lyngstad and Andersson. With the increase of their popularity, their personal lives suffered which eventually resulted in the collapse of both marriages. The relationship changes were reflected in the group's music, with latter compositions featuring darker and more introspective lyrics.
Do you have a favourite ABBA song?
10 358 January, 2020
𝑨 𝒏𝒆𝒘 𝒚𝒆𝒂𝒓, 𝒂 𝒏𝒆𝒘 𝒃𝒆𝒈𝒊𝒏𝒏𝒊𝒏𝒈
I do not usually have New Year resolutions (I know many of you do). What I have though are plans to become better- better towards people, towards the world, better in what I'm doing. That is why I would start sharing interesting facts about travelling overall in every post I publish.
I would like to start with the benefits of forests- maybe this way I would also convince myself that it is worth doing more "forest bathing":
🎄 Exposure to forests boosts our immune system.
🎄 Spending time around trees and looking at trees reduces stress, lowers blood pressure and improves mood. 🎄 Green spaces in urban areas are just as important as rural forests. 🎄 Spending time in nature helps you focus. 🎄 Patients recover from surgery faster and better when they have a "green" view.
𝑳𝒊𝒌𝒆 𝒇𝒂𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓, 𝒍𝒊𝒌𝒆 𝒅𝒂𝒖𝒈𝒉𝒕𝒆𝒓
📸 There are many things I've taken from my father. Some good, others- not that much 😂
One thing is though for sure his contribution - my love for photography. But the amateur photography, the one when you try to capture moments... for you, for your close ones.
📸 I still remember when we were kids, he used this very old method for putting the paper in some liquid and then the picture appeared after some time. We were not allowed to enter the room while he was doing it. And with right- I would as well not risk the whole effort of taking these few photos and then all the memories get ruined in just a few seconds.
📸 I assume he had such a difficult task. He could neither see the photo when he made it, nor had he multiple attempts. And even our kids photos he made are so good- besides the lack of special "kids movement" mode within the camera.
📸 Thankfully nowadays we have modern devices and we can capture many more moments of joy, more emotions and go through them when we are not together. Thank you @emil.lozanov for teaching me to love photography (and not only)!