Saturday, April 18, 2009

Outside the Cities

We drove outside Varna on our second day there and stumbled upon a monastery. We decided to visit, thinking it'd be a collection of buildings. Needless to say, it wasn't. This first picture is a bit of mural that was taken off the monastery wall during its rediscovery.

The place is called Aladzha; it's north of Varna and south of Golden Sands, about a mile from the coast. You can see it's all wild around it from this picture. In fact, it's in the middle of a nature reserve.
And here is the monastery itself. Yep, it was carved into the hillside in the 13th and 14th centuries. Despite my fear of heights, I went all the way to the top.

This was one of the monastery's bigger chambers - the refectory. Yes, the ceiling's that low and yes, it's open to the air.

And here's a picture out from about halfway up the monastery. Really pretty parkland surrounds it and it'd be a pleasant place for a picnic. Unfortunately, my companion did not take a picture of the scary stairs up the side of the hill, so I can't show you how brave I was.


Front Range Stitcher said...

Thank you Meg for posting the most interesting photograhps of places I, for one, would not have known existed.

Meg said...

Thanks! I didn't know it existed either until we drove past. It's one reason why I love touring other places the way I do - by car. You don't have a package tour telling you what's important to see, you have the time to stop and look on your schedule and not someone else's, and you get lost and find treasures. So far, I've traveled Britain, France, and the Balkans this way. I'm spoiled for any other.