Village of Jeravna

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Jeravna from above

Since my fathers last trip to Bulgaria, I have been fired up about Jeravna. While he was working in Sliven, where I was born, he would spend a lot of his time in Jeravna with his friends. He says that when you go to Jeravna, it cannot be a day-trip, as you cannot leave from drinking so much non-stop. Its not the case with everyone that goes, but just him and our family as his best friend owns the main pub in the Village, which is located right in the center.

From Gadets the trip is quick, and you see the village as you go over a hill in the distance. A beautiful little village tucked away in the mountain slope. History hits you as you enter, and you are taken back in time.

The first house in Jeravna :-) I couldnt wait to get there so I just started shooting :-)
The roads are rock slabs, which havent been moved in hundreds of years. Each home has a high rock wall, and it feels like you are walking/driving through a tunnel. This village is one of the few villages that wasnt taken by the Turkish in the war because they couldnt get through the walls of the homes. The homes are built with slabs of stacked rock and wood planks to support it. The way everything is built is an incredible art. Preserved from the world it is just like it was hundreds of years ago. There are a couple of new buildings, which by law are required to be built in the same style and way that the old ones are, which keeps the village totally pure of anything contempurary.

Our first stop is at my fathers friends pub and horse "ranch". Randio has a great business.

The street and old houses
Aside from the Pub, he also has 9 horses which he takes out tourists through the mountains on horseback. They camp, explore, and enjoy nature. I was looking forward to spending a day out with him and experiencing it fist hand. However, this wasnt the case. Randio had an accident a couple of days prior to our arrival where he was taking one of the horses to drink water and had stepped on the reign. A herd of cattle passed by, the horse got spooked and dashed off, and his foot got stuck in the reign. He ripped a couple of muscles and tendents, and had to go to the hospital. Currently he is in a cast for a while, and his son had taken over the business until he feels better. I would have gone out horseback riding with his son, however he was already on a trip with a couple of tourists.
from the center up :-)

Either way, my mom went in to talk to him to see how he is doing, and we went on our happy way and let him rest. Touring this beautiful little village was absolutely amazing. As my brothers camera is 100 times better than mine, I would snatch it from him to capture the beautiful buildings. Which caused lots of ruckuss and fighting. We spent the entire day walking around and chasing eachother over the camera.

Absolutely beautiful buildings, the people are so calm and sweet, and it was just an alltogether beautiful day.

Eventually we made it to my fathers other friend who has a little house at the end of the village. Treated us with a yogurt drink, lots of laughs, and great stories. She has the scariest looking dog that all he wants to do is lay aruond and be pet.

Randios house

After visiting with her for a while, the sun started going down, and we had to be on our way back to Gradets to meet with a friend of my grandmothers. So we headed out towards the car which was parked in front of my fathers friends pub. Much to our surprise, just as we were getting to the car Randio was just stepping out, carrying his leg and heading over to take a seat at the pub. When we asked him if he was alright and what he was up to...his answer is...."I didnt want to take the damn medication those stupid doctors were trying to give me...so Im going to go and have a nice cold glass of Rakia and soda!"

So of course we joined him and chatted a while. This man is about the age of my father, and looks as if he is 20 years old, and his wife is the most adorable little thing. She is so sweet and kind. They served us our drinks and a couple of laughs later, we needed to get going. I will be sure to spend at least a week in Jeravna on my next trip and enjoy the atmosphere and nature surrounding it. It was an incredible experience, great friends, great drink, and awesome pictures! I was so full of energy as we were heading out. Absolutely breathtaking!

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Jeravna from above
Jeravna from above
The first house in Jeravna :-) I c…
The first house in Jeravna :-) I …
The street and old houses
The street and old houses
from the center up :-)
from the center up :-)
Randios house
Randios house
Beautiful...just beautiful and pea…
Beautiful...just beautiful and pe…
Old style door handles and locks
Old style door handles and locks
The classic way to make a wall :-)
The classic way to make a wall :-)
The setting sun
The setting sun
Intricate process
Intricate process
An old man having a hard time with…
An old man having a hard time wit…
poser :-)
poser :-)
Heavy winters in the area
Heavy winters in the area
a beautiful old building
a beautiful old building
Seating for two
Seating for two
My brother at the crossroads :-)
My brother at the crossroads :-)
Grape Vines along the wall
Grape Vines along the wall
My grandmother, my brother, Galia …
My grandmother, my brother, Galia…
Going down the street....
Going down the street....
:-) and further :-)
:-) and further :-)
such tranquility walking down thes…
such tranquility walking down the…
an old man looking through a broke…
an old man looking through a brok…
My brother trying to fit through t…
My brother trying to fit through …
Its like walking through history
Its like walking through history
Randio, me, Stefan, and Randios Wi…
Randio, me, Stefan, and Randios W…
harassing yet another kittie
harassing yet another kittie
Goat asses on an antique road in a…
Goat asses on an antique road in …
My favorite beer in Bulgaria...sad…
My favorite beer in Bulgaria...sa…
Leave Jeravna, next visit I plan o…
Leave Jeravna, next visit I plan …
Driving to Stralja - no tripod....…
Driving to Stralja - no tripod...…
Jeravna
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