Picking Pinecones, Popski Cliffs, & Gogo dropping in for a visit

Fazanovo Travel Blog

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"You are now exiting Fazanovo"

Today Mitaka and decided to head down the "Old" Fazanovo road and pick some pine cones for the winter. As we drove along the the tiny road we saw a turtle walking right along the grassline of the road and immediately stopped to ask if she needed a ride.

After a brief introduction, she told us that she was out on her morning jog, and that giving her a ride wouldnt do her much good, as she was working on getting rid of some underbellie. Though she did ask for a favor, there was something itching her belly, and she cant reach it, so we turned her over and discovered a nasty little tick. After carefully removing it, we took her further into the woods where she wouldnt be walking too close to the road, and said our goodbye's and sent kisses to her family.

Heading out to collect pinecones for the winter

We found a shady parking, and proceeded with our bags out to the forest. We picked a couple of dufflebags of pinecones, and when we figured it was more than enough, we headed back to the car. Realizing that this had taken a lot less time than expected, we decided to go on a further exploration.

When I was little there was a little waterfall my family had discovered, and we used to camp out there during the summers. I had some of the most amazing memories in that area, with wild animals coming down to the river to drink water, and wild horses running past on the road next to the waterfall...it was truly a magical time. So, we decided we would go on a search for this waterfall. Jumped back in the car and headed down the mountain towards the river, where there is a hidden little road that leads into the forest.

Met a friend on the way
The road looks somewhat acceptable as you drive in, however a couple of miles down, it becomes close to impossible, with massive holes and rocks.

We jumped out of the car a couple of times, exploring the almost fully dried out river, and continued on deeper down the road, only to discover that this area, which only the gypsies knew of, has turned into a major hunting rest stop with picnick tables, barbques, and little wooden walkways. There was even a name for the the area right before the waterfall, Popski Skali ( The Priests Cliffs). After exploring the Poski Skali, we realized it was getting late and didnt continue looking for the waterfall, and headed back to Fazanovo.

At that point we realized that my cousin and his family had been waiting for us for about 2 hours already.

Stepped in and took her off the road
It was a little boo boo on our behalf, but we enjoyed our time in the forest and it was well worth it. After seeing my cousin and his family we started cooking and made some fried fish, and enjoyed a great evening of chatting and playing backgammon. After ditching everyone to go on the second floor where there is still construction going on, my cousin and I hit it a few rounds in which I totally destroyed him.

We realized that we had ran out of beer, and escaped the house to drive down to Lozenets to buy some more. Seeing jackals, wild boars, and some hedgehogs. On the way back we decided to stop by the cemetary and see the stars and chat a while. My cousin took out some jars he had in the back of his car and filled them with the newly bought beer and we toasted right there next to the cemetary under the stars. Afterwards we headed back home and finished up the backgammon tournament, where my cousin totally killed me every single game. I blamed it on the alchohol.

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You are now exiting Fazanovo
"You are now exiting Fazanovo"
Heading out to collect pinecones f…
Heading out to collect pinecones …
Met a friend on the way
Met a friend on the way
Stepped in and took her off the ro…
Stepped in and took her off the r…
but not without her closeup
but not without her closeup
my collection
my collection
a tree taken down by the heavy sno…
a tree taken down by the heavy sn…
the road out of Fazanovo as we hea…
the road out of Fazanovo as we he…
Small puddles left of the river ne…
Small puddles left of the river n…
Mitaka exploring
Mitaka exploring
Self Portrait :-D
Self Portrait :-D
Popski Skali
Popski Skali
Another little friend I made on th…
Another little friend I made on t…
Mitaka jumped knee deep into the w…
Mitaka jumped knee deep into the …
The new construction at Popski Ska…
The new construction at Popski Sk…
One of Chchis pets...she doesnt k…
One of Chchi's pets...she doesnt …
Chechis garden
Chechi's garden
The house from the front gate
The house from the front gate
My sleeping chambers :-) with a vi…
My sleeping chambers :-) with a v…
The garden
The garden
More flowers
More flowers
Famous Bulgarian roses
Famous Bulgarian roses
Popski Skali
Popski Skali
Tree mushrooms
Tree mushrooms
Mitaka showing his strength
Mitaka showing his strength
Taking a picture of me
Taking a picture of me
Driving down from Fazanovo
Driving down from Fazanovo
My little nephew
My little nephew
CLOSEUP!
CLOSEUP!
Everyone with their agnry faces
Everyone with their "agnry faces"
Mitaka serving the salad
Mitaka serving the salad
Jako diggin around
Jako diggin around
Chechi chasing us around with her …
Chechi chasing us around with her…
Very proud of herself! hahaha
Very proud of herself! hahaha
My cigarette, and my cousins beer.…
My cigarette, and my cousins beer…
Another little gypsy
Another little gypsy
Tryin out the fish
Tryin out the fish
Getting dinner ready...the hole in…
Getting dinner ready...the hole i…
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