Spring in Bulgaria 2013
Trip Recap May 25th – June 1st, 2013

May 31st….we started our day early because we wanted to get out to the local community rose picking festival…very small in comparison to the larger version but I found this very personal…it was fun to be with the locals, taste treats that they had made and watch the young ones dancing with the old around the baskets of rose petals. Most of the pickers are gypsys and I found them very nice here. They make 3 Lev a kilogram or about 1.5 euros and each bag will usually hold about 18 kgs of petals. It is good money by their standards…they must pick between 6 and 9 in the mornings for the best fragrance and oil on the petals.

We left to head to Koprivshtitsa to see the traditional architecture here before heading back to Sofia. What I enjoyed was the cooking pots they used and the embroidery…exquisite embroidery. The little church here has a beautiful memorial of a mother sitting and waiting for her son to come home from war…he never did so they made this memorial up when she passed away because that is how the village all remembered her…truly sad. This wonderful old church done up in lavender and purple was such a joy to see. We enjoyed a delicious cappuccino before leaving for Sofia.

Once back I had to go to the Sofia Botanic Garden as I missed it the first day. I am so glad I did as this is another gem that must be visited. All the plants were donated by a wealthy merchant. They also have a little garden shop where the lady there does some wonderful arrangements…it was founded in 1892 by the first Bulgarian professor in botany Dr. Stefan Georgiev. At the opening ceremony King Ferdinand I planted an oak tree laying a gold coin in its roots.



  • New Eden
  • Kids Garden
  • Plant a Row Grow a Row