4 October 2016

Anevsko kale and in Starosel again – TOUR 90/November 2015

Anevsko kale – Kopsis fortress, Hisarya and Starosel 

‘All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them’
Walt Disney


Beklemeto Pass.
On the following morning the wind had subsided but everything was covered by fir needles and cones. The car was where we had left it at least.
The sky was dull and the weather forecast predicted rain. It was raining in most parts of the country.
It was a very important day to us or to the aim we had set – Anevsko kale (Anevo village) near Sopot, a place I had been dreaming about for many years. The rain would ruin everything.
So we were on our way realizing another dream and competing with the rain.

Early in the morning there wasn’t much traffic through Troyan pass. However, there were scenic views.

At last the moment came when the stone tower was standing tall on the edge of the rocks waiting for us.

Kopsis or known also as Anevsko kale.
We started climbing.

A strong wind was blowing again. In the beginning the steep path went through an oak forest where it was under shelter. The track was so polished that it was hard to walk on. Moving a few steps, slipping and you are where you were a while ago. We left the forest more or less. Looking around one can’t stop gazing.

We kept on walking pushed by the strong wind.
I was thinking that the route would be awful in the summer heat.

We went along the narrow paths, straight through the ruins and got that lovely feeling of being alive (the blood is racing, you are panting, your heart is pounding and sometimes your legs are trembling) but you know it is worth it … just by looking at the area! So majestic!
And today it is a day – a generous destiny gift …

On the way back we weren’t in a hurry. The contentment was obvious.
At the beginning of the track there was a river with a small waterfall. I was able to give it the necessary time.

We were off to Hisarya. We had to meet friends of ours and to continue our journey together.
Before meeting them we had some more time, so we strolled along the familiar alleys and streets.

Current photos of the baths ....

By travelling to Starosel we visited Staro Zhelezare to see ‘Kromlehat’ at last. This time it was dry and one could reach the place normally. Besides, the road to Novo Zhelezare where the object was situated was paved with new asphalt. As I had mentioned in previous travel notes – Tour 88, we were totally disappointed. There might not be a trace left from this interesting creation soon ….
The next morning, already in Starosel, met us fresh after the rain. While we were getting ready for breakfast, we could hear the raindrops falling on the ground. When we went out the sun was fighting for its place and thus at some point a huge, bright, double rainbow turned up. The rainbow disappeared until we started moving and thinking of the camera that wasn’t with us. The sun kept on racing with the clouds persistently getting stronger and made us follow if not the tracks (we had planned to), at least the asphalt road.
Almost all morning it was drizzling and the shining and the light game created incredible landscapes.

We left for ‘Chetinyovska mogila’.

We found out it was open again. We happened to be the first visitors on that day. Here is the renovated dome because of which the object was closed.

Our preliminary idea didn’t include rain but a walk up to those stones-sanctuaries,

 similar to ‘Garvanov kamak’, which I saw from ‘Chetinyovska mogila’.
A photo Roshava mogila on the left and Garvanov kamak on the  right
We stopped by to see the familiar ‘Horizont’ mound.
The meadow, the surrounding area and even the path were mined by cows that couldn’t be seen anywhere.
On leaving the temple, engrossed in twaddling, I stepped on the single mine on the road. ‘Who if not me?’ All the others entered ‘Sv. Spas’ temple and I stayed outside going round the meadow, rubbing my shoe sole in the wet grass bitterly and looking round not to tread on another surprise. It began raining as well and my soles had big grippers – ‘They can’t be cleaned!!’
When the others showed up Nikola took the shoe and started looking for a way to take away the heaped stench.

The rain was diminishing and suddenly a beautiful, colourful, double rainbow appeared in the sky. If someone was standing nearby they would see a shoe flying in the air and me running towards a more suitable place, where I could catch the most wonderful rainbow, which I had seen so far.

Although I was in a hurry, I was looking round not to tread on something again.
Already pleased with the photos and my clean shoe sole where there was no trace of what had happened, I was ready for feats.
We hadn’t planned other visit destinations during the day, so the boys decided to look for a mound that they saw on the map before ‘Chetinyovska’. 
The search turned into an off road track passing by fields. I relied on the landscapes.

Well, we found a mound but not the one we had been looking for. And there were plenty of mounds in the area ….

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