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    Bansko Sour Cherry Cosmopolitan

    Posted on July 13, 2014 by in blog

    Bansko Sour cherry ideal for a Cosmopolitan. You can’t rush things especially if it involves alcohol or food. The joy of our cocktail nights here at the Avalon is that they involve both. In my garden we have a young, healthy and very fecund sour cherry tree  we harvest the  fruit in July and turn […]

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  • Bansko Mountain Biking, Perfect Day

    Posted on July 1, 2014 by in blog

    Bansko Mountain Biking:- Bansko is a great place fro mountain biking. Here at the hotel Avalon we have been making and promoting Mountain biking trails for nearly 10 years. The official mountain biking trails are limited to 176km of trails accessible from Bansko town but this is nowhere near the total extent of available riding. […]

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    Transparency in Bansko

    Posted on June 27, 2014 by in blog

    Transparency in Bansko   Bansko is a ski resort to most people who have heard of it, home to nearly ten thousand, a business opportunity to some and the gateway to Pirin for others.  For me more and more it is becoming a great big living thing, the closer I look at the political scene […]

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    Europe, Scotland and Nationality

    Posted on June 26, 2014 by in blog

      I have just got back from a very long day in Sofia, an 09:00 meeting to discuss fireworks meant I left home at 06:00. Joy of Joys the guy I was meeting couldn’t be bothered to turn up so instead of upping the budget by a few thousand leva we stuck to the original […]

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    How to make friends and influence people

    Posted on June 21, 2014 by in blog

      Bansko town hall and Bansko ski area are suffering from a bit of a crisis in the friends department. In some ways this is due to the lack of snow last year and the general blame culture that comes from a bunch of skiers not being able to ski and a load of hoteliers  with […]

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  • The Scotsman. Mountain biking in Bansko

    Posted on June 11, 2014 by in blog

    Mountain Biking in Bansko, Bulgaria. It’s strange how myths of mountains get under your skin. There is no rhyme or reason to it  but one morning you wake up and something has stuck in your head about a particular pass or peak. I’ve spent 10 years now wandering around the Pirin mountains trying to itch […]

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    We’re Back

    Posted on June 4, 2014 by in blog

    Our whistle stop tour of the U.K. was a huge success, friends visited, British foods eaten and ale drunk. We got back to a lovely green Bulgaria last week with only a small hole in the bank balance and a fully stocked cupboard of happy memories. It is one of the joys of living in […]

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    Spring, dust off that bike!

    Posted on April 25, 2014 by in blog

        This is our first year in Bansko when we have hung around after the end of the season. I have been promising myself that I would do it for years but what with one thing or another we have always packed our bags and dashed off as soon as the hotel was put […]

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    The Road to Nowhere

    Posted on April 7, 2014 by in blog

      The Road to Nowhere, what is it all about? For most people it is a mountain bike rally that takes place at the end of July every year, for some it is a community of mountain bikers in Bansko but for me it has been/is a bit of a journey. I started out in […]

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    Get Lost.

    Posted on April 2, 2014 by in blog

      Ask Vania she knows better than anyone, I am a stubborn donkey. Especially when I am right (or think I am right) I will never back down. Now in normal work/home life the downside of this is pretty harmless if a little annoying for Vania. In politics, and unfortunately I seem to be spending […]

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