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    The little world of Don Camillo

    Posted on December 9, 2013 by in blog

    The little world of Don Camillo doesn’t seem to have got across the channel . On the continent it has been a huge part of peoples lives for nearly 70 years. I was introduced to the books by The Old Man and a very strange choice it was to suggest to a teenager. The stories […]

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    Lukla, and up into the hills!

    Posted on December 3, 2013 by in blog

    My passion for the Himalaya has not diminished one bit in the last 10 years. Even with all the changes and development the sense of Joy as I set off into that huge landscapes is incredible. The first day of trekking from Lukla up the Solu Kumbu valley I was almost skipping with joy, singing […]

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  • Everest Base camp

    Posted on November 28, 2013 by in blog

        I have now been in bansko 10 years and very soon Avalon hotel will have her tenth birthday (26th of December is her birthday if you want to send a card!) So to remember those hectic 90 days back in 2003 when vania and I built Avalon we have been on a bit […]

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  • Death in the Afternoon

    Posted on September 30, 2013 by in blog

    I’m no pro skier, I’m not sponsored by any manufacturer or filmed on a daily basis as part of one of those tantalizingly extreme films where everyone is skiing in chest deep powder on some remote face in Alaska. I’m just a guy who loves to ride the back country. If it’s un-pisted then that’s […]

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  • Koncheto ridge

    Posted on September 30, 2013 by in blog

    02/09/2013 A return to Koncheto it has been nearly a year since I was last on koncheto. For those of you who don’t know this ridge it is the saddle to the right of what looks like the highest mountain in Pirin when you look up from the village. I am not quite sure how butKoncheto has […]

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  • A different sort of training

    Posted on September 30, 2013 by in blog

    11/08/2013 A different sort of training, I have just come back from 2 lovely days in the hills with a friend from Sofia, he is a very busy political bee up there and  juggling work and a growing family with what are turning out to be “interesting times” in Sofia has meant we haven’t seen him […]

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  • Avalanche

    Posted on September 30, 2013 by in blog

    10/3/2012 first real avalanche of the season this week, a small 25m wide and 200m long number. Spring is definately here changing the snow pack and bringing wet heavy snow. The new snow skis well and Tom and I have been having a great time in it but the fact that it has fallen on a […]

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  • Our little community

    Posted on September 30, 2013 by in blog

    17/08/2012 A word on community “ We are a small community here in Bansko. If you stretch the numbers a bit we could be a total of 50 people living here permanently.  Ex-pats and their families dot most of the villages in our region. Our children go to the local schools, we use the local doctors and get […]

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  • Property in Bansko

    Posted on September 30, 2013 by in blog

    Property in Bansko. 28/12/2012 I was in a meeting yesterday, the local property management companies had asked for a meeting with the mayor which became a meeting with the mayor, all his team, the town council and all the tourist associations. The main point of the meeting was for the British business’ to get some […]

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  • Pink Tomatoes

    Posted on September 28, 2013 by in blog

    28/08/2013 Pink tomatoes, the seasons turn,the odd shower of rain has cooled Bansko, the days are getting noticeably shorter and the  blackberries with their contrary nature begin their lethargic charge towards autumn. Of all the “important” crops in our life the blackberries are the least stressful, at one and the same time they are one of the most […]

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