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    Summer in the mountains.

    Posted on August 10, 2017 by in blog

    Dylan and Daddy in the hills!   This has been our first proper summer in the mountains. I’ve taken Dylan for a few trips each year for the last two years but nothing too crazy. We had an over nighter at Sinanitsa, a scramble with a little bit of rope with Di and a plenty […]

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    Brexit and living in Bulgaria

    Posted on July 25, 2017 by in blog

    I’m speaking to a lot of people at the moment about Brexit and living in Bulgaria. Some are Brits looking to move to BG others are Brits that are already living here. Not all are particularly bothered! Moving to Bulgaria and getting a European passport feels like a way to escape the anti European feeling […]

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    Pirin

    Posted on July 3, 2017 by in blog

    Pirin The summer season has started in here in Pirin. The rainy days of spring have passed and the blazing heat of a Balkan summer is starting to bake the lush green fields a shade of Brown. High up in the hills patches of snow are holding out against the 30 degree heat but soon […]

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    Guests

    Posted on June 16, 2017 by in blog

    It’s been a long time since I’ve posted on here. This winter was a super busy one for us at the hotel. Loads of guests in the hotel, the bar full of regulars and the restaurant packed 4 days a week. Something really struck me this winter about running The Avalon. I think it all […]

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    Annapurna base camp expedition 2017

    Posted on January 5, 2017 by in blog

    Annapurna base camp expedition 2017 I will be leading my first Annapurna base camp expedition in 2017. So this blog is going to be a bit of marketing (sorry!) As most of you probably know I have been sneaking off the Himalaya every other year for the last 20 years. My goal is to visit every […]

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    Nepal

    Posted on December 6, 2016 by in blog

    Nepal 2016   I’m sorry that I have been away from the Blog for so long. I have been in Nepal ! To be honest I was very nervous about going back to the Himalaya after all the sadness I saw during the earthquake. I felt I owed it to the people of Nepal and […]

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  • A summer full of adventures.

    Posted on September 2, 2016 by in blog

    A summer full of adventures.   This summer has been full of adventures. So full in fact that I haven’t had a chance to post on here in months! I’m not sure where to start, swimming at Pirry, climbing at Peshteritay, biking, hiking, wild camping, festivals in the centre. There has been so much going […]

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  • Bansko in March

    Posted on April 12, 2016 by in blog

    Spring in Bansko The Secret needs to be shared, Spring is the best time to be in Bansko. We all love the month long party that is our Christmas and New year shortly followed by (you get a week to recover) Orthodox Christmas and New year.  The low temperatures and amazing snows of January and February […]

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    Bread and Jam

    Posted on January 7, 2016 by in blog

    Bread and Jam . . . . . I really care about what I eat, it’s really important to me. Great flavours, textures and smells get me going, so much so that some might say I’m a couple of pounds over weight! But when it comes to our guests it matters even more. Not only […]

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    Snowing in Bansko

    Posted on January 3, 2016 by in blog

    Snowing in Bansko Finally it is snowing in Bansko! Christmas and New year have been as busy as ever but the snow has been terrible! With 4 lifts and 4 pistes open only the Brits and the hardcore have been skiing! Most of our other guests haven’t been skiing at all. If they’ve gone up the […]

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