My family and I typically travel each summer to the remote Родопи, Rodopi mountain community of Gela, Bulgaria, the professed birthplace of Orpheus. The atmosphere and soil there holds so much mystery, as the 'warp and weft' of ancient footpaths weave past and present together.
Gela is an ideal place to learn about local folklore traditions, take day long hikes from village to village, and also savor Bulgarian recipes that are inherently healthy and full of regional goodness. Just over three hours from the capital city of Sofia, a trip to Bulgaria is not complete without time spent in a rural setting like this.
Please enjoy previous stories that I have written about Gela and surrounding regions. I highly recommend a stay at Villa Gella, as the kind hosts will customize all details during your stay –including organic meals from the kitchen garden, summer yoga on the villa's open terrace, and a fireside bagpipe performance on a winter's eve, post-ski.
All photos by Abigail Doan.