Thursday, April 13, 2017

Some spring news...

The schedule at our gym changed in late March so the Zumba on Mondays and Wednesdays was cancelled... Minnie and I started attending Aeromix on Mondays /very intensive/ and Pilates Stretch on Wednesdays /very relaxing/. There is Zumba with another instructor on Fridays so we might try that some time too…:)

I saw four more movies in March after my previous post - Assassin’s Creed’ /maybe not the best movie based on a computer game, but still entertaining...:)/, ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ /it was great to be part of the Star Wars world again, but the end of the movie made me very sad.../, ‘Reach Me’ /nothing special:(/ and ‘Collateral Beauty’ /a very strange, yet beautiful and touching story and the actors were simply incredible:)/.

I’ve read one book in March – ‘The Brass Verdict’ by Michael Connelly. It was very interesting, witty and easy to read...:) And I like Mickey Haller's character a lot... Can't wait to read more books about him...:)

Vanyo is on Easter holidays since April 8th… He is just staying at home, relaxing, and one day he invited his best friend from his class /Nikolay/ over for a fun day which has involved a Diablo III game on the PS4 and a KFC lunch…:)

And on April 12th Minnie and Vanyo joined the ‘Librarian for a Day’ initiative at the Library of Sofia and they have enjoyed their internship to the fullest!:) They both said they would enjoy a volunteer job there in summer too…:)

So far I’ve seen only two movies this month – ‘I Origins’ /I greatly enjoyed the idea of the movie but everything else was a disappointment.../ and ‘Little Accidents’ /nothing special:(/.  

I’ve read one book this month – ‘The Temple of the Golden Pavilion’ by Yukio Mishima. It was the 7th book of my ‘20th Century Golden Books Collection’. Even though it was a small book, it took me a long time to read it - more than a month... The writing style was beautiful and unique but the main character and his philosophy were too strange and couldn't touch me at all... 

Also in April I saw the first season of the new mini-series ‘Taboo’ and I enjoyed them a lot - great story and incredible Tom Hardy!:) Can't wait for the second season!:)

Friday, March 10, 2017

Life goes on...

I saw six more movies in January after writing my previous post... Here is the list: ‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back’ /I wasn’t impressed by the first Jack Reacher movie and the second was nothing special, either…:(/, ‘The Legend of Tarzan’ /leaving aside the fact that the best Tarzan for me will always be Christopher Lambert, it was a very nice movie…:)/, ‘Spectre’ /maybe not the best James Bond movie but still fun to watch...:)/, ‘Dying of the Light’ /nothing special…/, ‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’ /not as brilliant as the first Bridget Jones movie but there were still some super funny moments :)/ and ‘Stretch’ /nothing special…:(/.

On February 3rd /Friday/ as soon as we finished work/uni/school, the four of us went to the famous ski resort Pamporovo. We stayed at a very nice hotel, called ‘The Castle’ for a long weekend and returned home on the Monday, February 6th.  We had a very relaxing time in Pamporovo and the children even tried skiing for the first time in their lives…:) They said it was fun so perhaps we’ll take them again next winter…:) We also greatly enjoyed the food and the service at the restaurant ‘Excalibur’… There was live kaba bagpipe performance and a singer of traditional songs from the Rhodope region every evening at the restaurant, such an incredible experience! :) 

The law firm that I’m working at gave us multisport cards in late January. So since the beginning of February I started going to zumba with Minnie and we’re both enjoying it very much…:)

My mother celebrated her 70th birthday on February 11th … My parents invited us at a very nice restaurant in Plovdiv, called ‘Riviera’ /the same place they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in May/. My aunt /dad’s sister/ was there too with her husband. We had a wonderful evening together! :)

Unfortunately, even though February started well, it brought us a terrible surprise – my mother-in-law passed away on February 23rd… :( It was such a huge shock for all of us as she seemed so well and in good spirits the last time we visited her /in the beginning of the month, on our way home from Pamporovo/…:( We had the funeral on the Saturday, February 25th  and we feel slightly better day by day but it’ll take time for the pain to go away, I’m sure…

I saw six movies in February: ‘Unfinished Business’ /it wasn't a masterpiece, and there were some really silly moments, but I greatly enjoyed the idea of the movie and its positive message.../, ‘Cake’ /a very sad and depressing movie but Jennifer Aniston and Adriana Barraza were simply brilliant! Two thumbs up for both of them!/, ‘American Sniper’ /a really good movie but very sad and depressing as well.../, ‘Paddington’ /I just loved this movie - it was sweet, touching and funny...:) And the bear is simply adorable...:)/, ‘Loitering with Intent’ /a total waste of time…:(/ and ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’ /great movie, I loved it:)/.

I read three books in February. The first one was ‘Tales’ by E.T.A. Hoffmann. It was the 7th  book of my '19th Century Golden Books Collection’. I liked some of the tales and disliked or didn't understand others... But it was an interesting book and easy to read so I don't regret giving it a try...:)

The second book was ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’ by Philippa Gregory. I greatly enjoyed this book - even though it might not be 100% historically correct, it was very interesting and well written, so I'll definitely read more books by Philippa Gregory in the future...:)

And the third book was ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’. It was a great experience to be part of Harry Potter's world again...:) But I still think it would have been much better if this book was a novel not just a play...

On March 1st we celebrated Baba Marta, which, as you know, is one of my most favourite Bulgarian holidays as it marks the beginning of spring…:) 

Vanyo attended a Spelling Bee competition at his school and got the 7th place, which, considering his total lack of preparation, is quite an achievement…:) He got a certificate and a bracelet and is very proud of himself…:)

March 3rd is our national holiday /Liberation Day/ so it was a long weekend… Our plan was to go to Devin /a lovely resort in the Rhodopes/ but my mother-in-law’s sudden death made us cancel the reservation… We just went to Plovdiv and stayed at home instead…

We celebrated International Women’s Day on March 8th …:) I got flowers from my husband, my children and my male colleagues at work and many greetings by phone, emails and Facebook…:) And in the evening I had a special dinner at home with my dear family…:)

I’ve seen two movies so far this month – ‘The Hateful Eight’ /the story was interesting but the movie was full of cruelty and disgusting scenes - too much for my liking.../ and ‘Doctor Strange’ /great entertainment for the whole family:)/.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

All the news from the last few months...:)

The last week of October was very exciting for Vanyo…:) On October 27th /Thursday/ there was a Halloween celebration at his school and he was Harry Potter…:) And just like last year he got the prize for best artistic performance…:)
And the following day he and two other boys from his class were chosen to teach English to some 8 grade kids /who had just started studying English as a second foreign language/…:) My son was super proud of himself for teaching bigger kids, as you can imagine…:)

On October 29th I attended a very interesting Medical Law seminar. I’ve learned a lot and it was great to meet some colleagues and catch up with them!:)

I saw five more movies in October after writing my previous post. Here is the list: ‘Before I Go to Sleep’ /this movie turned out to be much better than I expected... It was tense, thrilling, emotional, full of unexpected turns and the actors were great...:)/, ‘Jurassic World’ /not as good as the first Jurassic movie but still fun to see...:)/, ‘Life of Pi’ /to be honest, this movie turned out to be much better than I expected... Looks like it's one of those movies that stay with me long after I've seen them.../ ‘Foxcatcher’ /the movie was well done, the actors were great /especially Steve Carell who was simply brilliant/ but it still couldn't touch me.../ and ‘He’s a Dragon’ /a great Russian fantasy, I loved it!:) And it was so nice to find out that Russians have the folklore motif of ladies marrying dragons... It's in our Bulgarian folklore too...:)/. 

Minnie’s name day was on November 11th.  She brought a box of chocolates to uni as a treat for her colleagues and in the evening we had special dinner at home…:) Minnie got some gifts too, of course – her grandparents gave her money and her dad, her brother and me gave her cool Sony headphones and the latest Harry Potter book…:)

The next Friday, November 18th, as soon as we all finished work/uni/school, we drove to Bansko – a lovely ski resort in the mountains. We stayed at a great spa hotel and had a wonderful weekend there… It was an all-inclusive package and the food was so delicious that I’m afraid we ate way too much… But we also did some workout so luckily it didn’t affect us visibly…:) Unfortunately the hotel was too crowded so we have decided that we’ll choose a quieter place for our next trip…:)

On November 24th the four of us attended a very special event – the presentation of a CD with orthodox music – ‘Voice of an Angel’ at the big hall of the University of Sofia. My cousin Plamen /the opera singer/ was the soloist and he was amazing!:) We were all so proud of him!:)

I saw ten movies in November: ‘The Lego Movie’ /great movie!:) I loved it!:)/, ‘The Keeper of Lost Causes’ /a bit cruel and predictable, but still a very good thriller.../, ‘Sin City’ /quite weird and cruel but still a great movie:)/, ‘The Giver’ /I really liked the idea of the movie, but it was too slow and boring.../, ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill for’ /just as weird and cruel as the first movie but maybe a bit less exciting.../, ‘Cinderella’ /great entertainment for the whole family:)/, ‘Horns’ /there were some moments that were too brutal for my taste, but the movie was fresh, exciting and it kept my attention all the time... Daniel Radcliffe was incredible too!:) His character was complex and controversial and he has acted it perfectly!:)/, ‘Stonehearst Asylum’ /a very good movie, full of suspense and unexpected turns...:) Many Bulgarian actors are playing in it and the final scene is shot in Bulgaria...:), ‘Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb’ /unfortunately not as good as the first two movies, but there were still some funny moments.../ and ‘Winter’s Tale’ /a little strange, yet beautiful story…:)/.

I have read one book in November: ‘Rich Man, Poor Man’ by Irwin Shaw. I greatly enjoyed this book - it was easy to read, the characters were interesting and well-developed, the style of the author was wonderful and most of all I liked his subtle sense of humour...:) The end made me a bit sad, though... But it didn’t put me off reading the sequel so that’s what I took up next!:)

December was a very exciting and eventful month…:)

On December 2nd I went to a Criminal Law seminar in Velingrad… I stayed there the whole weekend and had a wonderful time…:) It was great to learn new things and to socialize with my colleagues…:) On the Saturday evening we had a party and we danced till 2 a.m… :) It was so much fun!:)

On December 11th Minnie celebrated her 20th birthday…:) She wanted to celebrate it in Serbia so that’s where we went…:) We had delicious lunch at a typical Serbian restaurant called Lukavacki Mlin and then went shopping in Dimitrovgrad…:) It was a great day!:) And in the evening we had chocolate ice-cream cake at home…:) Yummy!:)

Minnie got some presents, of course – money from her grandparents and new boots and bag from her dad, her brother and me… In the following days she went out a couple of times with her friends and got some really thoughtful presents from them as well…:)

December 15th  was a very interesting day…:) We finished work earlier at my office and then attended the presentation of a book, published by the law firm I’m working at /a biography of the famous tennis player Novak Djokovic/. Then we headed to the Christmas party of one of our bigger clients… The party was at a wonderful, very luxurious restaurant, called Niagara and everything was perfect – the atmosphere, the food, the service, and the music…:) I had lots of fun with my colleagues…:)

On December 19th /Monday/ my husband and I attended a reunion of our university colleagues… It was in Plovdiv and we both had to work the following day, so we didn’t stay long but it was still fun to catch up with our colleagues…:)

On December 22nd my office had Christmas lunch and in the evening I met a bunch of ladies /current or ex-colleagues at the law firm I’m working at/ for a glass /or two:)/ of wine at a very nice Italian restaurant…:)

December 23rd was my last day at work and then my Christmas holidays started…:) I was off for 10 days and got back to work on January 3rd …:)

This time we celebrated Christmas in Plovdiv for a change…:) We had invited my mother-in-law as well... We had traditional Christmas dinner and Vanyo found the coin into his piece of the ‘pitka’ – just like the previous year.:)  And when we finished eating, the children found their present under the Christmas tree…:) It was just one present this Christmas, but an expensive one – PS4 with two joysticks and a game /Mafia 3/…:) They were both super excited and, needless to say, spent the rest of the evening enjoying their gift…:)

During the Christmas holidays we also visited my parents and had a wonderful time with them as always …:)

We celebrated New Year’s Eve in Sofia…:) We had a special dinner and wine /delicious Tokaj wine we had bought in Budapest in May/, enjoyed the fireworks and danced…:) As always, the children had fun with the ‘survakane’.:) The fortunes we found in the special New Year’s ‘banitza’, were: ‘happiness’ for Vlado, ‘health’ for me, ‘love’ for Minnie, ‘success’ for Vanyo and ‘travel’ for Teddy…:)

 I saw quite a lot of movies in December: ‘The Longest Week’ /nothing special…:(/, ‘Reclaim’ /also nothing special…:(/, ‘The Liberator’ /a beautiful, touching and inspiring story about the life of Simón Bolívar... The actors and the scenery were fantastic too...:)/, ‘The Guest’ /this movie turned out to be much better than I expected... And Dan Stevens is fantastic as a bad boy…:)/, ‘Men, Women & Children’ /a strange movie - full of amazing actors but slow and even boring at times.../, ‘Miss Meadows’ /nothing special…:(/, ‘Focus’ /not a masterpiece, but still a very nice movie, full of unexpected turns and dark humour.../, ‘Step Up Revolution’ /a very sweet movie, full of fantastic dancing scenes...:)/, ‘Seventh Son’ /great entertainment for the whole family...:)/, ‘John Wick’ /a dark movie, full of great action scenes and incredible Keanu Reeves...:) Can't wait for the sequel!:)/, ‘Inferno’ /nothing special…/, ‘Jason Bourne’ /it was full of spectacular action scenes but still not good as the first Bourne movie.../, ‘Star Trek Beyond’ /great entertainment for the whole family...:)/, ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ /great entertainment as always!:) I loved it that my favourite Wolverine appeared as well!:)/ and ‘Captain America: Civil War’ /also great entertainment for the whole family…:)/.

I managed to read two books in December. The first book was ‘The Neverending Story’ by Michael Ende. It was an incredible, thought-provoking, beautiful and touching story...:) One of those books that remain with us long after we have finished reading them...

The second book was ‘Beggarman, Thief’ by Irwin Shaw. Maybe not as brilliant as the first book of the saga but still very good and beautifully written...

Yesterday, January 7th,  was Vanyo’s name day…:) It happened on a Saturday, so we went to the mall and had a great time there…:) First we had delicious lunch. Then Vanyo and Minnie went to play video games at Playground while my husband and I enjoyed some coffee and ice-cream at one of the cafés…:) When the children came back from Playground, they had some ice-cream too…:) Vanyo got some presents too, of course – a new PS4 game from his dad, his sister and me /Diablo 3/ and some money from his grandparents to spend as he wishes…:)  

I’ve seen five movies so far in January: ‘The Girl on the Train’ /maybe not the best thriller, but not too bad, either.../, ‘London Has Fallen’ /much worse than ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ but it was still great to see Gerard Butler../, ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ /maybe not as brilliant as the first Independence Day movie, but it was still full of excitement and funny moments…:)/, ‘Home Sweet Hell’ /a total waste of time…:(/ and ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ /the movie was too long and slow at times but as two of my favourite actors were playing /Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill/ it wasn't too bad...:)/. 

Thursday, October 13, 2016

So far, so good...

As always, September was a quiet month until the children got back to school/university and the madness started again…:) 

I got back to work on September 7th, full of energy and optimism…:) It was great to meet my colleagues too…:) 

Minnie got back to Uni on September 12th /Monday/. Now that it’s her second year as a Medical student, she is more confident but of course she still has a lot to study…:)

Vanyo started school on September 15th /Thursday/. He is in 6th grade now and has lots of new teachers... I hope it will be a positive change, though...:) 

On September 21st Minnie passed the practical part of the driving license exam so it’s official – we have another driver in our family!:) Needless to say, we are very excited about it!:)

September 22nd was a public holiday and as it happened on a Thursday, the government gave the Friday off too and we had a great 4-day weekend…:) Of course, we had to work the previous Saturday instead… 

On the first day of the long weekend we drove to Velingrad /a beautiful town in the Rhodopes, famous for its mineral springs/. We stayed at ‘Lucky Light Boutique Hotel & SPA’ which was such a wonderful place, with great atmosphere, delicious food and great spa, working 24/7 /it was such a pleasure to be the only ones using it at night:)/! We also visited ‘Kleptuza’ twice. It’s a very beautiful area, famous for its unique nature /protected by the law/ and for the biggest karst spring in Bulgaria…:) We even got on a pedal boat there and it was fun…:) 

Unfortunately our holidays were over too soon and on the Saturday we headed home… But we had a great time so we’re planning to visit Velingrad again /and will most probably stay in the same hotel/…:) 

I saw only one movie in September - ‘Les Miserables’… To be honest, I’m not into musicals much, but I still enjoyed it because the actors and the story were great...:) 

And I read one book in September /actually they are two novels in one book/ - ‘I Claudius/Claudius the God’ by Robert Graves. I greatly enjoyed it - it was very interesting and really well written...:) I learned a lot about the history and culture of Rome and at the same time I greatly admired the subtle sense of humour of the author!:) Two thumbs up!:) 

So far this month I have seen one movie and have read two books…:)

The movie I’ve seen is ‘Me Before You’. It was a beautiful and touching story, bitter-sweet as life itself... I loved it!:)

The first book I’ve read is ‘East of Eden’ by John Steinbeck. I read this book for a first time when I was 16, so wasn't mature enough to understand it then... Now I greatly enjoyed the wisdom and the beauty of the story, the depth of the characters and the diversity of their inner world... 

And the second book I’ve read is ‘Autobiography’ by the Serbian author Branislav Nušić ...:) It is in the list of books Vanyo studies at school this year... It was incredibly funny, and still - full of wisdom and philosophy!:) Two thumbs up!:)

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

My summer so far...:)

July was a very nice month…:) We spent the first July weekend in Plovdiv as usual but now that both children were free from school, we decided to go out for dinner...:) On the Sunday, July 2nd, we went to ‘Johanna’ which is a lovely restaurant with traditional Bulgarian food and the most delicious BBQ…:) 

And after dinner we went for a walk along the Main Street of Plovdiv and in the Central Park where we sat at the ‘singing fountains’.:) It’s a lovely show of fountains with music and lights…:) I attended it very often as a child but it’s been ages since I’ve last been there so it was very special to see it again – this time with my husband and children!:) 

After the show we picked up some delicious ice-cream and enjoyed it on our walk back to our car…:) Oh, and we also met one of the X Factor stars…:) His name is Georgi Arsov and he has studied at Minnie’s High School…:) Needless to say, Minnie didn’t miss her chance to take a picture with him!:) 

On July 5th, Minnie, Vlado and me /Vanyo was in Karlovo/ went to see the opera ‘La Traviata’…:) My dear cousin Plamen was playing Giorgio Germont and he was fantastic!:) After the performance we had dinner at a restaurant near the opera and we had a wonderful time together!:)

The following weekend was interesting too…:) On the Saturday, July 9th, we went to see the Asen’s Fortress. It’s a medieval fortress in the Rhodopes, close to Plovdiv, and we’ve passed under it many times…We’ve wanted to see it for ages, so I’m glad we finally did!:) The nature there is amazing!:) Unfortunately only the church has been renovated, the rest of the fortress is in ruins…:( Oh, and we saw a little snake there, probably poisonous… Luckily it was dead, though…:) 

The next weekend was even better…:) Vlado and I had the Friday, July 15th off… Minnie had driving lessons that day but as soon as they were over, we picked up Vanyo from Karlovo and drove to Pamporovo /a lovely resort in the Rhodopes/. We checked in at a lovely hotel, called ‘Nevada’ /the two studios we had rented were perfect:)/ and as soon as we dropped our luggage, we took a taxi to the Rojen Folk Festival…:) It was dark and quite cold by then and we were very tired, but we still enjoyed listening to the unique folk music from the Rhodopes under the stars…

The next morning we had breakfast at the hotel and went to the Rojen Folk Festival again…:) We did some shopping /mostly souvenirs/ and listened to the talented performers...:) It was so exciting to see all those people, wearing Bulgarian folk costumes, waving Bulgarian flags, and all of them – proud of their origin, proud to be Bulgarian… The feeling was incredible!!!:) We returned to our hotel at lunch time…:) The kids had fun at the fitness and hubby and I simply relaxed...

We had dinner at restaurant ‘Excalibur’ at ‘The Castle’ hotel complex… The food and the service were excellent and we’ll definitely go back there!:) They were making ‘cheverme’ in front of us /it’s a typical specialty from the Rhodopes – a whole lamb or goat is grilled slowly on a stick/ so we simply had to try it and it was delicious – it simply melted in our mouths…:)

We had planned to go back to the Rojen Folk Festival after dinner but then we changed our minds and decided to go for a hike instead…:) The nature in Pamporovo is very beautiful, the air is clean and fresh so all of us enjoyed the hike to the fullest!:)

Unfortunately the next morning after breakfast we had to say good-bye to Pamporovo… Vlado and I left Minnie and Vanyo in Karlovo and continued to Sofia… 

Luckily I had the next week /July 18th - 22nd/ off too… While Vlado was working, I was all alone but I didn’t mind as I really needed some time by myself…:) I didn’t do anything special, just relaxed, read books, watched movies and TV series /like the first two seasons of the Bulgarian TV series ‘Liaisons’ which turned out to be hilarious and I can’t wait for season 3 now:)/, etc… And enjoyed the time with my hubby in the evenings when he came back from work – just the two of us as a couple…:) 

On July 22nd Vlado and I celebrated our 21st anniversary…:) He surprised me with something I once mentioned that I wanted – a bracelet, made of red thread /according to an old superstition red thread on the hand keeps us safe/ with a golden symbol of eternity…:) It was so sweet of him and totally unexpected as we usually don’t exchange gifts for our anniversary…:)

I saw five movies and read two books in July…:) The movies are Kokowääh 2 /it was great - sweet, touching and full of funny moments:)/, ‘Allegiant’ /it was a bit predictable but still exciting and full of incredible action scenes and visual effects...:)/, My Name is Khan’ /one of the best movies I've ever seen - beautiful and touching!:) I highly recommend it to everyone!:)/, ‘Maleficent’ /great entertainment for the whole family...:)/ and ‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War’ /it was much better than 'Snow White and the Huntsman' in my opinion…:)/. And the books are both by L.J.Smith - ‘The Vampire Diaries: The Fury’ /it was much better than the first two books of the series/ and ‘The Vampire Diaries: Dark Reunion’ /not a masterpiece but easy to read and a perfect ending to the saga..:)/. 

Also in July I started watching the TV series ‘The 100’ and it was so interesting that I saw all the three seasons in no time…:) And now I’m curious for season 4!:)

The first half of August was rather uneventful as I had to work… And Minnie attended her first internship at a hospital – at the endoscopic surgery ward of the Military Medical Academy…:) She greatly enjoyed her internship and just can’t wait for the next summer!:

The last day at work before my summer holidays was actually my birthday, August 12th. It was a fantastic day – I got totally spoilt by my family and friends…:) Once again I realized how blessed I am to have such wonderful people in my life!:) All those phone calls, e-mails, messages, Facebook greetings, cards, gifts, etc. really warmed my heart...:) I had a little celebration with my colleagues at the office /I treated them with a cake and wine and they gave me some lovely gifts:)/ and then, in the evening, I celebrated with my family and in-laws at a pub in Karlovo /with the most delicious food:)/…:) 

The next couple of days were slow and relaxing… And on August 16th we drove to Myrodatou, Greece, where we spent 10 fantastic days…:) We stayed at the same house as last year, surrounded by olive trees and close to the beach…:) And just as last year, everything was perfect – the weather, the sea, the food and the people!:) But as we stayed longer this year, we decided to make some trips…:)

First we visited Thassos…:) It was so exciting to travel on a ferry – a first time for Vanyo and me…:) We had delicious lunch /gyros and frappe/, did some shopping /T-shirts for the children and fridge magnets:)/, had some ice-cream and – last, but not least went to the Agora and the Archaeological Museum… The museum was so interesting and I was so impressed by the gigantic sculpture /Kouros/ I saw there…:) Awesome!:) And I greatly enjoyed having Minnie as my guide, explaining things, reading signs in Ancient Greek, etc.:) Unfortunately it turned out that one day in Thassos was not enough, so we should definitely visit it again, for a longer time!:) 

Then we went to Porto Lagos – we had to see the famous church of St Nicholas, which is located on the island of the lagoon Vistonidas…:) Such a picturesque and peaceful place, I loved it!:)

Our third trip was to Kavala…:) I just fell in love with this incredible city – such a special atmosphere, such a beautiful mixture of ancient and modern!:) Unfortunately it was too hot that day, so only visited the castle, did some shopping and had dinner /delicious seafood, my favourite in Greece:)/ but we’ll definitely come back to see more…:) 

And our last trip was to the Archaeological Site and Museum of Avdira…:) We made friends with the people who worked at the site, especially one of them was super nice, and he was fluent in Russian…:) Both the site and the museum were very, very interesting and once again it was very helpful to have Minnie by my side…:) Actually I noticed that Vanyo is also very interested in history and ancient cultures which makes me extremely happy!:) 

Unfortunately our holidays in Greece were over too soon and on August 26th we got back home… Actually we only stayed for a couple of hours and then drove to Sozopol /a lovely town at the Black Sea/ to drop Minnie at the Summer School of Classical Languages…:) She came back home yesterday, August 30th, full of stories and in perfect mood!:)

We don’t have any more plans for the rest of the summer… I guess we’ll just relax and enjoy being together!:)

So far I've seen eight movies in August…:) Here is the list: ‘Dumb and Dumber To’ /not as funny as the first Dumb and Dumber movie, but still OK to watch for some silly entertainment.../, ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ /it was shocking but I loved the story, the dark humour and the acting...:) Especially Leo DiCaprio was a killer!:)/, ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ /great movie - sweet and fresh!:)/, ‘Warcraft’ /such a disappointment...:(/, ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E.’ /great movie - exciting, full of humour, action and unexpected twists, I loved it!:)/, ‘LOL’ - the French original /another great movie - sweet, funny and touching...:) And I simply *love* Sophie Marceau...:) She is so beautiful and talented!:)/, ‘A Walk Among the Tombstones’ /it wasn't bad, but too brutal for my taste...:( Liam Neeson was incredible, though...:)/ and ‘Escape Plan’ /nothing special…/.