Old Town Nessebar *Fashion Explorations*

Rainy days happen. Besides, sun through clouds is the perfect light for a fashion blogger! 

Sure, I’d love to just be lazy at the beach but instead of complaining and watching movies all day, I decided to grab an umbrella and get lost in the ancient streets of Old Town Nessebar. The small island, now connected to the main land, is in the UNESCO World Heritage sites list, housing over 3 millennia of history. It’s an honor to just be able to walk on these roads and it provides many perfect backdrops for photos 😉 For today’s session, I’m using the the Old Bishopic St. Sofia church, one of the oldest Eastern-Orthodox churches in the world. 

I’m wearing a sea themed Angelo Marani top, Sisley-Benetton kaki shorts, gold wedges from Ralph Lauren and a Coach bag to complete the look. 

As most of you know by now, I love to travel and ancient cities and ruins are my weakness. When exploring places like this, it’s important to wear comfortable and reliable shoes. I prefer flats but these wedges are my feet’s bffs and current summer favorites! 

Stay tuned as there’s a special Travel entry covering the town and its fascinating history and landscapes! If you can’t wait, follow me on Instagtam and snapchat (@SilviaMelange) for daily updates. 

How’s your summer going? Did you visit a hidden gem you think I should know about? Let me know in the comments and feel free to share what do you think of this look? 

Stylish travels, Silvia Mèlange 

               Несебър-стария град

              *Стилни пътешествия*



Дъждът е нещо неизбежно. Плюс това слънце през облаци е перфектната светлина за модния блогър! 

Да, бих предпочела да се излежавам на плажа, но вместо това грабнах чадъра и излязох с намерението да се загубя сред древните улици. Малкият остров, с над 3 хилядолетна история е в листа на Юнеско за световни древни селища, карайки те да се чувстваш специален само, защото стъпваш по улиците му. Сред безбройните красиви изгледи, избрах църквата Св. София, една от най-старите православно християнски църкви на света. 

Облечена съм с топ от моряшката колекция на Angelo Marani, панталонки от колаборацията на Benetton и Sisley, обувки Ralph Lauren, завършвайки визията с чанта Coach. 

Както вероятно сте забелязали, обожавам да пътувам и древните селища са ми слабост. Когато посещавате подобни места, удобните обувки са ключови. Обикновено предпочитам плоски обувки, но тези платформи са най-добрите приятели на краката ми това лято! 

Абонирайте се за блога ми, следва статия фокусирана върху Несебър и богата история и гледки. Ако сте нетърпеливи, последвайте ме в инстаграм и снапчат (@SilviaMelange) за всекидневни постове. 

Как прекарвате вашето лято? Някакви тайни места, които смятате, че трябва да посетя? Оставете ми коментар или изкажете вашето мнение за днешната ми визия 💋

С обич, Силвия Меланж

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Yagodina, Bulgaria *New Year’s trip*

When December came around, I realized I have no clue how we are going to be spending New Year’s Eve. My social calendar was getting crazier and crazier as 2015 progressed and by the end of it, I found myself craving some peace and quiet. Turns out my s/o shared my feelings so we got online and found a charming villa in a small village (population 431) up in the southern Bulgarian mountains.

Yagodina, Bulgaria is a gorgeous little village, hidden up in the Rodopi mountains, right by the border with Greece. it’s about 2h with a car from Sofia. The scenery on the way alone is absolutely worth taking the extreme one lane road for the last 20 minutes going up with your ears popping. There are plenty of beautiful towns that offer guest rooms and houses throughout the year but the history and the Mother Nature’s tourist attractions in the area made us choose this one.

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getting off the interstate, going up

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higher and higher

The village of Yagodina dates back to 5th century and it burned down 3 times throughout it’s existence. It’s best known for the two impressive caves located near by: “The devil’s throat”- because it’s so deep (but we couldn’t visit because it was closed due to extremely icy floors) and the Yagodinska cave that was opened. It’s a very unique travel spot, even for a cave! Permanent temperature is 6º С, all year-round, 10 km long, consistent of 3 levels with the remains of a “village”on the first floor that was inhabited by humans around 4000 B.C. Scientists found quite a few clay and ceramic dishes, dating back from the same time frame. The cave is also the home of 11 different types of bats, 6 of which are endangered from extinction across Europe. I was lucky enough to capture the little guy below! Without a flash or sound of course!!

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The Yagodinska cave has naturally forming pearls, unique rock formations and a naturally formed lake inside the cave! Below are some more pictures:

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Naturally forming pearls

 

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cave-woman fashionista

The cave is located right by Byunovska river, revealing a breathtaking view

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river

Our villa was gorgeous, 2 minutes from the town square where there is a huge celebration, with fireworks, music and traditional dances to celebrate the new year.

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It’s like renting your own apartment and you can cook but I also recommend you let the host make you some traditional for the region dishes with homegrown organic ingredients. It’s peaceful and the perfect place to reconnect with nature and recharge from the “big city life”.

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the view from our bedroom

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breakfast in the garden, I made friends with a mountain kitty 

This 3 day trip turned out to be the perfect start to a new year! I’m refreshed, recharged and ready for a fabulous 2016!

Xo, Silvia Mèlange