My mother Bulgaria is celebrating her birthday today. I come from the plane of Tracia, the South part of Bulgaria, my tribe is the Tracians (Spartacus was our boy, Orpheus and many others). We originate from the mountains of Pamir, somewhere in the region of Wakhan passage, tough, resilient nomads who crossed Asia on horsebacks and arrived at the Tracian plane, with fields of wheat that have no end, with vine orchards that produce the finest Mavrud grapes (Bilka's Mavrud range is made with this grape) with grass of emerald and raindrops diamonds, where the sun and the stars adorn the sky and the finest black crumbly earth feeds and nurtures everyone with the sweetest grapes and watermelons.
My favourite times in Bulgaria have been in the fields of Tracia, sunflower fields and wheat fields, my parents stop the car somewhere and we walk in the fields looking at the sky mesmerised by the jewels stars, drink the water from the spring and sing the longest songs in the world ha ha. I have been to weddings where a song lasts about 1.5 hours!, the singer stopped, had a drink, had some food and then carried on with the song, emotional, moving, deep... then getting drunk and dancing horo jumping, jumping, laughing... Nothing can compare the joy of a Tracian wedding! This is a picture from my parents' back garden, right at the end of the village of Mineralni Bani (means Mineral Spa), and in the beginning of the mountain Rodopite. It is healing being there, watching the sunset, eating the most awesome peaches in the world, and chatting by the night fire until late.
Bilka Mavrud range is produced with the exquisite black grapes Mavrud, named after a black guy or at least a very dark guy (Mavrud means Black), who opposed an order by the king to destroy all vines in Tracia. He risked his life, kept the vine and quite deservingly the grapes he saved became known as Mavrud. It is a super rich dark purple grapes which is packed with antioxidants and has a strong heady enchanting aroma and sweet pungent taste that nurture and delight the senses.
I love you Bulgaria ♥ Thank you for the gifts of your beauty and nourishment ♥
♥ (⁀‵⁀) ✫ ✫ ✫.
..✫¸.•°*”˜˜”*°•.✫ .ℒℴѵℯ, Bilka….ღ