Sunday, April 17, 2011

The Rose Valley in Bulgaria

Land of Roses

The Rose Valley is one of the most famous Bulgarian Symbol.  There for centuries have been cultivated the Rose "Rosa damascene" from which is produced the rose oil.  The Rose growing industry in Bulgaria produces 70% of the World's rose oil.

This postcard is postmarked in 2011 with two Bulgaria stamps.

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The Rose Valley is a region in Bulgaria located just south of the Balkan Mountains.

The valley is famous for its rose-growing industry which have been cultivated there for centuries. The extracts are used by perfumeries all over the world.  Each year, festivals are held celebrating roses and rose oil.

The picking season lasts from May to June. During this period, the area gives off a pleasant scent and is covered with multi-coloured flowers. The gathering process requires great dexterity and patience. The flowers are carefully cut one by one and laid in willow-baskets which are then sent to the distilleries.

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