Pita is a traditional speciality in the Balkans, and it became clear to me that it is particularly a treat when you can find an excellent pita in a Pekara (bakery) that you don’t have to slave over the kitchen to make yourself. Pava was absolutely delighted with her discovery and we all enjoyed a very nutritious, delicious and CHEAP lunch. The entire massive tray of meat and cheese pita with the yogurt drinks came to the equivalent of seven Canadian dollars and there was half of everything left over!
This was a veryÂ memorable little picnic before Vanja’s afternoon at the pool, my afternoon reading, and our early evening at the spa.
We planned this two night stay at the Vrnjacka Banja for particularly for Vanja’s parents as his dad had major heart surgery two years ago, and his mother is also not as healthy as she should be. Banjas, or Spas, are common throughout the Balkan regions as there are many wellness spring waters that come from the mountains. Spas here, however, are medical centers and attached to hospitals with doctors and specialty health care staff. Each is known for a specific physical specialty. This one is mainly for those suffering from diabetes and for those with intestinal problems. The spa treatments are designed around these kinds of illnesses. There is always a wellness centre attached that one can just get regular treatments at, too. Spa stays are often prescribed by doctors here. Petar and Pava stayed in one for three weeks after his heart surgery.
For some reason, Petar decided to not have a treatment at this spa. He could have seen the doctor and got some kind of recommended treatment, but was enjoying the air and the room and declined. Pava went only for a back massage, so Vanja and I did a mineral bath and a full body massage together. Then I got a pedicure. It was my first real spa experience. I had never had a massage before, or a mineral bath at one. The candle light, mystical aromas, and the ambiance was mesmerizing.
Ok. That was your brief tour. Now back to the mood of our time there.
This could be the beginning of a beautiful thing. Ahhhhhh!