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Medieval Town of Cherven, Cherven, Bulgaria travel blog

Medieval Town of Cherven

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Today was a day of adventure which took us across the northern area of Bulgaria, between Veliko Tarnovo and the Romanian border. F was kind enough to take us in her car - thanks so much!                   ...

Waterfalls, Hotnitsa, Bulgaria travel blog

Waterfalls

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... when I found out about it too) but the first part of it was a car boot sale! Not the kind of thing I expected to find in Bulgaria. It was in a field next to a farm; I saw sheep being herded into the field behind us and a harnessed (but not saddled) donkey ...

Sofia tomorrow, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria travel blog

Sofia tomorrow

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Kate and Andrew went on a wonderful day trip today to the rock church of Ivanovo, the rock monastery of Basarbovo, Cherven medieval fortress, Nicopolis ad Istrum and Preobrazhenski Monastery, but I was at work all day and didn't get back until late. ...

Veliko Tarnovo - what a wonderful place!, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria travel blog

Veliko Tarnovo - what a wonderful place!

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I've arrived and been settled into my new flat. The journey was smooth, just over three hours, and the scenery was fantastic - for a decent proportion of the time, I could see forested mountains disappearing into the distance far as I could see. It ...

Nicopolis ad Istrum & Lesicheri Obelisk, Nikyup, Bulgaria travel blog

Nicopolis ad Istrum & Lesicheri Obelisk

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Today I went on an excursion with F, V & A to Nicopolis ad Istrum, the remains of a Roman and Early Byzantine town about 20km north of Veliko Tarnovo.    Nicopolis ad Istrum is in the countryside very close to the little village of Nikyup ...

Bulgarian Easter Eve traditions, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria travel blog

Bulgarian Easter Eve traditions

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At about 23:45, after we'd returned from Ruse and rested a while, Emma and I walked round the corner to the cathedral. I'd heard about an Easter tradition Bulgarians have, so we wanted to have a look for ourselves!           ...

Boxing Day, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

Boxing Day

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... icon of St George & the Dragon. The latter was something I'd been thinking of buying for myself ever since I arrived in Bulgaria (St George is popular here, so his image often appears in icons). The shop was small, but still managed to have two ...

Thracian treasure, wonderful pizza, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

Thracian treasure, wonderful pizza

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After resting a while in our room after our Mount Vitosha excursion, we headed out to the Archaeological Museum, because Dave hadn't been before at all and I hadn't been since October so I wanted to see if a) the wonderful Thracian treasure troves were ...

Bulgaria's Black Sea UNESCO World Heritage Site, Nessebar, Bulgaria travel blog

Bulgaria's Black Sea UNESCO World Heritage Site

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... , which is now a small art gallery. I went in and looked round an interesting exhibition of facsimiles of historic maps of Bulgaria, the Balkans and the Black Sea coast (focussing on Nessebar). The church of Sveti Stefan, which was last up, had a ...

Strawberry and cherry season is upon us!, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria travel blog

Strawberry and cherry season is upon us!

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So late afternoon yesterday we arrived in Veliko Tarnovo after an uneventful bus journey. We had dinner at the Lucky Man and straight after that we were lucky enough to get a great view of the Sound and Light Show with the accompanying soundtrack.  ...

Roman amphitheatre, icons and Baba Marta, Plovdiv, Bulgaria travel blog

Roman amphitheatre, icons and Baba Marta

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I woke up in the middle of the night to an absolutely stiflingly hot dorm room. I walked over to the portable heater which was on full blast and after fiddling fruitlessly with controls I couldn't see properly in the dark, ended up just pulling the plug ...

Beautiful and historic Bachkovo Monastery, Bachkovo Monastery, Bulgaria travel blog

Beautiful and historic Bachkovo Monastery

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It turned out that I was the only guest who wanted to go to the monastery and fortress on Monday, so I had to pay a bit more than if there'd been more people, but it was worth it!   The journey took about 40 minutes. On the way to Bachkovo Monastery ...

Varna: Maritime Capital of Bulgaria, Varna, Bulgaria travel blog

Varna: Maritime Capital of Bulgaria

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On our return from Pobiti Kamani at about half past one, we spent the rest of the day exploring in the sunshine. First impressions were of a very pleasant city, filled with colourful buildings, flower stalls, leafy trees, pink blossom and the ...

Liberation Day, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria travel blog

Liberation Day

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A slightly misleading title, because although it is Liberation Day in Bulgaria today, I missed the celebrations in Plovdiv and there weren't any celebrations on in Veliko Tarnovo apart from a Sound and Light Show that they have once or twice every week ...

Typical day for me in Veliko Tarnovo, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria travel blog

Typical day for me in Veliko Tarnovo

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... to eat in front of the computer at work. I save one of the rolls and about half of the sweet things for later. Bulgaria seems to have quite a large collection of different types of cheesy rolls. Some with yellow cheese on top (kashkavalki), or ...

Mount Vitosha, Mount Vitosha, Bulgaria travel blog

Mount Vitosha

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This morning Dave and I did something I'd been wanting to do since I first got to Bulgaria; we took a cable car up Mount Vitosha, the mountain overlooking Sofia. The cable car trip alone was worth the 10 leva it cost for a return ticket, because it was ...

Mum's here in VT, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria travel blog

Mum's here in VT

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... As soon as I got there I realised that I had arrived an hour too early... I hadn't realised that the clocks went back in Bulgaria! Oh well.... time passed quite quickly just waiting for Mum's arrival.   Once she had arrived we did what I'd done when ...

Veliko Tarnovo Day, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria travel blog

Veliko Tarnovo Day

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... got distracted by the cold! The band had a guest jazz soloist called Theodosii Spassov, who is apparently very well known in Bulgaria. I simply could not work out what instrument he was playing - it looked very like a clarinet from the distance, but it ...

Arrived back to snow, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria travel blog

Arrived back to snow

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I dozed some more on the bus. There was snow around in Sofia and this continued all the way into Veliko Tarnovo.  I've met the new teacher, who is living in the flat above mine. She seems really nice. Term starts tomorrow! ...

Back to Arbanasi, Arbanasi, Bulgaria travel blog

Back to Arbanasi

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This morning I took Kate and Andrew to Arbanasi, a place Kate had been wanting to go ever since I first mentioned it last autumn!                  ...

Mum returns to the UK, I stay on in Sofia, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

Mum returns to the UK, I stay on in Sofia

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... for weeks or even months! Budapest was already on my priority-to-visit list. I'm definitely going to visit after I finish in Bulgaria next summer.   A couple of jobs needed doing after that; topping up my Bulgarian phone at a Vivacom shop and getting ...

Bridge across the River Yantra, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria travel blog

Bridge across the River Yantra

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Today I had no scheduled classes, so I decided to do something that had been on my mental to-do list for quite a while. I walked across the railway bridge. I'd heard about the ricketty nature of the metal pedestrian lane and thought it sounded ...

Another food-based post..., Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria travel blog

Another food-based post...

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... solid.    To keep on the theme of food, last night I went to a Chinese restaurant for the first time in Bulgaria. I went with R, F and a couple of friends of hers I hadn't met before. I hadn't known there even were any Chinese restaurants in VT ...

Fireflies, fireworks & 'Detski Romski' festival, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria travel blog

Fireflies, fireworks & 'Detski Romski' festival

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... went out for dinner with R, Belgian S and a friend of hers. I took them to Taverna, the first restaurant I ate at in Bulgaria, because although it's only round the corner from us, for some reason R hadn't made it there yet. They do lovely chicken kavarma ...

Dave arrives - ready for 3 weeks of adventure!, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

Dave arrives - ready for 3 weeks of adventure!

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Yesterday I returned to Sofia and checked into my old favourite, Hostel Mostel. The journey from Skopje went smoothly and the border crossing was quicker. Once I'd checked in, I walked down the road to another old favourite - a particular pizza kiosk/ ...

Bulgarian Orthodox Easter Sunday, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria travel blog

Bulgarian Orthodox Easter Sunday

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The first excursion we went on today was to the fruit and veg market; I needed to buy some vegetables for dinner and I knew Emma was curious to see it anyway. She kept an eye out for quinces to take back to Mum, but there weren't any. Lots of salad ...

Back to Sofia - Dave arrives for Christmas, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

Back to Sofia - Dave arrives for Christmas

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... of fir tree, branches from another type of tree (which I think it traditionally brought inside the house at Christmas in Bulgaria) and other branches which had ribbons, stringed popcorn, (I think) sheep's wool, and other decorations attached. I think ...

Ice, hot sand coffee and amazing woodcarving, Tryavna, Bulgaria travel blog

Ice, hot sand coffee and amazing woodcarving

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... it had gone) so some of the roads were a bit slippery - neither of us fell over though. Tryavna is famous in Bulgaria for woodcarving and icon-painting and also for being the birthplace of the Bulgarian revolutionary Angel Kanchev, who on being captured ...

Birthday visitors!, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria travel blog

Birthday visitors!

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After I finished work today, at 19.45, I immediately walked to ETAP bus station to collect some visitors. My sisters Emma and Kate were here for the weekend so we could celebrate our 30th birthday together! When I got there they had got off the bus five ...

Sozopol - an absolute gem of a place, Sozopol, Bulgaria travel blog

Sozopol - an absolute gem of a place

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... have seen me. From there we walked on to Sveti Georgi church; today is the Bulgarian St George's Day, a big deal in Bulgaria, so I thought there might be something special going on there in celebration. It was lunchtime, however, and I noticed a sign ...

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