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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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! ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

I've found a place to play pool in VT, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria travel blog

I've found a place to play pool in VT

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... opened again after being closed for the summer; I really liked the atmosphere there and I saw Malibu on offer for the first time in Bulgaria. After playing pool and darts at the other place, we carried on to a club where we danced for an hour until 2 ...

Lunch in the countryside, Mindya, Bulgaria travel blog

Lunch in the countryside

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I'd only been back in Veliko Tarnovo for an hour or so before I went out again, this time with a group of colleagues to the village of Mindya. We'd been invited to lunch by our colleague M and her partner T. They absolutely plied us with delicious food, ...

28 Days Later, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

28 Days Later

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... The cops come to our compartment, ask the two old dears who had been crossing themselves for the last ten minutes where they're from... "Bulgaria" they say in unison. "OK", the guy says.... Then to me. "British", say I. "WHAT?" "Er, English?" "OK" ...

An absolutely fantastic experience today!, Arbanasi, Bulgaria travel blog

An absolutely fantastic experience today!

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... VT, so there are some lovely views. It's so handily placed in regards to VT, I can tell I will go back many times before I leave Bulgaria next summer! In the evening, back in VT, I went out for a snack and a drink or two with most of the other teachers. ...

Christmas Day, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria travel blog

Christmas Day

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... Meanings of our Favourite Dishes' by Albert Jack and Kate got me 'King Harald's Saga'. I will keep all of these with me in Bulgaria to read after Christmas, rather than take them back to the UK on Saturday!  Before we had tea we played a game of ...

Advent parcel, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria travel blog

Advent parcel

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I got a lovely surprise today when I took a collection slip to the post office and collected a parcel from Kate - an Advent calendar and some sweets and chocolate were inside! This is what I got; Advent calendar Angel Delight - strawberry Angel Delight - ...

Thracian treasure troves, colourful Orthodoxy..., Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

Thracian treasure troves, colourful Orthodoxy...

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... restaurant was pretty touristy but there were Bulgarian groups there too. Its menu consisted of recipes taken from every monastery in Bulgaria and consisted of a great many funny English mistakes.   Back at the hotel we watched an episode of 'Who Do ...

How We Ended Up In A Sofia Strip Club Is......, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

How We Ended Up In A Sofia Strip Club Is......

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"You are so fucking money and you don't even know it. You're like a bear with these big fucking claws and the ladies are like bunny rabbits, and you're looking at your claws and you're thinking, how can I kill this bunny with these claws?" Swingers ...

Beautiful Arbanasi, Arbanasi, Bulgaria travel blog

Beautiful Arbanasi

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... the most famous house museum in Arbanasi, but then I remembered that I'll be coming back here at least three times before I leave Bulgaria, so I might as well save the house museum to experience for the first time with a visitor!   Instead of that I ...

Monument to the Assen Dynasty, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria travel blog

Monument to the Assen Dynasty

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... thing just for me, even if maybe other visitors would come in after me. I will definitely go inside the place before I leave Bulgaria, however.  So instead of going inside the museum, I continued walking, taking more photos as I went. Soon I came ...

Arrival in Veliko Tarnovo for Christmas, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria travel blog

Arrival in Veliko Tarnovo for Christmas

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Breakfast at Hostel Mostel was very good - Bulgarian yoghurt ('kiselo mlyako'), Bulgarian feta cheese ('cirene'), boiled eggs, olives, salad items, scrambled eggs, sliced apple, sliced kiwi fruit, waffles, jam, chocolate spread, cereal, milk, juice, tea ...

Easter Egg hunt, Mindya, Bulgaria travel blog

Easter Egg hunt

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Although today is Palm Sunday in Bulgaria, for the UK it's Easter Sunday. To celebrate this, R and I went to Mindya to have lunch with our colleague M & her partner T. We gave them the willow and daffodils I'd got from the market earlier. Lunch was ...

Glorious spring day, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria travel blog

Glorious spring day

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Today I went on a really nice walk down to the River Yantra and the museum church of St Peter & St Paul. It was a day off and was such a lovely spring day, I simply had to get out and about. As I stepped out of my flat I noticed that since only last ...

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