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Christmas Day, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria travel blog

Christmas Day

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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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

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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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...

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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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......

A travel blog entry by foolsgold

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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

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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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

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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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 ...

Blast from the past!, Varna, Bulgaria travel blog

Blast from the past!

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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Most of today was taken up with travel. As ever, breakfast at Hostel Mostel was excellent. We had just enough time to take full advantage of the all-you-can-eat buffet before we had to get the taxi to the bus station for our bus at 9 am.  The ...

What a lovely revisit, Tryavna, Bulgaria travel blog

What a lovely revisit

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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Tryavna is famous for its woodcarving and icon-painting traditions and also for its National Revival buildings. There is a difference between the buildings in Tryavna and the ones in Plovdiv, Arbanasi, parts of Veliko Tarnovo and elsewhere, however; the ...

Spectacular thunderstorm, Bozhentsi, Bulgaria travel blog

Spectacular thunderstorm

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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Bozhentsi has very similar architecture to Tryavna, complete with slate roofs. We walked round the village for around 45 minutes before having some dinner - for me, tarator and some stewed rabbit with potatoes and vegetables. It was past 9 o'clock by the ...

Love the sprinkling of giant tropical fish models!, Burgas, Bulgaria travel blog

Love the sprinkling of giant tropical fish models!

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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On our return to Burgas we made a beeline for the wonderful-looking ice cream shop I mentioned in a previous blog entry, but unfortunately it was closed. It was only about 3pm, but it had started raining, so maybe that was why it wasn't open. The ...

Long wait in Varna, Varna, Bulgaria travel blog

Long wait in Varna

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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As soon as we'd had breakfast at the hotel in Burgas, we took a taxi to the west bus station. We arrived at 10.30 and noticed that the next bus directly to Veliko Tarnovo wasn't until 13.30, so we decided just to get the next bus to Varna instead. I knew ...

Fine dining in Burgas, Burgas, Bulgaria travel blog

Fine dining in Burgas

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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... restaurant in the UK, we thought why not?  Our destination was a place round the corner called Rose Restaurant. Usually in Bulgaria (and Ecuador), dishes just come out when they're ready; apart from desserts, courses aren't adhered to. This has never ...

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

Arrival in Veliko Tarnovo for Christmas

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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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 ...

Another UNESCO World Heritage Site :-D, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

Another UNESCO World Heritage Site :-D

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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... it was originally built as a mosque by the Ottomans, back in 1528, before being abandoned in 1878 at the Liberation of Bulgaria and used as a military warehouse and prison. It wasn't converted into a Christian church until the early 20th century. Inside ...

Easter Egg hunt, Mindya, Bulgaria travel blog

Easter Egg hunt

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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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

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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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 ...

Settling in, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria travel blog

Settling in

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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I've had a lovely few days here since my arrival on Monday. The sun has shone, I've had a lovely wander round the town and I still cannot get over how amazing the view is from my bedroom and kitchen windows!   I've tried 'Tarator' for the first of ...

Bulgarian Orthodox Good Friday, Arbanasi, Bulgaria travel blog

Bulgarian Orthodox Good Friday

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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Today was a gorgeous spring day with hardly a cloud in the sky, so a perfect day to go to Arbanasi. Our plan was to get a taxi there to arrive shortly after 10 am, look round various interesting places there, have lunch at a restaurant I ...

'Timbersports' on TV, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria travel blog

'Timbersports' on TV

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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When we got back from Arbanasi we were absolutely shattered, so we had a lie down before going out to dinner at Tempo Pizza. I've been here several times before, because the tarator, pizza, salads and smaller things such as grilled mushrooms with cheese, ...

Sofia and Rila Monastery, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

Sofia and Rila Monastery

A travel blog entry by lucinate

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A bus and cab ride later we were in Sofia, capital of Bulgaria. The weather had turned horrible and cold again so we had to pull out the gortex. There were no Bulgarian grannies to meet us at the bus station so we had to find a hostel. Our first dorm ...

From Grey to Green., Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria travel blog

From Grey to Green.

A travel blog entry by globedecker

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... in Southern Oregon. Of course the occasional horse-drawn cart trotting down the shoulder of the highway would punctuate that Bulgaria isn't Oregon. Unfortunately for Katie, she missed a few of the beautiful views since she was entranced watching "Pretty ...

Arrival, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

Arrival

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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Everything went smoothly on arrival in Sofia, apart from a few minutes of what-is-going-on confusion at the bus station, when the right bus hung around for a few minutes, didn't allow anyone on and then drove away, leaving me and everyone else waiting ...

Asenovgrad Fortress, Asenovgrad Fortress, Bulgaria travel blog

Asenovgrad Fortress

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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After we left the monastery we retraced our steps and stopped at Asenovgrad Fortress, which perches dramatically in the mountains about 2km from the town. The only wholly preserved building in the fortress complex is a tiny church which nevertheless has ...

Roman baths and the Varna Gold Treasure, Burgas, Bulgaria travel blog

Roman baths and the Varna Gold Treasure

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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Our bus to Burgas didn't leave until 15.00, so we had all morning and early afternoon to explore Varna further. Our destinations were the Roman thermae (public baths) and the Archaeological Museum.   After breakfast we checked out and put our ...

Into Bulgaria, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

Into Bulgaria

A travel blog entry by globedecker

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He Said: So after an interesting (and surprisingly relaxing) fourteen hour train ride we arrived today in the capital of Bulgaria, Sofia. Having a private sleeping car makes riding the rails quite pleasant! It was sort of a strange coincidence that ...

The Blue Danube, Ruse , Bulgaria travel blog

The Blue Danube

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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Ruse lies on the River Danube, which is the border between Bulgaria and Romania. We parked in a side street and walked to Liberation Square; it was late afternoon by now but the sun was still out and the temperature was very pleasant. The café culture ...

Sites, sun and mojitos, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

Sites, sun and mojitos

A travel blog entry by tracystravels

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Took a cushy bus to Sofia today...walked through the construction site in the hotel lobby to our triple room, battling dust and other musty smells, had lunch at Micky d's...saw 3 historical churches including one from Roman times, the ...

Dryanovo Gorge & Monastery, Dryanovo Gorge, Bulgaria travel blog

Dryanovo Gorge & Monastery

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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... straight off to the monastery. It is dramatically set in Dryanovo Gorge - apparently most of the monasteries in Bulgaria were deliberately built in geographically dramatic places. The monastery was quite small but extremely beautiful inside. Every church ...

Rila Monastery, Rila Monastery, Bulgaria travel blog

Rila Monastery

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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... to go out to a Bulgarian Chinese restaurant for dinner. I had good expectations because the one Chinese restaurant I'd been to in Bulgaria before, in Veliko Tarnovo, was excellent. However, the food at this place didn't quite reach the same standard. It ...

The Stone Forest (Pobiti Kamani), The Stone Forest, Bulgaria travel blog

The Stone Forest (Pobiti Kamani)

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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This morning we went on an excursion to a wonderful set of geological formations about 18km from Varna; Pobiti Kamani, the Stone Forest. My sister Kate visited it a week ago and went into ecstasies about it, so we simply had to go too. It was just as ...

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