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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Veliko Tarnovo, Veliko Tarnono, Bulgaria travel blog

Veliko Tarnovo

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Varna, Varna, Bulgaria travel blog

Varna

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Walk this morning, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria travel blog

Walk this morning

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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It's beautifully sunny today and my Saturday class - my last class before the Christmas holidays - was cancelled, so I decided to go on a nice walk down to the river. I explored cobbled streets, walking past picturesque houses and churches, a man roped ...

Visitors!, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria travel blog

Visitors!

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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... some visitors - my sister Emma and brother-in-law Mark! They'll be staying with me until Monday morning. They actually arrived in Bulgaria at the beginning of the week, but were in Sofia until today. I met them at the bus station at 16.30 ...

Not too much happening in Sofia, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

Not too much happening in Sofia

A travel blog entry by orizarska

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3 weeks of catching up over coffees and beers. A lot of coffees and a lot of beers. That was ...

The oldest city in Europe..., Plovdiv, Bulgaria travel blog

The oldest city in Europe...

A travel blog entry by tracystravels

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According to historians, Plovdiv is one of the oldes towns in Europe...even older than Rome, Athens and Constantinople (Istanbul).  Tomorrow will see most of the sites before jumping onto an overnight train to Istanbul....including another Roman ...

The sun is out..., Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria travel blog

The sun is out...

A travel blog entry by tracystravels

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... on a fairly new train from Bucharest to Veliko Turnovo, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarnovo) the former capital of Bulgaria, was uneventful save a few delays at the border stops. Staying in a few pensions hugging the rocks of the hillside of ...

Christmas Eve, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria travel blog

Christmas Eve

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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On Christmas Eve morning Dave and I walked to the fruit & vegetable market and the supermarket below it. The stalls had a heavy emphasis on what is in season - they were filled with squashes, swedes, beets, onions, potatoes, cabbages, nuts and apples ...

afternoon/evening in Hostel Mostel, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

afternoon/evening in Hostel Mostel

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Plovdiv: Start of the March holiday weekend, Plovdiv, Bulgaria travel blog

Plovdiv: Start of the March holiday weekend

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I'm typing this sitting in the wonderfully atmospheric common room at Hostel Old Plovdiv. The wooden ceiling is very high and has intricately carved leaves in the middle; this is a historic house, built in 1868 for a rich, local tobacco merchant. The ...

The only visitors... wherever we go, Plovdiv, Bulgaria travel blog

The only visitors... wherever we go

A travel blog entry by sojanet

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... 8am.  When it hit 9am and we were not in Plodiv, we got worried.  Plodiv is the second largest city in Bulgaria; yet, endless grassy plains stretched out the train window.  Natasha got really paranoid and kept going to the conductor's room ...

Happy birthday, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria travel blog

Happy birthday

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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After a lie-in and breakfast, we had a really lovely video chat with Mum. During the chat we opened our presents  - amongst other things, I got some fascinating-looking books which I can't wait to read; Alexander von Humboldt's 'Personal Narrative ...

Detour, Shumen, Bulgaria travel blog

Detour

A travel blog entry by lucinate

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... in Lille. They`d both been to Oz so had no trouble understanding our sense of humour and slang! The train crossed over into Bulgaria and stopped at a place called Ruse. The weather did the turn around and pissed down. The romanians with all the bags ...

Going to the Rugby World Cup next year! :-), Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria travel blog

Going to the Rugby World Cup next year! :-)

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Dave and I have managed to get tickets to see Argentina vs. Namibia at the Rugby World Cup next year! I'm so happy! It will be in Leicester, a city I've never been to before, on Sunday 11th October 2015. I have a feeling that this will be quite a quick ...

Veliko Tarnovo and Plovdiv, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria travel blog

Veliko Tarnovo and Plovdiv

A travel blog entry by lucinate

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Veliko Tarnovo When we finally arrived in Veliko centre, Simon was marked by an old lady who had numerous rooms in a block of flats on the hill and a really annoyingly squeaky voice. The view was great, but I've seen better bathrooms! We were all ...

Wedding in Varna, Varna, Bulgaria travel blog

Wedding in Varna

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My beautifull cousin Anna tied the knot with Boris in a folk ceremony in Varna, the summer  capital of Bulgaria. It was a propper wedding! I was the made of honor and as such (without prior notice) was asked to participate in the enterntainment ...

SNOW!!!  - Long journey to Sofia though!, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

SNOW!!! - Long journey to Sofia though!

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Next week is half term for many schools in the UK; with that in mind, Mum is coming to visit for a few days and arrives at Sofia Airport tomorrow. I went to Sofia today so I could stay the night and not have to travel on the day itself.  I had my ...

The Istanbul Islands, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

The Istanbul Islands

A travel blog entry by madman96

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Phin and I wake up leisurely and head over to pick up Debra and Kim at their hotel.  After realizing why they woke up covered in glitter, we all head down to the harbor to catch a ferry to the neighboring island of Heybeliada.  A brief, yet ...

Basarbovo Rock Monastery, Basarbovo, Bulgaria travel blog

Basarbovo Rock Monastery

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After Ivanovo, Basarbovo Monastery also proved to be a very interesting and picturesque destination. This monastery grounds were quite small, with a white cliff on the left hand side and a narrow road next to a river on the right. Hewn into the white ...

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

Roman amphitheatre, icons and Baba Marta

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... briefly the day before. Set up in the street were lots of stalls selling martenitsas. 1st March is called Baba Marta Day in Bulgaria; the mythical figure of Baba Marta ('Granny March') brings with her the end of the cold of winter and the beginning of ...

Willow branches and daffodils, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria travel blog

Willow branches and daffodils

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Yesterday I mentioned seeing old ladies cutting willow branches on my walk from Arbanasi to Veliko Tarnovo; this morning I saw lots of people on the streets holding branches and twigs of willow. Today is the Bulgarian Orthodox Palm Sunday; a day when ...

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