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The Turkish Quarter, Veliko Tarnovo, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria travel blog

The Turkish Quarter, Veliko Tarnovo

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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The Turkish Quarter in Veliko Tarnovo lies at the foot of Sveta Gora Hill, next to the River Yantra. Cross the bridge and Tsarevets Fortress looms up in front and to the right of you. I had passed through the Turkish Quarter by car before, but never ...

A lovely way to finish our holiday, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria travel blog

A lovely way to finish our holiday

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After our long wait in Varna, we didn't get back to Veliko Tarnovo until 9 pm last night, so before we went to bed and conked out we didn't do anything apart from have a hot drink with F and R. Our bus to Sofia didn't leave until 15.00, so this morning ...

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 ...

I'll update the last two weeks soon, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria travel blog

I'll update the last two weeks soon

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... included;  - Details about my last day of work, which was today, and some final thoughts about teaching in Bulgaria  - Veliko Tarnovo's archaeological museum  - Mine and R's leaving party last Sunday  - More explorations in the ...

Balabanov house, the Roman stadium & more, Plovdiv, Bulgaria travel blog

Balabanov house, the Roman stadium & more

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... ceilings typical of this period. In the courtyard we admired the roses - right now we are in the middle of the rose season in Bulgaria. From there we walked down the road to the Roman stadium remains, popping into one or two antique shops on the way (one ...

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

A travel blog entry by foolsgold

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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" ...

Dave's last day in Veliko Tarnovo, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria travel blog

Dave's last day in Veliko Tarnovo

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We arrived back in Veliko Tarnovo quite early in the morning. Although we had managed a reasonable amount of sleep for a bus journey, we were still extremely bleary and tired, so the first thing we did was lie down to nap for a few hours. Then the ...

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 ...

Blast from the past!, Varna, Bulgaria travel blog

Blast from the past!

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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 ...

Into the mountains - Shipka Pass, Shipka, Bulgaria travel blog

Into the mountains - Shipka Pass

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... , at Shipka Pass and Shipka itself. Set within the Central Balkan mountains, the Shipka Pass is very historically significant in Bulgaria as a battlefield during the War of Independence between Bulgaria and the Ottoman Empire in 1877 - 78. We stopped at a ...

Fine dining in Burgas, Burgas, Bulgaria travel blog

Fine dining in Burgas

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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 ...

Hiking through the hills; Preobrazhenski Monastery, Preobrazhenski Monastery, Bulgaria travel blog

Hiking through the hills; Preobrazhenski Monastery

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Today was another beautiful, sunny day, so I decided to take full advantage of it with a visit to Preobrazhenski Monastery. It lies a few kilometres away, on one of the hills near to Veliko Tarnovo. R and her friend T planned to walk both there and back, ...

Last stay in Sofia; the Ladies' Market calls, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

Last stay in Sofia; the Ladies' Market calls

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... , so I was particularly keen to go. Not only was this Dave's last time in Sofia, it was mine as well. When I leave Bulgaria in a few days' time, it will be by train from Gorna Oryahovitsa, a town five minutes' drive from Veliko Tarnovo. The market was ...

Relaxation before our night bus to Istanbul, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria travel blog

Relaxation before our night bus to Istanbul

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We arrived back from Sofia at lunchtime, so since we didn't have to be at the bus station until 20.00 for our night bus to Istanbul, that meant we had a nice long break to relax and get our stuff together for our Turkish travels in the next two weeks. ...

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 ...

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

Another UNESCO World Heritage Site :-D

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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

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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 ...

Settling in, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria travel blog

Settling in

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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 ...

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