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

Roman amphitheatre, icons and Baba Marta

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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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

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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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 ...

National Revival Day, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

National Revival Day

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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... to the outside wall.   The Ethnographical Museum was interesting, just as I thought it would be. I didn't know that Bulgaria was a major silk producer in Ottoman times, after silkworms were introduced to Byzantium from China. It didn't say exactly ...

Rila Monastery, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria travel blog

Rila Monastery

A travel blog entry by sojanet

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... eventually led us to the monastery!  Because today was Sunday (or because this is such a big destination), half of Bulgaria's population was visiting the monastery.  The frescoes were from 19th C and were indeed impressive.  I was admiring ...

Bulgarian Independence Day and more, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria travel blog

Bulgarian Independence Day and more

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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... Mother Bulgaria Square, right in the centre of Veliko Tarnovo. There was a short wreath-laying ceremony at the Mother Bulgaria statue (which is a war memorial) and then a military parade. This included soldiers firing blanks, something I wasn't expecting ...

Mum in Veliko Tarnovo, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria travel blog

Mum in Veliko Tarnovo

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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... going out to a restaurant called Hadji Nikoli. This is the same place that we teachers got taken out to in my first week in Bulgaria. On that occasion we'd eaten in the courtyard, but now due to the cold we ate inside. A pianist kept us and the other ...

Veliko Tarnovo: ancient fortress capital, Valiko Tarnovo, Bulgaria travel blog

Veliko Tarnovo: ancient fortress capital

A travel blog entry by technotrekker

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... sate my religious fervour however so off I went to the neighbouring town of Arbanassi, to what Lonely Planet calls 'one of Bulgaria's most interesting churches'. Set like a barn on a gentle slope of grass and spring flowers, it has a deliberately low ...

Plovdiv: almost mugged!, Plovdiv, Bulgaria travel blog

Plovdiv: almost mugged!

A travel blog entry by technotrekker

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... the Med to my final destination - the UK. Outside it's pouring rain and I'm back in a land of Cyrillics again - this time Bulgaria - already a world away from the aridity of the Middle East. I must admit that it has been good to get out of Turkey ...

Travelling through Romania & Bulgaria, Varna, Bulgaria travel blog

Travelling through Romania & Bulgaria

A travel blog entry by worldofbintang

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... sad to think about all the people who had been killed in 1989. After nearly 2 weeks in Romania we crossed the border into Bulgaria and had an interesting 5 days in Veliko Tarnovo, the old capital. Vinnie, Paul and I stayed in a great little hostel run ...

Back in Bulgaria, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

Back in Bulgaria

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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I managed to doze off for a while on the plane but still felt very sleep-deprived on arrival in Sofia. The taxi journey to the central bus station was uneventful and this time I had no problems getting a ticket for the next bus to Veliko ...

Chapter 48: Entering Eastern Europe, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

Chapter 48: Entering Eastern Europe

A travel blog entry by easyread

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... Go Europe 2003" (not ideal, but useful for places that won't warrant individual guidebook purchases), and bought a bus ticket to Sofia, Bulgaria for the next morning. The bus trip yesterday was long (9 hours) and dull, and it was broken up only by ...

Lovely relaxing Plovdiv, Plovdiv, Bulgaria travel blog

Lovely relaxing Plovdiv

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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Once I'd got back to Plovdiv from Asenovgrad Fortress I checked my email at the hostel before going out again. I went back into the St Konstantin & Elena church briefly, because I noticed they'd opened the main entrance which had been closed the day ...

Long-term winter travel - pros and cons, Somewhere over Romania, Egypt travel blog

Long-term winter travel - pros and cons

A travel blog entry by technotrekker

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I've had a few questions from readers about the practicalities and logistics of travelling through Arctic conditions and northern winters, and I know I was concerned about the extreme cold before I got there, so in the hope that it's useful for future ...

Emma and Kate depart, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria travel blog

Emma and Kate depart

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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A lie-in was followed by lunch at Taverna, a restaurant only round the corner from my flat. I suggested this place because I know it does good chicken kavarma (chicken and vegetable stew cooked and served in a clay pot) and tarator and the décor is ...

Pancakes!, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria travel blog

Pancakes!

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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To celebrate Shrove Tuesday I decided to throw a pancake party at my flat, but because the day itself was a work night and some of my colleagues were working until 21.30, I simply tested the recipe for myself that evening and saved the party for ...

Back in Veliko Tarnovo, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria travel blog

Back in Veliko Tarnovo

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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I left the hostel early and walked through near-empty streets to the main bus station. I left too early to get my free breakfast at the hostel, so I had a kashkavalka instead. I had to get a ticket to Veliko Tarnovo from a different bus company than ...

Sofia the no-man land, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

Sofia the no-man land

A travel blog entry by sojanet

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... , alcohol unimaginably cheap.  It is Saturday night and Sofia supposedly has good night life, but we should get some beauty sleep for tomorrow's trip.  We are visiting the best sightseeing place in Bulgaria: Rila ...

Sofia - A Balkan Oasis, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

Sofia - A Balkan Oasis

A travel blog entry by jackdrury

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... , but I did it anyway. Perhaps because I could. Chapter 2 When trains pass through the rugged border crossing between Bulgaria and Serbia and Montenegro, the Bulgarian border guards meet the train, collect everyone's passport and then walk one kilometre ...

Mystical Rila Monastery, Rila mountains, Bulgaria travel blog

Mystical Rila Monastery

A travel blog entry by technotrekker

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... interesting and not sugar coated which should appeal to many. Catch you next time. TT Great Brands of the World - Bulgaria With a pretty simple message plastered all over the country it's not so surprising that I am now very inclined randomly ...

Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo, Rusenski Lom National Park, Bulgaria travel blog

Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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From Cherven we moved on to a UNESCO  World Heritage Site - the Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo! They are within a gorge inside the Rusenski Lom National Park, only a few miles from Cherven. Only the main church was open. It was set very high within a ...

Entering Europe, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

Entering Europe

A travel blog entry by jambo

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... great English, Tanzanians and Kenyans likewise. Things dropped off as we went up through the Middle East and dropped another level in Bulgaria. And we know that very few people over the age of 25 speak any English at all in Slovakia. Having said that, ...

Turkish Reflections, The Train, Bulgaria travel blog

Turkish Reflections

A travel blog entry by jackdrury

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... of Turkey. There's a big Y on the banknotes and for some reason I started calling them Yentils. On the way to Sofia Bulgaria, I asked Ellen to read a few of my notes. When I finished she asked "Aren't you going to write something nice about ...

Sofia, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

Sofia

A travel blog entry by lraleigh

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Sofia at art hostel, jess wenstrom, rila, meeting with nikolay minkov uconomics, abandoned factories and hand labor in fields from train, harvesting hay. Sofia trams. Playing music, walking around the churches and streets, belowground stores, Hostel ...

Confessions of a Traveling Movie Nut, The Train...Further Along, Bulgaria travel blog

Confessions of a Traveling Movie Nut

A travel blog entry by jackdrury

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... hookah. An hour later as the sun began to rise, my fantasy girl Tatiana at my side, we started westwards toward Sofia, Bulgaria. Sleepless but excited, the phantom blonde and I sat looking out the train window; watching for old missile silos the Russians ...

Euro development explosion..., Bansko, Bulgaria travel blog

Euro development explosion...

A travel blog entry by tracystravels

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... .  Some of my tourmates went to the Dancing Bear Sanctuary outside of town where many of the Dancing Bears in Bulgaria live after they were rescued from their former lives of bondage and torture.  Apparently, their paws are greased and they ...

Sofia, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

Sofia

A travel blog entry by byrnedm

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ˇ Sofia, Bulgaria ˇ GMT +2:00 hours Entry to ...

The End of Eastern Europe, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

The End of Eastern Europe

A travel blog entry by canaussie

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... leaving before whenever arrived.  Anyway, Transylvania was awesome, not to be missed in Romania. Our train to Sofia in Bulgaria was physically uncomfortable, but quite fun.  We couldn't get a sleeper cabin, so sat in a compartment with three ...

Veliko Turn-over, Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria travel blog

Veliko Turn-over

A travel blog entry by sojanet

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THIS is it!  This is it!  This is how I pictured Bulgaria to be!  I am infatuated with this magical medieval town, not to mention the amazing place we are staying at.  I am in love. We got in here around noon via a 3 ...

Snow, Marigolds and Popcorn., Plovdiv, Bulgaria travel blog

Snow, Marigolds and Popcorn.

A travel blog entry by pollyandmikey

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Pulling open the curtains revealed a blanket of snow.  It really was snowing!  We had arrived yesterday absolutely soaked through and the surroundings had been hidden by the driving rain.  Now we were high up on a mountain with snowflakes ...

Plovdiv to Istanbul, the quiet way in., Plovdiv, Bulgaria travel blog

Plovdiv to Istanbul, the quiet way in.

A travel blog entry by pollyandmikey

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... about.  So, decision made.  Tomorrow we will set off on the final 10 days of this leg.  4 more days in Bulgaria and then the careful navigation into Turkey and the very heart of Istanbul.  The rest of the day has been spent ...

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