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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

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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 ...

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, ...

More Plovdiv explorations, Plovdiv, Bulgaria travel blog

More Plovdiv explorations

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... at our hostel didn't have a printer, but they told me how to get to a place where there was one. Something I've noticed in Bulgaria is that internet cafés are much rarer than they are in Ecuador - this was the first time I'd been to one in Bulgaria. It ...

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

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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

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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

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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

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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)

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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 ...

More goodbyes, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria travel blog

More goodbyes

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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... with my ex-colleague M and her daughter B - I had my beloved tarator for the last time before I leave Bulgaria, plus a delicious courgette, white cheese, yellow cheese and egg mixture, and for pudding an ice parfait with crushed caramelised hazelnuts. M ...

Frescoes, baklava and more strawberries, Arbanasi, Bulgaria travel blog

Frescoes, baklava and more strawberries

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Going to Arbanasi today was a priority for Mum, as she was really keen to see it and we hadn't managed to go there when she visited me last October. We arrived at about 9 o'clock because the weather forecast had predicted sunshine in the morning but then ...

Veliko Tarnovo, Veliko Tarnono, Bulgaria travel blog

Veliko Tarnovo

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Varna, Varna, Bulgaria travel blog

Varna

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Only a brief visit to Sofia, Sofia, Bulgaria travel blog

Only a brief visit to Sofia

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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Dave's flight left Sofia at 21.55 last night, so on arrival at the central bus station we took a taxi straight to the airport from there. I say 'straight' but we actually had a bit of time to kill, so we had some dinner at the main café first. Pizza and ...

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

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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 ...

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