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... Pantokrator. It has very decorative blind arches and another chimney-ish dome, as well as a frieze of swastikas. These are always startling to see but they are symbols of good and light; Hitler perverted the symbol to one of evil and darkness. Christ Pantokrator is also used as an art gallery.
The Archaeological Museum near the town gates has a pretty good collection of Greek and Roman pottery — including some unbelievably well-preserved ...
... is rather lovely, though nothing out of the ordinary.
We passed through the Valley of the Thracian Kings, a/k/a The Valley of Roses. Kazanluk, our destination, is smack in the middle of this valley. Roses are a big deal in Bulgaria, as 60 percent of the world's rose products come from here. The harvest is over 40 days from May to June, and there are three varieties grown. A skilled picker can pick 50 kilos of rose petals a day, and it takes ...
... Tombul Mosque, the largest, still serviceable mosque in Bulgaria.
It was a treat for us, not to actually see a mosque (of which we have seen many and varied), but to be allowed to enter and photograph with freedom, even though we are non-believers.
The building, dating from the 1700's, is in a constant state of repair, but if you can sort through the maze of scaffolding, it ...
... up in the tail end of a military convoy. Fortunately it was only the last two vehicles but they were seriously ponderous and verging on vintage. The main convoy was waiting for them on the highway – it was definitely not the modern part of their defence force.
Varna is a big port and tourist resort. We hoped we would be able to draw cash here but no…We are not sure why but our card is not recognised either at the Cash machines or in the ...
... what was nice, passed a group of cyclists from Slovakia. Sometimes, it's nice to meet people from your own country while travelling.
Today, we were literally stopping nowhere except for coffee breaks (and you know, posting pics on facebook. Good news- OMV gas stations have wifi!).
We did go to Bucharest as planned, however we just drove through, looking around from the car. By actually stopping to walk around, we'd ...