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Well, the ship has exceeded our expectations. We have found out we have a fantastic package unbeknown to us. On the evening of Day 1, on checking out our documentation, we saw Wave Prom, well we didn't know what that meant so down to Guest Relations to find out we can get all fresh juices, sodas, water, beer, wine and cocktails for free plus we don't have to pay any gratuities. ...
... going, so we said no. Then he was offering for his brother to drive us to the city in his taxi but we were taking the bus, so we said no again. All seemed lost as we waited in the freezing cold, and every bus except ours came past. We stood at the stop for about an hour, and we kept saying okay, if it doesn't come in 5 minutes, we will get that taxi, but we were too proud so we would get to 5 minutes and say "okay 5 more". It paid off because the bus finally arrived, and we ...
... days to come. In Veliko Tărnovo we finally scored the best room with views over the river towards the mountains. It is a pretty town built on a steep hillside, houses on top of houses. A long morning walk through the old town led us to Tsarevets Hill with the Royal Palace and Partriarchal Church. A short drive to Arbanassi revealed a most unusual Church of Nativity. Outside it looked like a stone barn so invaders wouldn't realise it was a ...
... s sprouted up all over the place and now Bucharest is high on Western Europe's list of Buck's Party destinations.
We passed by possibly the ugliest statue in South Eastern Europe. Up until 10 years ago, Romania had the lowest amount of statues in the whole of Europe so the Government set about correcting that statistic. This was one was a doozy. It shows the Roman Emperor, Trajan, holding a wolf with a conjoined snake at one end, symbolising the Romanian ...
... had another ~1500 meter climb to our hotel which borders a colorful town square. It's a beautiful evening and we've just returned from a unique dinner of stuffed grilled whole squid - very yummy. Tomorrow is a rest day. We have only 1 week left and only 6 riding days left. I have very mixed emotions and plan to take it one day at a time, fully enjoying the days to come. So tomorrow we explore on foot..... ...