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Travel Blogs from Pamporovo
We took a week off in May and went to explore the mountains. The Balkan range runs across the middle of Bulgaria dividing the country into two halves. It has rocky mountains, wooded wilderness valleys and lots of history. Many of the events leading up to independence in 1878 were based here and it is hard to find a single town where it is not commemorated. We walked for three days from Kalofer to Karlovo passing below ...
... Romania in Bulgaria using the same crossing as last year, this time I remembered that the crossing goes over a river and the bridge is a toll road.....last year I spent an hour riding round trying to work out why my satnav was trying to take a 400 mile detour....I told it to avoid toll roads!!
Now plotted up in a hotel in Kazanlak, aiming for Turkey tomorrow....
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Again my mind pondered on the concept of "nation", “state”, “country” and potentially how negative the consequences of our separation is.
Back to Veliko Tarnovo or shall I call it Bulgarian Durham due to the wonderful Yantra River which meanders brilliantly around the city centre in quite a unique way.
Perhaps it does not have a stunning cathedral but the panorama more ...
... to the Ivanovo Rock Monastery, a 14th century sanctuary which was cut into cliffs adorned with fantastic frescos. The views of the valley below were brilliant and gave my vertigo a test. I seem to manage quite well though.
Apparently, it's all about speaking to your inner child! What a good call that was.
Later on, we kept heading south through the low hills of northern Bulgaria. Hill after ...
... at all. Christmas day was dinner at Gloria Mar (also visited in 2012) along with 2 new friends from our boarding class Jimmy and Cally that are staying in the same town. The same people came back to Dak's Irish bar to work and it was great to see them again..along with the band and tasty cocktails. Sadly not enough snow to do a skidoo trip this year, but we feel like we jumped ahead in our skill levels and have some lovely bruises to prove the effort put in this year ...
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- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Fitness/Health center
- Free parking