Churches and monasteries around Veliko Tarnovo

Trip Start Jun 19, 2008
Trip End Sep 04, 2008

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Overnight train (Veliko Tarnovo-Bucharest-Sighisoara)

Flag of Bulgaria  , Veliko Tarnovo,
Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Since we maximized our time yesterday in Veliko Tarnovo, we decided to venture to a nearby village called Arbanasi.  Its proximity (3km) may tempt you to hike, but the road is rather narrow and dangerous.  We took a cab in front of the fortress, and it was less than 3 leva.  The map of the village in LP was very obscure and barely labelled.  Natasha and I went up and down and around dirt roads, getting directions from villagers who contradicted one another.  Then on one of the dirt hills, we met a pair of MIT students, one of them a native of Veliko Tarnovo!  What are the odds!  The four of us spent the rest of the morning together visiting several churches, monasteries, and houses, which were all very, very close to one another as long as you know which road to take.  Walking around with Bulgarians was so nice and convenient because they could ask for directions and also translate the panels and signs that were written only in Bulgarian.  A lifesaver, seriously.  We all came back to town for lunch.  Then a rather relaxing afternoon... just visiting the church of 40 martyrs that was closed and I tried to climb it....

While hanging out on the terrace with other hostel people, we heard the bell.  The call to the sound and light show at the fortress.  We instinctively followed the sound like zombies.  It is no hyperbole when I say it was the best light show I have seen- out of the world compared to the Blue Mosque and way more high tech and entertaining than any of the cheesy shows in Egypt.  Now we are waiting to board our overnight train to Bucharest, Romania!  I am reading a book called Eat, Pray, Love and I wish I could write as eloquently and entertainingly as Elizabeth Gilbert.  Alas, I am no writer nor do I have enough time, so please pardon the hasty listing of my daily humdrums...  maybe I will come back and edit these, who knows? 
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Danilo Lemos on

I liked the very expressive subjects and their blog. I will always be visiting.

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