Blogs from Veliko Tarnovo, Veliko Tarnovo Province, Bulgaria, Europe


Bonjour à tous, Hier après midi, comme j'étais à la fraîche dans la chambre, je suis allé sur le net voir les restos de Bucarest. Il y en un qui était encensé sur plusieurs sites, le Caru Cu Bere. Restaurant de spécialités roumaines, par contre il faut réserver plusieurs jours è l'avance. Il est seulement à 300m de l'hôtel. J'y vais et j'ai la chance d'avoir une table. C'est la plus ancienne brasserie de Bucarest, ouverte en 1879. Les Rolling Stones, Nicholas Cage, Demi Moore, Kirk Douglas, le Prince du Japon, etc y ont mangés. Et depuis hier Moi, J'espère bientôt être sur la liste de ces célébrités. J'ai mangé en terrasse, mais j'avais lu qu'il fallait absolument voir l'intérieur. Je pensé, que c'était une ancienne église, mais non, c'est le propriétaire de l'époque, qui l'a ... read more
Monastere Preobrazenski
quand elle souriait wahoo

I'd arrived in Veliko Tarnovo quite late the night before. The minibus driver had been kind enough to drop us near the centre of town instead of the West Bus Station, which is about 5 kilometres out of town. It dramatically shortened the walk to my hostel. I was surprised at how quiet the streets had been. I was happy that when I got to my hostel there was still some of the free dinner left. After helping myself to some breakfast, I made a rough plan for my one full day in Veliko Tarnovo. Since Bulgaria had entered a state of lockdown, I was unsure what was open, so my first priority was to secure a bus ticket back to Sofia for the next day to make my flight out. The bus station where you ... read more
Ulitsa General Gurko
Ulitsa General Gurko
Ulitsa General Gurko

HE SAID... Today we were travelling south from Bucharest in Romania to Veliko Tarnovo in Bulgaria. We headed down to breakfast in the hotel dining room, where I gathered a small feast of muesli, cranberries, dates, yoghurt, warm bread, jam, pastries and fruit tea. We also made some bread rolls with cheese and salami and smuggled them into our bags for the train trip to Veliko Tarnovo. Feeling refreshed, we gathered our packs and headed out onto the street, where we jumped onto a tram and headed to Bucharest’s railway station. We picked up some bracelets and a pendant with our remaining Romanian currency at a small stall, then jumped onto the train and found a spare six-berth cabin which we shared with four others. Before we knew it we were chugging out of the station ... read more
bucharest train station, romania
friendship bridge b/w romania and bulgaria
ruse train station, bulgaria

Europe » Bulgaria » Veliko Tarnovo Province » Veliko Tarnovo October 26th 2017

I arrived in Bucharest yesterday evening and had an hour to kill before Shea's flight arrived. I killed time sitting at a cafe in the Arrivals Halls where I had my first Romanian beer, Ursus. When Shea finally arrived, we met our pre-arranged hotel pick up and made our way to the Novotel Bucharest City Center Hotel, our home for the next 2 nights. After a long day of travelling, Shea and I just spent this first night walking along Calea Victorei (Victory Avenue), the street where our hotel is located on. This area was clearly a more upmarket area of Bucharest as we walked passed high end fashion boutiques, art galleries, coffee shops, and restaurants. Not wanting to put much effort into anything tonight, we decided to just have a late dinner at the hotel ... read more
Rock Churches of Ivanovo
Church in the Rock
Exploring the Rock Churches of Ivanovo

Wednesday 14thJune The campsite is just outside the town of Veliko Tarnovo. It is lovely, overlooking a gentle valley with fields of wheat and sunflowers. It has a swimming pool, bar and restaurant. On the first couple of days here, we have done a morning walk through the fields to a neighbouring village and a cycle ride taking in five different villages in this valley and the next. Along with farmland, the area is full of fruit orchards. Cherries are in abundance at the moment. We have spent the afternoons in the shade and by the pool. I have actually been swimming in this one!! Saturday and Sunday were a respite from the sweltering heat – it rained. Whilst we listened to the radio telling us of record temperatures in the UK, we put on our ... read more
Craft Street, Veliko Tarnovo
The fort, Veliko Tarnovo
The Monkey House

Europe » Bulgaria » Veliko Tarnovo Province » Veliko Tarnovo September 4th 2016

It was an annoying bus ride. There was a kid behind me kicking my seat and grabbing my headrest, almmost giving me whiplash each time. I shoot an angry look back at him but he nor his father sitting next to him seem to care. I don't have a spare seat next to me this time so my heavy, bukly rucksack has to sit between my legs. The air coming out of the vents is smelly, as if it has come through some dude's sweaty socks first. So I was glad when the four hour journey came to an end. I liked the hostel I stayed at in Sofia so much, that I decided to stay at its sister hostel here in Veliko Tarnovo. It was also nice here, but definitely more quiet and relaxed. The ... read more
Ulitsa Georgi S. Rakovski
The Bulgarian UFO
View Of Monument & Veliko Tarnovo

Europe » Bulgaria » Veliko Tarnovo Province » Veliko Tarnovo September 15th 2015

Geo: 42.7252, 25.4815The cricket eventually buggered off last night, thank Heaven! The music went on for a while but it was a nice jazzy sound, so I didn't mind it. For a short while, it was just a tenor sax playing, and it sounded happy and mournful at the same time.My aunt asked if there's been any problem here with the migrant crisis. It's certainly in the news (though I haven't been keeping up with the news at all) but I don't think Bulgaria has been directly affected at all.We had our long walking tour of Veliko Tarnovo today; the weather was gorgeous … and hot. I don't know what the temperature got to, but there wasn't a cloud in the sky so the sun was just beating down on us. I may need to think ... read more
Nina puts the finishing touches on a bowl
Demeter decorates a plate

Europe » Bulgaria » Veliko Tarnovo Province » Veliko Tarnovo September 14th 2015

Geo: 42.7252, 25.4815It already seems like Varna was days ago; I can't even properly picture it in my head. It's funny how being on the coach will do that.Our first stop of the day was the Madara Horseman, situated in a national park. We hiked up a little ways to an open area that was once a cave and is, therefore, called the Big Cave. The cliff face looms over the area, so much so that it was hard to bend backward to take a photo. It makes for amazing acoustics, demonstrated by Stefan's clapping, which echoed beautifully. He asked us to be quiet for a moment, and we heard birdsong and trickling water. Due to the presence of water, humans have been there since the 13th century BC.The original cave was used as a temple ... read more
The Big Cave
Madara Horseman
The Madara Horseman

So much is unexpected when you travel and days are full of surprises. I would never have thought of coming to Bulgaria if it was not for an invitation to stay with some good friends who,have a house here in Veliko Tărnovo (VT) . So I have to admit I didn't really have a clue what to expect .. Never been to Eastern Europe ... Would I mange the language ?? writing in Cyrillic script ??? thinking ex communist country , drabness , poverty. But heck if Lorriane and Keith chose to have a house here it can't be too bad. And of course it's been a fantastic revelation and I have enjoyed my time here immensely. Now I know a little bit of history of the country, have experienced kindness and friendliness of the Bulgarian ... read more

La inceput de vara am descoperit intr-un weekend statiunea sporturilor de iarna si orasul Tarilor de vara. Am gasit cazare la Hotel Real in perioada12-14 iunie 2015, pret 60 leva/noapte cu mic dejun, parcare si internet, aer conditionat, minibar, TV care arata ca un monitor. Hotelul arata incarcat, camerele sale au un tapet floral pe langa tablouri, oglinda inglobata in rama de tablou, are un candelabru imens in holul hotelului si multa mobila si tablouri in stil french, iar seara era pompos luminat cu beculete rosii. In apropiere exista multe terase unde se poate servi si masa. Orasul pare medieval din secolul 19, bisericile sunt micute si bine conservate, cu multe case medievale bine ingrijite dintre care cea mai remarcata este Casa Sarafin de pe strada Gurko construita in 1861.... read more

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