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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

We were in Romania for almost 12 hours now and we were already heading out of the country, albeit for quick day tour into northern Bulgaria. Being this close to the border with Bulgaria, Shea and I decided that we should arrive a day before our tour started in order to tick off another country on our list. When our guide Alexander picked us up in the hotel lobby, we were under the impression that he would be taking us to meet up with the rest of our group for the day. I was surprised to learn that today's tour would consist of just us. A private tour of Bulgaria! Driving south from Bucharest towards the Bulgarian border, we made a quick stop to pick up some snacks and water, and also to use the restroom ... 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 July 29th 2016

From Bucharest its a short drive towards the Romanian-Bulgarian border. Since Romania and Bulgaria joined the EU, the border formalities are quite improved. I can remember that in the past we were waiting for hours and had to pay for many unknown reasons. Now we only had to pay 6 Euros to cross the "Friendship Bridge", which is on one end at Romania and other hand in Bulgaria, crossing the Danube river. On the Bulgarian side after the passport check you need to buy a road vignette, which can be bought at the petrol stations on your way. from the border city Rousse we drove to the direction of Veliko Tarnovo. A Bulgarian colleague recommended us to visit a nice village, called "Arbanasi" which is close to Veliko Tarnovo. Arbanasi is one of the most famous ... read more
Arbanasi
Arbanasi
Arbanasi

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
Graffiti
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
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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


A lot of people love this place but I couldn't get a real feel for it. But I did stay in a hostel that someone recommended not to go to, for two reasons 1. they had a four person dorm to themselves and it was too quiet and 2. they had a 3 month old kitten. I stayed and loved it.... read more
So sweet
Castle
Castle




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