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Bulgarian Impressions

Saturday, 22 Oct 2011 | Views [968]

We turned in the rental car, booked our overnight train to Bucharest, and are waiting in the lobby of the Dedeman Princess Hotel.   We have covered quite a bit of Bulgaria, from the neglect of Sofia to the charm of Veliko Tarnovo and from the forested ... Read more >

Veliko Tarnovo

Friday, 21 Oct 2011 | Views [895]

Our first impression of Bulgaria was of disappointing Sofia.   Our last will be the wonderful town of Veliko Tarnovo.   We followed signs for the Comfort Hotel, 200 meters at a time, into the narrow, twisting, cobbled streets of the old town, ... Read more >

The Stone Churches of Ivanovo

Thursday, 20 Oct 2011 | Views [1098]

I didn't know anything about the Stone Churches of Ivanovo except that they were part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  To quote Yogi Berra, in fact, "I didn't even suspect anything!"  But the frescos in the Church of the Virgin Mary were ... Read more >

Thracian Tombs of Sveshtari

Wednesday, 19 Oct 2011 | Views [2515]

What a difference a day makes!  The sun was shining, the snow had melted and the Thracian Tombs of Sveshtari were open. There are hundreds of tombs of noblemen dating from 2500 years ago near Sveshtari.  Their earthen mounds are easily visible but ... Read more >

Stormy Weather

Tuesday, 18 Oct 2011 | Views [1082]

To everything there is a season.  But October is not the season to be on the Black Sea in Bulgaria.  Nessebur's old Byzantine city is a UNESCO World Heritage site but was pretty much deserted this weekend.  Maybe, probably, it was the bitter cold, ... Read more >

Valley of the Thracian Kings

Saturday, 15 Oct 2011 | Views [1543]

At about the same time Pericles was building the Parthenon, King Ostrusha ruled in Thrace, north of Plovdiv.   All that remains of his kingdom is his tomb in the “Valley of the Thracian Kings.”   Yordan, the man with the keys, was waiting for us ... Read more >

St. Petka's Day

Friday, 14 Oct 2011 | Views [1022]

Happy St. Petka's day!  According to pagan rituals, the mating of the sheep should take place on this day.  Women are not allowed to do any work today; not even knitting, sewing or washing. Once the rams have done their work the women prepare fresh ... Read more >


Thursday, 13 Oct 2011 | Views [890]

Sometimes Bulgaria feels like Colorado, only greener.   A better comparison would be New England, maybe Maine.   The mountains top out at just over a mile, much like Mt. Washington.   They have gotten their first snow and the resorts are preparing ... Read more >


Monday, 10 Oct 2011 | Views [775]

In all honesty, I probably haven’t given Sofia a fair chance.   But then, the lady hasn’t exactly shown her good side, either.   It has rained ever since we arrived and it is so cold that Connie has taken to wearing gloves! Sofia was never ... Read more >

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Welcome to Bulgaria

Saturday, 8 Oct 2011 | Views [901]

Friends will be relieved to hear that we have left the troubled nation of Greece.  All of their emails cautioned us to avoid the riots which have dominated the news lately.  But the unrest is mostly in Athens, and only around the government buildings, ... Read more >

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