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Spectacular thunderstorm

Bozhentsi and Veliko Tarnovo


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Bozhentsi has very similar architecture to Tryavna, complete with slate roofs. We walked round the village for around 45 minutes before having some dinner - for me, tarator and some stewed rabbit with potatoes and vegetables. It was past 9 o'clock by the time we finished.

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It had been hot and sunny most of the day, but about an hour after we got back to Veliko Tarnovo a thunderstorm hit us. I've never seen so much lightning before! I just stood at my bedroom windows and watched both sheet and forked lightning strike the hills opposite. It was well after dark by now so every time lightning flashed, for a split second it lit up everything within my panoramic viewpoint. Some went dangerously close to the village of Arbanasi - I hope they were OK.

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Posted by 3Traveller 06:15 Archived in Bulgaria Tagged bulgaria veliko_tarnovo bulgarian_cuisine extreme_weather Comments (0)

Nice week so far, about to get even better...

Veliko Tarnovo


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I must say that my Black Sea holiday has done me good. It's been so nice, waking up in the morning and not feeling at all tired! Usually I wake up feeling a bit tired even on my days off.

This evening I went out for dinner at Malkia Inter, a restaurant/ bar round the corner, with 'R' and a mutual friend, 'S', who had Bulgarian lessons with us for a week or two before she stopped. I wasn't desperately hungry so I just had some tarator and a grilled chicken and vegetable skewer. While we were eating, 'S' invited me and 'R' to go to Tryavna with her and a friend of a friend of hers after lunch tomorrow; 'R' can't come because she's teaching in the afternoon, but I can because I'm only teaching in the morning.

I went to Tryavna with 'F' back in January, when it was sunny but cold, with snow lying around. I remember promising myself that I'd return later in the year, so I'm glad the opportunity has come up again!

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Public art of Veliko Tarnovo

Veliko Tarnovo


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I'll write properly tomorrow - for now, just a quick entry with some photos of the public art I have seen around Veliko Tarnovo. My favourites are the jellyfish electrical box and the steps whales!

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Posted by 3Traveller 23:39 Archived in Bulgaria Tagged art bulgaria veliko_tarnovo Comments (0)

Lovely way to finish our holiday

Veliko Tarnovo and Sofia


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Our bus to Sofia didn't leave until 15.00, so this morning and early afternoon was spent packing, editing photos, walking along Gurko Street in the sunshine to the ETAP bus station to buy our bus tickets in advance, eating ice cream from a stall in the main street and having lunch and browsing the shops on the craftsmen's street.

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We had lunch on the balcony at Stratilat Café (an old favourite of mine), so we could look at the view while we were eating.

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On our way back from the station we passed a gathering by one of the monuments off the main street. There were lots of bikes around, along with a giant inflatable Nescafé mug and someone talking over a loudspeaker. I found out the next day that there was a mountain biking festival going on; cyclists were biking through the hills next to VT, down the hill of Varusha (the old town), emerging at this monument junction and then continuing through the town. We didn't get to see any of the actual cycling though.

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Dave's flight was at 21.55, so on arrival at the central bus station in Sofia we took a taxi straight to the airport from there. I say 'straight' but we actually had a bit of time to kill, so we had some dinner at the main café first. Pizza and Bulgarian rice pudding went down a treat.

Once I'd seen Dave off, I took a taxi to 'Ploshtad Makedonia', where Hostel Mostel is. I was in the same dorm where I'd been last week.

Tomorrow morning I will have just enough time for breakfast before I get the 9 o'clock bus back to Veliko Tarnovo.

It's Dad's birthday today, so I've had him in mind all day. I'm so glad that Dave was with me for most of the day.

Posted by 3Traveller 15:45 Archived in Bulgaria Tagged airport dad dave sofia bulgaria veliko_tarnovo bulgarian_cuisine gurko_street Comments (0)

Long wait in Varna

Burgas, Varna and Veliko Tarnovo


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As soon as we'd had breakfast at the hotel in Burgas, we took a taxi to the west bus station.

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We arrived at 10.30 and noticed that the next bus directly to Veliko Tarnovo wasn't until 13.30, so we decided just to get the next bus to Varna instead. I knew that about 20 buses a day go from Varna to VT, so hopefully we could just hop on one of them soon after and then arrive back in VT early.

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That wasn't to be, unfortunately - our bus arrived in Varna OK, between 13.00 and 14.00, but the next ETAP bus wasn't until 17.30! We were too knackered to go into the city centre to kill time, so we just looked round the Grand Mall Varna instead, which is right next to the bus station. We looked round, had some food and played a lot of 10-card rummy. It was very similar to shopping malls everywhere, though suspended from the ceiling were some beautiful decorations made from multicoloured paper.

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We didn't get back to Veliko Tarnovo until 9 pm last night, so before we went to bed and conked out we didn't do anything apart from have a hot drink with 'F' and 'R'.

Posted by 3Traveller 12:46 Archived in Bulgaria Tagged coast buses dave bulgaria burgas varna veliko_tarnovo black_sea Comments (0)

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