|We had not planned a stop at Ruse, on the Danube River where it forms the border between Bulgaria and Romania. However, just short of the border, we realised that Alex G's Romanian visa did not start until the next day, meaning an extra night in Bulgaria. So we found one of the dodgiest campgrounds we've visited (giving Plovdiv a run for its money, which is really saying something), negotiated a fee in a variant of German with the owner/caretaker, and set up camp for the night with a firing range a few metres from the tent. Then we went off to visit Ruse, and were pleasantly surprised. No foreign tourists visit Ruse. This is not surprising, as there is nothing in the guidebook to suggest it might be worthwhile. But in fact, it is quite a lovely town, and the staff in the tourist office were the best we came across anywhere, and we were able to spend a pleasant afternoon strolling. Not worth a detour, but worth a stop if you are passing through.