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Aug 4, 2018 - 26th July

Dear all, Well at last wifi has reached out room. The day the photos were taken we were travelling from Romania into Bulgaria. We passed 3 shepherds with their dogs and sheep but as the sheep grazed one shepherd was busy on the mobile phone. The scenery continues to be beautiful and changing. When we arrived at Velikio Tarnovo we climbed to the Tsanevitis Fortress. It was very hot and steep cobblestone road and slippery steps. Finally made it to the top. The views from the top were lovely. I have included a photo of the fortress from the...

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Our Big Trip

May 22, 2012 - Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

From the tour brochure: "After the foundation of the second Bulgarian empire in 1185, it became the second most important and beautiful city in the region (after Constantinople) and trade and culture flourished for the next 200 years. Old Quarter with its preserved Renaissance houses."

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Sep 3, 2011 - Veliko Tarnovo

On our way to Sofia we stopped by the old capital of Bulgaria, Veliko Tarnovo. We ended up staying for 3 nights and in this time we saw one of the most amazing tourist sites there is. We had been hearing about this communist UFO thing during our time in Bulgaria, but nothing could prepare us for the site of this amazing building. Located in the middle of nowhere on top of a mountain, sat a giant communist conference centre in the shape of a UFO. Built in 1981, after 7 years of construction, costing 8 million euro at the time, covered in...

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Sep 13, 2010 - Veliko Tarnovo

The town of Veliko Tarnovo is built on three steep hills along the winding Yantra river, which forms peninsulas in the bends of the river around the hills. It's a nice sized town, with a university and the ruins of a fortress from the first Bulgarian kingdom. Our hotel is a small, family run place covered in flower boxes and overlooking the old town and river on one side, and a big, run-down communist era hotel on the other. Today we had a morning walking tour of the historic core of the city, which included climbing up into the fortress...

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Sep 13, 2009 - Sofia to Veliko Turnovo

Walked through the main street of town which changes its name six times in less than a mile as it winds up, down, and around the curves of the city that hugs a shear steep river ridgeline that does numerous hairpin curves. Got to the ancient pennisular hilltop fortress that dates back to 2000 B.C. Impressive physical site. Decided not to visit Bucharest, Romania as we've not heard too much good said about it. Instead we go by train from Turnovo connecting thru Bucharest on to Brasov, Romania. It's in the 'heartland' of Transylvania (pardon...

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Jul 15, 2009 - Veliko Tarnovo

It was about a 3 hour drive west across Bulgaria to the medieval capital of Bulgaria, Veliko Tarnovo. A cute little place with not a great deal to offer except sorbet ice cream every 2 feet. You couldn't escape if you tried. The ice cream is sold by weight so they just keep scooping into the cone/cup until you say stop then you pay whatever the ice cream weighs. Pretty good system which ensures you always get enough! As far as sights go about all the town had to offer was the Tsaravets Fortress, built between the 5th and 12 centuries....

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Taking the Long Way

Jan 21, 2009 - Woodworking judge

1/21/09 Having had good luck renting a car in Plovdiv, we rented another one in Veliko and took a recommended drive to three little towns in the area. After watching Gavin navigate the roads in Africa, driving in Bulgaria is a piece of cake. The roads are paved and we only had to avoid livestock once! We first visited a cave in which remains of Neanderthal man have been found, along with cave bears over nine feet long. The hike around the area was lovely with waterfalls and running stream. Our next stop was the Etar Open Air Museum, a...

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Jan 18, 2009 - Veliko Turnovo, the new "it" European city

1/18/09 Making sure were weren’t stranded again, our delightful guesthouse made rezies for us at the Hostel Mostel in Veliko Turnovo, a beautiful medieval town built on a rocky cliff and protected by the Tsarevets fortress. Built between the 5th and 14th centuries, the fortress was shared by the Thracians, Romans (of course), and Byzantines. The lovely church at the top of the hill had the most unusual modernistic religious paintings I had ever seen, which exemplifies the artistic blend of old and new that typifies Bulgaria. The friendly...

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Nov 8, 2008 - Veliko Tarnovo

We took a day train from Bucharest, cross the Bulgarian border to Veliko Tarnovo. Some of the annoying guys from our hostel (including the one we had nicknamed ‘Too Cool For School’) were on the train and asked to share the cabin with us. Sorry guys, but I don’t think the cabin will hold all of us and our bags. I believe there’s another available down the aisle. Yes, just a little further… That’s right. Good. It was a scenic and relaxing train ride. We crossed the Danube River that flows along the border between Romania and Bulgaria. The...

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Sep 2, 2008 - Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Ravi -- veliko Tarnovo, our last stop in Eastern Europe! VT is such an awesome town. Smack dab in the middle of Bulgaria, it was the base or major hub of so many civilizations throughout the ages: the Romans and Thracians in the early first millenium, as the capital of the Bulgarian Empire, overrun by the Ottomans. One of the reasons for VT's important was the snaking Yantra River, which makes 11 bends amongst the many hills in the vicinity. Now, this leaves a gorgeous landscape or hills with the flowing river between, so many bridges, and...

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Jul 19, 2007 - Veliko Turnovo and Sumen

Up early again the next day (5am) to try to beat the heat to Veliko Turnovo. This route was originally slated to be 140 Kms, but got shortened overnight with a re-routing to "only" 110 Kms. The road signs have now become very confusing being mostly in Cyryllic lettering, so we also have to include translations in our rider notes. Did I mention there's a heatwave here? Today clocked in at the low 40's and it was seriously HILLY! ALL THE WAY! It was the hardest day yet for me and, about 20 Kms short of our destination I was really flagging....

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Jul 8, 2007 - Veliko Tarnovo

Travel in Bulgaria is an interesting concept. We find ourselves saying "adventures in travel" more often here than anywhere else... On July 4, Cat, Duane and I ventured off to the bus station in Sofia, after looking on the web for bus times and actually finding some, to head off to Veliko Tarnovo ("City of the Tsars"). The bus, it turned out, left Sofia every hour. You just have to figure out which bus company you want to travel with, or conversely, what hour you want to leave and therefore which bus company will meet your needs. Then you...

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