Vitocha

I know this might come to you as a surprise but, when you travel you can actually get something called “sensory overload”.  Too many beautiful sites, monuments, churches and breathtaking monasteries can end up giving you a sort of fatigue resulting in a need to take a break.  That can mean spending a day or two on a beach and just relaxing in the sun (as we did when on the black […]

Like everything in Bulgaria, the airport in Sofia is a study in contrast.   Terminal 1, where we landed,  is a simple concrete space with few bells and whistles.   And no surprise really when you consider that it was built in the first half of the 20th century opening on 16 September 1937. And yes, it has had many improvements since then and was hugely renovated in 2000 but it […]

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Located near Primorsko, Beglik Tash is a recent discovery.  The site was found on the hunting grounds near the residence of former communist head of the state, Todor Zhivkov.  This is how one of the greatest discoveries regarding Thracian history on the southern Black Sea coast, remained unknown to archeologists until 2003. This property is now open to the public, and an aura of myths, legends, theories and speculations surround […]

plovdiv

Plovdiv was a city that we knew we had to visit without really knowing why. Simply put: It was peer pressure. Everywhere we went people would say: You must see Plovdiv! Normally that means a Google Images search for us before we decide; but for some reason — that never happened. We just mentioned it to our hosts as a must see on our list and trusted them […]

SOzopol

If there is one place in Bulgaria that the bipeds and I would like to revisit it’s Sozopol. Perhaps because it linked so well to our previous trip to Greece just a week before; the city owing its origins to Greek colonists. Maybe it is because it’s the oldest town on the black sea coast or perhaps because of the amazing wooden homes inspired and built in the […]

Primorsko

“One of the great things about travel is that you find out how many good, kind people there are.” — Edith Wharton Our adventures on the Black Sea coast started with setting down our pied-a-terre in the humble “resort town” of Primorsko.  It’s history goes so far back that vessels from the Stone Age and remains of Neolithic navigation have been found.  A nearby site called Beglik Tash dates back to the early […]

sofia

Just to situate you Dear Reader, Sofia is located at the foot of Mount Vitosha in the western part of Bulgaria at the center of the Balkan Peninsula; it is way to the left sort of middle-ish (see map below). Sofia’s history spans 2,400 years (that is a lot older than Canada’s 146 years as of 2013) and its ancient name Serdica derives from the local Celtic tribe of the […]

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I am in Bulgaria as this post is being written. I have SO many stories to tell it will be a challenge to keep them all straight! This trip was not an easy one to plan.  Those of you who follow me on Facebook saw that our plans changed more than once and other plans were deferred. We had hoped to go to the Ukraine to see and couch […]

Those of you who follow my day-to-day shenanigans on Facebook will have read my recent status update about having to eliminate not one, but two destinations from our 2013 summer trip. The trip was supposed to go like this: June 26th to July 11th — In Greece, including a few nights in Santorini, a 10 day sailing voyage, and a day in Athens. July 11th to July 17th — […]