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Pobitite Kamani: Stone Forest, Varna

I am standing amongst a lost kingdom where tall, eroded stones appear to have risen out of the sand and been left in total abandonment amid a land that time forgot. Standing large and silent, they look out to the Read more…


Markets in Sofia

Book Market, Sofia

Browsing through a market when you’re travelling is one of the most inspiring ways to get an insight into local culture and the markets in Sofia are no exception with its contrasting bazaars where you can have a rummage around Read more…


Step Back in Time to Tryavna

Strolling through the neat, cobbled streets, traditional white-washed buildings designed with characteristic state roofs, overhanging eaves and wooden shutters, will indulge you with a real glimpse of architectural splendour from the Bulgarian National Revival Period. Despite the cold day, inside the windowed Read more…


Architecture in Plovdiv

Like most Bulgarian cities and large towns, Plovdiv is no exception to having had a turbulent history: Thracians, Romans, Byzantines, Slavs and Ottomans have all had a huge influence in the city’s evolution which, in turn, has had a profound Read more…


Rock On at Belogradchik

It was a spontaneous decision to take a detour from our journey to see ‘some rocks’. We had just entered Bulgaria by taking a ferry boat across the Danube and into Vidin, a municipality in the north-west. Having driven for Read more…


Museum of House of Humour and Satire, Gabrovo

‘The World lasts because it laughs.’ As you come into the town of Gabrovo from the north, you’d be forgiven not to realise that the former leather factory you pass is actually the Museum of House of Humour and Satire. Read more…


Etar Museum, Gabrovo

Set in a narrow, wooded valley just eight kilometres south of Gabrovo is the open air Architectural and Ethnographic Etar Museum.  Its main purpose is to portray active water techniques which have been restored to emulate working mills from the Read more…


Gabrovo

Gabrovo is renowned for being the Bulgarian capital of humour and the Gabrovan people have long been the object of many Bulgarian jokes as being stingy with spending their money. Its population has taken this reputation of frugality with good Read more…


Monument to the Soviet Army, Sofia

Taking a stroll around the oldest park in Sofia amongst the skaters and young drinkers, a huge monument is the only view that really draws your attention. Standing at 34 feet, it portrays a Bulgarian man (worker) and woman (peasant) Read more…


Rila Monastery

The drive up towards Rila Monastery is up through long, winding lanes which takes us over a thousand metres above sea level to our destination.  The only downside is being stuck behind the many tourist coaches which herd people back Read more…