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How To Celebrate Surva In Pernik, Bulgaria

How To Celebrate Surva In Pernik, Bulgaria

My first impressions of Pernik, a post-industrial mining town situated just thirty kilometres out of Sofia, Bulgaria’s capital, are not very inspiring; large, abandoned warehouses and old Eastern Block apartment towers are pretty much all we see as the traffic crawls Read more…


Samovodska Night Bazaar

This year’s Samovodska Night Bazaar festival on 19th September promises to be an even bigger affair than previous years with more involvement from Bulgaria’s cultural heritage supporters and includes local artisans demonstrating their crafts during the day with traditional live Read more…


Traveling to Bulgaria

Surrounded by Greece, Turkey, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro, Bulgaria is easily accessible to travel to and from by all modes of transport and is a portal connecting Europe with Asia. As member of the EU, border controls are relatively low 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…


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…


Roman Day at Nicopolis ad Istrum

Roman Day at the archaeological reserve,  Nicopolis ad Istrum, was visited by hundreds of people on Sunday and hailed as a great success to what will be a future event to encourage tourism into the village of Nikyup, just north of Read more…