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Like John Denver sang, we are on the road again. This time we are travelling from Bansko to Plovdiv. Situated on the Maritsa River, Plovdiv was once the meeting point of two ancient transportation routes.  The old town features lots of 18th and 19th century baroque houses, which sit alongside museums, mosques, galleries and Byzantine ruins. …

Dancing Bears

Gorno Draglishte in the early morning is magical.  The light dawns on it just so that it gives everything a golden glow.  One more day here to explore and take in the charm of the village would be perfect, but we are moving on yet again, so we say goodbye to another wonderful host and…

Meeting Baba Lina

Leaving Sofia behind, we are on the road again.  We have a new driver, who doesn’t speak a word of English – except perhaps ‘Rock On’ cause he’s wearing an ACDC shirt and apparently loves Led Zeppelin.  He and Marco are best friends, Marco tells us, even though neither can speak the other’s language. Rila Monastery…

Sofia Shows Us Her Stuff

Sofia is the cosmopolitan capital of Bulgaria.  It was founded by a Thracian – Indo-European tribe which inhabited a large area in South East Europe sometime around the 8th century BC.  Elaborate tombs are the most obvious reminders of the Thracian culture and they have been unearthed across southern and central Bulgaria.  But it was the…

Off to Find Sofia

With a late start and a last glimpse of Bucharest, we are on the road yet again.  Today we head into new territory – Bulgaria.  If I had no idea what to expect of Romania, I have even less idea what to expect from Bulgaria.  But I have a day’s worth of travel before I…