WHY? Well, why not?

Dear Diary,

I just returned from Bulgaria.  I have so many good memories.  It was a wonderful trip.  I wish I had stayed longer and gone to Romania, too.  I sure hope Rick adds Romania and Macedonia to his tours.  I’m sure Stefan would love to lead a tour to Macedonia.  So, Diary, I made the right tour choice!   P.

It is always sad to leave a place to which one knows one will never return.  Such are melancolies du voyage: perhaps they are one of the most rewarding things about traveling. - Gustave Flaubert, Flaubert in Egypt: A Sensibility on Tour

A few  words that come to mind when I reflect back on my journey to Bulgaria. I am so glad I decided to join this tour and see a part of the world that is beautiful, peaceful, friendly, and well, the words say it all...

                      Here are a few pictures that also remind me of my adventure in Bulgaria:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

               The embroidery and lace table cloths, runners, and doilies were beautiful.


Traditional folklore ritual and festival dress

Kukeri are folkloric “monsters” that dance and jump around to ward off evil spirits. They would definitely scare me, especially at night!


The opera Karmen, sung in French, performed in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, at a Roman amphitheater. Can it get any better than this?

Handpainted icons in VellkoTarnovo

Just an old 4x4 sitting by the road,

Where oh where have you been?

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       An interesting sink.  A tube went through the stone wall and connected to the water        somewhere.  It took me a while to figure out how to turn it on, but I did get water!

                      And speaking of bathrooms - a very good sign there is one near...

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When you are in Happy Bulgaria, you get…

Lamp on a side street of Vellko Tarnovo

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Which toilet would you chose?

Thracian burial mounds dot the landscape as you drive through the countryside

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The thickest pillow I have ever tried to sleep on.  Looking at the picture it looks as thick as the mattress.

An interesting find in Nesebar by a fellow traveler

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The fall colors of Bulgaria

© Phyllis Nethercot 2016