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.

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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!

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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