Bachkovo, Stara Zagora and Burgas

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Bachkovo Monastery

Bachkovo Monastery

We began this day with a visit to Bachkovo monastery. This place is classic. The monastery is on the very top of a huge hill and sort of hangs over. We were warned that they have aggressive security to stop people taking photos. In truth, the place was so badly maintained and stained with candle smoke that I did not feel the need.

Our next stop was at Stara Zagora, an unassuming little town with a remarkable

Roman Road

Roman Road

museum. In the basement they have the remains of a roman road. They have added to it to make it quite a spectacular. It is all built on EU money. There is also a display of Roman coins that would more than cover the building costs. I doubt they were genuine. Not far away is a mosque, “Hamza Bey” that has been built over the ruins of a mediaeval church from the 10th century. It is billed as the museum of religion but really the displays were all ancient measuring devices. There was no photography inside but Angol distracted the manager so all our party was able to get good shots from the first floor.

We re-joined the bus and headed for Burgas on the Black Sea. In my opinion the sea has received a lot of bad press. It was blue, clear and warm. Not black at all. Angol explained that it is called black due to the sand on some of its shores.

Not Paragliding

Not Paragliding

Anna and I took our own walking tour. A real highlight was the dual para glider. The “passenger” was a big man, much bigger than the pilot. They had two goes to launch; both unsuccessful. One even catching me in the chute. They gave up.

Burgas does not have a square. Rather the tourist area is based on two streets. We walked them and enjoyed a cold drink or two before catching the bus back to our hotel.