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Olympia and north Peloponese

Olympia and north Peloponese

We rose to a fairly ordinary breakfast and then travelled a short distance to the site of the ancient Olympics. The English speakers again had our own guide. Unfortunately he was not as excited in his work as the lady we met yesterday. He showed us around in a fairly tired fashion. We saw the […]

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Blessed Luke and Delphi

Blessed Luke and Delphi

Now lets get back to our Greecian tour. We left Athens on the bus that was to be with us for the remainder of our time on the mainland and headed north west towards the slopes of Mt Helicon where we visited the Monastery of the Blessed Luke. This was blessed relief. The monastery is […]

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Nessebar and back

Nessebar and back

The last day of our trip began in Nessebar. This is a village in an area that exists for tourists. It is so touristy that the area is literally called “Sunny Beach” by the locals. Nessebar is a fortress on a headland and it is amazing. We walked around many of the ruins and Angol […]

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Bachkovo, Stara Zagora and Burgas

Bachkovo, Stara Zagora and Burgas

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 […]

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Rila and Plovdiv

Rila and Plovdiv

Day 5 was to be a real treat; a visit to Rila Monastery, another world heritage site. On the way we were congratulated for coming back so late the previous evening. And we thought we had gotten away with it. The Monastery has the most important and impressive Bulgarian Orthodox church. It is like a […]

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Sofia

Sofia

Day 4 began with a visit to a rose oil factory. Bulgaria is world renown for rose oil and it is on sale everywhere. We were shown how it is produced and then taken to the shop. At €10 for a couple of Mls we did not buy as much as we had planned. Outside […]

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Veliko Tarnovo

Veliko Tarnovo

In the morning we were taken walking around Veliko Tarnovo. This town is the former capital of the second Bulgarian state. Our first stop was at the Tsarevets hill which has the ruins of an impressive fortress on top. It also has an impressive climb to get to the top. We only managed half way. […]

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Pliska, Madara and Shumen

Pliska, Madara and Shumen

We were collected in the morning and moved on to a mini-bus that I named Dennis. Not quite as comfortable as a full sized coach but adequate. We left Varna and headed to Pliska, the capital of the first Bulgarian state, dating from the 9th or 10th century. Here we visited the ruins of the […]

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Varna

Varna

We travelled to Bulgaria by aeroplane from Krakow and then by bus to our hotel, Briz 2. We were shocked at the apartment blocks. They were terrible; reminiscent of Bishkek. Some looked ready to collapse. The hotel was very pleasant with lovely ground, a pool and other features we did not explore. Our Pilot, Piotr, […]

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Athens

Athens

We arrived in Athens around 7am and were immediately taken on a bus tour of the major local sites prior to being dropped off at our hotel. The big one was seeing the site of the original modern Olympic games in 1896. The stadium was not quite Homebush. As we continued on past the House […]