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If you had just a few days in Bulgaria by intrepid on 18 August 2006 4:59pm
 
what would you do? I mean touristically, not biologically. What are the places you'd recommend seeing?
 
Re: If you had just a few days in Bulgaria by smm on 27 August 2006 1:25pm
 
Nessebar-Small fishing island and you can stay in a local,s house.But-it is changing and will soon be as bad as the awful Sunny Beach which is a few miles up the road.Glad i got there early!
 
Re: If you had just a few days in Bulgaria by world traveller on 28 August 2006 9:10pm
 
There are so many places.If you are based around the Burgas area there are lovely seaside villages such as Pomorie or Sozopol which have a real oldie worldy feel!.The city of Burgas has lots to do too.Hundreds of good coffee bars to relax in and watch the world go by!.

Further afield is the beautiful town of Veliko Tarnovo.It has lots of history.Im lucky enough to have seen lots of Bulgaria as i am married to one!.Take care.........Neil
 
Re: If you had just a few days in Bulgaria by intrepid on 3 September 2006 5:52pm
 
Thanks, folks.
Unfortunately I planned this trip to be too darn short, so I didn't have time to get to the coast without running myself ragged. I made 5 possible plans:2 had Burgas in them and 1 had Nesebar. I finally opted for the plan with the least travelling. So far I've been to Sofia, Plovdiv, and today I've poked around Veliko Tarnovo. -David
 
Re: If you had just a few days in Bulgaria by MayaV on 5 September 2006 1:28pm
 
Hiya David,
You should try and go South/West - the Rodopi Mountain (it's called the heart of Bulgaria) or North/East - starting from Varna, going nearly to the border with Romania... Places I always wanted to visit but never did, although I'm a Bulgarian and live here. I've been to South America & all around Europe instead and only this year I've really been to Bulgaria. It's great when you speak the language :)
Maya
 
Re: If you had just a few days in Bulgaria by intrepid on 10 September 2006 4:21pm
 
Thanks for the tips, folks. 6 days wasn't long enough, and I'm tempted to go back. The prices were certainly right- apart from the transportation costs, I don't think I spent appreciably more in 6 days in Bulgaria than I would've in the Czech Rep.
I was very proud and smug about how I caught on to the alphabet, and the language had enough similarities to Czech that I could sort of understand what was being said- couldn't talk, but could listen sort of. The most difficult part of communicating was nodding my head for "no" and shaking it for "yes". When you're in a country where you don't speak the language, you try to rely more on gestures than speaking to communicate. So when the visual cues for something as basic as "yes" or "no" (or showing approval or disapproval) are reversed, it really worries you.
 
Re: If you had just a few days in Bulgaria by MayaV on 10 September 2006 5:39pm
 
This is the first thing to learn here - the mixed-up 'yes' and 'no'. Even I do get confused sometimes... I'm surprised that you found the transportation costs high, though. The flights are expensive, that's true, but if you travel by bus/train it's really cheap. Next time you're coming to Bulgaria let me know and I'll find you a cheap car to drive round. By the way, where did you go after Veliko Tarnovo? Maya
 
Re: If you had just a few days in Bulgaria by intrepid on 11 September 2006 3:56pm
 
I didn't mean to say that the public transportation costs were particularly high- what I was trying to say was that my "every day activities" cost as much as they did in Bulgaria as they do in the Czech Rep. I separated the travel costs, because travel isn't something I do every day where I live. No, the bus and train transportation wasn't expensive.

I didn't do much after Veliko Tarnovo. I went to Arbanasi for a few hours, and I wondered a little why everybody thought it was a must-see. Many places were closed. The town is supposed to have attractive houses for wealthy people, but you can't see any of these houses because they're all behind stone walls, which aren't too exciting. The old house that I did get a tour of was nice, though, and the small church of the nativity which had all it's interior walls painted with religious scenes was terrific. After Arbanasi, I went to Sofia to get the plane the next day.
 
Re: If you had just a few days in Bulgaria by MayaV on 12 September 2006 10:17am
 
Fair enough.
 



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