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PostSubject: mike& tanya,s Bulgarian adventures   Sun Aug 15, 2010 6:47 pm

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I intend to work my way through our various trips by year, and i will put places that you might find interesting in capitals, all of which can be looked up on internet to get much more detail.
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When i first met tanya in London, I like most people did not know much about Bulgaria. My first visit was in October (2 months after we got married) to visit her Tanya,s parents, who live in a village called Kliment which is close to the towns of Sopot - Karlova. We flew into Sofia Airport and were met by 2 of her close friends, the plan was to stop over night and go the the embassy the next morning before traveling on to the village. Unfortunatly no one told us that we had to get there before 10.00am otherwise they will not deal with you, and yes you guessed it we got there 10.20am. This meant another day in Sofia, I thought thats ok we will do a bit of sight-seeing (silly me), I was with 3 good looking fashion concsious woman so I got dragged up and down the up-market clothing shops for most of the day. We stayed another night in a very nice hotel in the foothills just outside of the city, and managed to get the paperwork sorted the next morning and get on our way to the village.
I got a very nice surprise on arrival in the village, the surrounding scenery was quite outstanding, being surrounded by lowwooded hills on one side that seem to go on forever, and acroos the valley much higher more rugged hills above Karlova, I never get tired of looking at this. I got a very warm welcome from Tanya,s parents and some of the neighbors, and enjoyed looking around the there property, which consisted of a traditionally built mud block bungalow, with a massive barn and a big plot of land full of all kinds of vegetables and fruit trees. There was also 13 sheep, a donkey, cats and a dog, it seems that during the communist times Tanya,s dad was a well respected shepherd until he retired
We spent a few days in and around the village and SOPOT - KARLOVA (they are almost joined together and I think of them as twin towns),and then went onto what was to become the first of many sight-seeing trips over the years. We went to SHIPKA-MONESTERY (very nice), which has a beautiful gold coloured domed roof and like all monestery,s full of brightly coloured icons and murals. From there we went onto an open air museum called ETAR (well worth a visit) which is full of original buildings dating back through the centuries and also demonstrations of Bulgarian culture and crafts. We then went onto a town called GABROVA which has a museum of humour (it was ok).
At the end of our holiday we were taken to Sofia Airport by a friend from the village, and on the way called into a very well preserved town called KOPRIVSTITSA, which although our time was limited , what i saw was very nice and I intend to go back and have a better look one day.

That it I hope you enjoy this installment and I will add more soon.

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PostSubject: Re: mike& tanya,s Bulgarian adventures   Tue Sep 21, 2010 8:22 pm

Don't worry about the spelling and grammar this is fascinating and to be honest I can't get enough of it I would also like to commend you both and such a fantastic adventure and wish you both every happiness T
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PostSubject: Re: mike& tanya,s Bulgarian adventures   Tue Sep 21, 2010 8:34 pm

What can I say c you make me feel so inadequate no disrespect but I think your both older than I and I'm so shocked at what you've done and here and I'm still wondering what to do with my life I think having followed your post I'm going to make an effort to really do something like this while I'm young!! although age hasn't stopped you from living your dream :Clap:thank you for this post and thank you for helping me to wake up
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PostSubject: Re: mike& tanya,s Bulgarian adventures   Tue Sep 21, 2010 10:16 pm

All good stuff thank you for shaing it with us
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PostSubject: Re: mike& tanya,s Bulgarian adventures   Wed Sep 22, 2010 10:27 am

Wow it gets better and better as said by Oliver Twist "
Can I have more please"
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PostSubject: Re: mike& tanya,s Bulgarian adventures   Wed Sep 22, 2010 3:00 pm

How wonderful and romantic all this seems I think the younger can still learn a thing or 2 from us older ones, Scott do it while you can and to Mike and Tanya waiting for more and don't worry about the spelling I can't read
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PostSubject: Re: mike& tanya,s Bulgarian adventures   Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:29 am

Another lovely read into your travels and private life I do love the way you write its direct and its almost as if I'm there T
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PostSubject: Re: mike& tanya,s Bulgarian adventures   Mon Oct 04, 2010 1:55 pm

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KLIMENT

Now we have the car , the trip becomes much easierand we can get around more without relying on other people. We took Tanya,s parents to TROYAN MONESTERY, the road was fun and the veiwsa were very nice, also as with all of the other monesteries I had seen it was beautiful. We spent 1 day cutting fire wood which was hard work in the heat, and another day swimming at HISARAYA in the mineral water swimming pools, Another day we caught the 2 chairlifts above SOPOT up into the mountains with her father ( who knew it well from his shepherding days. There is a very nice ex communist hotel at the top where you can stay for £2 a night but can only get there at weekends on the lift or on an off-road motorbike or an off road jeep, and all around there are scattered rest housesalong the many paths. . When I got back to England I bought a Suzuki SJ 413 jeep (fitted out for off road use) which I intend to get over to the village to enjoy the mountains , I have also since then got 1 of my off roed motorbike to the village for future fun.


Hi Mike I just had to read your adventures again, did you find that with the car you missed more than you seen? or did you find that you were more able to get to some of the more remote places a lot easier
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PostSubject: Re: mike& tanya,s Bulgarian adventures   Mon Oct 04, 2010 8:19 pm

Hi cheekychops,thats a good question, but I think having the car is a must, and it enables us to see much more of the country, I understand what you are saying but i think it depends on how you plan the trips, and enjoy the journey as well as the destination. I have always loved driving, and still do even though for the last 10+ years I have been a driving instructor in London.
In fact one of my longer term plans (when I have retired and living in Bulgaria) is having finshed the 2 VW campers that I have here in England and use the money from the sale of both, to buy a second hand German Hymer motorhome, and using the village as a base, see even more of the country and neighboring countries, with longer trips away.

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PostSubject: Re: mike& tanya,s Bulgarian adventures   Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:00 pm

Thank you Mike and good luck with your plans for the camper and more travelling g
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PostSubject: Re: mike& tanya,s Bulgarian adventures   Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:11 pm

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buy a second hand German Hymer motorhome, and using the village as a base, see even more of the country and neighboring countries, with longer trips away.


I can't wait to hear about the adventures you will both be on then g
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PostSubject: Re: mike& tanya,s Bulgarian adventures   Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:58 pm

Thanks Mike no disrespect but for your age I do admire your energy I'm tired just thinking about some of the travelling you 2 have done
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PostSubject: Re: mike& tanya,s Bulgarian adventures   Mon Oct 04, 2010 10:55 pm



Fantastic!!! Well done guys keep em coming g Love em H H

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PostSubject: Re: mike& tanya,s Bulgarian adventures   Thu Nov 04, 2010 12:44 pm

Thank you I have really enjoyed having a peep into your life and the pictures are or-some T
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PostSubject: Re: mike& tanya,s Bulgarian adventures   Mon Nov 22, 2010 11:07 pm

No more from Mike and Tanya either?hope they are both ok
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PostSubject: Re: mike& tanya,s Bulgarian adventures   Tue Nov 23, 2010 8:50 am

Hi I mis their writings to but maybe they don't have anymore to write just now perhaps when they have done some more traveling they will let us have more
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