Monday, October 06, 2008

Monday, October 06, 2008

Just a replica - Thracian plains

Posted by Hippo Bean at 11:29 PM
Something about Bulgaria that isnt real. The Tracian tomb in Kazanlak was a replica and they charged 2 leva to see it. The real tomb was locked inside a stone building. To preserve it they said. What's the point of showing a fake and charging you for it. I went inside and stole a picture. We drove through the 'valley of the roses' but didnt see any roses because it's autumn. Didnt know Bulgaria was famous for its rose oil, soap, lotion, perfume and specially the rose water. The Balkan mountains arent very impressive. Snow covered their tops. For lunch I've tried the tripe soup that Niki so raved about. It's horribly bland. I love tripe but Bulgarians didnt seem to know how to make it tasty. The open air ethnographic museum at Etera wasnt too interesting either. Besides it was freaking cold. We went through it rather quickly. When we arrived at Veliko Turnovo I came alive. Shop after shop after shop of shoes. But when I finally made it there, the prices went up - about 100 leva. Disappointed.

My room at the Yantra hotel was again big and to my luck, the view was of the old city, the fortress wall, and it was illuminated at night. Could also view part of the Yantra river as the curved into the city. The city looked very chic, all the young girls sported leather jackets and boots. Dinner was at the hotel - chicken in a pot of carrots, onion and tomato broth. Just so so.




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