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  • Day76

    Canyon roads

    August 13 in Bulgaria ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Plan and reality can sometimes be a little different. We were planning on crossing the high part of the Balkan mountain range on a main road early morning and then make a big detour West of Sofia to avoid the people and the traffic of the city.
    It all went according to plan until we got on that main road (after 7km only). It was so busy with fast cars and trucks, that we decided to take a different route. So we did some quick replanning and cycled in a Southeastern direction on secondary roads, passed a few villages and crossed the mountain range at a lower altitude further East. On that climb, we encountered exactly 7 cars in 1.5 hours :) The descent was awesome! A steep curvy road led towards Iskar canyon.
    The canyon itself is very impressive. However, cycling wasn't so much fun anymore from this point, as traffic was pretty heavy on the canyon road as well. Plus, it was rolling up and down and up and down which was VERY exhausting. Due to the lack of options, we also decided to go to a campground based in the outskirts of Sofia. It's actually quite nice with very friendly owners and right next to a metro station. So - unlike our plan - we are going to visit the capital of Bulgaria tomorrow.
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  • Day77

    A walk through Sofia

    August 14 in Bulgaria ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Today, we had a bit of a different day as we visited Sofia. We took the metro which was very convenient. The city was surprisingly empty, we felt like the only tourists around. I guess that's the positive thing about travelling in Corona times...
    We spent the whole morning exploring the uncountable churches and other religious buildings, impressive palace-like hotels and government buildings and huge green parks with interesting war monuments. With temperatures around 30°C,we were happy to find many shadowy places under the trees.
    At several spots, we saw people in tents who are peacefully protesting against the Bulgarian government system from what we understood from those few English signs.
    When it got even hotter in the afternoon, we went to a bike shop to buy a couple of pedals and new chains and headed back to the campground for some bike maintenance. We finished the day with a bbq.
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  • Day83

    Danses Bulgares à Sofia

    September 7 in Bulgaria ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    A peine arrivés dans la capitale bulgare, on se sent à l'aise. La ville est bien plus moderne que ce qu'on imaginait, très vivante, très verte...on s'y sent bien.

    Après s'être installés dans un appart sympa, dans un immeuble pourri du centre ville (et mis la voiture à l'abri dans un parking privé : chat échaudé craint l'eau froide), on fait un premier tour : tout Sofia est dehors pour la fête nationale, il y a des orchestres de rue, jeunes et moins jeunes boivent des bières sur les bancs publics.

    Devant le théâtre national, une dizaines de danseurs s'animent aux sons de la musique traditionnelle bulgare... Pas le temps de réaliser ce qui se passe, on se fait embarquer pour danser...pas si facile que ça en a l'air. Jeanne adore et reste danser pendant plus d'une heure pendant que je fais la connaissance de Dimitar, tour opérateur indépendant en Bulgarie qui nous parle rapidement de la situation actuelle et du ras-le-bol général du peuple bulgare face à la corruption de leurs dirigeants et la puissance toujours plus importante de la mafia. Plusieurs affaires ont éclaté dans l'été et des manifestations sont en cours pour demander la démission du gouvernement. Par contre, on ne sent pas du tout de menace sur "l'homme de la rue" ou les touristes que nous sommes.

    Une des danseuses a préparé une brioche qu'on mange en la saupoudrant de sel au Paprika: délicieux !

    Un superbe premier contact avec la ville et ses habitants...il faut avouer qu'avec les filles, les contacts sont beaucoup plus faciles!
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  • Day32


    October 21, 2019 in Bulgaria ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    On the first day in the capital of Bulgaria I escaped the hustle and bustle of the city and took the cable car to the nearby Witoscha Mountain (2290m). I was accompanied by a belgian guy, who I met in Belgrad before and did so coincidentally in Sofia again. He is on his way to Istanbul to improve his skills with the ney, a special turkish flute. As he brought it up the mountain, I benefited from a private concert.Read more

  • Day7

    Sofia bei Tageslicht

    August 28, 2019 in Bulgaria ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Der anfängliche Eindruck "hässlicher als Halle" hat sich nach einem Spaziergang durch den Stadtkern nicht bestätigt.
    Die historische Altstadt ist geprägt von muslimischen, christlich orthodoxen und jüdischen Einflüssen. Vieles ist liebevoll restauriert. Bewegt man sich jedoch nur wenige Meter aus dem Stadtzenteum heraus, steht man eben doch wieder in Halle.
    Dennoch lautet das Prädikat: sehr sehenswert!
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  • Day6


    August 27, 2019 in Bulgaria ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Frisch eingecheckt im Hotel Славянская Беседа.
    Das Zimmer riecht nach Stalins Schaftstiefel, dafür kostet das Bier in der Minibar nur 3leva und unser Hüpfer dürfte mit einem Fahrstuhl in die Tiefgarage fahren.
    Man, war der aufgeregt !
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  • Day6

    Now we arrive in Sofia - Ramada Hotel

    August 27, 2019 in Bulgaria ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Check in and have a shower! But the best thing we never seen before, you can call the roomservice if you need more toilett paper.... 😂😂😂😂😂

  • Day7

    Guten Morgen

    August 28, 2019 in Bulgaria ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Dank der richtigen Entscheidung für das OLC Dachzelt habe ich trotz der lauten Umgebung gut geschlafen.
    Dusche mit warmen Wasser war da 😃.
    Weiter geht es in Richtung Südwesten...

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