As you may know, I am moving to Bulgaria in just over 3 weeks.
CAN I GET AN AMEN!
In addition to my packing anxieties (which I always get, no matter where I am going), I have been thinking a lot lately about where I want to travel with Ventsi when I get to BG.
After 3 long years of pent-up travel dreams, I am practically bursting at the seams with plans to explore Bulgaria.
Granted, I will only be in Bulgaria until the end of March- at which time I will be heading back to Utah for a visit before spending another summer working in Alaska (that’s the plan for now, anyway) – so time is going to be an issue.
Sure, I’ll be back in BG for good in the fall, but darn it, I am going to make the most of the first few months in my new home!
So… That’s 3 months to pack in as many adventures as my husband, his car, and our budget can handle.
Having explored quite a bit of Southern BG on my previous trip, this time around we will be venturing further from home (Smolyan).
The roads in Bulgaria are sketchy even when they aren’t covered in snow. For the sake of Vince’e little VW Polo, I am hoping for a mild winter and somewhat decent road conditions. Safe roads=happy travels!
My definite must-see cities this winter include:
- Sofia–Bulgaria’s capital and largest city. On my previous visit, I only got to see the inside of the airport and the blur of buildings as Vince sped in and out of the city – he’s not the biggest fan of Sofia for some reason. I am hoping to change that!
- Koprivshtitsa–Home to some of the finest and most well-preserved examples of traditional Bulgarian architecture.
- Veliko Tarnovo–“City of the Tsars,” and once the capital of Bulgaria. Packed with history. Can’t wait!
- Arbanassi–Well known for its historical monuments and 17-18th century churches.
- Kardzhali and Perperikon–Once Thracian strong-holds, and now home to their ruins. Also well-known for its strong Turkish influence due to its strategic location along Ottoman trade routes.
- Melnik–Smallest town in Bulgaria known for its archaeological sites and wine-making. We will probably only make our way here if we end up going to Greece.
Who knows where else we will wander. I am game for anything and everything! Just wish we had the gas and hotel money to match my enthusiasm!
Any suggestions on where else we should go? Must-see spots in BG during the winter? Anything listed above that we should skip and see in summer instead?
As always, I’d love to hear some feedback.