I am not sure where or when my fascination with Bulgaria originated, however it is wonderful to be at a place in life where one can investigate ones curiosities. Whether it is ancient or modern history, Bulgaria has something worth checking out. What I hadn’t anticipated was the physical beauty and diversity of the country.
I would be horribly remiss if I didn’t mention the driving here in rural Bulgaria. We have rented a little Renault Clio, 5 speed manual transmission car. If you come here and rent an automatic transmission you are denying yourself of a great pleasure. We made our way through the mountainous western half of the country in lovely weather and relatively light traffic. I have not had this much fun driving since doing emergency response driving at work back in Canada. The roads here are excellent and I have not ever before had the joy of literally hours of non-stop winding roads to work the gears on. This is what driving is meant to be, so much fun. And a massive thank you to Karen for just sitting back and enjoying the ride without comment and a minimum of sucking air in through her teeth as we nailed corner after corner.
Had we only had a clue how much we were going to like Plovdiv we might still be there. However the next day we had reservations in Burgas on the Black Sea coast.
We are looking forward to seeing what else Bulgaria has to offer. I have read there are a large number of old fortresses in the areas we will be passing through. Stay tuned.