On this trip || Другие главы
= 1 = Serbian ghost train (Сербский поезд-призрак)
= 2 = Turkish Riots (Турецкие демонстрации)
= 3 = Hungarian sense of humor (Венгерское чувство юмора)
= 4 = Ten Towers of Serbia (10 башен Сербии)
= 5 = Afterwar charm: Belgrade & Sofia (Послевоенное очарование: Белград&София)
= 7 = A blonde girl & Istanbul (Блондинка и Стамбул)
= 8 = A smaller Turkey (Ловись, Турция, большая и маленькая (с))
= 9 = Turkish camping (палаточное гостеприимство по-турецки)
= 10 = I'm here and I'm single (Я здесь и я свободен)
= 11 = Magnificent Istanbul (Невероятный Стамбул)
= 12 = From harem to the vampires (Из гарема к вампирам)
= 13 = Vampire Chronicles of Romania (Вампирские хроники Румынии)
= 14 = Transnistria & Odessa (Приднестровье и Одесса-мама)
*Друзья друзей* подвезли в Казанлък, оттуда автобус на Габрово и Велико Търново; такси до Горной Оряховицы, поезд до Мездры, дружеский подвоз машиной к Враце, вылазка в Белоградчик к знаменитым скалам, маленький дизель Враца-Мездра и, наконец, переполненный поезд до Софии, пронесшийся через поразительной красоты ущелья! На все про все ушла неделя…
*Friends of friends* gave us a lift to another town called Kazanlyk, then we took a bus heading to Gabrovo and Veliko Tarnovo, a taxi helped us reach Gorna Oryakhovitsa, then there was a train to Mezdra, friendly lift to Vratsa, one day trip to Belogradchik and its famous rocks, small train Vratsa-Mezdra and finally an overcrowded train to Sofia that took us thru an amazing scenery between mountains and close to the river. This whole thing took us a week…
|Bus station of Kazanlyk|
|Bus station of Kazanlyk|
|Luggage at the train station|
You can easily spend the whole day in Belogradchik, and that would still be too little. I feel really sorry for the tourists who are brought there for like half an hour just to be convinced that they've seen it all. To be honest, the best parts of this place are hidden deep in the territory.
Before returning to Vratsa we also decide to visit the cave which serves as a perfect example of just how dangerous tourists can be to the natural beauty: as much as I loved the cave with its hge halls and magnificent colorfulness, it was so sad to see everything being ruined, signed with graffiti etc.
|Train station in Mezdra|
Lots of eaten kozunaks and banechkas later we find ourselves trying to fit into an overcrowded 2-wagon train from Vratsa to Mezdra. It takes just 20 minutes to get to the next stop, and one hour stopover is more than enough to explore the town (Mezdra). There's a trily thing about bulgarian railway tickets: if yo travel as a group of at least 3 people, you'll get a discount.
Tickets don't have the seat numbers, and while you're fast enough to board and claim your place, there might be some passenger not as lucky as you are: they'll have to stand all the way.
As we arrived to Sofia it was already dark and late. We sloooowly walked towards home (of my local friends) realizing that my bulgarian part of an adventure would soon be over. I'd board a bus and continue on to the 18th country of mine: Turkey.