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Report 1948: Treasures of the Balkans and Transylvania

By e3brown from Colorado, Summer 2011

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Page 6 of 13: Day 6 - Plovdiv, Veliko Tarnovo

Wake-up 6:30, bags out and breakfast 7:15, depart 8;00.

Another excellent breakfast! I saw some people on the tour wasting large amounts of food. They would pile their plates high and only eat about 1/3 of what they took. Such a waste!!

We arrived at Plovdiv around 10:30. The country guide did a local walking tour that included the Roman Amphitheater which lasted about an hour. After the tour, we had plenty of time for shopping, personal sightseeing and eating as the bus didn’t leave until 12:45. Plovdiv is a nice “walking” city. Had pizza and beer for lunch at a cost of $2.25 U.S. I can’t pass up good ice cream so I had to have a scoop of the local caramel.

Once again, back on the bus for the ride over Shipka Pass to Veliko Tarnovo. We stopped at the pass for a break and there was a local vender selling wonderful peaches out of his van. Got one and it was delicious. After that, it was a short ride to Veliko Tarnovo. Upon arrival, we had a chance to view the fortress and/or go shopping.

The Yantra hotel has a nice pool and use is free for tour guests. Unfortunately, the air conditioning was very weak and didn’t cool the room very well.

Dinner that night was included and for the first time, I found an included Cosmos meal disappointing. For starters, we had a very nice vegetable soup. Then things went downhill. The main course was baked chicken leg with boiled diced potatoes. Both the chicken and potatoes were barely seasoned and needed the help of more salt and pepper to enhance the flavor. Desert was watermelon. Since the Cosmos included dinner in Sofia was great and the included dinner in Veliko Tarnovo was disappointing, I guess it all balances out.

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