Bulgaria’s Rhodope Narrow Gauge Railroad
Railway Buffs will be jealous of us – this morning we rode the Rhodope Narrow Gauge Railway – to the highest elevation station in the Balkan Avramova at 1267 meters above sea level.
The train arrived “on-time” for our departure from Bansko Station. This is a public train that was originally built to help connect the mountain communities. Eventually it was used as a way to transport limber.
This is a holiday “May Day – Labour Day” so other than my group, a couple backpackers and handful of local ladies – we were the only ones who boarded the train. We took over one of the cars and cracked open Wine bottles at 1030am! What a party!
Our journey took us through a very authentic part of the country – beautiful.
When our train journey came to a close we were hungry so we boarded the coach and continued to a touristy Hot Springs Town where we enjoyed a 3 course veal luncheon at a very popular local restaurant. Very little English was spoken by the staff but the chef really did an exceptional job cooking for us and homemade creme caramel was a perfect finale.
We continued for a couple hours to Plovdiv where we are staying at the Best – Hotel Imperial for 2 nights.
We were scheduled for a 90 minute walking tour before check-in but I changed the itinerary and we will explore Plovdiv tomorrow morning – the fresh Mountain air tired us out so relaxing time before dinner was my NEW plan and it was appreciated by all.
Dinner was held in a chandelier filled dining room with a beautiful view. The cuisine was excellent and the service right on the mark.