Travel With Bradley

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.

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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.

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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.

 

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