Veliko Tărnovo / Arbanasi – Bulgaria
This morning after a scrumptious buffet breakfast in a dining room (with an amazing view over a valley) we departed for the town of Arbanassi, Bulgaria. This small town has a population of around 500. Years ago you could tell the wealth of a town by how many churches they had. Back in the 17th Century the population of Arbanasi was around 1000 people and it was considered wealthy because of its 5 churches.
Today was a summer, “25C – shorts and t-shirt” kind of weather day – how wonderful!
We visited Arbanasi’s most famous “Church of Nativity” – which features 2800 symbolic wall-murals.
Later we walked a short distance to the “Church Archangel and Gavrail” where I arranged a private concert for my passengers as a “Travel With Bradley” SURPRISE. What an amazing experience. The 3 singers filled the sanctuary with beautiful harmonies – was very touching.
The spring flowers surrounding the church were full of colour.
I felt our luncheon at a very popular restaurant in Veliko Tărnovo was the best yet. The restaurants interior was artistically decorated and their cuisine exceptional. Who serves “orange sherbet” with an entree – ok, it was mashed carrots and potatoes but it sure looked like dessert….
After lunch we visited the Tzarevets Fortress where we enjoyed more spectacular views.
We also explored Veliko Tarnovo. The downtown core was packed with tourists who were shopping, eating gelato and soaking in the sun and breathing in the fresh air.
This evening we dined a little later than usual in order to see the very popular “Light and Sound Show” that is presented a few times a year over Tzarevets Fortress. Since our hotel faces the Tzarevets Valley our view was perfect,
The hotel piped in the show music for us and this production was a true spectacle – sort of Walt Disney World arrives in Bulgaria. A number of my passengers said it was “fantastic” and “how will explain it to our friends”.
Truly another “Travel With Bradley” Bulgaria highlight!