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All the quotes are from my LonelyPlanet: Bulgaria: Camping in the wild (ie outside a camping ground) is technically prohibited but normally accepted if you’re discreet and, most impor tantly, do not build wood fires (which attract attention and damage the environment). Greece: Free (wild) camping is illegal, but the law is not always ...


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The address of the church you are talking about is surprisingly hard to find -- you can get all sorts of kinda helpful directions, but no street names are involved. From what I could find, the GPS coordinates are: 43.08208, 25.64125 The street is called "ul. Mitropolit Panaret Rashev" (ул. Митрополит Панарет Рашев). Google knows where to find it, although ...


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Currently found only this article with "maybe" address: Lachezar Stanchev Street in the Izgrev borough And from comments found news about that opening date is September, 16. This official news also says that this address is right: Some of the National Art Gallery’s works are to go on travelling exhibitions, while some will go on temporary loan to the ...


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Here's an excerpt from the current Ordinance On Passenger Transport And Terms Of Travel In Sofia’s Public Transport (last revision 01.01.2011) on the official website of the Urban Mobility Center in Sofia. You would usually find the terms also on the back of the driver's cabin (in Bulgarian), on an A2 poster filled with a wall of text. Art. 9 (1) A ...


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What Mark Mayo said is basically correct. Some other tips/notes: You should have no problems making purchases with a credit card in any petrol station in Bulgaria. Same applies to international chains such as McDonalds, Subway, Billa, Metro, Lidl etc. Coffee shops, bars and restaurants, as well as clothing and apparel stores will usually accept credit ...


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The European Biathlon Championships can draw sizeable crowds: In 2004 in Belarus, they attracted some 80,000 visitors, and given that the World Championship in Germany in February 2012 attracted more than 200'000 visitors over 6 days, you can expect that the Bansko region's ~100,000 beds will be rather well occupied. The competitors in the Biathlon event ...


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To say that there are mineral water springs in Bulgaria is somewhat of an understatement. According to Wikipedia, there are 225 sites with flow rate of more than 5000 l/s. Most hot springs are in Southern Bulgaria, south of Stara Planina, particularly in west Rodopi mountain, as well as Struma and Mesta valleys. Note that these are somewhat difficult to ...


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Wikitravel has a section on this. Essentially you'll want to learn the script - even if you can't speak it. It at least helps you say words, or if someone says to try the cheese and tells you the word is 'Kashkaval', at least when you see the script saying 'Кашкавал' you'll be able to figure it out, even if slowly. It's immensely useful for street signs ...


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From Wikitravel: Metro Turizm is a Turkish bus company that runs daily bus service to and from Istanbul in Turkey. Busses going from Plovdiv to Istanbul depart from Jug Station daily at 11:00, 14:00, 19:00, 22:30, and 1:00. The trip costs 40 YTL (as of the summer of 2011) and takes roughly 7 hours, depending upon the vagaries of traffic and the ...


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According to Lonely Planet, a Taxi in Bulgaria costs around 0.70 lv per minute at night in Sofia "The rates per kilometre may range enormously from one taxi company to another, but the standard rate is 0.59 lv per minute in the daytime, 0.70 lv per minute at night." In Romania it should not be more than 2lei/kilometre ...


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(trimmed) Best I can find is http://www.bulgaria-travel-guide.com/Bulgariantraveltips.html which claims that credit cards are taken in most hotels but must smaller hotels and restaurants won't accept them... http://wikitravel.org/en/Bulgaria claims that "Bulgaria remains a largely cash economy in the rural areas but in major cities credit cards are ...


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There is a post on the Lonely Planet Thorn Tree about Rosa and her place. It's slightly confusing in that it talks about two addresses, a postal one and a "found" one. There's a slight chance the postal address is for a place where Rosa lives apart from the guest house. The other one seems to have a Polish name rather than Bulgarian and doesn't seem to ...


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The taxi rates change, now it's about 0.90 BGN (0,45 EUR) - you can check it on the website of 8108 taxi (to4nite), which is one of the biggest taxi company in Rousse, and almost all of the taxi companies have the same price. But be very careful, because there are still some taxi drivers, especially at the main station or the Danube bridge, who don't belong ...


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I think you just need to dig a bit deaper into the NavBul website! From their Ferry page: Two identical ferryboat vessels operated by NAVIBULGAR ("Geroite na Sevastopol" and "Geroite na Odesa") each with total carrying capacity of 108 waggons/900 cars/100 motor trucks up to 16m length operate the regular lines: Varna - Ilichevsk - Varna Varna ...


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I don't think it's possible. The Center for City Mobility (Център за градска мобилност) in Sofia which is responsible for the rapid transit system in the city has this to say on SMS parking (emphasis mine): Customers of Bulgaria’s mobile operators may park on public streets and squares in the municipality, which are within the limits of the Blue Zone ...


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According to Seat61.com, you can take the train from Sofia to Istanbul in a sleeping-car, leaving Sofia at 18:55 and arriving Istanbul at 07:50 next morning. Looking at a Bulgarian rail map, it would seem likely that the train would pass through Plovdiv, so it might be worth going to the station to ask. Otherwise you could always nip up to Sofia for the ...


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Both of ships Gagravar have mentioned are from UkrFerry company. And yes, they are currently ships accross the Black Sea: Poti September 12, 2011 Ilyichevsk September 15, 2011 "Geroi Sevastopolya" Poti September 12, 2011 Varna September 21, 2011 "Geroi Sevastopolya" Ilyichevsk September 19, 2011 Varna September 21, 2011 "Geroi ...


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Can't advise on Kosovo, never been there. I like the northern route: Nis (Serbia) Kopaonik National Park Novi Pazar -- several notable monasteries in the vicinity. Moraca river canyon (Montenegro) -- memorable road, remarkably steep drops Podgorica Either proceed directly to Skhoder, Albania (60km) or take a small detour down the Montenegrin coast down ...


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we have been doing a bit of a eastern Europe camping, in our old merc camper, Croatia its illegal, especially near the coast and the national parks, but if you get away from the touristy areas, and camp then its generally ok, met a couple from germany who got a fine and moved on, but they were not far from the national park, and the locals there want the ...


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I live in Turkey and travel to Bulgaria regularly. (~20 times now). My general idea would be that this might be easier to find in Bulgaria as long as you were in one of the major cities. Turkey doesn't seem to have this stuff just anywhere. That being said, it's cheap-ish generic gear can be found at some major markets in Turkey, so I'd be inclined to hit ...


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I checked two other guide books and found this: DK Eyewitness Travel Bulgaria: This rule is, however, only really enforced to and from the airport. Within the city it is widely ignored. The Rough Guide to Bulgaria: Officially, you’re supposed to buy an extra ticket for each large item of baggage, but in practice this is rarely enforced - ...


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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria doesn't mention anything on their website about a relaxed visa regime for holders of Schengen visas or resident permits, so it's safe to assume this doesn't provide any additional benefits. However, a holder of a Schengen visa can stay up to two days in Bulgaria provided that the arrival and departure countries ...


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Biathlon is a combination of cross-country skiing and shooting. As such it doesn't take place on downhill/snowboard slopes. While it is probably worth checking with the resort, I doubt any downhill slopes will be closed. Of course it may mean that the place is much more crowded.


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The way I see this, you will need a Schengen visa in any case and therefore need to apply for one either from Spain or the Netherlands following the usual rules. The fact that you are also going to Bulgaria does not change that and Bulgaria obviously isn't the country where you are staying the longest within the Schengen area. And once you have a Schengen ...


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As far as I understand as @Annoyed said Bulgaria and Turkey are not part of Schengen area right now. Even though you enter those countries, it's considered as you exit Schengen area and if you only have single-entry Schengen visa you might have a problem entering Schengen area again. I used to do this when I entered Croatia which they also accept any holders ...


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Indeed it appears online that the Lesovo border is for commercial trucks only, and I can see where you get that view. This blog, for example, notes that the road they are on to the crossing at Malko Tarnavo is almost devoid of traffic, as all the trucks go through the Lesovo border. The Lesovo border was the focus on the news recently when it looked like ...


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I would say "yes", gas stations, convenience stores, and fast food restaurants will accept credit cards for small purchases. I have encountered problems with cashiers not knowing how to accept my credit card from the US, though. I have been in Bulgaria for 2 months. I brought a couple credit cards from the US. It has been hit and miss with them, even for ...


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I have camped in Montenegro in the mountains without any problems. I have also heard a second-hand story of a group of tourists camping in the Durmitor National Park and being approached by rangers in the evening. They told them to move to another place a few hounded meters away to have a better view on the valley :)


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It's possible to get around just with English, it depends a lot from your destination. In Sofia, Varna or some other big cities it shouldn't be a problem, in the most towns on the Black Sea shoudn't be a problem too. But there are also some urban areas where the local people don't even speak Bulgarian fluently and don't know a single word of English. As ...



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