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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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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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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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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 strictly ...


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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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Is it possible to hire a car in Bulgaria with the age of 59 and 69? Yes, it is possible. Rental car age limits in Bulgaria are stricter than other countries, with most suppliers requiring a minimum age of 21 and maximum age of 70. Answer is from Rental Car Age Requirement: Any hire companies that would allow us to rent a car to ...


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I used Bahn.de to search for train journeys between Istanbul and Sofia. Starting in Istanbul there is a direct connection to Sofia. It leaves daily at 22:00 and arrives in Sofia at 9:10. The journey notes indicate that this is not a train that runs daily, but it is unclear when it runs. In the opposite direction, starting in Sofia, there is no direct ...


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From Wikitravel: Metro Turizm is a Turkish bus company that runs daily bus service to and from Istanbul in Turkey. Buses 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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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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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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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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An express bus operated by the Turkish railways connects the Sirkeci station of Istanbul to the Turkish railway border checkpoint at Kapikule - besides this, a Turkish train runs from the Istanbul suburb of Halkali to Kapikule, calling at Cerkezköy, Alpullu and Edirne en route. At Kapikule, after clearing immigration, you board a small Bulgarian train which ...


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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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For what it's worth, I am from Canada and have lived/worked in Sofia for 2-3 years. English was useful and most people kind of understand it, but your mileage may vary outside tourist/business areas. You might find older people who speak French. It helped me a few random times in train stations or in some remote villages. Met really nice people this way. ...


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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 (http://www.lonelyplanet.com/...


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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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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 day,...


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Isn't it this one? The address is ul. "Mitropolit Panaret Rashev" 20 (ул. "Митрополит Панарет Рашев" 20). Here is the pin on the map. I found it by your description, "walking" in the streets with Google Street View. I was born and raised in Veliko Tarnovo, that's why I'm almost sure this is the house we are talking about, although I don't know it ...


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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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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 to ...


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May be it's too late, but here is the result of my research. I haven't found the price for the line Navbul mentioned by the op, but there is another company that connects Varna (Bulgaria) and Batumi/Poti (Georgia) ports: UKRFerry The price for this route is from 120 USD per person (depending on the accomodation chosen) and 350 USD per car.


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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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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 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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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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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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Indian embassy in Bulgaria says this https://www.indembsofia.org/en/schengen-visa-holders-do-not-require-bulgarian-visa-to-visit-bulgaria/ Holder of valid long term visas or residence permits issued by Schengen Countries are allowed multiple entries and a period of stay in Bulgaria for up to 90 days in any six-month period from the date of the ...


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Your best option is to use a local taxi app - TaxiMe or Maxim. I'd install both just in case and order a cab from whatever app works best at that time.


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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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