Day 13 (2): Koprivshitatgysajkhwhatever

Koprivshtitsa Travel Blog

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driving through the Balkan mountains
People I met here and/or traveled with: George, Titi & Valentin (Bulgaria)

George and his family treated me to a great day out. As Sofia itself doesn't boast that many interesting sites, we drove to the town of Koprivshtitsa (try to pronounce that, if you can), deep in the Balkan mountains.

The road to  Koprivshtitsa was nothing short of stunning. A twisting road through green valleys, with rugged snowy mountain tops all around us. I didn't even know Bulgaria had mountains. To be honest, I don't know all that much about Bulgaria. Again, this is one of those countries largely ignored in Holland. While Romania and Yugoslavia received all the attention in the eighties and nineties, Bulgaria's transition from Soviet block to democracy went rather peaceful and without blood shed.
with the family in front of the blue church
Furthermore, Bulgaria is not really considered a tourist destination for the Dutch, despite its popular Black Sea resorts favoured by the British and Germans.
Hence my ignorance about Bulgaria. I would have known more had I actually planned in advance to visit this country :-)

Anyway Koprivshtitsa is a very lovely mountain town full of well-preserved historical buildings in traditional Bulgarian architecture. The town was also the site of the short-lived Bulgarian revolution in 1876, when the Bulgarians revolted against the ruling Ottoman empire.
It is a popular tourist destination for Bulgarians, both for its revolutionary history and for the fact that this town has remained completely devoid of Soviet building style.  

It is a very pleasant place to stroll around. Many old houses have been turned into museums these days, displaying information about life in the 19th century and the revolution.

We had lunch in one of the small traditional restaurants and I asked George to order some very traditional Bulgarian dishes. No idea what it was, but each and every dish was absolutely delicious. That is the good thing about travelling with locals, they know what to order. I usually just point anything I can't pronounce or understand and hope for the best.

Jeroenadmiraal says:
Sounds like you did a royal tour of eastern europe last week :)
Posted on: Apr 21, 2010
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driving through the Balkan mountai…
driving through the Balkan mounta…
with the family in front of the bl…
with the family in front of the b…
approaching Koprivshtitsa
approaching Koprivshtitsa
streets of Koprivshtitsa
streets of Koprivshtitsa
old houses in Koprivshtitsa
old houses in Koprivshtitsa
Blue church
Blue church
old house, now a museum
old house, now a museum
red tiled roofs
red tiled roofs
With George and Titi
With George and Titi
People still use traditional trans…
People still use traditional tran…
Koprivshtitsa
photo by: Stevie_Wes