Day 13 (2): Koprivshitatgysajkhwhatever
Koprivshtitsa Travel Blog› entry 18 of 260 › view all entries
April 18th, 2010 – by: Biedjee
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.
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.
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