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Bulgarian Lev in Greece

Planning your summer vacation and wondering where to go – well it appears that the Bulgarian lev is now being accepted in Greece.  Apparently Euros are running so low in Greece that shops and restaurants are accepting Bulgarian and Turkish currencies.

Greece is rapidly running out of money and businesses and consumers are having to find new ways to attract tourists. The Bulgarian Lev is particularly appealing because it is pegged to the euro, meaning it’s easy and safe to convert prices. €1 is worth 1.95 Bulgarian Lev.

 

Entertainment, Things to do

A gate called ‘Odyssey’

gate5There is a unique blend of ceramics and photography happening in the unspoilt village of Hotnitsa at a gate called ‘Odyssey’, in the beautiful Bulgarian countryside.  A perfect holiday destination for rest, relaxation and immersing yourself in village life which has hardly changed for centuries.  The village boasts the famous Hotnitsa waterfalls and Eco Trail, yet is only 15km from the historic old capital of Veliko Tărnovo in the foothills of the Stara Planina Mountains.  Continue Reading

Sports, Things to do

Yantra Loop delivers for Hotnitsa Velos

11403409_1022734274411677_3017892588909119276_nA cracking ride for the HOTNITSA VELOS who cycled in stunning weather last Sunday July 5th through fields of sunflowers, empty roads (except for the odd mule cart or goat herder).  They even found some gnarly off roading along side the River Yantra – not for the faint hearted.

Love exploring your local areas on a bike and feeling connected to the landscape, then join the VELOS on their weekly jaunt – everyone is welcome.  They like to create a bit of a stir in the villages, especially when stopping for midway caffeine fixes.

bikeTheir next big ride is in the Stara Planina foothills later in the summer and details will be posted on their FB page HOTNITSA VELOS.  A keen cyclist or just a novice get in touch and explore Veliko Tarnovo under your own steam – literally.

Lifestyle, Sports

A Yoga Union in Veliko Tarnovo

Becoming stronger as a team ASHTANGA YOGA VELIKO TARNOVO and YOGA CLUB BREATHE have joined forces to spread the love of yoga around Veliko Tarnovo.  The main studio is based on Ulitsa (street) Nish, just off Bulgaria Boulevard 29, but other venues are used around the surrounding areas. They offer weekly evening and weekend yoga classes including ashtanga yoga, vinyasa flow yoga, hatha yoga and homeopathy sessions.  They also organise events with guest teachers and have recently joined in the biggest yoga event of 2015, both here in Bulgaria and also in the UK – (International yoga day which was held on June 21st).

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Events and Festivals

Stage of the Ages – Summer Opera Fest

Tomorrow is July 1st and summer is in full swing here in Bulgaria.  Lots of events and in particular the summer opera festival in Veliko Tarnovo – Stage of the Ages.

In partnership with the Sofia Opera and Ballet the festival will boast one of the first Bulgarian opera works “Borislav” which will open the event on July 24.  The whole festival will run from July 24th – Aug 1st 2015.  There will be 6 performances for you to enjoy:

24/7 and 25/7 –  Bulgarian opera “Borislav”

28/7  – Ballet “Zorba the Greek”

29/7 – Ballet (performance for children) “Winne the Pooh”

31/7 and 1/8 – Sofia Opera and Ballet “Boris Godunov”

Tickets can be purchased from the tourist information centre in Veliko Tarnovo and at eventim.bg.

Sports

Trinity simply ‘Rocks’ – Climbing in Veliko Tarnovo

rock2Rock climbing is an extreme activity and millions of people all around the world love it. Veliko Tarnovo is a rock climbers Mecca. The town is the old medieval capital of Bulgaria and is situated in the Yantra gorge. Just outside of Veliko Tarnovo are two well developed crags called St. Trinity and Usteto.  These two crags provide a plethora of routes across a wide range of grades.  You can reach the rocks by two different ways. One of them starts only a couple of minutes away from the village of Samovodene (10km from VT) and the other from the northeast part of the town.  The views overlooking the Dervent Valley, and the town itself make it one of the most beautiful and popular venues for climbing in the whole of Bulgaria. With each year, more routes are added and this highly respected climbing venue is visited by climbers from all over the world. A days Rock climbing will add real adventure to your trip and make it all the more unforgettable. The best time to climb is during the autumn and spring. Continue Reading

Entertainment

Extraordinary Swan Lake in Veliko Tarnovo

 

On June 14 The Imperial Russian Ballet Company will perform Swan lake…the most loved classical ballet of them all.  The masterpiece ballet will follow the original storyline with a few subtle revisions by Gedimas Taranda – artistic director of the Imperial Russian Ballet Company.

Tchaikovskys masterpiece will take place at the Palace of Culture and Sport in Veliko Tarnovo.

Tickets are available from the Tourist Information centre: ulitsa “Hristo Botev” 5, Veliko Tarnovo and at eventim.bg.

 

“Extraordinary Swan Lake”

– Deirdre Tarrant, Capital Times

“Enraptured by the Magic”

– Robyn Sinclair, Otago Daily Times