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Mancunian family picks Parvomaytsi for their home in Bulgaria

David and Barbara Starkey

David and Barbara Starkey

Meet Barbara and David Starkey, who have been living in Bulgaria for two years now. And they say they intend to stay here forever

David and Barbara, have picked Parvomaytsi, which within the limits of Gorna Oryahovitsa Municipality, for their home. Both retired, David  has worked as an engineer at the University of Manchester, while Barbara was a caregiver to the elderly.

David and Barb met online 5 years ago. On why they have purchased Bulgarian real estate, they say they’ve lived in a city before and have always wanted to move to the countryside. However, they couldn’t afford such type of real estate in the UK.

They’ve toured and camped most of Europe and Bulgaria, before settling to Veliko Tarnovo region. They’ve picked Parvomaytsi because of its regular bus connection to Gorna Oryahovitsa and Veliko Tarnovo, as well as a hardware store, a cafe and a GP.

Before coming to Parvomaytsi, they have considered living elsewhere in Bulgaria, but they wanted to settle in somewhere with a young population. They aren’t afraid of the cold winters in Bulgaria, having camped in their 22-year-old van at -22C.

Nowadays, David and Barbara are actively involved in the construction of their Bulgaria home.

Interested where they live? Check out our Properties in Gorna Oryahovitsa:

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Veliko Tarnovo Mayor champions review on logging activities in Bulgaria in 2013

Over the past few days the Mayor of Veliko Tarnovo, Daniel Panov, organised and has been engaged in working meetings with representatives of the North Central Bulgaria regional forest management companies occupied in logging, the police, mayors and deputy mayors of towns and villages discussing the various problems caused by logging.

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Daniel Panov, Mayor of Veliko Tarnovo

During these forums held in 23 towns and villages in the municipality of Veliko Turnovo the mayor heard numerous complaints about the way in which the lumber companies de-forest and transport the cut timber.

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More governance is required to stop this type of deforestation within the woodlands around Veliko Tarnovo

In many places, the main issue was the lack of regulation and control within the industry as a whole! The forests and woods are being “cut to the bone” which sadly can lead to landslides and the movement of cut timber by heavy lorries is visibly destroying road infrastructure and causing major damage to private homes in Bulgaria and agricultural Bulgarian Real Estate.

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Huge swathes of woodland and forest has been “removed to the bone” is this about to stop in Veliko Tarnovo?

The Mayor’s personal observations were non compliance with restrictive tonnage signs of trucks down secondary roads with weak bridges, distortion of the roads and pavements, damage to drainage and sewerage systems. “Investing in repairs of streets and roads while trucks demolish the same infrastructure. Landslides on roads and roads disappearing through landslides, Subsidence of private land and cracks in the walls of houses, and bridges being damaged too. A better co-ordination between all institutions and companies to improve the activity of logging is required as a whole” the mayor said.

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The local road infrastructure around Veliko tarnovo is only designed for light traffic, not masses of heavy logging trucks

Daniel Panov said to the company representatives at the meeting that the goal was not to interfere with their business but only to regulate all the activities that have a bearing on all stakeholders which includes protecting local communities and the public interest by complying with regulations, instead of creating problems by destroying infrastructure and private Bulgarian properties.

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Large old trucks designed to get into the forests

“It is not correct or fair that the profits of some cause problems and suffering for others and damage to public infrastructure. We need to discuss and put forward legislative changes, organise a consensus and have a full understanding and then agreement of all parties to resolve this important issue, “said the mayor.

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Landslides and a desert instead of woodland and forest, this is a scene which cannot be tolerated around Veliko Tarnovo

In conclusion it was agreed by December 27th necessary measures were to be drawn up with the intent to resolve these problems and by January 15th, 2013 to come up with a solution at the second meeting with all institutions and stakeholders.

By this time the Regional Directorate of the Interior Ministry will take action, said Chief Commissioner Zhivko Kotsev. Limited movement of heavy timber will be via regulated routes and crossings. Anyone who violates these routes shall have sanctions imposed upon them.


Eco Trail “Emen Canyon”

Destination: Emen

thumb_2948When we think of a canyon we will immediately associate it with running river through it. This is about River Negovanka  – a tributary of the River Rosica.

The Negovanka became popular for moulding such a picturesque gorge, to whose beauty you will touch only if you find at least a little enthusiasm in you to get away from the stress of your day and walk the distance of about two kilometres of the eco trail “Emen Canyon”.  The Negovanka takes its name from Latin roots, and means short river with a near source.

thumb_2946 The trail name comes from proximity to the village of Emen, near Veliko Tarnovo which in turn takes its name from its Turkish owner during the Ottoman occupation of Bulgaria.  The trail along its full length follows the rocky edge of the canyon, and only inches separates the tourists from the edge of the abyss.  This certainly adds the right dose of adrenaline to feel any exclusivity to both the place and on your initiative. In some places the karst rocks reach a height of 50 meters and the overgrown vegetation transforms them into an incredibly beautiful sight.

As you walk on the one side of the canyon, your view will be tempted to jump on the opposite side where are a lot of cave openings, holes, and rocks will tease you with their charm.



    thumb_29461At the beginning of the trail is the Emen cave. It is 3113 meters long and occupies a seventeenth place in the list of the deepest caves in Bulgaria.


IMG_1432dHowever, remember that the most extreme experiences here require special training and equipment.  Therefore, it is best to proceed slowly and surely to the other end of Emen trail, because how else you will know what awaits you there? The road continues to follow the edge of the canyon and takes you through picturesque wooden bridges, which offer you dazzling and stunning views. Fear, admiration, wonder, contentment – you will feel all this, so all your senses will be equally satisfied and happy. Nature makes everyone silent witness to the eternal battle between strength and confidence of the stone and variable in its moods sparkling, clear water. Finally, carried away by the rapids of the river and trapped in your own perceptions, enchanted you approach the end of this eco trail. Din and noise of falling water majestically greeted you from afar. This is Momin leap – a waterfall with a height of 10 metres.

IMG_1458dViolent and uncontrollable water rapidly descends into a large pool, surrounded by steep high cliffs – a real prize for the eyes and soul after covering the unusual distance. Legend connects the name of the waterfall with three Bulgarian girls who didn’t want to accept the Turkish faith and together jumped from the rocks into the pool.



emen10Here, at the end of Emen Canyon – you can sit on a green meadow or on some felled from a storm tree for a deserved break and can convince yourself that you can never in your life see the American Grand Canyon, but should not miss the opportunity to fill the indescribable experiences of this unique eco trail.



emen6Description of location:
Village Emen is located about 20 km west from Veliko Tarnovo and 8 km from the main road Veliko Tarnovo – Sofia. In the village of Emen there are signs pointing to the beginning of the trail “Emen Canyon.”

Why not get in touch with us to see what properties we have near this stunning location, or to register your interest for future sales?




And here are 2 pictures of the Emen Canyon taken by one of our friends Jane Venter:
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