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New rules for public and national holidays in Bulgaria

Yesterday the Bulgarian government approved changes in the Labour Law concerning public and national holidays. Until now if a holiday fell on Tuesday or Thursday the government would usually declare the Monday before or the Friday after an official non-working day (a working Saturday would be then designated to make up for the missed day) meaning we would get 4 workfree days in a row. Or even 6 days in a row! As was the case in May 2014 when 1st May was Thursday and 6st May was Tuesday, both being official holidays in Bulgaria, this meant we got to rest from Thursday till Tuesday! Many people including the business sector disapproved of this practice for various reasons – disruption in the work process, delays in payments, disrupted communication between institutions, less efficient workers, worse labour productivity, stress and so on. This practice of rearranging working days is now a thing of the past. Public and national holidays will no longer be connected with the weekend to form the so called Bridge Holiday – when they fall during working days only the particular day will be non-working. When they happen to be during weekends the following Monday is to compensate and will be a day off work. The changes come in effect from 1st January 2017 meaning 2nd January (Monday) is officially the first non-working day under the new law.

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New tourist map of Veliko Tarnovo available

Veliko Tarnovo now has a new tourist map which is available for free – you can grab your copy from the Tourist Information Centre at 5 Hristo Botev Str as well as from the sites which are advertised on it. The first circulation is of 10,000 pieces. The map itself measures 48×35 cm and is bilingual (Bulgarian and English). The most prominent historical and cultural sites are marked on it as well as information about transport, places to dine and entertain and various types of services provided in the town.

Source/Image http://times.bg/news/view/6846/Nova-turisticheska-karta-na-Veliko-Trnovo-se-predlaga-na-gostite-na-grada

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The new Palace Cinema opens on December, 16th

The new Palace Cinema in Mall Veliko Tarnovo will open to the public on Friday (16th December). There is still no official website, but on Thursday a telephone number will be released for reservations. The new theatre will meet its audience with 3 completely refurbished halls. All of them are kitted out with the latest state-of-the-art technology, including silver screens, which allows guests to enjoy blockbusters on the venue’s exclusive to Bulgaria 3D system Volfoni for an immersive experience. Two of the halls are equipped with unique rocking chairs and the 50-seats VIP hall promises luxury setting that will make you wish the movie never ends. The first flicks which you can see are Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Collateral Beauty and Inferno, and the animation movies Sheep & Wolves and Moana.

Source and image: http://mallvt.bg/bg/article/cinema%20palace

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Lovely weather over the weekend for a trip to the Christmas Market


The weather forecast shows that Saturday and Sunday are set to be warm and dry with plenty of sunshine so if you still haven’t visited the Christmas Market in Marno Pole Park, Veliko Tarnovo, the weekend seems as the right time to do it. The Market is open every day from 10 am till 8 pm and will continue up to December, 31st. This year the Greek Kontosouvli Chalet is in the spotlight – it attracts everyone with sizzling sounds and delicious aroma coming from the grill. Kontosouvli is actually a big kebab traditionally slow roasted on a spit turning over charcoal pit. The treat is priced at 6 leva per kg. The adjacent chalet is selling mulled wine and wormwood wine at 2 leva per 200 ml. At the Christmas market you will also find Kazanlak Donuts, kattami (stuffed flatbreads) and Turkish delight. A variety of souvenirs, everyday items and toys are also available. A mini fairground with Ferry Wheel and Santa Post Office will keep the little ones entertained.

Official FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/christmasbazaarvt/

Images: Internet and https://www.facebook.com/christmasbazaarvt/

Source: http://www.borbabg.com/2016/12/05/%D0%BA%D0%BE%D0%BB%D0%B5%D0%B4%D0%BD%D0%BE-%D0%BD%D0%B0%D1%81%D1%82%D1%80%D0%BE%D0%B5%D0%BD%D0%B8%D0%B5-%D0%BB%D1%83%D0%BD%D0%B0%D0%BF%D0%B0%D1%80%D0%BA-%D0%B8-%D0%B0%D1%80%D0%BE%D0%BC%D0%B0%D1%82/

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Low cost airlines and cargo flights from Gorna Oryahovitsa Airport

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Gorna Oryahovitsa Airport

Two well-known budget carriers and cargo flights operators will fly to and from Gorna Oryahovitsa airport according to information published today in Borba Newspaper; the names of the companies remain undisclosed though. Investmentс of nearly 32 million leva over a period of 35 years are laid down in the development plan for the air complex, which was provided to the government with regard to the concession procedure by the concessionaire Civil Airport of Gorna Oryahovitsa. With the submission of the development plan the new owner takes possession of the airport and its assents. The prospects for the airport are very good – it is becoming one of the most promising as less than ten kilometres away, near the village of Polikraishte, will be the junction where the future Hemus Highway and Ruse – Veliko Tarnovo Expressway will intersect.

Source: http://www.borbabg.com/2016/12/08/%D0%BD%D0%B8%D1%81%D0%BA%D0%BE%D1%82%D0%B0%D1%80%D0%B8%D1%84%D0%BD%D0%B8-%D0%B0%D0%B2%D0%B8%D0%BE%D0%BA%D0%BE%D0%BC%D0%BF%D0%B0%D0%BD%D0%B8%D0%B8-%D0%BA%D0%B0%D1%80%D0%B3%D0%BE-%D0%B8-%D0%B1%D0%B8/

Images: Internet

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The British Ambassador to visit Veliko Tarnovo

The British Ambassador, Emma Hopkins, invites the British community for Christmas Carols and mince pies in Veliko Tarnovo on Monday 12 December.

The carol singing will take place at the Christmas Market at the entrance to Marno Pole Park between 11:30 and 12:00. The Ambassador then invites the British community to join her for mince pies at the Veliko Tarnovo municipality building from midday.

Tickets for the event are free and can be reserved here: http://ow.ly/cXVP306FBT9

Source: https://www.facebook.com/UKinBulgaria/

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The British Ambassador, Emma Hopkins, invites the British community for Christmas Carols and mince pies in Veliko…

Публикувахте от British Embassy Sofia в 5 декември 2016 г.

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Help for a good cause at the Christmas Market in VT

image-1The Christmas Market in Veliko Tarnovo officially opens on 1st December; it will work from 10 am till 8 pm and will feature 25 chalets offering various goods. One of them will be called the Charity Chalet of Friends of Animals VT and will be raising funds for a noble cause – the wellbeing of stray and mistreated animals. The good-hearted people behind the organization are setting up their chalet at the Christmas Market for a second year in a row. There you can donate money for the stray animals of Veliko Tarnovo. The raised funds will cover the medical costs for neutering, treatment and medication of homeless animals.  You can also donate blankets, bedding, toys and food for the dogs in the Municipality Animal Shelter. Alternatively you can buy cat/dog food or anything you deem necessary from any of the veterinary clinics or zoo shops in VT and just let the people from the chalet know so that they can go and collected it instead of you carrying it around.

pudge-reindeerFor each donation you will receive a small gift of gratitude. The gifts include calendars with pictures of the dogs from the shelter, fridge magnets with cats, souvenirs and Christmas baubles. The Charity Chalet is the first on the left-hand side if you are coming from the direction of the ferry wheel.

The campaign last year was very successful thanks to all the compassionate and generous people who made a donation – 35 stray cats were neutered, 108 vaccines were bought for the needs of the Municipality Pound and the medical costs for the treatment of more than 40 stray animals were covered.

This noble cause wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for Friends of Animals VT kind-hearted friends at Yantra Homes Real Estate Agency who became the exclusive sponsor of the Charity Chalet and its activity.

Images: Internet

Австрийски коледен базар в парк „Марно поле“