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8th Trabant Motor Show in VT

The 8th edition of Trabant Motor Show will take place on March, 18th in Veliko Tarnovo. The local Trabant Fan Club is expecting more than 80 East German cars from Bulgaria, Romania, Germany and Russia to participate in the expo.

The trabis, as some call them endearingly, will be on display at the parking lot between the Army Club Building and Marno Pole Park from 10 am till 11 am. From 11 till 12 am they will be in front of the Municipality. At 12 they will parade along the streets of Veliko Tarnovo on their way towards the parking in front of Praktiker. There Trabant owners will show off their expert driving skills. There will be prizes for best preserved vehicle and also for best car tuning.

This famous car was produced in the German Democratic Republic between the years 1957-1991 at a factory in Zwickau, during which period more than 3 million vehicles have been constructed.

Source: http://www.focus-news.net/news/2017/03/09/2372212/veliko-tarnovo-za-osma-poredna-godina-trabant-fest-shte-sabere-kolektsioneri-na-sotsvozilata-ot-tsyalata-strana.html

Images: http://veliko-tarnovo.net/novini/za-shesti-poreden-pat-trabant-fest-vav-v-tarnovo.html

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New Car Boot Sale in Nikyup

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A new car boot sale in Veliko Tarnovo area will now run on the first Sunday of the month starting 2nd April. It will be located in the village of Nikyup. The following information is taken from the official FB page of the event:

All are welcome. There are no fees but donations from sellers accepted if you have a good day, any proceeds to go to worthy causes. The field will be open from 7 am for sellers and 8 am for customers.

We have a lovely enclosed and shady pitch with adjacent play park for the kids. The bacon and egg butty man is already booked so catering vendors by prior arrangement only. The bar is 50 meters away and will be providing typical Bulgarian fare and cold beer. Come and have a good day and maybe visit the ancient Roman town Nikopolis ad Istrum while you are here.

And as for the exact whereabouts:

It is very near the centre. It is on the approach if you are headed from the Resen crossroads. If you arrive from the Main Ruse Rd then you drive through the centre and past the park. Boom you are there. There will be signage.

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/ZAZfGfSn7tt

Source: Car boot sale Nikyup /английски пазар с. Никюп

Image: Car boot sale Nikyup /английски пазар с. Никюп

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Ovcha Mogila – unique with its hot mineral water

 

Not far from Veliko Tarnovo is the village of Ovcha Mogila boasting with its Mineral Water Hospital.  It has been partly renovated and now features new facilities for balneotherapy, physiotherapy and a canteen seating 120 people and is operating all year round. The major remedial factor in the sanatorium is the mineral water of course. Over 80% of the mineral water sources in Bulgaria are lightly mineralized (their mineral content is less than 1 g per litre). The mineral level of the water in Ovcha Mogila is 4 g per litre placing her in the moderately mineralized category thus rendering it as ‘strong water’ suitable for the treatment of a number of ailments. It is also hyper thermal – the water issued from the springs is 45 degrees.

The hot mineral water is beneficial for the following conditions – arthrosis, rheumatoid arthritis, neuralgia, neuritis, radiculitis, polyneuritis, polyneuropathy, diabetes and gout.

 

Official Site of the Mineral Water Hospital http://nkrehabilitation.bg/en/branches/ovcha-mogila/

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Nikolo Kotzev’s Nostradamus Rock Opera in Veliko Tarnovo

Nikolo Kotzev’s Nostradamus Rock Opera will be played live in Veliko Tarnovo, with a grand production including 6 soloists, the Kikimora band, ballet, choir and orchestra. The concert kicks off at 8 pm on March, 24th (Friday) at Vasil Levski Culture and Sports Hall. Tickets cost between 30 and 50 leva.

Tickets: http://www.eventim.bg/bg/bileti/nostradamus-beliko-trnovo-dvorec-na-kulturata-i-sporta-basil-levski-938330/performance.html

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/397832407217200/

Nikolo Kotzev’s Nostradamus The Rock Opera – Trailer 2017: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95wbCKdUSoM&feature=youtu.be

Here are 2 reviews if you want to learn more about the Audio CD Nikolo Kotzev NOSTRADAMUS:

Nikolo Kotzev’ NOSTRADAMUS
Lords of Metal E-Zine – Review, 2001

Does the name Nikolo Kotzev ring a bell with you? Well, I can’t say that I knew him either, so it was a bit of luck I guess that this Double CD came with a small biography, from which I learned that this man was born in Bulgaria and now lives in Finland. Besides playing guitar the man is also a gifted violist, and has in the past been working as a session and studio musician, and in the meantime was member of Baltimoore and founder of Brazen Abott. Through the years Nikolo has made lots of musical friends, and that comes in quite handy with his latest project, ‘Nostradamus’. In 1998 Nikolo began writing this musical adventure about the medieval French doctor and fortune teller Nostradamus. These writings resulted in a Rock Opera, which in a way is comparable with the work of Ayreon, but is more melodic Hardrock orientated. This double album tells the story of Nostradamus’ life in three parts, and the most important people in his life all have a role in this, like Nostradamus himself, Henry II (King of France), Anne Gemelle (Nostradamus’ wife), Catherine (Queen of France). The vocalists who Nikolo hired for the job are all but amateurs: Allanah Miles, Sass Jordan, Glenn Hughes, Göran Eman, Doogie White and Joe Lynn Turner are guarantee for a rich vocal diversity, regularly supported by a grand choir. Musicwise it’s just as good. Like I said an emphasis on Melodic Hardrock, with a supporting role for the 35 man strong symphonic orchestra, which means a lot of bombastic parts (just the way I like it). Nikolo Kotsev is on charge of the keyboards, guitars, violin and percussion, the drums are in the secure hands of Ian Haugland, the professional on the Hammond organ is Mic Michaeli and on bassguitar it’s John Leven. The songs on the album vary from up-tempo rockers to ballads and everything that fits in between. And maybe is this like kicking in open doors, but the production is superb, just like the wrapping of the album, an nice sturdy old fashioned double CD case complete with a thick inlay with the complete story and relevant information. I’m afraid I’ve got another one for my yearlist 2001…

Nikolo Kotzev’ NOSTRADAMUS
Metal Rules – Review, 2001

I am in awe. Brazen Abbot guitar virtuoso Nikolo Kotzev has created a concept album of epic proportions here. Centering around the life and prophecies of legendary seer Nostradamus, this 2 CD mammoth is truly a masterpiece. Split into three acts, the story roughly traces Nostradamus’ life, loves, prophecies, and his dangerous encounters with the Inquisition. The music is just about what you’d expect: Euro-metal in the vein of Rainbow/Deep Purple with dashes of power metal and symphonic choirs thrown in for good measure. Being that it was entirely written by Kotzev, the disc is actually not based around his guitar – it is more vocally driven. Don’t get me wrong, on heavier songs like “Desecration” and “World War III” Kotzev gets to shred like we’d expect, but it’s still within the context of the song. In fact, all the musicians get to show off a little bit throughout the album. Then again, with a band this impressive, you shouldn’t expect any less. Just check out who plays on this thing: Drums: Ian Haugland. Bass: John Leven. Keyboards/Organ: Mic Michaeli. Not too shabby eh? So, if the album is vocally driven, who are the vocalists? Needless to say, it is an impressive cast. As you’d expect there are quite a few characters and each one has either a legendary vocalist or a soon-to-be-legendary one. Joe Lynn Turner turns in a great performance as Nostradamus, Glenn Hughes is fantastic as King Henri II of France, and Goran Edman’s Ghost is cool as all hell. Of interesting note is the inclusion of two Canadian singers as the female leads: Alannah Myles and Sass Jordan. These decidedly non-metal singers blend in perfectly with their male counterparts. I could go on and on here but suffice it to say that every single performer on this album turns in a virtuoso performance. O.K., I’ll indulge myself in one more: Jorn Lande. This guy is quickly becoming one of my absolute favorite singers in metal and his work here as the Head Inquisitor is stunning. A brilliant job! Well, now that I’ve rambled on here, let me just finish by saying that if you are even the slightest fan of melodic metal – you need this album! When the time comes, this is going to be my vote for album of the year. Bravo! / Waspman

 

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New light and sound show at Tsarevets

A stunning new light and sound show called Asenevtsi might have its premiere on 22 March at Tsarevets. The spectacle is about the Second Bulgarian Kingdom when Veliko Tarnovo was the capital of Bulgaria. The story presents our glorious kings – from Peter and Asen to Kaloyan, Ivan Asen II and his great victory at Klokotnitsa in which he defeated the ruler of Thessalonica Theodore Comnenus on March 9, 1230.

Here you can see a preview of the new show:

 

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Tennis complex to be built in Shemshevo?

A tennis centre with several courts, changing rooms and café wants to build Parashkev Dimitrov – a businessman interested in the sport and main sponsor of the Vitosha Cup Tennis Tournament.  The complex will be located in Shemshevo, just some 6 km away from Veliko Tarnovo and will span over 6000 sqm. The entrepreneur has already lodged his project at the local authorities for approval. The Mayor of Shemshevo has given a favourable opinion on Dimitrov’s request, offering the most suitable place for it to be built – the terrain east of the village stadium. Veliko Tarnovo Municipal Council must approve the investment before it can be realized.

Source: http://www.velikotarnovo.utre.bg/2017/02/13/414823-tenis_kompleks_shte_izgrazhdat_v_shemshevo

Photos: Internet

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Shtastliveca Restaurant with a World Luxury Restaurant Awards™ nomination

The Veliko Tarnovo based restaurant Shtastliveca was nominated in European Cuisine Category for the prestigious World Luxury Restaurant Awards™. The posh restaurant also has branches in Sofia and Stara Zagora. It is the first time the World Luxury Restaurant Awards™ set foot in Bulgaria and only one more restaurant in the country received a nomination – Secret by Chef Petrov (https://www.facebook.com/Secret-by-Chef-Petrov-Sofia-191216524604017/).

Here are some excerpts highlighting the idea behind the high appraisal and some key features about the restaurant from the official World Luxury Restaurant Awards™ site:

Translated from Bulgarian “Shtastliveca” means “The Lucky One”, and is a nickname of one of the most famous Bulgarian novel writers who lived at the end of 19th Century – Aleko Konstantinov. The interior design of the restaurant is inspired by urban home style which was popular in the 30’s of the 19th Century. The rich menu offers a choice of authentic European and interpretations of Bulgarian national cuisine. A fresh lunch menu is available for each day of the week and for each seasonal menu products are carefully selected which are typical for the particular season. Shtastliveca Restaurant is all about feeling at home, as well as experiencing a collection of flavours and aromas for each season and taste.

The World Luxury Restaurant Awards™ aims to highlight special features of restaurants, thereby increasing competition globally and ultimately raising the level of food quality and the standards of service in the luxury restaurant industry.

Luxury Restaurants are selected for nomination based on the following criteria:

  • interior design to a high standard– the seating area and table decoration should reflect a smart/stylish atmosphere
  • good quality food, to the standard of haute cuisine – chefs must serve food with excellent presentation, showing attention to detail
  • excellent service reviews– the restaurant should have positive reviews and be well recommended for excellent service.

Source: http://www.luxuryrestaurantawards.com/about

Photos: https://www.facebook.com/Restaurants.Shtastliveca/