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People in Bulgaria are nice and outgoing

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A map of Bulgaria and its traditional styles of architecture

Have you thought about moving to Bulgaria? You have? So then probably one of the first things which come to your mind and you want to know is the cost of living here. It is definitely cheaper than living in the UK. Much cheaper.

The cost of some of the basic goods like eggs, milk and bread is around 30-40% less than in UK: a loaf of bread is a 0.33 p, 1 litre regular milk is 0.64 p and a pack of 12 eggs (although here they usually come in packs of 10) is 1.02 p. Prices of fruit and vegetables vary according to the season. In the summer time you can get 1 kg of tomatoes or cucumbers for as little as 0.30 p. Potatoes are within the 0.26 – 0.50 p range on a yearly basis and apples are selling between 0.30 and 0.80 p/kg. And with the approaching of the Christmas season prices of citrus fruit are falling – tangerines and oranges cost 0.45 p/kg and bananas are 0.80 p. Continue Reading

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Veliko Tarnovo awarded as the most comprehensively developing tourist destination

Veliko Tarnovo was awarded the prestigious award for the most comprehensively developing tourist destination for 2015. Recently the Bulgarian Hotel and Restaurant Association awarded its 20th annual awards for professional achievements in the field of hotel and restaurant management.

The Old Bulgarian capital was honoured for his significant contribution to the development of a tourist destination with permanent season, for the substantial improvement of tourism infrastructure and attractions and for increasing the quality of the tourist and catering services.

Highly praised was the effort of Veliko Tarnovo and local tourism enterprises working consistently for a concept that turns the town and region in a prestigious, authoritative and desirable destination that virtually offers all year round tourist season with good prices and high quality services.

The role of the Mayor of Veliko Tarnovo Municipality was also noted – he is the only acting mayor of a municipality in the country that has profound experience and considerable contribution to the development of tourism. Before being elected Mayor of Veliko Tarnovo, Daniel Panov was manager of the Tsarevgrad Tarnovo Municipal Tourism Agency.

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Streets in the Old Town of VT to be repaired with 15 million leva

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Gurko Street in VT

The street s in the Old Part of Veliko Tarnovo are to receive a new look. This is one of the largest reconstruction projects ever to be accomplished in the town. Next year the Municipality will put 15 million leva for a complete makeover of the streets in the Old Part of Veliko Tarnovo. The money comes from Regions for Growth Programme which has already funded the reconstruction of several significant sites in Veliko Tarnovo. The reconstruction project was officially presented at the end of last week and is part of the investment program of the Municipality for the coming year. Some of the streets in the Old Town have not been repaired since the Ottoman Empire reigned the country, virtually from their construction.

The Old Town of Veliko Tarnovo is beautiful and very appealing to tourist from near and far; it bears the character of the town and as such is sure to gather attention. However the last 30 years saw it neglected and void of investments. The plan is to gradually repair all streets, including the smaller ones starting from the Central Post Office and those in old neighbourhoods of Varusha and Asenov.

Cobblestoned streets will be preserved – the stone paving will be rearranged and upgraded if necessary. New asphalt will be laid on the other streets. Other issues that will be addressed are the drainage and parking problems. New recreation areas and green space will also be set up. The street lighting will also be replaced and improved.

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New electric bus trials in Veliko Tarnovo

Veliko Tarnovo has become one of the few towns in the country, which had the opportunity to test the two most advanced technologies in the field of electric public transport at the moment.

An electric bus running on batteries was already tried for some time along the street of the old capital during the summer in. Today another leading technology for eco-friendly public transport was presented in Veliko Tarnovo capacity for this eco-friendly urban transport.

The electric bus which was introduced today is manufactured by the Israeli company Chariot Motors. It is propelled by ultracapacitors technology. It needs two 150 kilowatts charging station on the first and last stop  to function and it takes about 5-6 minutes to fully charge, a time which coincides with the rest of the drivers. The cost per km is only 15 stotinki. The capacity of the eco-friendly vehicle is for 29 sitting and 61 standing passengers. With this this kind of the transport air pollution is reduced to very large extend.

After the trial period ends Veliko Tarnovo administration will have to choose the technology that most suits the needs of the town and the municipality villages; it will then apply for funding under the EU transport programmes.

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The road connecting Polikraishte-Elena-Sliven to be thoroughly rehabilitated

Road ІІ-53 Polikraishte-Elena-Sliven is to be renovated with European funding. Road Infrastructure Agency has already drawn a project and is to apply for funding for the new programme period 2014- 2020.

The first lot to be fixed is in Gorna Oryahovitsa Municipality – 6.7 km passing through Gorna Oryahovitsa, Parvomaytsi and Polikraishte.

The Aleksandrovski Bridge close to Parvomaytsi is also included in the project and it will be fortified with gabions.  The two villages will receive new asphalt, curbs and sidewalks.

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Gorna Oryahovitsa Airport: Follow-up

airplane-landing_118571-1920x1080The Procedure for granting the Gorna Oryahovitsa Airport concession has officially started, it was announced by the Government Press Service. On July, 29th the Cabinet adopted a decision to launch the procedure for granting a public service concession for the operation and management of Gorna Oryahovitsa Civil Airport.

The main goal will be to attract a financially stable private investor to contribute to the development of the operations of the airport, ensure airport traffic and improve the airport’s commercial activities, was also said in the Government press release.

With the right investment in runways, buildings and equipment the airport is sure to bring the attention of many low cost and cargo airlines.

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Despite oppressive temperatures repairs to the city continue.

The hottest day of the year and Veliko Tarnovo workers continue to improve the city.  They are currently repairing streets and pavements around the city battling the high temperatures.  At a rapid pace they are repairing pavements on ‘Nikola Gabrovski’  and fixing the area around ‘Vasil Nevski (The Palace of Culture and Sport’.

The ‘Road Construction Crew Veliko Tarnovo’  continue to work hard work applying the second layer of asphalt on streets” Ceres “Tver”, “Toledo” and “Asti”.

As many of us flee to nearby swimming pools, air conditioned malls and other shady areas – stop and applaud the hard work from the various construction crews who are helping to make our city look as lovely as possible.