It’s summer time and the heat outside is outstanding. You are looking for cool, pleasant atmosphere and want to eat something tasty? Here are some suggestions for great restaurants that offer nice summer gardens / terraces with wonderful panoramas:
Tomorrow, August 6, Thursday, from 9 pm world-famous jazz musicians will gather in a quartet to entertain the citizens and guest of Veliko Tarnovo – the venue being Asenevtsi Monument. The famous Bulgarian jazz drummer Dimitar Dimitrov is the initiator of the quartet. The other three musicians are Matt B. Marantz – saxophone, who has performed with the likes of Terence Blanchard, Herbie Hancock, Jack DeJohnette and Jason Moran.; Alex Goodman – guitar, who won the award for best guitarist in Montreux last summer and his last album was nominated for a Grammy award and Georgi Georgiev – bass. For the last 20 years he’s been living and performing in the US. Before he left Bulgaria, he was a bass teacher and lecturer in jazz history lecturer at the National Academy of Music and New Bulgaria University. Dimitar Dimitrov himself is one of the prime European drummers who divides his time between the US and Bulgaria and has worked with a number of international stars including Randy Brecker and Michel Legrand. Admission to the concert is free.
The installation process of the surface of the new running track at Ivaylo Town Stadium in Veliko Tarnovo is now complete. Next week the horizontal markings for the running lanes will be drawn. After that the running track which is one of the most advanced in the country will be ready for use. The athletics track conforms to the highest standards of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
Two internationally-renowned musicians – Roberto Quintero and Juan Garcia-Herreros – are to visit Veliko Tarnovo where they will perform a concert alongside the Bulgarian group – Banda Del Padre. The show will take place on 10th August, from 9 pm, at Asenevtsi Monument.
Robert Quintero has played with some of the biggest names in rumba, salsa and Latino-jazz genres – Eddie Palmieri, Cachao, Gerardo Rosales, Richard Bona as well as Mark Anthony. He has won 2 Grammy awards and also has another nomination.
Juan Garcia-Herreros, also known as “The Snow Owl”, is a native born Colombian Bassist & Composer, notable for his virtuoso musicianship and for his use of a customised 6-stringed Electric Contrabass Guitar. He plays a variety of genres – jazz, funk, salsa, ethno and Latino. He has played alongside Al Jarreau, Shakira, Kristina Aguilera and Elton John.
Banda Del Padre was created 3 years ago and is the only Bulgarian group for Spanish and Fusion genres in Bulgaria.
Tomorrow, 4th August, the Summer Theatre in Marno Pole Park will host a one-off projection of the 2014 Bulgarian movie Urok (The Lesson), directed by Christina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov. It is one of the most awarded Bulgarian flicks for the last 25 year, having won 12 awards and being nominated for another 7 at various international film festivals. Maybe your Bulgarian is not so good but still you can savour the atmosphere and enjoy a niece movie under the starry skies. Entrance is free.
Two entrepreneurs have studied in Germany to find a new healthy way of providing snacks to their children and the rest of Veliko Tarnovo. They have learned how to transform nuts, seeds, cracked millet and honey into delicious alternatives to wafers and chocolate. Many of the ingredients are sourced locally and provide a great source of energy. The couple studied in a pastry school in Germany which has given them the skills to set up and transform a former bakery and grain store in the village of Musina. They are adamant that all of the ingredients are natural and the new health bars don’t contain any glucose or other additives to sweeten or bind the mixture. Other natural ingredients include pistachios, cranberries, almonds, apple, pecan and plum. They have chosen their current location as it is more cost effective to produce the new healthy bars in Musina rather than in the centre of Veliko Tarnovo. Similar foods are already produced or imported into Veliko Tarnovo, but this has a negative effect on cost and guarantee about the source of ingredients.
Every year we see the storks revisit their nests around the municipality of VT, but do we ever really know where they have been and the distance they travel? Well now experts of “Green balkans” have placed transmitters and rings on 2 young storks born this year in Polikraishte. There first few tentative flights tracked them to neighbouring roofs and electricity pylons, but since have flown to Varbitsa, 20km east of their nest. After this first tandem voyage they have split up opted for completely different routes. One has headed north, 95km near Rousse and the other south across the Balkan mountains near the town Yambol.
The transmitters will allow the opportunity to follow the path of young storks, witnessing their dangerous and long journey south, and with even greater hopes of their return. The name of the study is called “White Stork and is funded by the European Business Congress to promote conservation. This project is being implemented simultaneously in also Russia, Armenia, The Czech Rebulic and Slovenia.