Romania, Bulgaria

November 2001

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The highlights of this trip were the cities of the Balkans.
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  1. Turkey:
  2. Nov 17: bus Istanbul-Burgas (9am-5pm, $20)
  3. Bulgaria:
    • +Nesebar (old town on the coast north of Burgas, St. John the Baptist, St. Stefan, Archangels Michael and Gabriel, St. John Aliturgetos, Pantocrator), hotel Mistral ($10)
    • bus to Varna (1 hr, $2), taxi to Aladza monastery ($7)
    • Varna (seaside city, -Aladza monastery)
    • (Veliko Tarnovo, old capital between Sofia and Varna, St. Peter and Paul, St. Dimiter of Solun)
    • (Sofia, Rotunda of St George from 4th c, Santa Sofia from 4th c, Boyana from 11th c)
    • (Buzludzha)
    • (Ethnographic museum "Etar" at Gabrovo)
    • (+Rila, monastery founded in the 10th century, 120 km south of Sofia)
    • Train Varna-Bucharest
  4. Romania:
    • Bucharest (Palace of Parliament, second largest building in the world)
    • train Bucharest-Brasov (2.5 hours)
    • +Brasov (Black cathedral, Bran castle, Rasnov castle)
    • Sinaia (between Bucharest and Brasov): Peles Castle (former royal residence)
    • train Brasov-Sighisoara (1.5 hours)
    • +Sighisoara (medieval town)
    • train Sighisoara-Vienna
    • (++Monasteries in Bucovina (northeastern province, 400 kms from Bucharest, 6-7 hours by train: Sucevita, Voronet, Humor, Moldovita, Putna, Dragomirna)
    • (Constantin Brancusi complex at Targu Jiu)
  5. Moldova:
    • +Capriana monastery (15th c)
  6. Yugoslavia:
    • Slovenia: Ljubiana
    • Croatia: Zagreb
    • Croatia: +++Duvrovnic
    • Croatia: ++Split
    • Croatia: Krka National Park
    • Bosnia: +Mostar
    • Kosovo: Gracanica (+monastery of 1321, +St John the Baptist of 1321)
    • Serbia: Studenica, be reached by bus from Usce (frescoes of 13th c), Mileseva (wall paintings of 13th c)


Trip difficulty: easy to difficult
Season: May to September
Length: 25 days
  • Pictures
  • $1=30,000 lei and 2.2 leva
  • Train daily from Sofia to Istanbul takes about 12 hours (21:30-9:00)
  • Train daily from Istanbul to Sofia takes about 12 hours (23:00-10:25)
  • Three trains daily from Sofia to Bucarest take about 10 hours (7:15-17:00)
  • Sighisoara rooms for rent: Cristina Faur (094 119211) in the citadel
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