What a nice surprise, we woke up to freshly made coffee courtesy of the campsite owner. Yep we were definitely no longer in the UK.
Joe had a disturbed night’s sleep; he woke up to find something prickling his feet through the tent. He kicked it away, but it came back and started attacking his head. He woke up with a start, saying that he was being attacked by a porcupine, but it later turned out to be the kittens that lived on the campsite 🙂
After having a nice chat over coffee (even though she spoke no English and we spoke no Bulgarian) we headed off to explore the famous Belogradchik rocks.
Unfortunately we didn’t have time to visit the fort as our next meeting was in Kalofer. Driving down the back road from Belogradchik to Montana was stunning; a shallow, wooded valley, lined with rocky hills and the occasional little village, we really start to feel that this was the kind of place we could find our rural retreat.
After crossing the main road and heading back up into the hills via the picturesque town of Mezdra, we headed for Kalofer via the Trojan Pass
The scenery was absolutely stunning and we saw our first live Bulgarian wild life; black squirrels and a couple of Hoopoes, previous to this we had only seen road kill 🙁 Our map had a campsite marked at Kalofer but after having no luck finding it we asked a couple of locals and were told it was “Kaput” but that we should head for Koprinka lake and camp there. It’s amazing how you can get by with sign language and a pocket phrase book. Koprinka dam was lovely and there was a bar on the water front so we pitched our tent and enjoyed a couple of beers and watched the sunset. We found out that if you can get to the dam/ lake edge you can camp free of charge but don’t expect there to be any facilities.