Our visit to Chris and Val marked the end of our scheduled meeting and property viewings. Our last week in Bulgaria was completely our own. We decided that we would like to revisit some areas we’d been through, but first we wanted to visit the city of Plovdiv before heading back north to Veliko Tarnovo.
We had hoped to visit the mountainous area around Kardzali, but totally missed all three potential turnoffs! Not sure if that was us just being incompetent, or if there were genuinely no signposts.
After a short drive of a couple of hours we arrived in Plovdiv. We were still trying to find the campsites marked on our map, so you can imagine our joy when, after some awesome map reading from Julie, and some very calm driving from me, we actually found our campsite! Hooray!
We booked in, pitched our tent and then drove off into Plovdiv for a bit of sightseeing and a meal. We decided to visit the Old Town, which is right in the centre of Plovdiv on top of a hill.
The streets here are steeply cobbled, and you had to watch your footing on many of the roads and footpaths. We wandered about, marvelling at the old buildings, and called in at some churches. Unfortunately the museums were just closing for the day by the time we got there, but we did manage to see some craft workshops, the Roman Theatre and the ancient city ruins at the top of the town.
We were getting a bit peckish by this time, so we returned to a small restaurant that we’d seen earlier for a proper Bulgarian meal. We got our phrase-books out and, refusing the offer of an English menu from our waiter, attempted to communicate only in Bulgarian. This was met with much amusement by our friendly waiter, but I think he appreciated that we’d made the effort, as he shook my hand when we left.
Feeling well-fed and relaxed, we headed back to our campsite for a good night’s sleep.