WHERE IN BULGARIA ARE YOU?

WHERE IN BULGARIA ARE YOU?

Mon, 12/23/2019 - 09:19

Few people brave the Bulgarian Black Sea coast in wintertime, but nothing compares to being able to roam the empty streets of this amazing town in February or March.

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© Anthony Georgieff

Your only company will likely be the seagulls hovering above your head. With several dozen mainly Byzantine churches, this town, a few miles south of a notorious Black Sea resort, is a major site rightfully inscribed in UNESCO's World Heritage list. If you are lucky, you might be able to experience some very rare snow, which usually does not stay for more than a day or two.

Where in Bulgaria are you?

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