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Storm, Spaceship and a new Bandana – Or Bulgaria part two

Now deserted and vandalized the Buzludzha Monument is testament to communist values. The country was in decay and yet 7 000 000 000 Euros was spent on this one building.

Tryavna

From our overnight spot it was only a short drive along a windy mountain road until we reached the town of Tryavna. On the way we stopped to filled up our water tank with spring water coming out of the side of the hill. All over the country there are many of these places so water is never a problem. You see the locals come by and fill their water bottles so it can’t be bad water in fact most of the time it is really clear and tastes great.

Our water filling station in the mountains. Cold, clear and even tastes like water.

Our water filling station in the mountains. Cold, clear and even tastes like water.

We have now wild camped for 7 days in a row without any problems, we always have plenty of water and the solar panel provides us with enough power to charge all we need. There seems to be plenty of secluded places to park which have been quiet and peaceful. We have felt safe at all the overnight places we have stayed.

This is the view from our carpark in Tryavna. We couldn't had got much closer and it was free.

This is the view from our carpark in Tryavna. We couldn’t had got much closer and it was free.

The frogs in Bulgaria are everywhere and the noise they make when they get started is really load. This tested the camera out to its full range and we were pleased with result.

The frogs in Bulgaria are everywhere and the noise they make when they get started is really loud. This tested the camera out to its full range and we were pleased with result.

Bulgaria for the most part is a very clean place. Here we saw workers cleaning the riverbanks.

Bulgaria for the most part is a very clean place. Here we saw workers cleaning the riverbanks.

Outside of the church we saw the death notices. These are posted in various places in the towns.

Outside of the church we saw the death notices. These are posted in various places in the towns.

Not sure why he is holding up a building, my guess is that he may be an architect.

Not sure why he is holding up a building, my guess is that he may be an architect.

Back to the story! At Tryavna we found an easy park close to the old stone bridge and went looking for the tourist info place to get a map of the town. With a map in hand we set off to explore the place. It is a smallish town but there was more to see than we had expected and we didn’t end up leaving until 4 in the afternoon. The town is renowned for its woodcarving and there are plenty of shops selling cheap souvenir wooden products, but there were also workshops with artist working where the real wooden products could be seen being made. We took some time to also enjoy a lunch by the river with a view to the old stone bridge.

The stone bridge. This was the view we had at lunch.

The stone bridge. This was the view we had at lunch.

No OHS in Bulgaria. Very flimsy scaffolding and no safety equipment.

No OHS in Bulgaria. Very flimsy scaffolding and no safety equipment.

This is a different church with a slate roof. The thickness and size of the slate meant you needed a strong frame to hold all that weight.

This is a different church with a slate roof. The thickness and size of the slate meant you needed a strong frame to hold all that weight.

While on our ramble through the town we passed a shop that had some bandana’s displayed in the window, well I had to go in and have a look. The result was a new bandana for my collection at the price of $3 a real bargain.

Ewout and his new bandana. And yes he is standing next to a giant lion.

Ewout and his new bandana. And yes he is standing next to a giant lion.

We have spoilt ourselves lately with having lunch out for many days in Bulgaria. The reason for this is one the good food and the other is the price. Our cheapest lunch we had was $10 and the most expensive was $18 for the two of us. In the evening we just have some bread with assorted toppings. I keep joking that Jenny will forget how to cook.

The approach to the old bridge from the cobbled stoned road. On this street were many woodcarvers and other craftsman.

The approach to the old bridge from the cobbled stoned road. On this street were many woodcarvers and other craftsman.

The Shipka Pass and the Spaceship.

Our destination that night was an old communist building at the top of a remote mountain Buzludzha.

Does mean that you can kill and scare thin animals?

Does mean that you can kill and scare thin animals?

On the hill as we left town another large "ugly" statue.

On the hill as we left town another large “ugly” statue.

Our honey man on the side of the road. Although he didn't speak English he indicated that he didn't like the snakes in Australia. We pointed to the picture of the bear on the honey jar. They were ok he said.

Our honey man on the side of the road. Although he didn’t speak English he indicated that he didn’t like the snakes in Australia. We pointed to the picture of the bear on the honey jar. They were ok he said.

Buying honey. We took his photo so he then took ours.

Buying honey. We took his photo so he then took ours.

Our spot for morning tea. The cloud were still hanging over the mountain top.

Our spot for morning tea. The cloud were still hanging over the mountain top.

On the turnoff to our overnight spot was the Freedom monument at the Shipka Pass. It is at the top of the hill and after a steep drive to the carpark and a walk up a large flight of stairs we were there. The monument was interesting but the views were spectacular over the valley. From this vantage point we had our first glimpse of the “Spaceship”. The monument was erected at the site of the 1878 battle for their independence from Turkish rule.

Statue at the base of the Shipka Monument. The place was built to remember the defeat of the Turks in 1878.

Statue at the base of the Shipka Monument. The place was built to remember the defeat of the Turks in 1878.

Inside the monument were 4 levels giving details about the battle which took place.

Inside the monument were 4 levels giving details about the battle which took place.

View over the valley from the Shipka Monument. Good to see the Bunyip still in the carpark.

View over the valley from the Shipka Monument. Good to see the Bunyip still in the carpark.

The camera at full zoom , this was our first sighting of the spaceship monument. Buzludzha

The camera at full zoom , this was our first sighting of the spaceship monument. Buzludzha

It was only a few kilometres to the Buzludzha Monument but it took us a while as the road was very windy, steep and potholed. We placed ourselves in a carpark area near to the lower monument which is in the shape of two hands holding burning torches.
The clouds were appearing to build and rain was starting so we made plans to visit the monument in the morning as it was getting late we decided to settle in for the night.
The Buzludzha Monument was built in 1981 by the then communist party at an enormous cost of
7 000 000 euros. It was lavishly decorated and it was built as a tribute to the creation of the communist party in 1891. When the communists no longer had power in Bulgaria it was abandoned and over the years vandalized.

The monuments at Buzludzha. These were taken before the storm came through. When viability was reduced to only a few meters in front.

The monuments at Buzludzha. These were taken before the storm came through. When viability was reduced to only a few meters in front.

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This was to be our carpark for the night ,but when the strom came in we moved down the hill to a place out of the wind.

This was to be our carpark for the night ,but when the storm came in we moved down the hill to a place out of the wind.

Now deserted and vandalized the Buzludzha Monument is testament to communist values. The country was in decay and yet 7 000 000 000 Euros was spent on this one building.

Now deserted and vandalized the Buzludzha Monument is testament to communist values. The country was in decay and yet 7 000 000 000 Euros was spent on this one building.

The Storm

As evening approached so did the storm. It rained and the wind blew into a gale. The ‘Bunyip” was a rockin and a rollin, not very pleasant. We tried to get to sleep but the noise and the movement made it impossible. A few kilometres down the road that we had come up we had seen a picnic area which we thought might be more sheltered, and we discovered it was. The difference was amazing, at the hill top it was like being in a Twister movie but a few kilometres lower it was still windy but the “Bunyip” was not rocking.
In the morning the weather was not any better and when we did drive to the summit we had little visibility and the rain was coming down almost horizontal due to the strong wind. We couldn’t get out of the van and the visit to the Buzludzha Monument was cancelled. A bit disappointed we made our way down the mountains to the plains where it was sunny and a slight breeze.
Our next destination is Plovdiv a place we skirted around two years ago. This time we intend to explore the town.

Lavender fields at the base of the mountains. We had planned to see the fields in France this year but our plans changed. This is a bit of compensation.

Lavender fields at the base of the mountains. We had planned to see the fields in France this year but our plans changed. This is a bit of compensation.

In the plain the sun was out but at the mountain top it was wet and windy.

In the plain the sun was out but at the mountain top it was wet and windy.

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2 Responses so far.

  1. Mary en Chris from Gerde Hungary says:

    Great story again… So nice. I travel with you…..about the wind… I HATE WIND especially when your in a camper … looking forward to your next story… Safe trip..xxxx

  2. Was it on the 3rd of July that you were at the Shipka monument? I’m pretty sure we saw you on the Shipka monument, as I recognize the kangaroo sign of the motorhome. We were faster to get to Buzludzha though and we still managed to visit it including a trip inside. We even made a video! Have a look if you wish: http://www.roamingonwheels.com/row/#!trips/18

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