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Bulgaria: Amy Good or a great big Pile of Old Man's Pants?

Bulgaria: Amy Good or a great big Pile of Old Man's Pants?

Nov 17th, 2009, 04:56 AM
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Bulgaria: Amy Good or a great big Pile of Old Man's Pants?

I'm looking at brochures again (it's that time of year again) and Bulgaria keeps coming up. Specifically the Baltic resorts.

So has anyone been?

If so:

Is it still as backward as it used to be (I'm thinking Borat levels here)?.

If not is it package tour hell? (It is very cheap). I'm particularly worried about Germans.

What is there to do and see (I know it's Thrace so there is presumable something to see).

What's the food like (hopefully not too soviet)?

How easy is it to organise for myself?

Any other things I should know?
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Nov 17th, 2009, 05:12 AM
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Oh and at the risk of talking to myself; What's Sophia like?
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Nov 17th, 2009, 05:30 AM
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What is there to do and see

You should take the opportunity to hear their unique (and beuatiful) choral music, in particular women's choruses and/or throat singers. Ideally in a church but in a concert hall if need be.
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Nov 17th, 2009, 05:37 AM
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I have heard the Bulgarian singers over here. It is a truly unbelievable sound.
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Nov 17th, 2009, 05:37 AM
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all of those soviet union leaders can't have been wrong.
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Nov 17th, 2009, 05:41 AM
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Call the Fodors' PC police. Someone insulted an ethnic group.
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Nov 17th, 2009, 05:44 AM
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It doesn't count if it's the Germans.

all of those soviet union leaders can't have been wrong.>>>>

Well....Actually they were all wrong about everything.
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Nov 17th, 2009, 07:01 AM
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Chol...I have spent some time in Bulgaria, both before the "curtain" and after..most reently 2005. My guess is that you could have a fine time there...Veliko Turnovo is an interesting city, and Varna has some redeeming features (a beautiful Marine Park and promenade). The Black Sea resorts, especially to the south are surprisingly with it. Sofia is more than just a large capital..folkloric abounds there and most everywhere...the aformentioned singers for example.
Try it out...the food choices are also quite good and very reasonable...lodgings are on a par with most former Bloc countries, and I can recommend an acceptable one in each of the places mentioned above.

You can easlily arrange the trip for yourself IMO...I did it several times even before the end of the cold (faux) war, and after. In 2005, I escorted 16 of my readership for an in depth tour that included Romania's most popular regions, and the three aforementioned cities in Bulgaria...worked out very well.

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Nov 17th, 2009, 07:16 AM
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For information re Bulgaria you could contact a personal friend who has a travel agency in Sofia. Christina has visited with us here in the states. This is her website address.
http://christravelbg.com/frames.html
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Nov 17th, 2009, 07:39 AM
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Went 25 years ago and it was all polit bureau - cheap Beluga and krug. the locals literally pulled the clothes off our backs for a fist full of dollars - they had been flogging the black gold to the US via Turkey - pocket fulls of cash but nothing to spend it on.

2500 little party workers used to come down to the beach each morning and comb it with well hair combs.

There you are a 25 year old trip report - now I believe the place is an absolute nightmare - you have of of the following :

1. First Choice packages
2. East End barrow boys looking for a Place in the Sun but can't afford Portofino.
3. Eastern European mafioso who now have pocket fulls of cash with lots to spend their money on.

Clarkson recently took Top Gear to one of the Romanian resorts up the road with a DBS vantage, a California and a murcielago spider. They pulled into a posh hotel car park to find it full of more of the same.

All in all a very big pile of a very old mans pants. Prague it ain't.
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Nov 17th, 2009, 07:52 AM
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If you are indeed looking for Baltic resorts, you'll be disappointed.
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Nov 17th, 2009, 01:11 PM
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Cholmondley_Warner,

The Baltics are way way north. If you are thinking of the Balkans, they are east. Don't you have a map? Bulgaria is on the Black Sea.

I was in Bulgaria in 1993, a few years after the collapse of the soviets. I stayed in several of the sea coast resorts. They were good but the sea is flat. No waves. It helped to speak some German, pretty much essential at that time. There were many German tourists.

I ditto Stu Tower's comments. It is easy to do it on your own. I recommend a Lonely Planet guide book. Look for yourself for what you want to do. The food is good. Beer is good. There was live music at a lot of restaurants. Vodka is cheap. Hotel selections reminded me of Paris in the 70s.

I think you should lighten up if you want to enjoy yourself. Bulgaria is not California.
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Nov 17th, 2009, 01:44 PM
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I think you should lighten up if you want to enjoy yourself. Bulgaria is not California.>>

he's a spurs fan. give him a break. we are used to having our dearest hopes shattered.
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Nov 18th, 2009, 02:14 AM
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I think you should lighten up if you want to enjoy yourself. Bulgaria is not California.>>>

I don't weant to go to California.
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Nov 18th, 2009, 02:22 PM
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I think you should lighten up if you want to enjoy yourself. Bulgaria is not California.

Poetic license.

BTW, don't worry about the Germans. They don't bite.
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Nov 19th, 2009, 02:37 AM
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BTW, don't worry about the Germans. They don't bite.>>>>

They exist. That's enough.
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Nov 19th, 2009, 03:04 AM
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>>They don't bite<<

That's not the point. Sun-loungers, that's what it's all about.
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Very amusing thread. Thanks.
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Nov 19th, 2009, 04:21 AM
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It seems that the prevailing opinion is that Bulgaria is indeed a great big pile of old man's pants. And what's worse a great big pile of old man's pants full of germans.

I'll give it a swerve.
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Nov 19th, 2009, 05:43 AM
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I'll give it a swerve.

The Bulgarians would appreciate that, if they only knew what they missed.
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