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Exploring around Rousse and the Danube

sunset on the danube river rousse bulgariaThe city of Rousse on the Danube provides an excellent base from which to explore an area rich in cultural and historical heritage combined with wondrous scenery.

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Mountain biking in Bulgaria

bulgaria is excellent for mountain bikingWhether you are new to cycling, or already a keen enthusiast, Bulgaria has much to offer - with its varying terrain and unspoiled countryside perfect to entice you to either pop to the shops or wander round the lanes from village to village, exploring all day…

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My Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey Road Trip

driving in bulgaria, greece and turkeyQuest Bulgaria member, Bryan Figg, shares his road trip experiences in the three countries. Its been only four months since I last drove the two lane route 79 from Bourgas airport to Elhovo, and I was prepared for it this time! It was 3am Tuesday morning, pitch black, having had a 2 hour delay on our flight and taking 30 minutes collecting our hire car. Having successfully negotiated the seemingly continuous flashing yellow traffic lights looming from the overhead gantries at every major road junction, the decision was always - do I stop or do I go?

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Bulgaria Offers Great Value Ski Deals

skiing in borovets bulgaria second cheapestIn its latest report on ski resorts and family skiing holidays, the UK Post Office shows that Bulgaria is one of the most favourable in terms of value for snow lovers. The research looked into prices for winter 2009/2010 and was undertaken by Post Office Travel Services. It investigated the costs of lift passes and food within the top ski destinations across Europe and North America, for two people and a family of four. The data places the ski resort of Borovets in Bulgaria in second place out of 14 for value for money for ski passes and equipment hire.

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Favourite Restaurants in Sofia

dining out in the bulgarian capital sofiaIf you find yourself in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia, it can be difficult to know where to grab a bite to eat or enjoy a more leisurely dinner. In no particular order, we offer a fistful of restaurants in Sofia which we particularly enjoy. Divaka was one of our first eating out experiences in the capital and really enjoyable it was too! There are three Divaka restaurants in the city, each with their own atmosphere. Usually they are packed with locals, young professionals and foreigner visitors. The restaurants offer good prices, nice food and fast service with lovely atmosphere. One of the best value-for-money in the centre.

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UK Registered Cars in Bulgaria

is your UK registered car legal to driveA recent accident has brought to our attention that there are many UK registered cars which are kept and driven in Bulgaria by expats. Whilst these cars should be re-registered in Bulgaria by their owners who live here, a large number are not. We have seen numerous expats driving around in their UK registered cars without a care for what would happen in the case of an accident. This is mostly because they either can't be bothered with re-registration or think that local rules don't apply to them.

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Relaxing in Budapest

budapest, famous for architecture and nightlifeThe culturally rich city of Budapest in Hungary has become one of the most sought-after cities by the luxury traveller. Any number of splendid spas and thermal springs in downtown centre, the gloriously extravagent architecture, endless patisseries, the panoramic Danube and fabulous nightlife... all create a real "big city" atmosphere. This is a great time of year, with the weather still being kind, to pop over the border for a relaxing treat in Budapest. The city was created by the joining of the separate towns of Buda, Pest and Obuda in 1873 and it was from this moment that the city expanded into a world capital. The city is divided by the Danube and covers a 200 sq.m area divided into various districts, with around two million inhabitants.

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Driving in Bulgaria Factfile

rules and regs for driving and cars in bulgariaThis, the most recent Quest Bulgaria Members Factfile, contains everything you need to know about driving in Bulgaria: taking the driving test, exchanging your licence and even how to buy or sell a second hand car. The factfile covers driving rules and regulations, together with tips and hints on which government departments and other bodies to contact regarding driving licences, car purchases and getting your vehicle through the roadworthiness test . Essential reading for those driving and owning a vehicle in Bulgaria.

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Out and About around Varna

get away from the beach and see the sightsVisitors to the northern Black Sea coast can take advantage of numerous places to visit around Varna. From palaces to eco-parks, the high end resort and beaches of Golden Sands, to the extraordinary stone forest. Suitable for couples and families, why not explore more of this beautiful part of the Black Sea coastline this summer. Evksinograd Palace. Built under the name of ‘Sandrovo’ by Prince Aleksandâr Batenberg in 1882, and renamed (combining the Greek word euxine (hospitable) with the Slavonic grad (town or fortress) by his successor Ferdinand, Evksinograd Palace is nowadays notorious for being the former holiday home of the Bulgarian Government. You cannot visit the palace itself, but you can see it from the beach coves that surround Evksinograd.

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Beyond the Blue Rocks of Sliven

the extraordinary blue rocks of slivenThe area around the city of Sliven is packed with exciting things to do and see. It is most famed for the Blue Rock Nature Park, which dominates the city's backdrop, but there is more to this area than nature alone. Discover some of the key highlights of this wonderful region and plan your own mini break there. There are nature reserves, a chair lift to experience the dizzying heights of the rocks, architectural gems in numerous small villages.

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