Bulgarian Cousins to Transylvanian Szeklers

Posted by Pat on June 8, 2019 in Travel |

8 June 2019 “We Szekelys have a right to be proud, for in our veins flows the blood of many brave races who fought as the lion fights, for lordship. Here, in the whirlpool of European races…What devil or what witch was ever so great as Attila, whose blood is in these veins?…Is it a […]

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Varna and the Black Sea Coast

Posted by Pat on May 21, 2019 in Travel |

“Europe’s new funky-town” Варна, България – Varna, Bulgria 16-17 May 2019 Varna drapes around Bulgaria’s Black Sea Coast and the lovely Gulf of Varna. Originally called Odessos and an important Thracian seaside port, Varna has been a major economic and cultural center for over 3000 years. Lots of history, mild temperatures, ancient Roman ruins, turquoise seas, […]

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Stara Zagora, Bulgaria

Posted by Pat on May 20, 2019 in Travel |

Стара Загора, България – Stara Zagora, Bulgaria 14-15 May 2019 Stara Zagora, meaning the old region beyond the Balkan mountains, was settled by Thracians sometime between the 5-4th century BC. The city itself was founded by Phillip II of Macedon in 342 BC. The city grew to its largest radius under Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius (161-180) […]

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Exploring Bulgaria – Thracians and Bulgarian Roses

Posted by Pat on May 20, 2019 in Travel |

13 May 2019 I am being fed, pampered, clothed, fed, entertained, and fed with real Bulgarian hospitality. Mila, Vladimir and daughter Pam are spoiling me to the max. Today, they guide me to several fascinating sites of very early Bulgarian history. Americans learn next to nothing about this region of the world. We are missing […]

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Exploring Bulgarian History

Posted by Pat on May 20, 2019 in Travel |

12 May 2019 Driving in, around, over and through the striking landscape of steep cliffs and the very green Balkan Mountains, I am surrounded by the lush flora and fauna of the Bulgarka Nature Park. The mountain range forms the watershed between the Black and Aegean seas. Shipka Pass, at 3820 ft., marks the border between […]

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Bulgaria – Finding My Roots

Posted by Pat on May 20, 2019 in Travel |

София, България – Sofia, Bulgaria History and DNA Cousins  –  9-11 May 2019 One should question who we are even if we think we know the answer. We soon become part of the globe and its history. Unraveling a shared past brings us closer together.  I last visited Bulgaria in September of 2016. I fell in […]

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Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Posted by Pat on September 8, 2016 in Travel |

6 September 2016 – Unification Day Bulgarian Unification Day commemorates the unification of Eastern Rumelia (Southern Bulgaria) and Bulgaria in 1885. Bulgaria was never pleased with the terms of the 1878 Treaty of Berlin, when they lost parts of southern Bulgaria to the Ottoman Empire. Bulgarians gave up hopes for Macedonia and the rest of […]

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