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This page is to show the good and the bad things about living in Bulgaria, some of the quirky and unusual things that may be found there.





Radetzky



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The Radetzky was an Austro-Hungarian passenger steamship built in 1851 in the shipyard in Óbuda, Hungary, and used for regular services on the Danube, mainly between Orşova, Austria-Hungary and Galaţi,Romania. Named after Bohemian nobleman and Austrian general Joseph Radetzky von Radetz (1766–1858), it is most notable as part of the history of Bulgaria as the ship which revolutionary and poet Hristo Botev and his band bloodlessly hijacked and used to reach Kozloduy, Bulgaria.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 7th April 2014
Text: Wikipedia




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On 29 May 1876, after the ship left the port of Bechet, the Bulgarian revolutionaries, who had boarded her from different ports disguised as gardeners, forced the captain Dagobert Engländer to change course and transport the band to the Bulgarian port of Kozloduy, from where they would attempt to organise an anti-Ottoman uprising as a follow-up to the already crushedApril Uprising of the same year.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 7th April 2014
Text: Wikipedia




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The captain wrote of Botev's 'civility, energy and temperament', and agreed to transport the band to Kozloduy. Upon arriving in Bulgaria, the revolutionaries dropped on their knees and kissed the earth, saying goodbye to the captain and the passengers, who saluted them by waving his peaked cap. The Radetzky was decommissioned in 1918 and destroyed in 1924, although most of its relics were preserved. Between 1964 and 1966, On the occasion of the 90th anniversary of Hristo Botev's death, money was collected by 1 200 000 Bulgarian pupils on the initiative of the journalist Lilyana Lozanova, and the steamship was reconstructed based on the original design and technical data given by the ship's dyer Király József. The reconstructed Radetzky was officially opened as a museum ship on 30 May 1966 at Kozloduy. It is a composite of a 1953 soviet paddle tug, and pieces of the original Radetzky saved in 1918.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 7th April 2014
Text: Wikipedia









The Mountains



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The mountains of Macedonia, two photos stitched together to make a panorama

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 9th December 2012



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Adrian crossed the entire country of Bulgaria, to Macedonia, to the border of those two countries, and saw these beautiful mountains in sunlight, in foggy weather, in winter, covered by snow, but very beautiful.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 9th December 2012









The Playground



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This beautiful and very smart place for small children to play is in the middle of Sofia.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 11th November 2012




Playground Sofia

Even though there is all this wonderful equipment, this child (circled) finds more pleasure in climbing the tree rather than using the beautiful toys!

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 11th November 2012









Kiss Me!



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Adrian uses the ferry between Romania and Bulgaria regularly, over the Danube River, at Bechet-Oryahovo harbours, and he sees a lot of trucks on it, crossing the borders.

It seems to be a pleasant custom, in Europe, at least, to put a sign with the driver's name or nick-name in the front window of the truck, perhaps for publicity!

Yet here we have a strange use of this custom, with the stupid comment - "KIss Me!" Where, may I ask?

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 12th August 2012









The Ghost Bus Station



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This ghost bus station, Avtogara, from the small town of Oryahova is placed at one of the most important gates between Romania and Bulgaria, at an important crossing point over the Danube. This means many tourists pass through here on their way to many places in the whole of Bulgaria, such as Pleven, Sofia and so on.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 16th July 2012




Bulgarian Ghost Bus Station

While our Bulgarian friends are to be admired for the way in which they promote tourism in their country, with cheap prices, good quality of service and beautiful locations to visit, for these very reasons this ghost bus station needs to be repaired and become a beautiful gateway to the beautiful country of Bulgaria.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 16th July 2012









The Beautiful Church of Oryahovo, Bulgaria



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This is a good example of how a very old church can be valued by the Bulgarian people, in the middle of the small town of Oryahovo, near the banks of the Danube, not far from the Romanian town of Bechet.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 16th July 2012




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Perhaps when they see this, those who have the power and the position to protect and promote the beautiful churches of Oltenia will follow this model of restoration and preservation of important cultural monuments.

Photo: Adrian Gheorghe 16th July 2012








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