Discover Bulgaria – through the eyes of Sandra Chstiansen

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Sandra Moltzau Christansen is travel blogger, part of the team of rundtekvator.no. Rundtekvator is Norwegian travel blog with the aim to inspire you to explore new lands and adventures as well as embrace nature and outdoor life. There you will find exciting stories about fantastic experiences, incredible people and inspiring travel tips. Rundtekvator is a family of 4 who most like to travel to places that are a little out of the ordinary. Together or separately they have traveled in more than 80 countries and across 5 continents. The activities are based on everything from volunteer work and nature experiences to action and luxury concepts, which are tried out.

Sandra was participant the Norwegian Press tour to Bulgaria in August 2021, organized by the Ministry of Tourism. You can find more about the trip in the instagram of rundtekvator.


Sandra in Bulgaria

I where invited to Bulgaria by the Bulgarian Ministry of Tourism and got the chance to see all what this beautiful country has to offer!

First city out is Sofia. Here we got, among other things, the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, and it was really worth a visit!


Our tour started in Sofia, and already here we got insight in what a historical and cultural country this is. On the way towards the Black Sea coast we visited Plovdiv, a charming city with an unique architecture unlike anything I have seen before.

As soon as we reached the coast, we understood that there is no reason to go to “Sunny beach” if you would like a beach-vacation! Sozopol, Burgas and Nesebar are all examples of charming coast cities with a lot to offer. We got the chance to swim in the black see, experience the salt lakes and the mineral mud, attend a kite festival and see the beautiful sunrise, just to mention some things!

 

Balchik Palace (originally “Quiet Nest Palace”) was one of the places we visit on our trip in Bulgaria 🌸 As a result of the Second Balkan War, Romania gained power in the province of Dobruja in Bulgaria, including the city of Balchik. The palace was built between 1926 and 1937 for Queen Maria of Romania 🏰 The palace and the beautiful botanical hill that surrounds the area are definitely worth a visit!


Leaving the coast and traveling back into the north of Bulgaria we visited Veliko Tarnovo, also known as the historical capital of the second Bulgarian empire. This was our last stop, and a great way to remind us of Bulgarias important role in the history of Europe.

In northern Bulgaria we find the city of Veliko Tarnovo, often referred to as the “City of the Tsars”. If you are in the city, we recommend visiting Tsarevets, a castle from the Middle Ages! Here you can stop by this completely unique nook located at the top of the castle. It was reconstructed in the 1970s / 1980s and the interior depicts events from Bulgaria’s history ⛪️ What do you think of the style? 🤓

 

Through the whole journey we ate outstanding Bulgarian food, drank a lot of rakia, stayed in first class hotels, saw a lot of beautiful nature, got insight in Bulgarian history and of course learned some Bulgarian!

To sum up, the trip has been страхотно (great)!

 

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