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Old 03-28-2010, 09:21 AM   #1
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Today I have a lot of free time, so I said to my self, what a …

Biiiipppp mistake!

-Let’s post some pics from the Balkans, our home.

It was October 2009 and I it was not raining at all !

I left Athens in the morning and I arrived in Plovdiv in the night.










I passed the border from Exohi and I went north east using secondary roads.










I stop in Borino to eat something before it gets dark.
So I lost the lakes…

In the Rodopi mountains are living the Pomaks. Ancient people, that they cultivate tobacco.


Muslims in the religion and very polite.



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I arrived in Plovdiv late. The hotel was good and quite cheep.





After, a quick visit to the center for some pictures and on the road again to Karlovo.









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They told me that from Karlovo to Kazanlak is the rose’s valley. They produce something like the 80% of world production of the rose oil!
Unfortunately I didn’t see a single rose. This tame of the year, was late (again)
I tried to visit the rose museum, in Kazanlak. Never found …

So I continued to Sipka. This is a church made by the Russians dedicated to the liberty of Bulgaria from the Turks.


















I wanted to go also to the tombs of the Thracian kings, but I was short in time…
I have to be back one day.



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From there to Veliko Tarnovo and Ruse. From there we pass in Romania using a huge bridge.


















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Thank you, very cool photos. What type of motorcycle are you riding?
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Very interesting to see a part of Europe we seldom see here. Thanks for taking us along.. I find the crosses on the above church intriguing.. any idea why there's a crescent at the bottom of the cross? The crescent is generally a symbol used in Islam.

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By the night I was in Curtea d Arges.
Near to the Castel of Dracula (the real one) and in the gate of Transafagesan road.
A year ago I tried to pass the road but the fog said no to me. It was November of 08.
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Thank you, very cool photos. What type of motorcycle are you riding?
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Very interesting to see a part of Europe we seldom see here. Thanks for taking us along.. I find the crosses on the above church intriguing.. any idea why there's a crescent at the bottom of the cross? The crescent is generally a symbol used in Islam.



The Patriarchal cross is a very old Byzantine symbol.
In the beginning it wasn’t even Christian. It was a political simple.

Don’t de surprised to see commune things between Christians and Muslims. We lived together for centuries.
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The next day I wake up like crazy. I pack in a great hurry and I left the hotel.



The castle of Vlad Tepess was waiting for me.
So who was he?
Actually he was Prince of Wallachia (voivode) known as the Impaler or Dracula.
Historically, Vlad is best known for his resistance against the Ottoman Empire and for the cruel punishments he imposed on his enemies.
A Romanian popular hero in a few words
For the most of you, Vlad III is perhaps most commonly known for inspiring the name of the vampire in bram Socker's novel Dracula






























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Going up was very difficult for a fat man like me, after that I was in diet for a couple of months and I lost 5 kgs


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Immediately after Vlad Tepes (real) castle starts the Transfagaresan road.
It was a nice sunny Sunday and a lot of Romanians families were there for a pick nick.
It was really nice to see all of these happy people.















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Don’t de surprised to see commune things between Christians and Muslims.
We lived together for centuries; and hopefully for centuries more, you have a wonderful eye for pictures, thanks for taking the time and posting them
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On the top of the road I find Balea Lake, one of the most beautiful places on planet earth.
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Now a lot of people in here talk about food.
Well if you ever go up there try these …





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