Me and Debra on on the alcove
bed in our Yotel cabin
2009 - Gatwick Yotel
had an early flight and due to disrupted transport links
on weekends we optioned to stay at Gatwick Airport's rather
cool cabin hotel entitled Yotel. Debra said it was the best
night's sleep she has had.
Me at the Tsarevets Fortress
with view of Veliko Tarnovo
5th & 6th July - Veliko Tarnovo (Bulgaria)
After flying to Sofia we
took a bus to the medieval Veliko Tarnovo (referred to as
City of the Tsars) where we were to stay 3 nights. We did
the tourist bit and visited the Tsarevets Fortress
which served as the Second Bulgarian Empire's primary and
strongest defense wall from 1185 to 1393, and housed, within
it's expansive grounds, the royal and the patriarchal palaces.
This old city is situated on and between three hills, Tsarevets,
Trapezitsa and Sveta Gora.
Tarnovo is not really a touristy area; even the fortress
was quiet but it was nice to simply stroll around the town
at large and take it all in.
Some geezer with his arms
in the air
We climbed the hill to meet this geezer and he didn't even
reply to my 'Dober Den'.
Wooden bridge over some muddy
part of the Yantra River
Took a well earned rest on a wooden bridge in
the Sveta Gora area after
walking the long way along River Yantra.
you ever go to VT make sure you take a stroll down the cobbled
Gurko Street to see the quaint old houses.
7th & 8th July -
Ivan Vazov National Theater
Showing that there are some
nice parts of Sofia
I'm far better looking than
I have never know a city
with so many monuments.
8th July Day-trip to
Sandanski and Melnik (Bulgaria)
Me in Melnik meeting Yane
to a canceled bus from Sofia to Sandanski and a missed connection
Melkin we only had 15 minutes in Melnik, which was just
enough time to see an art workshop
and meet this bloke in the photo, whoever he is. Just as
well that we had bought a bottle of Melnik's wine (a favorite
of Winston Churchill) the night before in Sofia. Melnik
is Bulgaria's smallest town.
We spent longer in Sandanski
at he foot of the Pirin Mountain and named after the revolutionary
It was really just meant
to be transit between Sofia and Melnik but we met lots of
nice market stall holders and taxi drivers.
9th & 10th July -
Debra and me after our gondola
I am so glad Debra paid
the 80 euros to gondola alone without sharing with loudmouth
tourists, it would just not have been the same. Mind you
she disturbed the peace and showed me by singing a gondolier
song she has as her ringtone on her mobile phone.
Me on a vaporatto with Rialto
Bridge in background
is a very famous bridge, maybe almost as famous and I am
in my manor.
hours of walking I had to lay down, what do you reckon to
San Marco Piazza (St. Mark's
made it to San Marco Piazza as the sun was lowering.
Venice's very expensive Caffe
Florian in San Marco Piazza
bit beyond our budget but I sat for a rest at Cafe Florian
and hoped some waiter would take pity on my and bring me
a jelly baby sandwich with the crusts removed. You just
can't get the service these days!
11th & 12th July
A wall with a view - Verona
We somehow found our way
up here and some nice lady took our photo.
Got rid of the mad woman
in this photo of Verona
Adige River gushing through Verona.
Waiting for Juliet on her
at Casa di Giulietta (Juliet's House). But damn Romeo, he
has got the girl of my dreams.
6 euros to enter the museum or 7 euros gets you into her
tome about 20 minuets walk away. (I should add not literally
into her tome - well I did in fact lay in it but the extra
euro gets you into the room in the tome reside is what I
a patch on Rome's.
12th July day-trip to
Desenzano and Sirimone
Beautiful little dock of
20-minute train ride from Verona we took a daytrip to Desenzano
and Sirimone. In Desensano we sat by the mini dock ages
just chilling with ice-creams.
Looking out over Sirimone
from the castle (Rocca Scalgera)
Sirimone is a stunning peninsula
around Lake Garda. We took a boat from Desenazno and after
this visit to the castle Debra had a nice swim as I admired
13th July Milan
Duomo di Milano - Cathedral
in 1386, it took five centuries to complete this Gothic
cathedral and is the fourth-largest church in the whole
Recovering after meeting
some old bag in Gucci