On Day 8 we took a private car tour to Bulgaria that we had found through the tourist office we had stopped at our first day. We were originally going to spend the night in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria, but with the hotel mix-up we decided to skip that and do a day trip instead. I think it really worked out well, because not only could we see Veliko Tarnovo in the tour, but also were taken to a rural mountain monastery, as well as a nearby town too. So we got to see more, and by car with a guide, who was great!
At the mountain monastery after crossing over into Bulgaria by car in the morning
There were lots of bracelets tied to trees all over Bulgaria… apparently it is a folk tradition that girls wear the handmade bracelet for a month before spring, then tie it to a branch for good luck! So neat!
I wish we’d had more time in Bulgaria, it seems like a really great place! Maybe we can see Sofia next time!