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April 2016 – Travelling the Danube River through Bulgaria

One of our stops was in Silistra.  From Silistra, we took a short bus trip to Aftar Village, where we visited a local school and an Ethnography Center.  Upon our arrival we were offered samples of local bread and spices.
201604.08 Aftar Village (Bulgaria) sampling local bread and spi


We were entertained by local performers.
201604.08 Aftar Village (Bulgaria) entertainment by locals in national costumes (9)


Richard was recruited to join the ladies in a local dance step.
201604.08 Aftar Village (Bulgaria) Richard with local entertainers (7)


Suzanna dressed in traditional Bulgarian clothing.
201604.08 Aftar Village (Bulgaria) Suzie in local outfit


Later we travelled to Veliko Tarnono, where we visited a couple of very old churches.  During the rule of the Turkish Ottoman Empire churches were not allowed to be taller than a man on horseback.
201604.09 Bulgara, Veliko Tarnono-Old Bulgarian churches (3)

201604.09 Bulgara, Veliko Tarnono-Old Bulgarian churches (5)


At one church we were entertained by a group of church cappella singers.
201604.09 Bulgara, Veliko Tarnono-Old Bulgarian church-church singers (2)


In Veliko Tarnono is a monument to the liberation of Bulgaria in 1185.
201604.09 Bulgara, Veliko Tarnono-Assenevs Monument to liberation of Bulgaria in 1185 (2)


The remains of an old fortress exists on the outskirts of Veliko Tarnono.
201604.09 Bulgara, Veliko Tarnono (12)


We also visited a replica of a traditional medieval home in Veliko Tarnono.
201604.09 Bulgara, Veliko Tarnono-Traditional medieval home (2)


Here is a street scene in the nearby town of Arbanassi.
201604.09 Bulgaria, Arbanassi - street scene


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