As in Albania & Macedonia, the pace of life in rural Bulgaria is slow & gentle - that is until Em roars through...
We always take minor roads - this one takes us through the middle of an old Soviet airforce base complete with protected aircraft bays and, of course, soviet statues.
Still, the same weather system follows us - it was black skies on one side and blue on the other.
Map reading's getting harder.
After a really heavy storm in Plovdiv the sun breaks through.
Cue copious attempts at catching the view from our window!
Our reward for braving the heavy rain.
We enjoy dinner with Charlotte, an intrepid lone traveller from the UK who travels without much of a plan - just like us!
Attempt to do self take of my enormous meal - i clearly don't have enough practice!
Em has developed a bit of an obsession with the huge dandelions...
Wandering round the Ottoman buildings in Plovdiv's old town.
Plovdiv's Roman Amphitheatre, still in use today - here being ready for the evening's show, Riverdance......
The 'Eavesdropper' statue in Plovdiv - commemorates an old eccentric who used to just go and listen (very unsubltly) to everyone's conversations in the main street.
Em is smitten when she sees this dreamy poster of some local popstar - she never looks at James the way again....
The words 'we're riding to china' roll off the tongue too easily! This distance is only as the crow flies - we're not crows....
Roman ruins in the shopping centre...
Same time each afternoon sees enormous downpours. There's no glass in this window, it was that heavy!
Enormous (and delicious) skillets of Chicken Kavarma are quickly becoming Em's favourite!
Bottle of wine? check. Several 'man size' dishes? check. Contented James? CHECK!
A water and sore bum (no comments please) break as we head NE across Bulgaria towards Veliko Tarnovo.
Em enjoys not having black clouds somewhere around us!
Em, now something of a seasoned biker, looking like she's been doing it all her life!
Having tried to learn some Albanian cyrillic letters, we're gutted to see that Bulgarian is different and our map is 'roman' only! Guesitmation time!