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20c and rain! That’s what we woke to yesterday, but it soon dried up and became a pleasant day, reaching 28c by 4pm. We cycled into the town of Kazanlak, 6km from site, mostly on a cycle lane which came to an abrupt end on the fringes of town! First stop was the UNESCO Thracian Tomb, original all locked up, but, you can see a copy! Then onto the peaceful rose garden to the Rose Museum. Kazanlak is the center of rose oil extraction in Bulgaria and the oil-producing rose of Kazanlak.

We walked into the centre of town, had a bite to eat and then visited the Ethnographic Complex, two houses that represents the region, towns and village lifestyles. We finished our tour with a look at the Orthodox Church of Elijah. Apparently on the last Monday of each month all museums are FREE! Couldn’t believe our luck, but we are entitled to Pensioner rates again unlike Greece!


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