Daily Archives: May 30, 2011

Monday’s Links for Curious People – Bulgaria Edition

Posted by on May 30, 2011

The rocks of Belogradchik and the Balkan Mountains

The rocks of Belogradchik and the Balkan Mountains

]I’ve been racing around Europe for almost a month now and I am really starting to feel the effects. I haven’t written a thing for the website this entire week. I’m exhausted almost every night. I’ve managed to keep up with my photo editing somewhat, but I still have a lot to do.

Despite the poor condition of much of the physical infrastructure in Bulgaria, surprisingly enough they have some of the best wifi I’ve seen in Europe.

I’m still on my G Adventure trip through Romania and Bulgaria. The last two days I’ve been in Veliko Tarnovo, the old capital of Bulgaria. Today I’m in Belogradchik in the northwest part of the country, not far from Serbia. On Wednesday I’ll be in Sophia and on Friday I’ll be pulling into Istanbul by train.

On June 8th I’ll be flying from Istanbul to Vancouver by way of Berlin to speak at the TBEX conference. If you are in the Vancouver area, there are a few events I’ll be attending if you’d like to meet in person:

  • June 9, 8pm, G Adventures Concept Store: I’ll be speaking at the G Adventures Concept store in Vancouver about my travels, showing photos and answering questions.
  • June 10, 1-5pm, El Nido Restaurant: My This Week in Travel co-hosts and myself will be doing a meet up and recording a live show at El Nido in Vancouver near the convention center. Everyone is welcome and there is no cover charge. We expect several dozen bloggers and people in the travel industry to be in attendence.

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UNESCO World Heritage Site #136: Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands

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UNESCO World Heritage Site #136: Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands

UNESCO World Heritage Site #136: Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands

From the World Heritage inscription:

The Ligurian coast between Cinque Terre and Portovenere is a cultural landscape of great scenic and cultural value. The layout and disposition of the small towns and the shaping of the surrounding landscape, overcoming the disadvantages of a steep, uneven terrain, encapsulate the continuous history of human settlement in this region over the past millennium.

The towns of Cinque Terra are just beautiful. If you are ever in the neighborhood of Pisa or Genoa, you should consider making a trip there. You can visit the five towns by train, by boat or even on foot. It was the highlight of my recent cruise around Italy and would highly recommend it to anyone visiting Italy. It might not be as sexy as some of the other destinations in Italy like Rome, Florence or Venice, but it has its own unique charm. Try to avoid arriving on a day with cruise ships or show up before 10am or after 1pm to beat the crowds.

View my complete list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites