This summer I was lucky enough to spend two weeks touring around Bulgaria with three other people in a brand new Chevy! Over the next few articles, I am going to share with you some of my photos from that trip, place by place. This is about our first experience of driving in Bulgaria, through a beautiful mountain gorge trail.
When we were planning our route from Sofia to Balchik, we knew the drive was going to be a new experience for all of us as we had never driven overseas before. For some reason however, we thought that it would be a great idea; instead of using the motorway to go there directly; just drive through a mountain and see a gorge road trail on the way. It was not a good sign that within 40 minutes of having the hired car, I’ve already crashed it a little bit into a parked vehicle (for which I received a justifiable amount of mockery).
We then headed up the mountain in the 30-degree heat, with little trepidation whatsoever. We stopped momentarily to use the toilet, and take a few photos in a little town called Svorge, which was lovely. The locals there were really, really friendly but next to nobody spoke English so be sure to have your guide/phrase books on hand.
It was a magnificent journey and we simply had to keep stopping to take photos of the beautiful landscape, both high up and of the gorge below us. The fact that it was such a lovely day only made this experience more enjoyable. I would have to advise though that this is not for the fainthearted and it was a good job that fletchinski84 was on hand to do the difficult driving as we encountered a number of problems on the way including, but not limited to – Google Maps screwing us over, a road becoming someone’s driveway, workmen dangling off the sides of bridges, women walking their bulls to markets and other such random events. The views for me were worthwhile though, despite this trip taking 4 hours instead of the 1 and a half we have factored!
The gorge road can be accessed about an hour north of Sofia and if anyone is in that area with a car, then I would encourage you to give this a try!