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Communist Monuments in Eastern Europe

Communist Monuments in Eastern Europe

After visiting Bulgaria on my first trip around Europe I’ve been fasinated by the brutalist communist era monuments and buildings that are strewn across Eastern Europe. They are not pretty in the normal sense of the word but they are immensly striking, futurstic looking and definitely nothing like the architecture or design we have in England. Below are a selection of these incredible monuments:   Buzludzha Monument – Bulgaria The most widley recognised of these structures is Buzludzha, formally known as the House-Monument of…

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Shooting Handguns in Sofia

Shooting Handguns in Sofia

As a Brit the closest you normally get to shooting guns is playing the latest release of GTA so imagine our delight when we were told about a shooting range in Sofia where we could shoot some handguns. The prospect seemed too good to pass up. With a few hours left before we were due to board our night train to Belgrade we found ourselves in ‘VIP Shooting Range’, a small 5 lane shooting range in the outskirts of Sofia….

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Hostel Old Plovdiv – Bulgaria

Hostel Old Plovdiv – Bulgaria

One of the most interesting and unique hostels I have stayed in has to be Hostel Old Plovdiv. On my second visit to Bulgaria, last summer, we opted to stop at Plovdiv for a couple days before continuing onto Sofia. We arrived on the night bus from Istanbul, I would call it the sleeper bus but it really wasn’t. Upon arrival we found a taxi and gave the driver the address of the hostel. After speeding along the empty tarmac…

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The Buzludzha Monument, Bulgaria’s abandoned UFO

The Buzludzha Monument, Bulgaria’s abandoned UFO

As soon as Tom and I mentioned we were heading down to Veliko Tarnovo, we were told that we had to stay at Hostel Mostel and go on the tour to the “UFO”. After an evening of casual drinking and being shown a few photos of what to expect we didn’t need any more convincing. Four days later, on our second day in the beautiful Bulgarian town of Veliko Tarnovo, we climbed into the back of a beaten up old Toyato Landcruiser and were on…

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