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Skopje, our first stop in fascinating North Macedonia

It took us some time to leave the Rila Monastery and travel to Skopje, North Macedonia. Like on our arrival in the Rila National Park, there were works to expand the road, so we had to wait a lot for the machines to get out of the way or to move the recently cut trees out of the road.

Slowly, but surely, we made it, though. And we instantly started to appreciate the North Macedonian music. I forgot to mention this, but we only listened to what was on the radio on this road trip. And the music we found, regardless of the radio channels, was like the music from the ’80s!

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Travel to Sofia, Bulgaria’s blissful capital

In the afternoon, after our magnificent stop at  Devetashka Cave, we continued to travel to Sofia Bulgaria‘s capital city.

I finally got to travel to Sofia Bulgaria! Ok, maybe I am a little too excited about this. But you see, I had passed through Sofia so many times before, on the way to Greece, but until this time I never actually got out of the car to visit anything. I’m really thankful to Elena and Adrian who were kind enough to offer to host the three of us while we were doing the Balkan road trip. Not only did we get a free and comfortable place to rest our heads for the night, but we also got the chance to catch up with old and dear friends.

I also appreciated having a newly-established local as our guide. Elena took us to some really cool spots in Sofia, spots which we might not have discovered on our own.

Let’s get into the details! Or you can check out the quick travel guide on Sofia at the end of the article.

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Devetashka Cave: Astounding must-see place in Bulgaria

We left Veliko Tarnovo behind, heading to Sofia, Bulgaria‘s capital. However, on the way there, we had to make one stop — we simply had to visit Devetashka Cave!

A friend who was living in Sofia at the time had told us how interesting Devetashka Cave is. Afterwards, our own Internet searches returned some astonishing images. The latter managed to convince us that Devetashka Cave is a must-see since we were in Bulgaria.

Want to explore the cave? Well, there’s quick travel guide at the end of the article, with information on how to get there, what the tickets cost, plus some other details. And until then, I guess the following photos will have to do!

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Veliko Tarnovo: Street art you’ll love and some unexpected findings

Veliko Tarnovo (Bulgaria) was the first stop on our Balkan road trip. We quickly found a convenient place to stay, based on the Lonely Planet recommendations, took a shower and went for a long walk.

Our small group discovered Veliko Tarnovo’s street art, admired its bright terraced houses, got caught by the rain at Assen’s monument and visited Tsaravets Fortress. We also went to Marno Pole Park and found ourselves in the middle of a colourful festival.

If you’re short on time, you can just skip to the Quick Guide at the end of the article. If not, join me in exploring Veliko Tarnovo!

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