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Old May 6th, 2007, 06:48 PM   #1
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Hello,
I started this thread because I didn't find some else that was "suitable" for this kind of info&images.

I'm going to post some info&images from my trips around the country. I'd be glad if other forumers post theirs too.

These are from my recent weekend trip to Melnik (near Greek/Macedon border).

First: there is the route (I'm poor at graphics drawing, sorry ):



These are some images and brief description of the road (could be useful to people from Macedonia or Greece)

Leaving Sofia, southern direction (this is from a southern Sofia's neighbourhood):


On the way to Sofia bypass:


Sofia bypass - some construction works here (is that the "extension" project?)


Again the bypass - traffic got congested here in our direction


Leaving Sofia's bypass in south-eastern direction. This is the district of Boyana:


Sofia-Pernik. The road is awful, sometimes 1x1, sometimes 2x2, sometimes 1x2. High traffic volume. Road is in a bad condition and urgently needs repairs


Pernik-Dupnica has about 20-30km almost completed highway, part of "Struma" project. Minor construction works, still not officially a highway, still the 90km/h limit, but it's already 2x3 (with emergency lanes).









Some scenery here:


Highway ends here...again 1x1...blah





Near Blagoevgrad....for about 10km it's 2x2:


Blagoevgrad's commie neighbourhoods:


After Blagoevgrad, we have again 1x1, but this time the road passes through a mountain:




This is near Sandanski...the landscape looks strange for Bulgaria...a bit mediterranian somehow?





This is near Melnik, almost 10-20km from the Greek border


Now some sightseeing...

That's Melnik:


I titled this image "controversy"...many people, especially nationalists from BG and MK get ignited by just seeing that:



The Rojen monastery:






This is "Rupite" where Vanga lived (beautiful place):


The Vanga's house:


And some hot water spring:


And finally some advice: DO NOT use the Sofia's bypass. Driving through the city with all its awful traffic can be better.

And some thoughts about the people that build the "Struma" highway: they are dickheads and should all be imprisoned.

In 2-3 weeks I'll post images of a Sofia-Ruse trip. Expect them soon

Thank you
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Old May 6th, 2007, 06:53 PM   #2
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The Bypass needs enlargement badly, 3x3 lanes all the way around. after Tsarigradsko shosse it's the busiest road in the country. nice thread
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Old May 7th, 2007, 03:24 AM   #3
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BGRS great job, buddy!
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Old May 7th, 2007, 03:44 AM   #4
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Nice photos


BTW what does melnik mean?
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Old May 7th, 2007, 04:01 AM   #5
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Awesome update with these pictures bgrs, thank you for sharing!

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It has something to do with those sand piles around the town Realek.
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awesome thread. Bulgarian roads were always missing on EE road threads, hopefully we'll see more here.
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Old May 7th, 2007, 07:33 PM   #7
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good job....nice info and photos...keep telling about Bulgaria road ..
cause every year i pa from russe to Turkish border(i think svilingrad) and the road sucks man.it really needs renovation!!
hope to make it better soon
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Old May 7th, 2007, 07:51 PM   #8
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cezarsab: Ruse-Svilengrad is among the worst routes in the country. Really. And there aren't going to be big changes, at least not in the next 1-2 years. There are projects for Ruse-Tarnovo freeway and also for Marica Highway (Orizovo-Svilengrad). The rest of it... blah
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cezarsab: Ruse-Svilengrad is among the worst routes in the country. Really. And there aren't going to be big changes, at least not in the next 1-2 years. There are projects for Ruse-Tarnovo freeway and also for Marica Highway (Orizovo-Svilengrad). The rest of it... blah
"Prohoda na Rebpublicata" is closed for renovation and this is where the major bottleneck is.
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"Prohoda na republikata" is not a very convinient route (compared to Shipka) but perhaps after the reconstruction it will be much better.

Long long time ago, the money intended to finance the Shipka tunnel were transferred to Sofia subway construction...at least that's what many people were discussing. It was long time ago, I don't remember much of that crap..
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i see...all the best guys..Blagodarya....
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Old May 7th, 2007, 11:37 PM   #12
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The Shipka Pass is a fun drive...unless you are in a truck. It can't hold the commercial traffic. They were renovating the road on the Shipka side and it still wasn't a smooth ride. However the Gabrovo asphalt is in top shape, same asphalt from 30 years ago.
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"Prohoda na republikata" is not a very convinient route (compared to Shipka) but perhaps after the reconstruction it will be much better.

Long long time ago, the money intended to finance the Shipka tunnel were transferred to Sofia subway construction...at least that's what many people were discussing. It was long time ago, I don't remember much of that crap..

I don't think Shipka pass is more convenient compared to "Prohoda na republikata" , Shipka has a bigger elevation and 3 times more hard curves ... The south side of the "P na R" was restored 2 years ago and it is great now - few curves , at least half of the way is wide and in 3 lanes ... The same they are doing on the north side of the Mountain now - 32 km. from Predela to Kilifarevo. I am sure that when they finish it in 2 years it will take me 30-40 minutes to go from Tarnovo to Gurkovo ... while by Shipka it still requires 1.5 hours at least.
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A short movie about the western entrance of Veliko Tarnovo and part of the Sofia - Varna national road :

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The South - East Exit of Veliko Tarnovo and the crossroad of the national roads Sofia-Varna & Russe - Stara Zagora(Sorry for the bad quality of the images) :





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Thanks Turnovec. That short video proves again how dire the road situation is Bulgarian cities. The inter-city roads are fine, but once you enter the city limits (the municipalities are in charge), they change dramatically.
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Thanks Turnovec. That short video proves again how dire the road situation is Bulgarian cities. The inter-city roads are fine, but once you enter the city limits (the municipalities are in charge), they change dramatically.
You are generally right but i think Veliko tarnovo is a little exception ... That exact part of the road shown in the last part of the movie is set for renovation this year. The project is for the whole section from the West entrance to the South-East exit and includes couple of bridges and new sidewalks.

The Municipality of Tarnovo is doing a great job in the last 3-4 years too. They totally renovated the whole road and sidewalks infrastructure of 2 of the big commie block quarters of the city and now they look attractive and better then any other quarter in the big cities like Sofia or Varna. For the same renovation of the road and sidewalk infrastructure of the last 3rd new quarter of the city this year are set 3 mil. euro from the municipality budget. I think today maybe 40% of the city infrastructure consists of brand new roads and sidewalks ... lets hope that next year the percantage will be 60% ...

This is how one of the renovated kommi block neighbourhoods looks like now :


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Certainly glad to hear this.
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I'm just back from a teambuilding in Bansko. I didn't take my camera so I'll just share my impressions.

First, the route is exactly the same as the previous "Sofia-Melnik" one, with the exception of the last 30-40 km, which is a mountain passage between Rila and Pirin mountains, called "Predela". It is a nasty mountain road, many curves, etc. Currently it's under reconstruction (the EU infrastructure funds) and almost 60% of it is already complete (the rest 40% are still a nightmare). They were doing heavy construction works, new asphalt, new water drainage systems, new anti-erosion systems and they were even changing the course of a river near the road.

My impressions of Bansko (off-season): perhaps 1/3 of the town is either built in the recent 2-3 years, either under construction. Lots of construction sites, the place is under an extensive development process. New hotels, gas stations, commercial complexes, etc. I was surprised to see Bansko's first large supermarket and traffic lights, lol The town officially has a population of 5000 people, but together with tourists (during winter) perhaps its population is more than 30-40k.

But there were only few tourists as it was offseason and the ski tracks were not operating. A few SPA hotels with hot mineral pools, sauna, etc were still attracting some tourists. Nightlife was ****ed up (except the Planeta Payner Club, duh). There were very nice places for a drink and traditional dinner. The prices were OK, almost the same like these in Sofia (a bit higher though). The hotel rooms were very cheap (offseason) - a single room in a 4**** SPA hotel cost 25 euro, breakfast and swimming pool free of charge.

The "Predela" traffic was low. About 10-20 km from Bansko, there are everywhere hotel and motel construction sites along the road.

The few foreign tourists, as I could see most were either Germans, or Greeks.

In my opinion the town needs some parts renovated, especially its small industrial zone (in the eastern part), which looks abandoned (and perhaps is cause the town is relying 100% on tourism nowadays). Another strange thing is, I think a great percentage of the town is owned by "First Investment Bank"...ads everywhere, on the construction sites, on big billboards within the town, along the roads, etc.

Overall: a nice place. I should visit it during the winter (I'm afraid it would be far too expensive though).
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