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Old May 12th, 2009, 10:25 PM   #2321
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Those things were very common during communism, 20 years ago, but since the fall of the iron curtain i don't know why but i haven't seen any being put on the new rehabilitated roads and the old ones dissapered without a trace...
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Old May 12th, 2009, 10:41 PM   #2322
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Sofia Ringroad at Mladost 4, BPS. Thanks to Repcho from gtsofia.info









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Old May 12th, 2009, 10:49 PM   #2323
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You know the city of Lille in France? The Belgians say "Rijsel" in Dutch. However, they have a town called "Lille" themselves too... Why translate it if you already have such a town in your own language?

Similar to Aachen, the Dutch call it "Aken". Funnily enough, there's also an "Aken" elsewhere in Germany.
I guess Lille in France and Lille in Belgium have nothing to do with each other, so things regarding them developed differently in the past. It doesn't mean "Lille" is an unacceptable word in the Dutch language, they just called it Rijsel. F.e. we call Prague "Praga", but "praha" also exists in Slovenian language, and it means fallow ground (and "prah" means dust). "Pula" could easily be a Slovenian word (though it isn't), but for some reason the official expression is "Pulj". And I'd understand, if Romanians changed the name.
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Old May 13th, 2009, 10:38 AM   #2324
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No Srbija in Bulgaria

But we've got a town and a village called Trstenik just like on Peljesac peninsula in Croatia
You have also Novo Selo all over the Balkans, sometimes you have several of them in the same country. In Slovenia the equivalent is Nova Vas ("vas" - like the word for village in Old Bulgarian) and in Croatia there are both.

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You know the city of Lille in France? The Belgians say "Rijsel" in Dutch. However, they have a town called "Lille" themselves too... Why translate it if you already have such a town in your own language?

Similar to Aachen, the Dutch call it "Aken". Funnily enough, there's also an "Aken" elsewhere in Germany.
I know, I have friends from Lille.
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Old May 13th, 2009, 11:45 AM   #2325
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I guess Lille in France and Lille in Belgium have nothing to do with each other, so things regarding them developed differently in the past. It doesn't mean "Lille" is an unacceptable word in the Dutch language, they just called it Rijsel. F.e. we call Prague "Praga", but "praha" also exists in Slovenian language, and it means fallow ground (and "prah" means dust). "Pula" could easily be a Slovenian word (though it isn't), but for some reason the official expression is "Pulj". And I'd understand, if Romanians changed the name.
We call it Pola
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Old May 14th, 2009, 10:23 PM   #2326
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Hi everyone, I'm new in forum. Can someone please give me advice, which one is better: Sofia - Varna (Hemus highway) or Sofia - Burgas - Varna? I'd rather drive some extra kilometres if the Burgas - Varna roadway is OK. I have one small child which does not tolerate many curves, ups and downs. Thank you for your answer.
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Old May 14th, 2009, 11:48 PM   #2327
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Hi everyone, I'm new in forum. Can someone please give me advice, which one is better: Sofia - Varna (Hemus highway) or Sofia - Burgas - Varna? I'd rather drive some extra kilometres if the Burgas - Varna roadway is OK. I have one small child which does not tolerate many curves, ups and downs. Thank you for your answer.
I'd advice Sofia-Veliko Tarnovo-Varna [Hemus Motorway]. Maybe 2/3 of the [E772] national road that connects both sides of Hemus was rehabilitated in the recent years and it is a fine road to drive on(not much curves, ups and downs.). You would only have some 7-10 difficult kilometers passing by Veliko Tarnovo as part of the road is closed due to the construction of a new junction. I would advice you to leave aside the signified alternative roads and drive through the city center and ask someone how to get back on the road to Varna(it would save some additional time and kilometers). After Veliko Tarnovo there are many stretches where the road is with 3 lanes and it's a real pleasure to drive on.

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[E772] Between Targovishte and Shumen



Sofia - Burgas - Varna is longer and it also passes the last lsopes of Stara Planina through the Rishki pass which has fairly enough curves, ups and downs.


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Old May 15th, 2009, 12:28 AM   #2328
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I love such asphalt color, it looks amazing, when the sky is cloudy and dark, apsolutely amazing, especially if it has shiny crashbarriers.
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Old May 15th, 2009, 12:43 AM   #2329
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[QUOTE=Turnovec;36681632]I'd advice Sofia-Veliko Tarnovo-Varna [Hemus Motorway]. Maybe 2/3 of the [E772] national road that connects both sides of Hemus was rehabilitated in the recent years and it is a fine road to drive on(not much curves, ups and downs.). You would only have some 7-10 difficult kilometers passing by Veliko Tarnovo as part of the road is closed due to the construction of a new junction. I would advice you to leave aside the signified alternative roads and drive through the city center and ask someone how to get back on the road to Varna(it would save some additional time and kilometers). After Veliko Tarnovo there are many stretches where the road is with 3 lanes and it's a real pleasure to drive on...

Thank you so much for the info, my friend It's going to be my first drive in Bulgaria, could you also tell me a word or two about your Police, traffic violation tickets (although I have no intention of speeding or any other violations)?
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Old May 15th, 2009, 12:45 AM   #2330
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I love such asphalt color, it looks amazing, when the sky is cloudy and dark, apsolutely amazing, especially if it has shiny crashbarriers.
The colour of the asphalt and the shine of a crashbarrier are not major factors in how good a motorway is. It the signs, good junctions, good reflectors on the road and a good surface. In fact concrete barriers are a lot safer than those lovely shiny barriers for the median you speak about so much.
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Old May 15th, 2009, 12:46 AM   #2331
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Dangerous at night, especially if the road markings are not reflective or insufficient either.
Itīs true, that reflectors are missing, but markings are mostly very good and the signs reflect very good aswell, but the roads would look better with such reflectors, more complete.
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Old May 15th, 2009, 12:49 AM   #2332
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Itīs true, that reflectors are missing, but markings are mostly very good and the signs reflect very good aswell, but the roads would look better with such reflectors, more complete.
It more about safety than the look of the road.
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Old May 15th, 2009, 09:26 AM   #2333
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It's kinda cool though, a while ago, I was driving a curvy road behind a truck at night, and he had his big lights on, and you could see the reflective markings, reflectors + cat's eyes in a cool way, it looked like a runway.
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Old May 15th, 2009, 11:03 AM   #2334
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It's kinda cool though, a while ago, I was driving a curvy road behind a truck at night, and he had his big lights on, and you could see the reflective markings, reflectors + cat's eyes in a cool way, it looked like a runway.
actually when you are travelling by night in romania and bulgaria it's advisable to stay behind a truck because you can see the road much better.i usually find a truck that's going at around 100km/h and drive behind him at night.
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Old May 15th, 2009, 11:40 AM   #2335
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That picture of the junction near Pravets looks awesome.
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Old May 15th, 2009, 01:36 PM   #2336
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The colour of the asphalt and the shine of a crashbarrier are not major factors in how good a motorway is. It the signs, good junctions, good reflectors on the road and a good surface. In fact concrete barriers are a lot safer than those lovely shiny barriers for the median you speak about so much.
You're once again questioning, even underestimating, the benefits of the shiny crashbarriers and colour of the asphalt.

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Old May 15th, 2009, 02:34 PM   #2337
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In fact, my favorite motorway in Bulgaria is "Hemus". I love the combination of viaducts and tunnels through a montanious terrain. It looks amaizing, even though there are not more than a 70-80 km constructed from Sofia and 100 km from Varna
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Old May 15th, 2009, 05:22 PM   #2338
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I agree, imagine how it would like if it was finished or near that stage
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Old May 15th, 2009, 10:46 PM   #2339
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the curious thing about hemus is that the hardest part, through the balkans is constructed since long time ago and the easier part, through the danube plain is not going to be build soon.
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Well our lame ass politicians obviously can't handle even the easier challenge.
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