We have a couple of options this morning … a full day trip visiting Veliko Tarnovo, the city of the Tsars, and to the UNESCO World Heritage listed village of Arbanassi, or a sightseeing tour of the Neo-Baroque and Neo-Rococo town of Ruse.
Dawn escorts guests around Ruse, the fifth largest city in Bulgaria, located in the north-eastern part of the country, on the right bank of the Danube. One of the visits is to a semi-sunken church, built partly below ground level due to Turkish building restrictions during the Ottoman occupation. Also included is a visit to Kaliopa House, a museum featuring historic recreations of a typical guest room, music room and bedroom, with furniture from Vienna, as well as collections of urban clothing, jewellery, accessories and silverware. The museum also boasts the first grand piano imported into Bulgaria from Vienna, and we are treated to a short piano concert.
Richard heads to Tarnovo and Arbanassi, joining guests at St Peter and Paul Church to hear a choir of four singing chants A Cappella style. We also visited the house (now a museum) of a local wealthy family, and tried (and purchased) various products made from rose petals!
With everyone back on board ship, we join the Captain’s Farewell Cocktail and Dinner, which is a little strange since we have another two nights to go! After dinner, ballroom dancing Strictly-style, with attempted audience participation! No one seems overly keen, so Richard volunteers to dance but unfortunately his professional partner doesn’t speak much English. When she says step forward she means move backwards, etc. Other Furlongers seem to get on better!
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