Here in Sofia, within a few steps, you've got mosques, churches, and a synagogue. Rick Steves Europe 12 New Shows 2019-2020. The Thracian Plain, defined by Bulgaria's two major mountain ranges, was a busy funnel of trade throughout ancient times. One of Europe's most dramatically set cities, it winds through a misty gorge at a sharp bend of the Yantra River. In 1951, he suffered a stroke that rendered his right hand useless. That was so good. Its cascading gold and copper domes are striking from every angle. Tombs held a trove of golden treasure, now displayed in museums throughout Bulgaria. Even amid a pandemic that has hit the travel industry hard, Steves … They need to work early, before the rising sun evaporates the essential oils. It's a great excuse for a parade — a celebration not only of their alphabet, but of the Bulgarian language and culture in general. For coronavirus (COVID-19) travel information, Rick: So this is healthy water, then. Join Rick on a fascinating voyage, exploring four of Europe's most intriguing islands: Malta, Capri, Skye, and Orkney. It's dedicated to the Russian and Bulgarian troops (now buried in the crypt) who fought fiercely to defeat the Ottomans in 1877. We'll dine on fresh seafood at the fisherman's harbor in Cefalù, ponder ancient Greek greatness in Siracusa, commune with monks alive and departed in a Capuchin crypt, sleep in an olive orchard at an agriturismo, and eat our way through a classic Sicilian banquet with a famous chef. [nods]. Stefan: Yeah… Stefan: Very healthy. And on the top of it we have races with chariots, which is a part of a funeral procession. Relatively unknown and underappreciated, Bulgaria is a country I've long enjoyed for the surprises it offers the curious traveler. In 1951, he suffered a stroke, which made his right hand useless. The streets are lined with bars, cafés, and creative galleries (look for PLOVEdiv, with prints that put a whimsical pop-culture spin on old communist icons). Stefan: We have the Thracian king, who is buried here. Rick: You got Mediterranean — so it's a little bit of Greece, a little bit of Turkey, and a lot of Bulgaria. For a visual orientation, scan the mountainous horizon from the valley near Kazanlak and try to pick out three big landmarks: the flying-saucer shaped Buzludzha monument; the blocky Shipka Pass monument; and — down below that — the glimmering golden domes of Shipka Church. Bulgarian is a cross of all civilizations — between north and south, east and west. The style: "Bulgarian National Revival.". View the daily YouTube analytics of Rick Steves' Europe and track progress charts, view future predictions, related channels, and track realtime live sub counts. Travel with Rick on this video guide to Israel and find out what to do on your next trip. Peasant women cluster around a fire, knitting as they eke out warmth. The elaborate marble iconostasis separates parishioners from the main altar. It's the Day of Slavic Culture. The church is a pan-national creation: designed by Russian architects and decorated with Venetian mosaics, Slovenian oak doors, and Bohemian crystal chandeliers. Rick: OK. Stefan, can I have another sip of my rakia please? Centuries later, the Roman Emperor Trajan built this 5,000-seat theater. They mark the site of the heavily fortified headquarters of a long-gone Bulgarian kingdom. And, nearby, a folkloric dance troupe shares their traditional music. Rick: Da? Rick Steves's net worth is around $10 million. Stefan: …to your health. With a million people, Sofia is delightfully livable. As if stowing away on an actual shoot, you'll meet the crew and hear in their own words how America's most popular travel show is made. OK. 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