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Where to spend an anniversary? How about Bulgaria?

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Never would have predicted this location way back in June 1967. At that point I had never ventured far from Brooklyn.

Here we are on our Danube cruise on our way from Vienna to the Black Sea.

On June 3rd, our 46th anniversary, our port of call was in Bulgaria which was a surprisingly lovely stop. We were a bit apprehensive since we don’t have a great record with anniversaries. I wrote about it here.

On our wedding day the priest forgot to show up and that set the tone for many June 3rds to follow.

If you keep up on the news from Europe, we were just ahead of the floods on the Danube and hadn’t booked the post cruise excursion in Istanbul (which had to be cancelled because of the violence). So this anniversary will be recorded as one of the good ones.

We were traveling with friends we have known for exactly 50 years so it was sort of a double anniversary celebration.

Now back in the USA I’ve got some major jet lag. It was an 11 hr flight home (plus a 2 hr layover in Vienna) and a 4 hr drive after that.

I’m 4 lbs heavier since when on vacation I always experience the local food, beer, wine and culture. No regrets! I also ran a few miles in 6 of the 7 countries we visited. More on all this in future blogs.

Now to unpack, get back to normal and catch up on SP.
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    I missed this blog when you first wrote it. I am so envious of your wonderful trip, but I'm so happy that you've been able to enjoy this experience. You look pretty happy in this picture!
    1742 days ago
    I lived in Bulgaria 1984 to 1986. It is a beautiful country with lovely people and I have no doubt conditions have greatly improved since then. How wonderful you managed to enjoy your anniversary there. I have forgotten nearly all my Bulgarian (which was rather good back then) , but I think "chestit den!" would still work. (Happy day!)
    1744 days ago
    Welcome home and congratulations on your anniversary! I'm glad you guys were ahead of the floods, I've been reading a lot about that (the town I visited in high school is along the Elbe and bracing for some high water). I can't wait to hear more!
    1747 days ago
    emoticon and I'm glad this was a good June 3 for you!

    Also, happy you are back! I've really missed your blogs.
    1747 days ago
  • OWL_20
    LOL, had to laugh at the priest not showing up--but I'm glad this anniversary turned out well! Sounds lovely!
    1747 days ago
  • IONA72
    Congrats on your 46 years together, both looking good on it. emoticon
    Glad you enjoyed Europe and were not affected by the floods, they have been awful and not over yet. Our weather has been crazy this year.
    1747 days ago
    Happy Anniversary, my DH and I are celebrating our 52nd next week, and I have been working on him to go to Berlin, a cruise that starts there, and ends in New York City, 27 days, and the longest at sea is 2 days, can't quite figure that one out, but British Isles, Iceland, Greenland Canada, and then New York, we usually go on a cruise every few years and we both enjoy them but this one sounds great, he is kind of leery about the length of time,
    I have missed reading your blogs, and glad you got home alright and missed the floods,
    1748 days ago
  • DR1939
    Glad you're back. I've missed your blogs. We share a wedding anniversary. We just celebrated our 53rd on 6/3. emoticon We took a boat from Budapest to Vienna one year. It wasn't a cruise but a hydrofoil. Interesting trip. We've been to Vienna several times and loved it. Did you see any plague columns? I love Eastern Europe for that. My husband got a little tired of me shouting "Stop, stop" in the middle of small towns. Vienna has a marvelous one on the Graben and Budapest has one on Palace Hill.
    1748 days ago
    So glad you are home. Happy Belated Anniversary. Glad you celebrated on foreign soil-maybe that's the key.
    Looking forward to more trip blogs.
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    1748 days ago
    Sounds like you had a Vundebar time (wonderful) !! I had to laugh at the Priest not showing up that is a first I've heard of something like that.
    1748 days ago
    Welcome back! I look forward to reading about your adventures. So glad you and hubby got away for your anniversary!

    1748 days ago
    I'm glad you're back and that you had a wonderful trip!
    1748 days ago
  • CHERYLA2012
    Happy 46 Years Together and Many More!
    1748 days ago
    A wonderful anniversary. In Bulgaria, to boot!
    1748 days ago
    No regrets indeed! What a marvellous way to celebrate your anniversary: you look very very happy, both of you.

    Welcome back!
    1748 days ago
    What fun! Happy happy anniversary.
    1748 days ago
    Wow! Congratulations and Happy Anniversary!

    1748 days ago
    How lovely, but I'm sure it's good to be home.
    1748 days ago
    Congratulations on 46 years - glad this was one of the "good" ones for you!!
    1748 days ago
  • KANOE10
    Welcome back. I love your picture and congratulations on your wedding anniversary. It sounds like a wonderful trip.

    Get some rest from your jet lag.

    You did well running and enjoying yourself without much scale damage. Way to go.
    1748 days ago
    Welcome home, cant wait to hear more of your adventure.
    1748 days ago
    Welcome home. I have missed your blogs. That is a beautiful picture. I'm so glad you had a great anniversary. I just read the previous blog you mentioned. WOW! You guys are unstoppable after surviving all of that!

    Good for you enjoying the local food and culture, that's what vacations are about. Those pounds will melt off soon enough.

    Can't wait to hear more about the trip.
    1748 days ago
    Sounds like you had a good trip. Congratulations on your anniversary! Glad it wasn't as "memorable" as some of the past ones!
    1748 days ago
    Sounds wonderful!! I'm glad you had a good time!
    1748 days ago
    Welcome home! Glad this was "one of the good ones"... now rest up and get back to life refreshed and renewed. emoticon
    1748 days ago
    congrats on your anniversary and I am glad you had a wonderful trip. Have a great day and get some sleep
    1748 days ago
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