Bulgaria is such an amazing country! It was never a country I even thought about visiting. So when my beautiful friend told me that she was getting married there and dreamed of having me photograph her wedding I knew I needed to say an enthusiastic yes! It. Was. A. Dream.
I dragged my husband along making this our first trip away from our babies. Needless to say, Jesus and I had a lot of heart to hearts to keep me from freaking out. I like to think I'm a brave person but when it comes to leaving my babies I become a big ol' mess. However, the time away was so needed since all my son does is nurse and scream at me. Would anyone judge me if I wore earplugs all day? Don't pretend like you haven't wondered the same with your kids! ;)
But yes, our trip was amazing. Day 1 we picked up our rental car, drove two hours to Plovdiv for lunch and then another two hours to Burgas all while being stuck under a rain cloud traveling with us across Bulgaria. We finally reach Burgas on the Black Sea while at the same time getting hit with a downpour flooding the streets with six inches of water in places. We then get to our Air BnB, change into nicer clothes and then high-tail it down to the town hall to photograph the first of Kim and Nik's wedding ceremonies. We ended the day with the most delicious Bulgarian food and it is now my mission to figure out how to replicate some of the food but I know I'll never succeed.
Day 2 was the wedding featured in another blog post and Day 3 was wedding recovery and tourist day as we meandered through the streets of Burgas and up the coast to Nessebar. We explored old churches and ruins as I did my best to hobble along on very blistered and sore feet from the day before, before finally admitting defeat. We then spent our last night enjoying more Bulgarian food.
Our last day we spent traveling home but not before stopping in Sofia to see the most magnificent church that made my cry. Sofia is stunning and I wish I could have explored for longer than five minutes.
The days we had in Bulgaria were not nearly enough and this short and sweet blog post does not do our trip justice. There are so many more amazing places to be discovered. If you have the chance to go, just go! And be sure to pick up a Troyan pot or two and some rose oil while you're there!