Getting There: Gabrovo - Reign of Laughter

Society | October 4, 2002, Friday // 00:00

Gabrovo saw the birth of many famous inventions - the fashion of narrow trousers and short skirts, one-stotinka coin. And this is no big surprise since the inhabitants of Gabrovo are famous with their sense of humour and proportion. These are the people who clip the tails of their cats to keep the room warmer and stop their watches at night to save hard wear on the cog-wheels.

If you think this is just a joke, go to Gabrovo and see for youself. Being some 220 km north-east from the city of Sofia, it wont' take you more than three hours and seven levs to get there by bus. And it would be very unreasonable of you if you opt for the train. Once you get there there are several places you must visit. The unique open-air museum Etar tops the list of places to visit. Etar is an architectural and ethnographical complex, where the Bulgarian Renaissance atmosphere is recreated by the old-time workshops of traditional Bulgarian art and crafts.

Another place that will take you back to the Renaissance spirit is the architectural and historical reserve of Bozhentsi. This is the place to choose if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, or if you want to spend a romantic weekend. A number of cosy and comfortable private hotels will offer you high quality services at reasonable prices. Guests can enjoy their stay at the hotel complex stranopriemnitsa (Tavern) famous for its buns and various national dishes.

And do not forget to visit the House of Humor and Satire. Thousands of world famous humorists from more than 150 countries gather at the House of Humor and Satire during the biennial Festival of Humor and Satire. Laughter has remained the most stable currency of all, Radoi Ralin, famous Bulgarian writer and great friend of Gabrovo, writes. So never start out on a journey without it!

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