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Evening 7: Unification Day in Veliko Tarnovo

Our two-night stay in Veliko Tarnovo coincides with Unification Day in Bulgaria, celebrating the unification of Eastern Rumelia and Bulgaria in 1885. It's a national holiday which falls on September 6 and in Veliko Tarnovo happens to feature an elaborate sound-and-light show.

We set off in the evening and straightaway saw that the fountains in our nearby park were illuminated after darkness had fallen:

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They colours changed every few seconds:

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We'd soon paced through the town, past the Hanged Rebels Memorial, which looked a lot more noticeable in the dark:

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Within a few minutes we caught a glimpse of the fortress in the distance:

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We needed to get a lot closer, which meant passing the cathedral:

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Some of the fortress walls were extremely bright:

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Eventually we reached the entrance and were standing with a crowd:

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The lights were dimmed...

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... and then various sections were lit up...

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... one after the other...

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... until the whole complex was glowing:

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We were spoilt for choice with colourschemes:

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Soon the fortress was shooting lasers:

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Until hitting the best colourscheme of all:

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After that, the scene turned red and the sound recording accompanying the display stopped:

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You can get to experience a similar display thanks to a recording which somebody uploaded:

And with that, we and the thousands of other people watching dispersed.

Today's been a long day but fortunately we don't have to check out until noon tomorrow for our afternoon trip to Bucharest, and the bus station is only a two-minute walk away, so we can have a lie-in in the morning to recover before heading on our first ever visit to Romania!



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