Yesterday the Bulgarian government approved changes in the Labour Law concerning public and national holidays. Until now if a holiday fell on Tuesday or Thursday the government would usually declare the Monday before or the Friday after an official non-working day (a working Saturday would be then designated to make up for the missed day) meaning we would get 4 workfree days in a row. Or even 6 days in a row! As was the case in May 2014 when 1st May was Thursday and 6st May was Tuesday, both being official holidays in Bulgaria, this meant we got to rest from Thursday till Tuesday! Many people including the business sector disapproved of this practice for various reasons – disruption in the work process, delays in payments, disrupted communication between institutions, less efficient workers, worse labour productivity, stress and so on. This practice of rearranging working days is now a thing of the past. Public and national holidays will no longer be connected with the weekend to form the so called Bridge Holiday – when they fall during working days only the particular day will be non-working. When they happen to be during weekends the following Monday is to compensate and will be a day off work. The changes come in effect from 1st January 2017 meaning 2nd January (Monday) is officially the first non-working day under the new law.
Veliko Tarnovo now has a new tourist map which is available for free – you can grab your copy from the Tourist Information Centre at 5 Hristo Botev Str as well as from the sites which are advertised on it. The first circulation is of 10,000 pieces. The map itself measures 48×35 cm and is bilingual (Bulgarian and English). The most prominent historical and cultural sites are marked on it as well as information about transport, places to dine and entertain and various types of services provided in the town.
The new Palace Cinema in Mall Veliko Tarnovo will open to the public on Friday (16th December). There is still no official website, but on Thursday a telephone number will be released for reservations. The new theatre will meet its audience with 3 completely refurbished halls. All of them are kitted out with the latest state-of-the-art technology, including silver screens, which allows guests to enjoy blockbusters on the venue’s exclusive to Bulgaria 3D system Volfoni for an immersive experience. Two of the halls are equipped with unique rocking chairs and the 50-seats VIP hall promises luxury setting that will make you wish the movie never ends. The first flicks which you can see are Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Collateral Beauty and Inferno, and the animation movies Sheep & Wolves and Moana.
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The weather forecast shows that Saturday and Sunday are set to be warm and dry with plenty of sunshine so if you still haven’t visited the Christmas Market in Marno Pole Park, Veliko Tarnovo, the weekend seems as the right time to do it. The Market is open every day from 10 am till 8 pm and will continue up to December, 31st. This year the Greek Kontosouvli Chalet is in the spotlight – it attracts everyone with sizzling sounds and delicious aroma coming from the grill. Kontosouvli is actually a big kebab traditionally slow roasted on a spit turning over charcoal pit. The treat is priced at 6 leva per kg. The adjacent chalet is selling mulled wine and wormwood wine at 2 leva per 200 ml. At the Christmas market you will also find Kazanlak Donuts, kattami (stuffed flatbreads) and Turkish delight. A variety of souvenirs, everyday items and toys are also available. A mini fairground with Ferry Wheel and Santa Post Office will keep the little ones entertained.
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A new traffic organization is now in force at a junction at Magistralna Street (below the Language High School and above the retail and wholesale stores area). A traffic lights system costing 80,000 leva was placed there recently but only came to be working yesterday. The installation was mounted 4 months ago but due to some arguments between Veliko Tarnovo Municipality and the State Road Infrastructure Agency concerning a fee that should be paid to the agency the lights weren’t operating; now the money is paid. Be aware that serious jams are occurring even outside rush hours and are reaching all the way to the roundabout at Praktiker.