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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 27, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Friday, September 27, 1974 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD -The Herald Travel Bulgaria popular spot for holiday SOFIA Bulgaria, which is twice the size of Nova Scotia square miles com- pared to offers surpris- ing variety for a country so small. Between the Danube River in the north and the Greek border in the south, a series of mountain ranges and valleys slope in a west east direction down to the Black Sea, and from the long, wide sandy beaches of the sea itself, the terrain rises to a peak of almost feet in the Rila Mountains. In the fall, the hills and vales are coated with the colors of autumn, reminding one of eastern Canada at this time of year. The average mid day temperature in Sofia, the capital, is 74 in September, 63 in October. This is 5 to 8 degrees warmer than the readings enjoyed in September by cities across Canada and 5 to 10 degrees warmer than Canadian temperatures in October. LOTS OF SUN The sun shines brightly for an average of hours a year along the Black Sea, where the thermometer registers 5 degrees higher than in Sofia in the fall. In Canada, you have to go to Saskatchewan, aided by its cold, bright winters, to get more sunshine and then only marginally (Saskatoon, hours; Regina It wasn't so very long ago that Bulgaria was listed as one of the most backward countries of Europe, ranking with Albania in the facilities it possessed for the tourist. All that has altered, the country in the last 15 or 20 years hav- ing changed more than any other on the Continent from a basically peasant society into a nation whose economy is based on agriculture, in- dustry and tourism. Today, holidayers flock to its summer and winter resorts like lem- mings from all over Europe, East and West alike, and the annual total, which includes visitors from around the world, now approximates half the country's population of eight million. "We won't be the Bulgarians say, "until we have as many tourists every year as we have people." In achieving this objective, hotel building has become a highly important facet of the construction industry, par- ticularly in the resort areas of the Black Sea. The range runs from the simple and inexpen- siVe to the deluxe es- tablishment, and in summer particularly the lobbies echo to the sounds of a dozen different tongues. Bulgarians, of course, have always had a reputation for enjoying the hearty life and it should come as no surprise to find good food and wine serv- ed in hotels and restaurants throughout the country. Even- ing meals more often that) not are enjoyed to the beat of live music and song lustily played and sung, and for real lovers of night life there are clubs and casinos offering enter- tainment and dancing until 4 o'clock in the morning or later. Canadian tolidayers are dis- covering this land in gradually increasing nu.nbers. Last year, there were close to tourists from Canada, sured not only by what Bulgaria has to offer and by the desire to see something quite different, but by the low prices for ac- commodation, food, entertain- ment and sightseeing prices which, like those in the rest of the world, are being affected by inflation but which are still extraordinarily low by Cana- dian standards. In Sofia, for example, a cou- ple can get a double room with bath in a good hotel for as lit- tle as each, with breakfast and dinner included. If you want to go deluxe, the same thing in the best hotel in the city costs each. You can easily spend that much for dinner out in Canada these days. Bulgaria is one of only two eastern European countries (the other is Yugoslavia) that does not require a tourist to be in possession of a visa. None is needed providing you pay for at least three days of services (hotels, meals) prior to going into the country. This is done by buying vouchers either through a travel agent in Canada, or at Sofia airport or a border point as part of the entrance formalities. FRENCH AVIATOR DIES AGEN, France (Renter) Rene Drouillet, 76, co-founder of France's first air mail ser- vice and a longtime aviator, died today of injuries received in a car accident. 7 CHRISTMAS DEPARTURES LENGTH 7-15 DAYS YOUR CHOICE OF 7 HOTELS THE WESTWARD HO ZARVS ANAHEIM HYATT HOUSE THE QUALITY INN THE DISNEYLAND HOTEL THE ROYAL INN NEWPORTER INN Features: Sea World, Tijuana, Wax Museum, Lion Country, Busch Gardens, Universal Studios. Deposit per person confirms reservation. for lull deteils contact A.M.A. TRAVEL AGENCY South PNme 329-7921 or 329-11S1 Small Newfoundland town attracts tourist Many attractions flowers, wildlife lure tourists South Africa ideal place for sight-seeing traveller By IAN BLAIKIE CAPE TOWN South Africa is Africa first and South second. Its basic attrac- tions, which are built in not super imposed, include a blissful climate, magnificent scenery and a tremendous variety of wildlife. Super imposed on the basics are the lures that might be called secondary, those that are vital for the enjoy- ment of the primary attrac- tions modern hotels, ex- cellent inter city highways that are far ahead of traffic problems, an all jet inter city air service, and comfor- table long distance trains and motor coaches. Mix it up and you begin to get the holi- day flavor of this part of the world. It would be more accurate to use the plural "climates" when speaking of the climate in South Africa, for the country is both large enough and geologically varied enough to have two or three climates at any given time. During the winter, for ex- ample, Johannesburg and the Highveld are dry and cloudless, the rains come in spring and summer. Cape Town, on the other hand, has rain in winter followed by a long dry summer that is enlivened by a southeast wind, locally known as the Cape Doctor, which tears at hats and hair dos but brings the refreshment of a cool breeze. Over on the Indian Ocean, the country's premier pleasure resort, Durban, has a remarkably even year round temperature which varies from a 60 average in mid winter to an average 75 in high summer. But perhaps the best thing about South Africa's climate is its reliability, an advantage when planning outdoor ac- tivities. As for scenery, it's difficult to write descriptions without resorting to travelogue cliches, but to be factual the visitor is offered fool high mountains, miles of un- der populated beaches, vineyards galore, 18.000 species of wildflowers times as many as in all of CanadaK whitewashed Cape Dutch houses and farm MENINGITIS KILLS 23 SAO PAULO