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The elderly man who climbs up the clock tower in this Balkan Mountains town twice a day to wind the clock says that he has climbed the Eiffel Tower 385 times – without having left his hometown.

In the tower hangs one of the few models of Foucault's pendulum in Bulgaria.The town has many other claims to fame. It is the home of a famous Bulgarian 19th Century woodcarving school. The former town baths now house a museum for American, Asian and African art. And one of Bulgaria's most prominent poets – who almost won the Nobel Prize – was born in a picturesque Revival Period house here in 1866. Legend has it that the only reason he missed out on the honour was that he died before the Nobel Committee made up its mind.

Where in Bulgaria are you?

Email your answers by 10 November to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and you can win a weekend for two at the Medite Spa Hotel, Sandanski, where you will experience the ultimate in relaxation and service. The winner will be selected in a draw*.

*Conditions apply. Winners of competitions produced by Vagabond, Bulgaria's English Monthly, are selected in a draw. The decisions are final and correspondence will not be entered into. Prizes may be collected in person at the editorial offices in Sofia or shipped anywhere in Bulgaria postage-free. Postal charges will apply for shipments abroad. For customs reasons we are unable to ship alcoholic beverages abroad. Any customs or other duties levied on shipments abroad will be the responsibility of the addressee. Prize winners will be interviewed and featured in the magazine, unless they have specifically indicated otherwise.

Ivayla Stefanova in Sofia is our Where in Bulgaria Are You? competition winner. She guessed the village in question was Slivarovo – for more on it go to our Milestone Section. An IT specialist, Ivayla likes to travel as much as she can – something in which Vagabond has been instrumental: she made a couple of journeys in and around the country after reading our travel pages. Ivayla's next stop will be Sandanski, where she will spend a weekend for two at the Medite Spa Hotel, courtesy of Vagabond.

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