I mistakenly mentioned that we have never been to Bulgaria before, which at the time I did find a bit odd. Wifey has since reminded me that we have indeed visited, a quite delightful place named Veliko Tarnovo, in the middle of winter with snow all around.
Not only picturesque and pretty as a postcard, we had a a lovely time and would happily go back again to explore some more.
I have idea why that slipped my mind, but I suppose the latest excuse is "brain fade". Or as we call it, a Changover.