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Plovdiv

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  • Day8

    All roads lead to Plovdiv

    May 24 in Bulgaria ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    A walk in the village of Kosovo before breakfast, then a 9am departure, headed for Plovdiv.

    First stop was the Wonderful Bridge, a natural bridge created by a cave being eroded by the river. It was a long drive in, and after a short walk, we were soon on our way for the 1 hour drive out.

    We stopped at the village of Narechen for morning tea, then headed toward Bachkovo Monastery. On the way we treated Nadya to some bread and vegemite, but she thought it was so bad she stopped the car to spit it out!

    Bachkovo Monastery was very busy as it's a public holiday today for Graduation Day for all the year 12 students. The graduates family spend a fortune on dresses/suits, flowers, car and a dinner for their family and friends... so much that they call it the "small wedding". Celebrations go late into the night.

    Assen Fortress and church, high on the hills overlooking Assenovgrad, was next stop, before heading to Vacha Dam on the way to Plovdiv, our base for the next 2 nights.
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  • Day9

    A walk through time in Plovdiv

    May 25 in Bulgaria ⋅ 🌙 19 °C

    Plovdiv is the second largest city in Bulgaria, is Europe's oldest continually inhabited city, and is the 2019 European Capital of Culture... and boy, does it have some culture.

    We went for a walking tour today, starting at the new end of their mall ("the longest walking street in Bulgaria"), built in the 2000's, followed by an area built in the 1800s with a strong Viennese influence, the old town (1700s Revival style), mosques built by the Ottomans, a Roman era ampitheatre (200 AD) and the ruins of a fort on one of the surrounding hills, dating back to 5000 BC.

    Plovdiv is surrounded by 6 hills - it used to be 7, like Rome, but one was destroyed in the beginning of the 20th century and the material was used for the pavement of most streets in Plovdiv, and is now home to a shopping mall.

    The two main ancient sites are the Stadium of Phillippopolis, which was renovated in 2010 and a section is visible in the centre if town, and The Roman Amphitheatre, which was uncovered during a landslide in 1972 and is now fully restored. It seats 3000 spectators and hosts regular concerts and events.
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  • Day2

    Plovdiv old town

    February 9 in Bulgaria ⋅ ☁️ 6 °C

    Second stop: Plovdiv! One of the European oldest cities. Full of charm and Middle Age buildings, it used to be an important center during the Byzantine Empire. It was so cool arriving at the hostel and finding my name wrote at the entrance! "Bienvenida Valentina y amigo" (Tony is my amigo 💜) we're just discovering this lovely city, we'll back soon with more pictures!Read more

  • Day3

    Roman theater of Plovdiv

    February 10 in Bulgaria ⋅ ☀️ 3 °C

    Пловдивски античен театър.
    Constructed in the 90s of the 1st century AD, it's one of the world's best preserved ancient theaters. At the time this bulgarian city was called "Trimontium" and made part of the Roman Empire, ruled by the Imperator Trajan. This amazing place was our last stop in Plovdiv before coming back to the roads towards our next destination !. We're lucky to have a nice sunny day 🌞Read more

  • Day69

    Boyana spring - Rila Monestary - Plovdiv

    July 13, 2018 in Bulgaria ⋅ 🌙 24 °C

    Today should have been a break day. But in the end it was three day trips in one :D Just too much too see here!

    In the Boyana District at the foot of the Vitosha mountain next to Sofia is a free water spring with drinking water. I watched for a while and was astonished how every two minutes a new pensioner walked trough the forest to the spring to fill up several 5l water bottles and to carry them away! So heavy. One old woman took a bag with rolls (in German: "Hackenporsche") to carry the weight. By asking why she takes the water from there, another old woman explained to me, it would be the best quality and would be very good for your eyes.
    So, I filled up my bottle and hoped to digest it well.

    Then, I made it to the Rila monastery (the Jerusalem of Bulgaria). Build over 8000 years ago. 60 monks still live there. It was a place that kept Bulgarian cultural thinking during the Turkish leadership in Bulgaria for several hundred years. The founder of it lived 17 years alone on a rock in the mountains and was a big role model for others... well...

    Then, I made it to Plovdiv after many more hours of driving on really bad roads. A local explained to me that it is the easiest for corruptive politicians to take money from the roads when receiving EU funding. They have the streets build it in poor quality and take the rest of the money. Would it be better to stop EU funds for streets when there's corruption? I thought long about it but would prefer to put better controls in place. There are at least streets!

    The old city of Plovdiv with all its restaurant, bars, students and artists took me into its ban.
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  • Day7

    Plovdiv - 6000 Jahre alte Perle

    July 7 in Bulgaria ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Sonntag. Gottesdienstbesuch in Plovdiv: Etwa 50 Gläubige versammeln sich in der evangelischen Kirche in der Lady-Strangford-Straße. Die englische Namensgeberin der Straße hatte ihr Leben dafür eingesetzt, Armen und Kranken von Plovdiv in und nach dem 1. Weltkrieg zu dienen. Auch hier: Ein Gott und anderen Menschen hingegebenes Leben bringt Frucht für viele Jahre, vielleicht gar für die Ewigkeit…
    Der Gottesdienst in bulgarischer Sprache ist mir etwa zur Hälfte verständlich - Russisch hilft. Im Anschluss Gespräch mit einer amerikanischen Missionarsfamilie - Vater und Mutter meines Alters, drei Kinder, die ihnen zwischen den Beinen herumlaufen. „Is it a joy or rather a burden to live here?“, frage ich ihn. „Both, I guess“, antwortet er, und ich glaube ihm, dass er es ehrlich meint.

    Den ganzen weiteren Tag laufe ich noch durch Plovdiv, bin gefangen vom Zauber dieser Stadt, besuche die private Kunstausstellung im Haus Philippopolis und speise zu Abend. Leider vergesse ich Fotos zu machen. :-)
    Am späten Abend Fahrt nach Burgas, ans Meer, wo ich um 2 Uhr nachts ankomme.
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  • Day18

    20.-24.09 Plovdiv

    September 20 in Bulgaria ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Von Warna habe ich mich auf den Weg nach Plovdiv gemacht. Dort hatte ich mir wieder ein sehr schönes Hostel rausgesucht. Das lag auf einem der sieben Berge der Stadt. Daher hatte man echt einen tollen Ausblick von überall. Gerade angekommen habe ich direkt einen Slowaken getroffen den ich schon kannte. Mit dem und ein paar anderen bin ich dann los zu einem Mittagessen, welches dann bis in die Abendstunden gedauert hat und so auch noch zu einem Abendessen wurde. In Bulgarien sind Hot-Plates sehr gängig. Davon bestellt man dann immer ein bis zwei und teilt sich alles miteinander. So haben wir dann einige davon verdrückt und ein paar Flaschen Rotwein getrunken. Am nächsten Tag habe ich vormittags die obligatorische Free Walking Tour gemacht. Die hat sich wirklich gelohnt. Der Guide hatte echt Spaß an seiner Arbeit und hat alles super anschaulich und interessant erklärt. Am Abend sind wir dann mit Gitarren und Ukulelen zu einer Ruine geklettert wo wir den Tag haben ausklingen lassen. Am nächsten Tag kam dann ein Deutscher an, der auch mit dem Rad auf dem Weg in den Iran ist. Das ist scheinbar gerade echt in Mode. Im Billa haben wir dann den richtigen Wein für ihn gefunden, wie ihr auf dem Bild seht. Sonst habe ich in Plovdiv viel Zeit mit den Leuten verbracht, bin aber auch ein paar Stunden alleine durch die kleinen Straßen und bunten Cafés geschlendert:)Read more

  • Day2

    Cocktail's time!

    February 9 in Bulgaria ⋅ 🌙 1 °C

    Not far from our hostel we found a nice cocktail bar called "Nowhere". We tested one named "Don't miss the night" a mix of vodka, Kahlua, vanilla and expresso coffee. Sweet, tasty and STRONG!

  • Day2

    2000 years of Plovdiv

    August 6, 2018 in Bulgaria ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    According to my lonely planet book, Plovdiv is the longest, continuously inhabited city in Europe.

    To get there, we had the option of a two hour bus or three hour train. We chose train since there won't be many of them on this trip. Which was a bit of a mistake because it turned into 3.5 hour milkrun of riding in an old ricketty, sauna-on-wheels. I would have paid $20 for a glass of cold water.

    On first arrival, we didn't really understand the town's charm, but it became much clearer with every hour that passed. We visited the ancient roman theatre built 2000 years ago, and then found ourselves wandering aimlessly through the pretty maze of cobblestone streets, littered with cute cafes, restaurants and wine bars.

    Spent some time at a craft beer pub where they also make their own beer, katka i mishka (cat and mouse) and then hit up a tiny wine bar to sample the local wineries. I didn't realize how big Bulgaria was into wine making. And then found ourselves at an upscale restaurant where two mains and a nice bottle of red came to $50CAD.

    The food has been fantastic so far. There's tons of pizza and pasta places, but if you look a bit harder for more traditional fare, it's so worth the effort.

    The people in Sofia were bizarrely miserable. No one ever smiled in our interactions and seemed annoyed with the effort required to breathe. But Plovdiv redeemed bulgarians for us as just about everyone there were friendly, chatty and helpful. I'm glad we didn't limit our Bulgarian venture to just Sofia. SP
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Plovdiv, Plowdiw, بلوفديف, Пловдив, Plóvdiv, Фїлїппополь, Φιλιππούπολη, پلوودیو, פלובדיב, Պլովդիվ, PDV, Filippopoli, プロヴディフ, პლოვდივი, 플로브디프, Philippopolis, Filipopul, Plovdivas, Plovdiva, प्लॉव्हडिव्ह, Płowdiw, پلوودیف, 4000, พลอฟดิฟ, Filibe, פלאוודיוו, 普罗夫迪夫

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