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  • Day9

    A walk through time in Plovdiv

    May 25, 2019 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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  • Day86

    Magnifiques maisons de Plovdiv

    September 10 in Bulgaria ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Le coeur historique de la ville de Plovdiv (2eme ville de Bulgarie, capitale européenne de la culture en 2019... jamais entendu parlé avant d'entrer en Bulgarie...c'est la honte...) est vraiment très chouette. Les maisons bourgeoises construites entre le 15eme et le 19eme siècle sont très belles ! On partage en photos.

    Guigui vous a déjà fait un topo sur l'histoire bulgare, je vous épargne donc le compte rendu des 4 heures de visite privée passées avec Zaria à Plovdiv...les filles ont été patientes.

    Pour les lectrices de Closer au bord de la piscine.... Il paraîtrait même que Sylvie Vartan (Bulgare d'origine) y a une maison...

    Grosses bises
    PS: on poste pas mal aujourd'hui car on fait demain notre dernière étape bulgare avant de filer vers Bucarest et la Roumanie !
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  • Day2

    Plovdiv old town

    February 9, 2019 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

  • Day8

    All roads lead to Plovdiv

    May 24, 2019 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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  • Day3

    Roman theater of Plovdiv

    February 10, 2019 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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  • Day40

    Plovdiv Old Town

    February 9 in Bulgaria ⋅ ☀️ 0 °C

    Never knew that Plovdiv is the oldest city in Europe which history can be tracked back to 6th millennium BC. And, yes, you can feel strong vibes from just being here. Or is it just the beauty of cobblestone Old Town with marvelously restored medieval houses?🤔Read more

  • Day40

    Roman Theater

    February 9 in Bulgaria ⋅ ☀️ 0 °C

    Built in 90s AD and discovered in 1960s, this Roman Amphitheatre was hidden from our eyes for more than a millennium after being destroyed in the 4th century. Unbelievably, it can host up to 7000 spectators - isn't it a big number for the times 2000 years ago?🤔Read more

  • Day7

    Plovdiv - 6000 Jahre alte Perle

    July 7, 2019 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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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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