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Europe » Bulgaria » Plovdiv Province » Plovdiv June 21st 2018

HE SAID... Today were travelling southwest from Veliko Tarnovo to Plovdiv. We woke to the sound of the church bell close to our hotel. We were leaving by train for Plovdiv, and it was an early start, so there were no cafes open for breakfast. We’d picked up some bananas and water the night before, but we would have killed for a cup of tea or coffee. We jumped into a taxi outside our hotel and headed to the Veliko Tarnovo railway station on the outskirts of town. We ate our bananas while we waited for the train to arrive, then walked across the tracks and jumped onto the nearest carriage when it finally rolled in about half an hour behind schedule. Unluckily, every eight-seat cabin was full, and those that weren’t full were not very ... read more
dabovo train station
fields of sunflowers
chicken kavarma

Europe » Bulgaria » Plovdiv Province » Plovdiv April 30th 2017

fabulous trip with my friends Dan & Zlate... read more
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Europe » Bulgaria » Plovdiv Province » Plovdiv September 10th 2015

Geo: 42.7252, 25.4815Woke up to rain this morning. Boo.The breakfast room is very large, has a couple of buffet lines, and was filled with people. I was sitting at a table with Barb and Moody, and Stefan eventually sat down with us. He told us of one time when he had a group from Texas. There was a very large group of Israelis in the breakfast room too, and they proceeded to fill their plates, piling more and more food on. Stefan noticed that one large Texan man in particular was slowly blowing his fuse. He eventually exclaimed, "They've taken the apple right off my plate!" He seethed a little more and then got up and approached the table of Israelis and barked, "You do not take food off of other people's plates! You took something ... read more
Tiger food!
The shopping street
Lovely 18th century building in the background ...

Europe » Bulgaria » Plovdiv Province » Plovdiv September 9th 2015

Geo: 42.7252, 25.4815It was so quiet during the night, and I actually slept really well. The mattress wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. The shower was … just a tiny corner of the tiny bathroom; there was either scalding water or lukewarm water. I chose lukewarm and only did a super-quick rinse. Will be happy to wash my hair tomorrow.Walked out a little early to see the monastery empty. I was the only person out there for five minutes or so, and then people in the group started to join in. The monks were singing in the church, and the sun was trying to peek through the clouds. It was very peaceful.We all went to breakfast at the same restaurant as last night. Going outside afterward, I looked down over a railing and ... read more
Mountain water
Kitty does a little dance
One of the monastery gates

Europe » Bulgaria » Plovdiv Province » Plovdiv August 2nd 2015

We decided to split the Bucharest - Istanbul journey up a little so we took a night off Bucharest to spend "somewhere" in Bulgaria. On the advice of someone we briefly met this place turned out to be Plovdiv, a small and pretty old town in the south. The drive was long, but made manageable by the good views across Bulgaria. It was much prettier and the roads were much better than we all expected. The Romania-Bulgaria boarder took a while due to the bridge being under repair but a bit of football with the boarder guards made that wait easier. Early start today and now we're off to Turkey. We're expecting this to be the first long wait at a boarder crossing, but who knows :) I'll update you all tonight if I'm not shattered! ... read more

Europe » Bulgaria » Plovdiv Province » Plovdiv August 2nd 2015

It has taken me a few weeks back home to get round to writing this .... I want to share what a fabulous place Plovdiv is. I left Lorraine and Keith and set off in a bus from VT to Plovdiv... now a word about bus travel in Bulgaria... it could be a large coach or it could be a mini bus... and so far I haven't seen any modern versions and certainly no toilets on board . So you need to check if they make comfort stops. On this particular journey the plus was the driver made several stops, but the minus was it was a very tatty old mini bus but hey it was cheap and got me to my destination even it it took five hours. And of course you get to see ... read more
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Europe » Bulgaria » Plovdiv Province » Plovdiv July 7th 2015

PLOVDIV AND CENTRAL BULGARIA From a pleasant, but unremarkable camp on the banks of Lake Iskar, the road to the east toward Plovdiv improved. So also did the general outlook. Away from the feral looking south west, agriculture looks more productive with broad acre farming across a broad plain showing how well this land can produce. Now that Bulgaria is in the EU, those farmers who have recognised the opportunity are said to be doing very well. When we passed through we saw auto headers and other modern machinery reaping excellent looking yields of wheat while sunflowers decorated alternate paddocks. All this under a hot sun hardening seeds to a high quality. What a different face we saw in Plovdiv. In the south west of Bulgaria people may have all but given up. In Plovdiv the ... read more
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Europe » Bulgaria » Plovdiv Province » Plovdiv July 23rd 2014

Seriously adorable town. Loved it. Everything was picture-worthy.... read more
Plovdiv Old Town
Plovdiv Old Town
Plovdiv Old Town

Europe » Bulgaria » Plovdiv Province » Plovdiv July 21st 2014

20 juillet Je me leve sans cadran ce matin. Il est 9h00AM a Sofia et le dortoir a 6 lits ou j'ai dormi s'eveille plus rapidement que moi. La vieille enseignante anglaise qui a dormi sous moi (... en dessous de mon lit je veux dire, parce que j'ai dormi au deuxieme etage d'un bunk bed tse...) se leve avec un mal de tete qui semble penible. Je l'entend raler dans ses jeans de la veille. Bah. Pas de pitie, elle qui s'est enfile une bouteille de rouge seule dans le dortoir hier soir. Je prepare donc mon sac, engouffre quelques gauffres, et je part a pieds vers la station de bus principale de Sofia. Berangere, une parisienne rencontree au guesthouse, m'accompagne jusque la. La jeune francaise quitte Sofia pour se rendre a un petit village ... read more
Le mouton confus
Batchko Monastery
Marinades

Europe » Bulgaria » Plovdiv Province » Plovdiv June 4th 2013

Not a gelato but an ice cream today and this time it was the first I have ever had that was weighed in the cone and charged according to the weight! We decided on breakfast BBA V2 style despite the price in the hotel restaurant only being Lev4 each.You can never be sure what you are going to get and we like to get a serving of yogurt inside us each day and we still had toast bread from the other day to clean off. We had had a long Skype call the Chris and Marilyn last night and hadn't got to bed until after midnight so we were a bit slow in emerging this morning not that we had a great deal planned for the day. We had observed the bus numbers travelling up the ... read more
Battery powered cars,Plovdiv Mall.Would have loved to have Lachie with us!)
Plovdiv pedestrian mall
the Roman stadium as it would have looked in 2nd century AD




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