Blogs from Plovdiv, Plovdiv Province, Bulgaria, Europe - page 2


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

Europe » Bulgaria » Plovdiv Province » Plovdiv June 3rd 2013

As we had hoped the weather had cleared away from yesterday,well at least it was that way at dawn.Within an hour fog had enveloped the valley we looked out on and the mountains in the distance and we had to wait until the rising sun burnt the fog off to get the views we had hoped for of the fresh snow on the mountains. In the meantime we went down for breakfast and attentive as ever 'Boris' took our order for omelettes and coffee.The omelettes were a bit different than what we were used to and had crispy edges as if they had been fried.All the same they were tasty and very filling. Back up on our balcony we watched the village come to life with locals with their horse and carts passing by either with ... read more
Villager off to the fields
Elderly lady resting on her way home from local shop
Mid mountain scene

Europe » Bulgaria » Plovdiv Province » Plovdiv April 10th 2012

Once again, it seems, I have gotten very behind in my blogging. For our Easter trip this year, we decided to be brave and adventurous and attempt traveling using only public transportation to visit Bulgaria and Romania. So on Good Friday, we boarded a bus headed for Skopje, spent the night there, and were up early the next morning for another six hour bus ride to Sofia, Bulgaria. Unfortunately, Sofia was not our final destination, so we hopped a train in a decidedly Eastern Block era trains station and continued on to Plovdiv. Completely exhausted when we reached Plovdiv, we found a taxi and discovered that our hotel - though wonderful - was neither near the train station nor the old town. Per the staff's recommendation, we headed to a Greek restaurant for dinner where we ... read more
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Europe » Bulgaria » Plovdiv Province » Plovdiv January 31st 2011

Auf geht's nach Bulgarien, diesmal in die zweit größte Stadt dieses Landes, über die man eigentlich nie etwas hört. Aber in diesem kleinen beschaulichen Städtchen gibt's nicht nur einen nagelneuen Flughafen sondern auch das Bulgarien Air Museum. Zwei Gründe also um diesen Fleck dringend mal einen Besuch abzustatten. Ein Versuch mittels englischer Charter Gesellschaften, direkt nach Plovdiv zu fliegen scheiterte am Preis und Verfügbarkeit, auch ein Routing mit Ryanair scheiterte an den ungünstigen Flugzeiten. Somit sollte es mich dann doch wieder nach Sofia führen und dann auf dem Landweg nach Plovdiv. Start war also (wie immer) der Munich International Airport, der an diesem Samstag Vormittag wie ausgestorben wirkte, so wenig Betrieb im Terminal 2 hatte ich seit langem nicht mehr gesehen: Audi im MAC: img= read more

Europe » Bulgaria » Plovdiv Province » Plovdiv February 23rd 2010

Sofia Sofia seemed ok and the hotel looked…..quite posh! Sadly, even posh hôtels have sh*t rooms and this place, the Park Hotel Moskva, was no exception. We even had yellow water to wash and shower in!!! Still, at least the views were good…ish up on the 15th floor. As we were only here for the one night a couple of us decided to venture into the city for a meal with Anne and her brother, Thomas, who kindly gave us a quick tour of the city by night before settling down for food and a nice cigar (my first ever!) The city looked amazing at night and after our rather delicious meal we header to some bar for a few drinks. My usual was the order of the day so i sank a couple of jacks. ... read more

Europe » Bulgaria » Plovdiv Province » Plovdiv September 28th 2009

Enjoyed an excellent Bulgarian Merlot 2003 before settling in for a quite night in the village. On the morning of the 27th, pushed on out of the Shiroka Laka valley and continued on twisted, narrow, barely-maintained mountain roads. Surprisingly close to SL, we came to the Parapova ski resort. This looked great in that the forest was dense and evergreen, but not so great in that it was like an outpost of Pomland inserted in the Bulgarian mountains. Pubs, and chip butties. Worth another visit though. Dropped back into Bulgarian villages pretty quickly and then onto the Chepelare district. Spotted a side road to Skalni mostova which took us deep into the mountains and near the peak of a 2000m mountain complete with abandoned/under-utilised mountain resort. Few people around and the air was cold and damp, ... read more
Mixed faith in Sofia
Rila village
Rila monastery at sunset

Europe » Bulgaria » Plovdiv Province » Plovdiv September 27th 2009

After the basic 30 hour haul we arrived in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia. A city of old European architecture, mosques, synagogues and cathedrals. The day started with feta pastries and strong coffee and ended with a chicken goulash. The autumn weather is kind with sunny skies and daytime temperatures in the 20's. Cyrillic is hard to spontaneously fathom but is a necessary part of getting around. Lacking Cyrillic we bought 4 tickets each for the 2 rooms of the Ethnographical museum not under renovation. Sophia is clearly in transition or has been for the last hundred or so years. Soviet-style apartment blocks are everywhere with new smarter blocks being built with methods which would challenge most OH&S policies. Picked up a Citroen on Thursday morning and headed out of Sofia. As we drove from chique ... read more

Europe » Bulgaria » Plovdiv Province » Plovdiv August 21st 2009

So, it was time to part from the mountains - probably appropriate since our pace of travelling and general movement had become extremely slow. Our next destination was not Varna (like every other backpacker) but Plovdiv, Bulgaria's second city. We took the train again, preferring perhaps unwisely legroom over the option of an air-conditioned bus. Arriving at Veliko Tarnovo station (after some expert Bulgarian language attempts to the taxi driver) we were rather bemused as to how to obtain a ticket as the woman was shut firmly behind her screen doing her best to ignore us. Luckily though, the people of Veliko Tarnovo are pretty helpful and a young girl came over and did everything for us which was rather nice of her! Again, this train journey involved a change - but it wasn't remote as ... read more

Europe » Bulgaria » Plovdiv Province » Plovdiv July 16th 2009

I can’t believe tomorrow’s my last day here in Plovdiv! Time really flies when you do these volunteer camps, it’s crazy. As much as I’m looking forward to coming home, it’s still sad to think of leaving here. Wednesday pretty much cemented the fact we're all going crazy w/ these kids - everyone of us girl volunteers has been molested by these kids. They're not shy about it either, they grab on. Hard. I dare the next one to try it (they were good yesterday) because they will get their hand smacked, and hard. Oh yes, we've also pretty much all been asked to have sex. "You, me? I want sex", and then he'd like come up to you and try to rub up against you. Isn't that just fantastic? We're all like omg NE!!!! Meanwhile ... read more

Europe » Bulgaria » Plovdiv Province » Plovdiv July 13th 2009

So, we met the new bunch of kiddies yesterday - world of difference b/w the two groups. Three of the girls came into our kitchen, introduced themselves and asked if we'd go play football. We had just woken up (it was like, 11am haha), so we told them later. (Even though it was supposed to be our 'day off' we still didn't mind). When we finally went downstairs they all came over and were like shaking hands w/ us and everything haha. Aw, too cute! And then even ask for things - it's no more grabbing glasses or cameras, I love it. I have a couple cute shots of the younger ones wearing my glasses (which turn into sunglasses outside). I played football most of the time we were out - the older ones seem to ... read more
He loved the statue a little too much haha
Wearing my "sunglasses"
Kids in the theatre

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