Blogs from Plovdiv Province, Bulgaria, Europe


Europe » Bulgaria » Plovdiv Province » Asenovgrad September 22nd 2019

It is Sunday morning and we had now been in Bulgaria for a week. Each day had been an education on Bulgaria: its ancient and recent historical treasures, its art & architecture, traditional culture, food and even modes of transportation. We had seen sites spanning many historical eras: the 20th-century remnants of the Communist era, Koprivshtitsa’s 19th-century Bulgarian National Revival architecture, the Ottomans’ 14th century mosque and 1st century Roman engineering in Plovdiv. Today’s scheduled jaunt would take us to sites from the early Medieval or Middle Ages period, roughly the 5th to 15th centuries. Our Euromeet host, John, had arranged a day trip to two significant sites built in this time frame: Asen’s Fortress and Bachkovo Monastery. We had a very light breakfast at the hotel before taking a taxi ov... read more

Europe » Bulgaria » Plovdiv Province » Plovdiv August 30th 2019

Only 2 days ago we arrived in Plovdiv on a Bulgarian National Rail (BDZ) train from Sofia. Our train ride of a bit under 2 hours took us past the blue-gray outline of the Vitosha, Rila and Rhodope mountain ranges which could be seen in the distance. We had seen only small villages clustered near the train stations we passed along the way. At stations such as Vakarel and Belovo the rusting vintage railcars on siding tracks evoked images of Bulgaria's past. Though we were on a "Fast Train" to Plovidiv, we made several stops and usually a uniformed station master would appear with signal sign to give our train engineer the "all aboard." As we got closer to Plovdiv, it was clear that this was a city with not only a much larger population but ... read more

Europe » Bulgaria » Plovdiv Province August 11th 2019

Often I have found myself visiting a place that is so interesting that my curiosity cannot be satisfied with a short visit only. There rarely is enough time to see and do everything much less take all the photos I hope to. This was certainly true for the village of Koprivshtitsa which we had just visited, and the same could be said for my thoughts on the city of Sofia. But it's also exciting to think about places you've yet to visit, so it was time to move on. We left Koprivshtitsa by way of the same bumpy, winding road we arrived on. Driving up the mountain had been much more fun than the coming down! I'm not sure that anyone else noticed, but the incredibly steep downgrade caused our minibus driver to have his foot ... read more

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

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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