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Nov 3, 2018 - Revival Buildings

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Bulgaria and Romania has to say about Plovdiv’s revival buildings and the Ethnological Museum: Pupulden, or (Philippopolis as the Byzantines called it), was controlled by Constantinople, Bulgars and even Latin Crusaders over the following centuries. After various skirmishes, the Ottomans conquered it in 1365, renaming the city Filibe. The city thrived and its merchants grew wealthy. Some of Bulgaria’s finest and most lavish townhouses were built during the Bulgarian National...

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Nov 2, 2018 - Plovdiv's Religious Buildings

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Bulgaria and Romania has to say about Plovdiv’s religious buildings: Church of Sveti Konstantin & Elena This is Plovdiv’s oldest church and one of its most beloved. Dedicated to Emperor Constantine the Great and his mother, Helena, it was built on the spot where two Christian martyrs were be- headed in the year 304. Admire marvellous frescoes and a colourful carved ceiling in the exterior colonnade, and a baroque-style Viennese iconostasis and religious art spanning the 15th to 18th...

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Oct 31, 2018 - Ancient Plovdiv

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Romania & Bulgaria has to say about ancient Plovdiv: “Like Rome, Plovdiv straddles seven hills; but as Europe’s oldest continuously inhabited city, it’s far more ancient. The neighbourhood boasts Thracian, Roman, Byzantine and Bulgarian antiquities, the most impressive being the Roman amphitheatre. The modern centre features a shop-lined pedestrian mall, ul Knyaz Aleksandâr, which passes over the Roman Stadium to a square with fountains. The remains of settlements dating to 7,000 BC...

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Oct 30, 2018 - Hanging Out In Plovdiv

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Bulgaria and Romania has to say about modern Plovdiv: “Bulgaria’s second city, Plovdiv, is reason enough to explore. Its Roman ruins and revitalized arts scene combine to make it arguably the country’s most interesting city. With an easy grace, Plovdiv mingles invigorating nightlife among millennia-old ruins. It is best loved for its romantic old town, packed with colourful and creaky 19th-century mansions that are now house-museums, galleries and guesthouses. But cobblestoned...

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Oct 29, 2018 - By Train To Plovdiv

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Romania & Bulgaria has to say about Plovdiv: “Why come? With an easy grace, Plovdiv mingles invigorating nightlife among millennia-old ruins. Like Rome, Plovdiv straddles seven hills; but as Europe’s oldest continuously inhabited city, it’s far more ancient. It is best loved for its romantic old town, packed with colourful and creaky 19th-century mansions that are now house-museums, galleries and guesthouses. But cobblestoned lanes and National Revival–era nostalgia are only part...

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Aug 9, 2013 - Bulgaria

Bulgaria 29th July – 8th August On our way north – and it is not all over yet. It was no surprise, Bulgaria was a surprise. Of course we pick out the best bits, thanks to ‘Lonely Planet’, and Bulgaria has some nice bits, indeed quite a few. We first went to Lake Batak, close to Plovdiv, then north-west to the Rila Monastery, followed by the old capital Veliko Tarnovo and then to the Black Sea just south of the Rumanian border. Just out of interest I have copied Sue’s card to me on our Anniversary, see the 1st photo. It seems that we are...

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May 28, 2012 - Last stop - Plovdiv, Bulgaria

From the tour brochure: "Set at the bottom of the majestic Pirin Mountains, Bansko is home to more than 150 cultural monuments and many of its stone houses have been transformed into charming 'mehanes' (taverns)." From here it's back to London, then Dublin on RyanAir.

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Jun 23, 2011 - Extreme Activités en Bulgarie

Mon idée initiale en arrivant a Istanboul était d’ensuite remonter a travers l’europe de l’est jusqu’à Strasbourg... en deux semaines. Ça ne m’aurait laissé que quelques jours dans chaque pays. Mais avec un tel voyage, il faut toujours s’attendre à tout et à être prêt a répondre à n’importe quelle situation qui se présente. J’arrive donc en bus de nuit en Bulgarie, a la ville de Plovdiv, vers le centre du pays. La Bulgarie n’a pas encore l’euro mais est membre de l’Union. Inutile de préciser qu’en voyant le drapeau bleu a étoiles, je sens...

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Sep 8, 2010 - Plovdiv

Today we left Rila monastery and drove east, through to the city of Plovdiv, a nice sized city with a big university and lot's of Roman ruins. On the way we stopped at a winery in the Bessa Valley for a wine tasting, which everyone enjoyed. The Bulgarian wine is not as good as what I had in Portugal, but still pretty good and very affordable. They have been producing wine here since the times of the ancient Greeks, but modern production is relatively small. It's growing, and some Bulgarian wine is exported to Britain and other parts of...

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Jul 13, 2010 - Plovdiv

1 Juwel einer Stadt, Plovdiv, das ehemalige Philipopolis. Reich an Geschichte, mit einem roemischen Amphitheather, zahlreichen Ausgrabungen mitten im Stadtkern, welcher aus einer langen Fussgaengerzone an praechtigen Art-Nouveau-bauten besteht. Und die Bulgaren: wie ausgetauscht, die Busfahrer, am Kiosk, im Hotel, an der Touriinfo, auf der Post, in den Restaurants, alle wirkliche freundlich und ein Laecheln drauf. So macht's wieder Spass. Plovdiv hat auch noch ein paar schoen restaurierte Herrenhauser aus der tuerk./ russischen Zeit und ein...

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Jan 14, 2009 - New country: Bulgaria

1/14/09 Our arrival in Bulgaria was fairly unpleasant. A wet drizzle cast a grey pallor over everything, and the sidewalks were slippery with mud and slush. After lugging our things for fifteen minutes from the bus station, we discovered that the guesthouse recommended most highly by the guidebook was closed, so we lugged all our things onward to another hostel that was cold, dreary, and overpriced. Luckily, Fran got up early to explore other possibilities and found the Plovdiv guesthouse, located right in the heart of the old town. The...

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Sep 12, 2008 - Plovdiv, Bulgaria

September 11 Plovdiv This morning we had a private mini-bus take us to Plovdiv which took only about 2-1/2 hours and it was amazing we made it in one piece the way our driver was passing everyone on the narrow roads. Plovdiv is situated on the Maritsa River and was once the meeting point of two ancient transportation routes. A picturesque town with many parks, gardens, museums and archaeological monuments, its Old Town features many 18th and 19th century Baroque houses dating from the national revival period. These charming homes sit...

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