Founded in 342BC and the country's second-largest city, the museum town of Plovdiv is divided by the Maritsa River and contains both an old quarter and a new commercial section. The old part contains many buildings dating from the 18th and 19th centuries (and earlier) in typical National Revival style.
It is possible to wander along the narrow cobbled streets and see Roman ruins (including an amphitheatre), picturesque medieval houses and 17th century buildings with their upper sections hanging out into the street and almost touching those opposite. The Archaeological Museum has collections of gold Thracian artefacts, including cooking utensils. Also worth seeing are the churches of St Marina and St Nedelya.
8 Mar 1999 - Plovdiv, BulgariaWhile there are some attractive places to see in Plovdiv I shall talk mention our accommodation which was a little different to the usual hotel one normally stays in.
After speaking to an agency we were led to a respectable residential block near the middle of Plovdiv. After being led up we were introduced to an elderly lady. Thinking, "Great but now where are we staying?" we were brought into her flat and given a room next to her sitting room. Odd but very trusting as we were given full access to her home. She also didn't mind being woken late at night as we returned from the bars though we were very considerate and didn't return too late.
Plovdiv - Power to the people
In the square that evokes thoughts of Bulgaria's communist past. Out of shot are several statues of the sort that celebrate the workers.
Plovdiv - Buildings restored for the Nationalist Revival
A historical building situated in the old town. You can enter some of the buildings and see a tradional Bulgarian sitting room. It actually looks very Turkish, no doubt because of the Ottoman influence.
Plovdiv - Bad camera skills
Somehow the taker of this picture completely missed the target.
Plovdiv - Somewhere in the old part of Plovdiv
I remember that when we took this photo, we were looking for the famous Roman theatre. Shockingly we couldn't find it.
Plovdiv - Bingo hall(!)
We wandered around and though we didn't find the Roman antiquities, we did find the local bingo hall and also a gaggle of Bulgarian lovelies in the background.
Plovdiv - Fleeced with half a cheese and ham sandwich
At the train station, Andy bought what looked to be a packed and meaty sandwich. Upon opening it though he found that the providers of the sandwich had only put a few slices of filling in and placed it on the side to make the sandwich appear to be bulging with tasty contents.