old town plovdiv
my home town... every time i return there and walk the streets of the old town, i rediscover something new. then i look at the old buildings, make sure i don't trip on the cobblestone streets. lot of lovely galleries. some good restaurants. cats, cats, cats....
smell of old homes.
incredibly decorated churches.
romans, byzanthians, turks, all left their mark there.
Old town (3)
There are many ways to walk the old town. Let me suggest a route. You start best at the ploshtat Dzhumaya. Here you can see the Dzumaya mosque. And you stand near the Roman Stadium. You can have a drink at the I Claudius café before you start. Go to the right and walk the Saborna street. Then turn to the right in Mitropolit Paisii street, where at the end of the street you find the Danov house, the St. Nicolai church and the Sveta Bogoroditsa. Then, go back to the Saborna street, walk over the overpass. Go to the right at the thirt street where you find the gallery of fine arts. Again at Saborna a bit further on the right hand the Apteka is located. Look trough the window. A bit further again, turn to the right where you find a small square, here the Boyadjiev house is located. Go back to the Saborna street and before a crossroad you find the St Konstantin and Helena church. On your right side at the crossroad you see the Gate Hissar Kapiya. Turn to the left and follow the 4 yanuari street where you find roman columns and a bit further the Balabanov and Hindlian houses. Behind the latter house there is a street, go to the right and follow the Artin Gidikov street, at the end go to the right where you can find the Kevork church. Go back to the crossroad where you have the Hissar Kapiya gate and go to the left, Chomakov street, so that you can climb the ruins of Eumolpias. Here you are at the top of the Nebet Tepe. You have a great panorama over the city from here and see the surrounding mountains in the distance. There is a terrace, which is converted to a bistro, so you can have a drink there before you head back down the hill. Before you reach the crossroad again, you find the well known etnografical museum on your left hand. A bit further, go to the Hisar Kapiya gate and on the left behind the gate there are the historical museum amd the Nedkovich house. Go to the right and follow the Cyril Nektariev street and Pulden street, you pass by the Lamartine house on your left hand. From there signs give the direction through the Hemus street to the Amfitheater. Go back to Lamartine house where you take the Samodomov street, at the end of this street keep on the right side, where you find again the churches you ve seen in the beginning. You end up at the Saborna street where you can head back to the pl. Dzhumaya.
His name is Stafan Ivanov but everybody knows him as Stefcho autographa. He is unique person,he's 48 and has found the meaning of his life - collecting autographs from people-known and unknown to the World.(Even I have signed ). There is no concert,event,festival in Plovdiv,Sofia,etc that can take place without him. Maybe for the first impression you can think he's crazy but he's not.He has graduated Jоurnalism and he speaks perfect German. He has more that 300000 autographs in hundred of notebooks. Unfortunately ha can't apply for Guinness because he doesn't have the names and the dates of the persons put their signs. But Stefcho says he remembers everybody :)
He has job retired because of an accident happened long time ago and he lives now with his small pension and he travels with it and he buys his notebooks. But he believes in what he does and do it with passion - something that so many of us don't have.
He's a Plovdiv legend and I can't imagine not seeing him around.
Two are too few three are too many
It will be the 17 th edition of that festival this year (2008). Bulgarian and foreign puppet performances with not more than three actors. Puppet theaters from many European countries ( Greece, Macedonia, Romania, Russia, France, Holland, Turkey, Poland, Slovakia, and others) participated in the festival with their performances. The festival is a contest – apart from the official jury, there also is a kid jury, giving its own separate award.-the second half of September.
The rowing canal is was built to host the World Championships some time ago, these days it's very popular for fishing. Besides that it's also makes up for a good walk. A shame you can't hire boats there.
In the park next to it is the Plovdiv Zoo, not a lot to see there but admission is free anyway.