I visited Plovdiv in July of 1984 with the group of my students. We took part in the reconstruction of the Varna Puppet theatre. After that we made a short trip to Sophia via Plovdiv by train. It was my first trip abroad in far Soviet times. I cherish memory about it.
Unfortunately I had only black and white photos but they have their special charm.
Plovdiv is the second-largest city in Bulgaria after the capital Sofia with very interesting history and architecture. It was my second (after Varna) city I saw abroad. Dream to come back and explore it more attentively.
Favorite thing: Next to the old town Plovdiv has many sights to explore in the modern town. I would like to suggest a walk. As in the the old town route, you start at the ploshtat Dzhumaya – thus, this walk is fine to combine with the old town walk. Take a look at the Dzumaya mosque. Go along the Rayko Daskalov, turn to the right at Han Kubrat street where you see the Imaret Mosque. Go back to Rayko Daskalov, cross the street and you find on the other side at the Saedinenie square the Archeological museum. Turn to the right in the Shesti Septemvri street and then to the left into the Ruski street. Enter the park on your right hand where you see an open air theatre and where you can climb up the hill to the monument of the Sovjet Army (Alyosha statue). Take any path that go down the hill again to the Ruski boulevard and continue this street to the Gladston street where you turn left and immideately again turn right at the Avksentiy Veleshki, where the Opera house is located and where on the left hand the public garden is to be found. This park is nexto the pl. Tsentralen, where it is time to have a break and a drink. At the north of this square you can see the Roman Forum. Go then into the K. Alexander street (the mainstreet) pass by the Stambolov square, go ahead the main street and then, at the left hand there is a staircase upto the Sahat Tepe, where you find the old clocktower. Go down hill again where you see at your left hand the Masalitinov Theater, turn to the left into the mainstreet again. Follow the street to the Roman Theatre and you arrive again at the ploshtat Zhumaya.
Favorite thing: I took this photo one late afternoon on the top of one of the plovdivs hills "Aljosha" /it is an statue of rusian soldier/ the monument which is kind of sign for plovdiv is left from the comunist times .. but still it is at such place that it is dificult not to see it. at the botom of the hill there is big park area and you can see many people some are having rest and enjoing the nature others as those in that photo are in love obviousely.
An ancien and modern city... yes it is! Shure oneself should visit the old town the hills.. there is planty ot things ..to do and to see.. but do not be in ahury.. ti see and understand the area it doesnot take just a hour or so you would waste your time otherwice..
Fondest memory: Im living there!
After the mayor Chomakov killed the dogs of Plovdiv, it became the world capital of the cats
Fondest memory: Do you like them????