In this week’s round-up of our ‘photo a day project’, we hop the border over to Plovdiv, Bulgaria and immediately notice the cultural change despite its proximity to neighbouring Turkey. Gone is the Asian/Middle Eastern feel, replaced by a distinctly Eastern European atmosphere reminiscent of our time in Poland or Russia. Fortunately for us, we loved those countries and look forward to discovering more about this magnificent one. Only wish we could find a decent bakery!
Here's what we've been up to the past week!
June 9th 2014. Junk food binge. We spent our final day in Turkey tracking down and devouring, with great delight we must add, Taksim's famous wet burger, traditional Turkish ice cream, double roasted lokum and my favourite, kokoreç.
June 10th 2014. Good morning Bulgaria. We hopped the border over to the city of Plovdiv and immediately felt that we were no longer in Turkey. Back to a strong Eastern European vibe here!
June 11th 2014. A handful of cherries. Nowhere near as exotic as some of the fruit we had during our SE Asian leg but at $1.50 per kilo, they're just as cheap.
June 12th 2014. Pay phones. It baffles us how difficult it is to purchase and setup a prepaid phone account in some countries when, in others, it's just a simple matter of getting a SIM card, adding credit and off you go. Do you arrange for a phone number on extended travels, rely on Wi-Fi or just go off the grid?
June 13th 2014. Footwear dilemma. They may be large, uneven and full of precarious places to lose your footing, but the cobblestones of Plovdiv's old streets are all part of the city's charm. Just consider this a heel and flip flop free zone!
Photo a day project: June 14th 2014. Georgiadi House. Plovdiv Houses, as they are referred to in architectural circles, were designed and built during the 19th century Revival Period with particular attention paid to the ornate and colourful facades. If these are the kinds of happy designs that a revival stimulates, then we think we should start another one in the 21st century, how about you?
June 15th 2014. Puppetry. No more than 100 metres from Plovdiv's Old Town, we stumbled upon the most impressive stretch of street art we've seen since our visit to Berlin.