In this week’s round-up of our ‘photo a day project’, we move into the Old Town of the world's 6th oldest continuously lived in city, Plovdiv, Bulgaria! Notable things that happened this week included sleeping in an attic and meeting up with fellow Aussie travel bloggers who also happened to be passing through the city.
Bulgaria is not a usual destination on most peoples' travel lists but it should be. Not only is it beautiful and the people friendly, but it's surprisingly cheap, even compared to its quite affordable neighbour, Turkey. We'll enjoy it while it lasts.
Here's what we got up to this week!
June 16th 2014. Turkish moussaka. It may not score very well on presentation but let me assure you, it tasted pretty damn good, even if I say so myself. Do you like picking up new recipes on your travels?
June 17th 2014. Box seats. How's this for a window with a view? Not only do you have an unobstructed view over Plovdiv, but you also get to enjoy the opera being performed right on your back doorstep. And, presumably, unleash those two huge boulders that are teetering on the edge if you don't like the show. ;)
June 18th 2014. Central stadium. Ranking as one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, with evidence of neolithic settlements dating as far back as 4000 BC, Plovdiv is literally built on history.
June 19th 2014. Stark monument. Built to commemorate the liberation of Bulgaria from Ottoman rule, today the abandoned “Hillock of Fraternity” is chained up, covered in graffiti and frequented only by sketchy photographers.
June 20th 2014. Balmy evening. Wandered up one of the seven hills that Plovdiv is well known for, to enjoy a spectacular sunset and an unexpected fireworks display.
June 21st 2014. Sitting room. Our curiosity about staying in one of the iconic Plovdiv houses got the better of us, so we checked into Guesthouse Old Plovdiv and we certainly weren't disappointed. Can anyone guess how much we paid for a night?
June 22nd 2014. Bachkovo Monastery. Founded in the 11th century, this beautifully preserved church dedicated to the Virgin Mary, draws thousands of visitors from across the globe and is only a short and gorgeous mountain drive south of Plovdiv. Interestingly, the monks do accept overnight stays. Another time.