Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Plovdiv/Пловдив is the second largest city in Bulgaria after Sofia and this was our second stop. I cam back to India on the 9th and I wanted to hold my posts back until I start missing the place.

Here are some pictures from my time in Plovdiv. You can see all of them here.

Hostel Mostel Plovdiv

We stayed at Hostel Mostel in Plovdiv (same as Sofia and later Veliko Tarnovo).

Hostel Mostel Plovdiv

And you can see irritated Ankit. Why can’t people just smile for their pictures?

Plovdiv Center

Street Art

Streets

She was selling cherries, something.

Ancient ruins

Pretty building

They had painted on the electricity boxes here too.

Somewhere in the shopping area.

She was still, till she held my hand.

A little panorama

The Ancient Stadium (The Romans built it)

The Orthodox Cathedral

Inside the Cathedral

Nebet Tepe, the most beautiful place

Again

Me

From Nebet Tepe (Hill)

Another Church

Savers of the Archives. They’re buried here.

The Roman Amphitheatre

Nebet Tepe again

Old Town, Plovdiv

So many pretty houses

Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Kazakhstan (Wow!)

Similar?

Plovdiv Railway Station

The Railway Station, finally.

We missed the train we had bought tickets for, but a Bulgarian friend helped us get the tickets changed. Would never happen in India!

Plovdiv was my favourite place in the whole of Bulgaria. Next time I’ll post pictures from the Black Sea. It was the best part of our trip.

 

Gargi

On Radicalisation

“Yet it is a great mistake to suppose that the only writers who matter are those whom the educated in their saner moments can take seriously. There exists a subterranean world where pathological fantasies disguised as ideas are churned out by crooks and half-educated fanatics for the benefit of the ignorant and superstitious. There are times when this underworld emerges from the depths and suddenly fascinates, captures. and dominates multitudes of usually sane and responsible people, who thereupon take leave of sanity and responsibility. And it occasionally happens that this underworld becomes a political power and changes the course of history.”

- Norman Cohn, Warrant for Genocide: The Myth of the Jewish World-conspiracy and the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

Gargi

10 Stops in Europe

Armchair Travel seems like the only way I’m going to get out of my current set-up, so I used wikipedia and random.org to generate a list of ten countries in Europe. I will read one book from each country (and maybe watch a movie) and have my little travel around Europe.

The countries are:

Austria – The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick, by Peter Handke and The Great Waltz (1938)

Belarus

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bulgaria

Cyprus

Finland

Greece

Poland

Portugal

Turkey

I’ll start with Austria today and I hope to finish this journey in 10 weeks’ time (till 8th of August).

I’ll read The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick by Peter Handke and watch The Great Waltz this week (and Ankit wants to watch Cinema Paradiso, so I get Italy as well – he’ll come up with his own 10 in Europe). I would really like your recommendations for Belarus and later.

Gargi