Not so pedestrian after all!!
Trip Start Aug 20, 2009
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Plovdiv was well worth the visit though, the old Bulgarian houses are really colourful and the architecture is different from anything else I've seen in Europe
Went on a day trip to a monastery in the mountains, with a couple of American guys in the hostel, one of the oldest in Bulgaria, circa 1200s, to see some very old frescoes that were all covered in black soot from a fire they had...but the icons were out there with their silver and gold halos, baby Jesus legs and saints hands (how do they decide which bits should be metal??) and carefully painted, life like faces. Strange mix.
There is a Roman amphitheatre there too that is still used in summer for performances, not a patch on the ones in the middle east or France for that matter. Several strange, neglected Roman ruins of forums and agora in the art nouveau (reminded me of Riga) commercial part of town, surrounded by graffiti, in 'holes' in the ground. Most neglected Roman ruins in the world??
Outside the old town and the shopping walking street mentioned above, Plovdiv is block after block of ugly, concrete, soviet apartment buildings and factories, not unlike Talin, my favourite old town so far. Well left Plovdiv in the snow, yes finally got my snow and expecting a lot more considering the weather in Europe at the moment. Was seen off at the train station by a lovely German guy that I share a lot of life experiences with and had some great laughs with, said good bye with the strong feeling that our paths will cross again, another nomad, who has been at it a lot longer than I.