Bulgaria

Seaside, Burgas

Seaside, Burgas

Seaside, Burgas

Seaside, Burgas

Saint George the Victorious' Church (The Rotunda), Sofia

Saint George the Victorious' Church (The Rotunda), Sofia

One of the oldest Christian buildings in Europe - First temple probably built there in the 4th century

Lion in the city

Lion in the city

(The lion is Bulgaria's emblem)

Building by austrian architects, Sofia

Building by austrian architects, Sofia

For a viennese taste (19th century?)

Street art, Sofia

Street art, Sofia

Alexander Nevski Cathedral, Sofia

Alexander Nevski Cathedral, Sofia

(beginning of the 20th century)

Unknown soldier's flame, Sofia

Unknown soldier's flame, Sofia

University, Sofia

University, Sofia

No room for the bell in the church

No room for the bell in the church

Let's put it in a nearby tree then!

Yellow cobblestones and viennese style building

Yellow cobblestones and viennese style building

The stone were a gift from Austria to Ferdinand, Tsar to be, for his wedding in 1908

Street art on a transformer, Sofia

Street art on a transformer, Sofia

Traffic watchtower from the socialist times

Traffic watchtower from the socialist times

Traffic lights used to be controled by policemen

Street art, Sofia

Street art, Sofia

Street art, Sofia

Street art, Sofia

Outskirts of Sofia

Outskirts of Sofia

Street art, Plovdiv

Street art, Plovdiv

Roof, Plovdiv

Roof, Plovdiv

Museum's facade, Plovdiv

Museum's facade, Plovdiv

The hills of Plovdiv

The hills of Plovdiv

Plovdiv has seven hills, like Rome! Has a very ancient history too, was founded by Philip II of Macedonia, father of Alexander the Great

Facade, Plovdiv

Facade, Plovdiv

Hole in the wall, Plovdiv

Hole in the wall, Plovdiv

Wooden house, Plovdiv

Wooden house, Plovdiv

Pretty facade, Plovdiv

Pretty facade, Plovdiv

Cobbled street, Plovdiv

Cobbled street, Plovdiv

(watch your steps in Plovdiv, or your ankles will complain...)

International folklore show in the Roman Theatre, Plovdiv

International folklore show in the Roman Theatre, Plovdiv

on stage, Turkish dancers

The house overseeing the Roman theatre, Plovdiv

The house overseeing the Roman theatre, Plovdiv

Sunrise over Plovdiv

Sunrise over Plovdiv

Bagpipes festival tents in the moutains, Gela

Bagpipes festival tents in the moutains, Gela

In the Rhodopes, Gela

In the Rhodopes, Gela

Way up above the festival, Gela

Way up above the festival, Gela

Festival sheep flock, Gela

Festival sheep flock, Gela

Orthodox church, 12th century, Gela

Orthodox church, 12th century, Gela

Waiting to get onstage in Gela

Waiting to get onstage in Gela

Kaba gaida, bulgarian bagpipes (goat skin)

Kaba gaida, bulgarian bagpipes (goat skin)

They are lower in pitch than the gaida and originate in the Rhodopes moutains

Giant folklore dance chain, Gela

Giant folklore dance chain, Gela

Sunset over the Rhodopes, Gela

Sunset over the Rhodopes, Gela

Fire in the night, Gela

Fire in the night, Gela

Our campsite near Tran

Our campsite near Tran

Abandoned factory, near Tran

Abandoned factory, near Tran

Early morning near Tran

Early morning near Tran

Good-bye Bulgaria!

Good-bye Bulgaria!

(my trumpet on the way to Istanbul)

Seaside, BurgasSeaside, BurgasOne of the oldest Christian buildings in Europe - First temple probably built there in the 4th century(The lion is Bulgaria's emblem)For a viennese taste (19th century?)Street art, Sofia(beginning of the 20th century)Unknown soldier's flame, SofiaUniversity, SofiaLet's put it in a nearby tree then!The stone were a gift from Austria to Ferdinand, Tsar to be, for his wedding in 1908Street art on a transformer, SofiaTraffic lights used to be controled by policemenStreet art, SofiaStreet art, SofiaOutskirts of SofiaStreet art, PlovdivRoof, PlovdivMuseum's facade, PlovdivPlovdiv has seven hills, like Rome! Has a very ancient history too, was founded by Philip II of Macedonia, father of Alexander the GreatFacade, PlovdivHole in the wall, PlovdivWooden house, PlovdivPretty facade, Plovdiv(watch your steps in Plovdiv, or your ankles will complain...)on stage, Turkish dancersThe house overseeing the Roman theatre, PlovdivSunrise over PlovdivBagpipes festival tents in the moutains, GelaIn the Rhodopes, GelaWay up above the festival, GelaFestival sheep flock, GelaOrthodox church, 12th century, GelaWaiting to get onstage in GelaThey are lower in pitch than the gaida and originate in the Rhodopes moutainsGiant folklore dance chain, GelaSunset over the Rhodopes, GelaFire in the night, GelaOur campsite near TranAbandoned factory, near TranEarly morning near Tran(my trumpet on the way to Istanbul)

I have been three times to Bulgaria, within a few weeks! It might sound silly, but you meet cool be people here, hear about a festival there, you keep changing your plans, and here you go, three times in Bulgaria.

The first time was with a close friend, we have been to the seaside and to Sofia.

The second time, I was supposedly passing through on my way to Istanbul, but ended up staying 6 days in Plovdiv and then going to a bagpipes festival in the mountains (and then I went back to Serbia instead of Turkey)!

So the third time I was actually just passing through, and slept somewhere in the countryside just after the Serbian border.

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