Saturday, August 23, 2014

Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Veliko Tarnovo may be the most photogenic town in Bulgaria. But, why re-photograph what others have already documented so splendidly? We would do better to wander off the tourist circuit and see what novelties we can find to feed the camera. [2014]

Friday, August 22, 2014

Gabrovo, Bulgaria

Outside Gabrovo's Museum of Humor and Satire, you can enjoy some quixotic sculpture. Then, you can go inside and enjoy the humor of local self-deprecation: "It is said that Gabrovians fit taps to their eggs so as to be able to draw as much as is needed since putting a whole egg in the broth is sheer wastefulness." Across the river: the sports stadium. [2014]

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Gabrovo, Bulgaria

These Gabrovians look happy. Why shouldn't they? They've got new bikes, nice threads, and a summer at leisure. Plus, they live in Bulgaria's capital city of humor. Yes, that would be Gabrovo. So, it's good to see smiles on at least four of their faces. [2014]

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Gabrovo, Bulgaria

Honor your founding father.  In the case of Gabrovo, that would be the blacksmith Racho who took advantage of the falls to supply power for his bellows. Today, he stands tall and proud overlooking the rapids on the Yantra River right in the heart of town. [2014]

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Plovdiv, Bularia

Philip II has been marginalized. It's his city, but he must now be contented with a small plaza between a residential neighborhood and a park. Do you remember where he was just a few years ago? At the very center of Plovdiv, ancient Philippopolis. Why the demotion? "He's not Bulgarian," was the answer on the street! [2014]

Monday, August 18, 2014

Plovdiv, Bulgaria

A hundred years ago, he would have been playing the accordion, right? But, now it's a keyboard and amplifier that allow him to bring life to Alexander-I-Battenberg Street, the pedestrian core of Plovdiv. Please don't interrupt the maestro!  Unless you are going to throw a coin in his case, that is. [2014]

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Plovdiv, Bulgaria

With the collapse of Communism, the architectural landscape of Bulgaria has come alive with restored churches and monasteries. The Metropolitan Church of St. Martyr Marina is one of the most important in Plovdiv. Its wooden tower, rising above the entry chapel, was restored even before the collapse of Communism: in 1953. [2014]