Being a part of Balkan Youth Festival project and EVS program means being given opportunities to explore other cities within Bulgaria, as well as other countries surrounding it, via travelling. Travelling to Bucharest in Romania, and Veliko Tarnovo and Kazanlak, in Bulgaria, has brought us great experiences, both of the culture and of the language. It widened our horizons and put much more desire to keep on visiting other places.
Aniol and me set out on another exploration of Bulgaria, learning more about its culture, connection with ancient Roman Empire, tradition, and language, by paying a visit to a holder of art galleries, winding cobbled streets and cafes that breathe in the warm air of the town, and breathe out the bohemian atmosphere – Plovdiv.
The first sight that made our eyes sparkle and our hearts jump with joy was a sight of an enormous fountain that lit the entire Plovdiv City Park with the rainbow colours, which were changing in the course of a few seconds.
The appeal of the town springs from a part of the town that was, to a great extent, restored to its mid-19th-century appearance, known as the Old Town.
Brimming with churches, and houses from the past that were restored to museums and art galleries, it gives the impression that a person has traveled back in times, being a witness of the early ages.
On our way, what we noticed about Plovdiv, was that almost every street wall was decorated with fine, very artistic, creative and imaginative graffiti. We simply enjoyed the sight of each and every one of them and had to freeze them in space and time.
In the heart of the town, there is the Roman amphitheater, standing in its own glory, reminding passersby about the past, too. It is known to be the best-preserved theatre in the Balkans, and the interesting fact is that it is still used for many performances.
The center of the town is quite modern, with a main pedestrian street filled with shops, pizzerias, cafes. Right there, in the middle of the street called ul.Knyaz Aleksandâr, the glorious Roman Stadium stands proud and not yet fully excavated.
Plovdiv has several hills, and the one we visited is called Sahat Tepe (Clock Hill), crowned with a clock tower. From up there, we enjoyed the view at the town.