|A sculpture of one of Bulgaria's famous artists outside the Academy of Fine Arts, Drama and Music in Old Town.|
Look at the photos below and you can see how thrilled we were to be staying at the charming Guest House Old Plovdiv.
|All the guests who had reservations were greeted by individual welcome signs, in their own language too, upon arrival. What a special touch.|
|Lovely sprigs of lavender on each of our pillows greeted us on our arrival.|
|I whiled away many an hour in the lounge sitting on the chair to the right updating the blog. Our room was just to the top right in the above photo where you can see a sliver of light.|
All the tables in the basement breakfast area had Singer sewing machine bases! There were also old Singer machines, for decorative purposes only, in the lounge - not sure if Hristo had seamstresses in his background or not.
We first saw the mosque from the left hand side by the cafe tables and the only entrance was going behind the tables up a small flight of stairs. The photo below shows a full view of the mosque from the square.
|How lovely being able to sink our toes in the thickly piled carpet of the empty mosque.|
The women's area during prayer services, located at the rear of the mosque. Don't know if children aren't welcome during prayer time or if they also stay here depending on their age. There are no seats anywhere in a mosque.
|While standing here taking this photo, I happened to glance to my left and saw the mammoth billboard below advertising something about Canada!|
Walked 5 minutes over to Sahat Tepe (tepe means hill in Bulgarian), to look more closely at its Clock Tower; the original one dates back to 1623 but the present one was built in 1823. A sun and water dial from the Roman Ages was discovered there.Neat to be able to have our first look at the other hills and the city below from such a beautiful vantage point.
Walked to the Municipal Area with its beautiful fountain, ingenious park seats, political campaign offices in tents and cafes everywhere you looked. We could have been in any western city in the world in that part of
|They reminded me of the 'loonies' i.e. Canada's dollar coin.|
|Photos above are of the Ancient Forum. Below are photos of the Odeon.|
|Seats like these were the only ones and rimmed the perimeter of the church.|
|The church backed up to one of the city's many hills; I happened to look back while climbing the nearby steps for another view and noticed the priest.|
|Old Town's Lamartine House visited by French President in 1989.|
Almost next door to the Cathedral was the Sveti Sveti Konstatin and Elena, an orthodox church constructed in 1832 in a courtyard with a former school, a male convent (another new one for me) and another bell tower. We could hear its bells ring from our hotel, just a stone’s throw away.