Athens to Stuttgart Road Trip Part 8 – From Plovdiv⁩ to Vidin

March 20, 2018 at 09:54

Blue sky and sunshine again! Great to continue our trip towards the border town of Vidin at the Danube river.

On the 6 after Anton
On the 6 after Anton

Somewhere in ‎⁨Gorna Malina⁩
Somewhere in ‎⁨Gorna Malina⁩

Somewhere in ‎⁨Gorna Malina⁩

On the 112 after Monatana
On the 112 after Monatana

But if I tell you....
But if I tell you….

Still on the 112
Still on the 112

Still on the 112

Still on the 112
Still on the 112

Somewhere in a small town
Somewhere in a small town

Somewhere in a small town
Under the A2

Really?
Really?

Outside of Lom
Outside of Lom

Vidin

Vidin is about 1100 years old and was founded by Celtic settlers. The settlement evolved into a Roman fortified town. For a short time, it was occupied by Hungarians till the Ottomans took over.

In Vidin at the Dunabe
In Vidin at the Dunabe

First the 1€ shops opens and if the house is lucky one fine day money pours in and it gets renovated
First the 1€ shops opens and if the house is lucky one fine day money poors in and it gets renovated

Much better which this one
This one was more lucky – look quite good from the outside!

Another war memorial
Another war memorial

Forward!
Forward!

The Istanbul Gate or Stambol Kapiya
The Istanbul Gate or Stambol Kapiya

Thank you British Embassy!
Thank you British Embassy!

Perfect light from the sunset
Perfect light from the sunset

He looks sad
He looks sad

Monument at the riverfront
Monument at the riverfront

Detail

Head to the wall - water in the mouth!
Head to the wall – water in the mouth!

Art in the park
Art in the park

Baba Vida
Baba Vida

Probably the only entirely preserved medieval castle in Bulgaria
Probably the only entierly preserved medieval castle in Bulgaria

The Vidin Synagogue, deserted after Jewish emigration to Israel in 1940
The Vidin Synagogue, deserted after Jewish emigration to Israel in 1940

The Vidin Synagogue
Construction started in 1894 and it was Bulgaria’s second largest synagogue

The Vidin Synagogue
The local community had flourished for more than five centuries after its arrival from Spain in the fifteenth century.

The Vidin Synagogue

Old and new
Old and new

A Mosque tower
A Mosque tower

Cathedral of St Demetrius
Cathedral of St Demetrius. The construction of the cathedral was commenced in 1885. It is one of the biggest and most beautiful Bulgarian Orthodox cathedrals. Designed by Bulgarian and Austro-Hungarian architects and Italian engineers it mixes Western and Orthodox influences. The turret clock was built by the Munich clockmaker Mannhardt and it has been working without a fault since 1900 – German quality!