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!

Athens to Stuttgart Road Trip Part 7 – From Edessa over Banja to Plovdiv⁩

March 14, 2018 at 09:30

Today we crossed the border to Bulgaria. Drive to Edessa for the night and continue to the oldest city in Europe: Plovdiv⁩. Come along looking at the pictures!

Beer tasting - last beer in Greece
Beer tasting – last beer in Greece

Beer tasting - first beer in Bulgaria
Beer tasting – first beer in Bulgaria

In the distance a modern wood truck - in front of the car a 1 horsepower truck
In the distance a modern wood truck – in front of the car a 1 horsepower truck

A few more minutes to the hotel close to Blagoevgrad⁩
A few more minutes to the hotel close to Blagoevgrad

Good morning Banja!
Good morning Banja! Off season here in the mountains. We where the only ones in the hotel.

On the road again - in Banya⁩
On the road again – in Banya

Back on the main road
Back on the main road

Old Mig 21 in Yoakim Groevo
Old Mig 21 in Yoakim Groevo

Old Mig 21 in Yoakim Groevo

Another truck close to ‎⁨Cherna Mesta
Another truck close to ‎⁨Cherna Mesta

More diversity in the religious sector
More diversity in the religious sector

The woodlands close to Velingrad⁩
The woodlands close to Velingrad⁩

Riding into Velingrad⁩
Riding into Velingrad

Plovdiv⁩

Not many people know the second largest city in Bulgaria. There are traces that people settled here in the 6th millennium BCE – that is more than 8000 years ago. In 2019 it will be the European Capital of Culture.

European Capital of Culture

Plovdiv⁩

Stadium of Trimontium and Dzhumaya mosque
Stadium of Trimontium and Dzhumaya mosque

Plovdiv⁩

The gate
The gate

Church entrance
Church entrance

Inside the Sveta Marina church
Inside the Sveta Marina church

Храм Света Великомъченица Марина
Or Храм Света Великомъченица Марина as the locals say

A lot of nice paintings
A lot of nice paintings

The main painting
The main painting on the ceiling

He does not look happy
He does not look happy

Not to lang ago this was an important building
Not to lang ago this was an important building – how fast everything changes

Roman Forum
Roman Forum

Interesting team! A Samurai with a bird, dog and monkey
Interesting team! A Samurai with a bird, dog and monkey

Street Art
Street Art

They must be out of bullets...
They must be out of bullets…

Everything is old here - not this one
Everything is old here – not this one

I like the old streets
I like the old streets

Street art

Stay with the truth
Stay with the truth

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Another war memorial
Another war memorial

At the Vegan place in our hotel
At the Vegan place in our hotel

2nd course
2nd course

Main course
Main course

Cheers Mitsos
Cheers Mitsos

Golden and cold! With the last rays of the day it was very nice
Golden and cold! With the last rays of the day it was very nice

Ready for the big event in 2019
Ready for the big event in 2019

Bike repair station
Bike repair station

Found a place with music
Found a place with music

Street art

Street art

We found a Craft Beer place!!
We found a Craft Beer place!!

Goooood Beeeeeer at the next place as well
Goooood Beeeeeer at the next place as well