Welcome to Plovdiv!
Hebros Hotel - a lovely, character-filled National Revival-style house in the heart of old town Plovdiv. Its 10 rooms are filled with original 19th century furnishings (with modern facilities).
Flags from L to R: Bulgarian, EU, ?, American
The Hebros Hotel was originally the home of Ivan Furnadziev (18th century)
Door to our room
Room #9 (the “special” room, as was told to Sean)
Welcome to our special room
The door on the right is the toilette room; the door on the left is the sink room.
The claw-foot bathtub - really beautiful.
The intricate lace on the table in the sitting area of our wing.
The courtyard of the Hebros Hotel
The 2nd courtyard of the Hebros
Balabanov House - was owned by Luka Balabanov, a rich merchant from the early 19th c. The house was destroyed but rebuilt in 1980 based on the original plans. It contains both gorgeous antique furniture and modern paintings.
A roman ruin across from the Hebros Hotel
A tourist walking pass Restaurant Janet.
Hisar Kapiya (“fortress gate”) - was originally erected by Philip II of Macedon (eastern portal of the citadel), but has been rebuilt many times.
Kuyumdzhioglu House (built by Hadzhi Georgi of Constantinople in 1847) - it is now the Ethnographic Museum, and also hosts concerts during the summer.
Courtyard of the Kuyumdzhioglu House
The fine Bulgarian bourgeouis gentleman
The strangely asian-featured Bourgeouis woman
Nebet Tepe Citadel
Nebet Tepe (“Prayer Hill”) Citadel, ruins of Eumolpias - this hilltop fortification was originally built by the Thracian Odrysae tribe in the 5th c. B.C.
Sean at the Nebet Tepe Citadel ruins.
Landscape of modern Plovdiv from the Nebet Tepe Citadel ruins.
The Turkish bathhouse is the domed structure in the forefront.
Grafitu outdoor art (this one was created in the 1970's)
Grafitu on the side of an apartment building
Church of Saints Constantine & Elena
State Gallery of Fine Arts
Philippopolis Art Gallery & Museum (the Hadji Aleko House, 29 Saborna St., built 1865)
Beautiful carved rosette in the form of a “sun”.
The large parlour named “Hayet”.
Trinh's favorite painting (artist: Anastas Stakov, 1905-1988; painted 1979)
By the same artist (Anastas Stakov, painted 1984); Sean & Trinh both like.
Sean's favorite painting: “Landscape with Houses and Church”, by Paskal Struzhev
P. Struzhev's signature on the painting
Trinh's other favorite painting: “Portrait of a Girl” by Toma Trifonovski
Sean also liked this one (forgot to note the artist's name)
Bulgarian-German Plaque dedicating the museum
Cafes & shops along the Knyaz Aleksandar square
Dzhumaya Mosque - built in mid-15th century, and one of oldest in the Balkans. Still used today for religious services.
Ruins of the Roman Stadium; bronze statue of Plovdiv's founder - Philip II of Macedonia (4th c. B.C.)
Blueberry bushes by the Roman Stadium
Sean having a good time
Really having a good time!
Skyline of old town Plovdiv, with modern Plovdiv in the back.
Relaxing at an outdoor cafe overlooking the Amphitheater
Roman Amphitheater built by the emperor Trajan in 2nd c. A.D. Was uncovered during a freak landslide in 1972. Currently used for special events & concerts.
Overlook above the Amphitheater
Lemon or apple trees
Cables to hold the rocks from falling into the highway below.
View from the restaurant
The restaurant Kambanata, recommended in 3 travel guides for its unusual seating arrangement. TERRIBLE FOOD. (The Church of Sveta Bogoroditsa is at the top.)
Interior of the restaurant Kambanata - the tables are set along small terraces fo diners can watch the live music in front.
Sean happy :D
Shepherd's Salad all mixed up (ingredients: tomatoes, cucumbers, mushrooms, yellow cheese, feta cheese, green peppers)
Sean went with the safe choice - grilled chicken & pork. Unfortunately, the pork was unedible.
The menu called it Chicken with Mustard, Soy Sauce, and Peanuts.... this is what we got.
Cats enjoying the majority of our meal - 75% of the meats.
Grapevines in front of the apartment of Hebros Hotel
Roman Stadium - founded underneath the downtown area of Plovdiv.