Saturday with Aliosha in Plovdiv
Yesterday we all went for a walk into town and had a good time.
Some more graffiti for uncle Howard Gribble:
The Plovdiv Spiritual Seminary of Saints Cyril & Methodius (Пловдивска духовна семинария св. св. Кирил и Методий):
We were drawn by the distant sound of excellent Bulgarian folk singing into a political rally of the ГЕРБ party. During speeches there were frequent calls for оставка, which our handy mobile phone dictionary said means “resignation” — they were calling for the whole Bulgarian government to resign and apparently want new elections.
Then Erin and the girls walked home while Jacob, Phin, Seth, and I walked up the hill called Бунарджика (Bunardzhika), which has some interesting ruins on the side on the way up. It looks like maybe a 20th-century reconstruction of an aquaduct:
And a church I don't know anything about:
And some flowering prickly pear:
Near the top is a monument to Russian Emperor Alexander II, commemorating his role in Bulgaria's liberation from Ottoman rule in 1878:
At the very top is a statue everyone (even the maps) call Алъоша (Aliosha), a Soviet / Red Army soldier being praised for liberating the Bulgarians at the end of World War II:
The views out over Plovdiv and the surrounding valley were excellent, since it had rained the night before:
The boys pretended they were in an advertisement for clothes or yachts or something:
On the way down the other side there is an abandoned concessionary or cafe:
On the way home we saw an Evangelical Protestant church, a rarity in these parts: