Here are a few things we've seen in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, over the past couple of weeks.
Two cats keeping warm in a cardboard box with some food provided by the people at this pastry shop:
Huge McDonald's banner advertisement on the side of a concrete panel apartment block:
Miniature Plovdiv counterpart to NYC's Flatiron Building?
PLOVEDIV on the wall on the hill:
The Централна поща (central post office) interior:
Lillian, Seth, and Mira went ice skating at a little skating rink by the post office, which is in the background:
Sunny winter view of the city looking northwest from Небет тепе (Nebet Tepe):
If you have to cut down a tree, why not make the stump into a chair?
More Roman-era ruins:
Old stone road near the Културен център - музей тракарт (Cultural Center - Museum Trakart). The museum has always been closed since we've tried going, but you can see the mosaic tile floors dating from the 2nd or 3rd century through the window.
Here's a rare example of a pillar with Greek inscriptions we could read one word of: Φιλιππούπολη, which is Phillipopolis, one of the old names for Plovdiv, on the last legible line of the inset part:
And some nearby fancified modern stone/concrete work:
Mira walking toward me up a street:
On New Year's Eve we played the Bulgarian version of Rummikub:
Lillian, Seth, Erin, and Mira with me on top of Младежки хълм (Mladezhki halm), the highest of Plovdiv's hills, on a foggy day:
Plaque to Димитър Благоев (Dimitar Blagoev), a Bulgarian/Macedonian socialist I hadn't heard of before:
One of the bridges across the Maritsa River has staircases with the rails torn out of the concrete. One is blocked off, but this one is wide open and works fine, although you want to watch your step obviously:
A drinking fountain on Главната, the main pedestrian shopping area, donated by the Rotary Club:
Abandoned concrete building atop stone foundation on Джамбаз тепе (Dzhambaz Tepe):
Old reconstructed Roman aqueducts on the highway median on the southwest edge of Plovdiv:
More street art of historical figures by "СГ." at a playground. Here are Ангел Каралийчев (Angel Karaliychev), a Bulgarian children's author, and the Братя Грим (Brothers Grimm):
And here of Марк Твен (Mark Twain):
And here of Ханс Кристиан Андерсен (Hans Christian Andersen):
Near that same playground is a small children's train on a narrow-guage railroad:
Happy near year!