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Weekly Photo Challenge: Structure

Ancient Roman Amphitheatre

Location: Ancient Roman Amphitheatre, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
We go to a famous site for different reasons. It’s in our bucket list. Somebody like our mother or special someone has told us to. Or simply just for bragging rights. We do it to prove we’d been there.

Whatever the persuasion, it will make the visit more interesting if we know some background information beforehand. This can be achieved by doing our homework or through the courtesy of a capable guide.

Ancient Graffiti Ancient Graffiti

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The above pictures were taken during a tour of the ruins of a Roman amphitheatre in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, built by Emperor Trajan in the 2nd century AD. Our guide told us that they were 2,000-year old graffiti etched on the seats of the amphitheatre. One of them looked like a leaf or a heart. The other seemed to combine a cross and a circle.

Nobody knows for sure what the significance of these graffiti were. Our guide speculated that they could have been used as markers for seats reserved for important people.

On seeing them, a human link to the past was established. Suddenly, the imagination got engaged and the dull structures became alive with the sounds of dueling gladiators and the deafening noise of spectators lusting for blood.

Plovdiv is the second largest city of Bulgaria. It has been referred to as the land of the Thracians and considered to be Europe’s oldest city. Like the rest of Bulgaria, it had been cross-pollinated by many cultures mostly through war and conquest. In the old days, it fell under the rule of the Greeks, the Romans, the Byzantines, and the Ottomans.

I couldn’t get enough of this country where Americans rarely go. I plan to visit it again later next month.

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September 1, 2017 at 3:57 pm 10 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Path

Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Location: Plovdiv, Bulgaria
The path of least resistance or off the beaten track? That’s the question to ask when deciding on your next vacation wherever that may be. One option is to go on a guided tour. The other is to strike on your own. Both have their benefits and risks.

The former enables you to see all the familiar tourist spots but, due to time constraints, it doesn’t offer you much in experiencing the local culture. Oftentimes, it only gives you enough time to take photos to brag about back home. On the other hand, the latter allows you to wander around and discover the country’s hidden gems but, at the same time, it runs you the risk of getting lost or mugged in the process.

A possible alternative is a guided tour that allows free time for yourself to do as you please. Now that I’ve become older and wiser, I find it to be the ideal situation for me.

When you come to think about it, though, there’s no right or wrong. It doesn’t really matter which route to take. It’s how you deal with it that counts.

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December 24, 2016 at 4:25 pm 3 comments

inside bulgaria: plovdiv in the rain

before we left for plovdiv, i caught our guide going to the church at the rila monastery to light a candle and make an offering. it would be for tomorrow’s safe journey, she said. it would take five hours to reach our destination and involve some narrow and steep drive across another mountain range. the scenic view should relax everyone except the driver.

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June 19, 2012 at 11:55 am Leave a comment

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