Archive for the ‘photography’ Tag

Snowy South Park.

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Plovdiv and Stara Zagora photo post.

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Find out about Plovdiv here… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plovdiv

Find out about Stara Zagora here… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stara_Zagora

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons Post 2

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

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Snow in Sofia….

Saturday, December 8th, 2012
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snow

preparations for winter at the Roman excavation

preparations for winter at the Roman excavation

Roman Sofia under Serdica

Roman Sofia under Serdica

Martenitsa laden tree

Martenitsa laden tree

the gift shop at the National Art Gallery is in need of a new sign, it's one of the best souvenir shops in Sofia

the gift shop at the National Art Gallery is in need of a new sign, it’s one of the best souvenir shops in Sofia

Christmas is coming!

Christmas is coming!

proof that the pavements do get repaired... eventually!

proof that the pavements do get repaired… eventually!

the Monument to the Soviet Army looks over a ski and snowboard show

the Monument to the Soviet Army looks over a ski and snowboard show

an old sign on a tree

an old sign on a tree

The base of the Monument to the Soviet Army

The base of the Monument to the Soviet Army

snow

snow

snow

snow

snow

snow

Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons

Friday, December 7th, 2012
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The last of the Autumn leaves being removed to make way for Winters snow

Varna – Final day

Friday, December 7th, 2012

For my final day in Varna I Visited the Maritime Museum, which was a cheap and informative experience, even if it did gloss over the slightly dubious parts of it history around the first and second world wars. I’m not going to expand on that though as it’s not what my blog is about. It is a cheap way to spend an hour or so, the entry price is 5leva around GB£2.20 and there are some interesting things inside and out to look at. I didn’t spend too much time taking photos as I wasn’t hugely inspired by the displays outside and inside photography was not permitted. there are photos and more information on the link above if you want to get a better idea of what there is to see there. the only criticism I would give is that there is little of any interest to children or to people who don’t like display cases filled with various medals, uniforms, weaponry, scale models and pieces of ships and boats. This isn’t a problem if you like that sort of museum, which I do. I once spent over an hour looking in detail at a display of 20 various aerospace engines where they showed how they had evolved and developed from piston engines to modern jet engines.

Tickets Please!

Tickets Please!

Mind your head on the rotor blade!

Mind your head on the rotor blade! The bright bunting is strung up to stop careless visitors cutting their heads off on the sharp leading edge of the blades, they are nicknamed choppers for a reason!

an exploded early 20c mine

An exploded early 20c mine the black sea has been Mined and De-mined in both world wars.

Buoy inside the museum's courtyard

Buoy inside the museum’s courtyard

a descendant of the V2 flying bomb, this is called an S2 and is powered by a jet engine and can travel 300m per second.

A descendant of the V2 flying bomb? This is called an S2 and is powered by a jet engine and can travel 300m per second.

twin rotor helicopter

A twin rotor helicopter

this boat has seen its last day on the water i think.

This boat has seen its last day on the water I think.

After the museum I went to find something to eat. Varna has quite a few restaurant chains which are fine but they are over priced and the food it pretty standard wherever you go. I had spotted a canteen style restaurant on the high street the previous day and it looked busy, which is always a good sign in my opinion. Having travelled a bit the rule of thumb I like to observe is if its busy with locals it must be OK. I wasn’t disappointed either. there was a selection of dishes on offer. 3 soups , Chicken, Vegetable and one with Pork which I chose as Bulgarian pork is very good as I have discovered during my stay here. There were several main dishes to choose from. there was a chicken in a creamy sauce, breaded squid, bratwurst sausages all accompanied by dill potatoes, fried potatoes or rice and lamb with mushroom rice which I opted for. i also had a dark Kamenitza beer which is my favourite beer out here. My choices came to a total of  10.75leva GB£5.50 ish. the food was brilliant and the server at the counter even put up with my awful Bulgarian when I was ordering (there was a lot of me pointing and saying please).

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A hearty meal to keep the cold Black Sea wind out of your bones!

I tried to translate this but couldn't if anyone can read the restaurant name please let me know.

I tried to translate this but had trouble reading the font if anyone can read the restaurant name please let me know.

After my meal I went for a wander and purchased a book to read as I had a couple of hours to kill before my wife and I were scheduled to fly back to Sofia. I chose A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, having seen the film i thought it would be nice to compare the two. i was lucky the book shop i found had a fair selection of English language books to choose from. Many classics and the entire Harry potter series, J. R. R. Tolkien and Fifty shades of Grey to name a few. There was also the Complete works of Fyodor Dostoyevsky, I tried to read some of this before and found it very hard work. Still i’m pleased with my choice, it’s a great book and even without seeing the film it conjurers up vivid mental images, which is a little uncomfortable at times. I sat in a café for two hours reading and drinking Café Latte (i didnt have any Drencrom, Velocet or Synthmesc in my milk plus coffee)

This is a photo of some Cats, there are many of them in Varna.

This is a photo of some Cats, there are many of them in Varna.

So onwards to Varna international airport. On arrival at the airport we discovered our flight was the only outbound flight for the evening which was pretty crazy. everyone was very chilled out and as passengers gradually arrived it meant there was never a delay for anything.  the 35 minute flight was smooth and the Bulgarian air staff were great. we touched down at Sofia in the snow and were out the airport and in a taxi within 10 minutes. We always use O.K. Taxi’s at the airport as they are honest. there are lots of scam artists at the airport waiting to separate unsuspecting tourists and business people from their cash. As per usual there was a taxi tout trying to get our trade as soon as we stepped into the arrivals hall. we ignored him and walked straight to the proper taxi rank.

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First snow and birds.

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Cats and Dogs in Varna

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside.

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

The stone forest of Varna or Pobiti Kamani

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Varna has a forest made of Stones. It is pretty unique and fairly odd to see.

It is about 15km from central Varna. My wife and I asked the hotel to get us a taxi there as there is no bus service there. Also as we are here off season there are no tourist trips running. Even the office at the site is locked up. our return taxi cost 45 leva return with an hours waiting time, minus the tip. This is around GB£20. We tipped the taxi driver 20% and he seemed very happy.

It is a good place to visit, it’s a bit like another planet. You could make a good sci-fi film there!

Finally it being a Bulgarian attraction it has stray dogs…

Here are some photos.

I also shot some video footage.