Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Thursday, 18 September 2014
Saturday, 6 September 2014
Throughout August there were minor rumblings of discontent throughout various towns and villages in Eastern Rumelia. Various BSCRC cells had been established for just this purpose. The main thrust of the revolution was meant to coincide with the Eastern Rumelian militia being mobilised and on manoeuvres outside of Plovdiv. It came slightly earlier than planned when a riot broke out in Panagyurishte, It took a day for the police to restore order. The blue touch paper of revolution had been lit, the next area of unrest was Golyam Konare, where an armed squad of rebels, under the command of Prodan Tishkov (sometimes known as Chardafon), seized control of the village and declared unification.
You would have thought that Russia would be over the moon about this, however they were opposed to it. Possibly because of their lack of support towards Alexander I, they were now concerned that his influence in the region would grow, whereas their own would decrease.
Sunday, 31 August 2014
As previously mentioned the crowd size has been steadily increasing with each passing Rock Fest. So hopefully that means that the word is spreading further and further afield, and that the Mindya Rock Fest will continue to go from strength to strength. It must be the envy of many villages having something as worthwhile as this happening so successfully each year, and with the influx of people into the village the shops and bars ought to be doing quite well too.
One important thing to take note of, is that in all of the times we have been there we have never seen any trouble. It must take an awful lot of organising and dedication from all concerned to put something like this on, and everything has to be thought of beforehand. Happily people have gone there for one purpose, and one purpose only, and that is to enjoy themselves. A quick look at the crowd last night and I saw every age group represented, from toddlers right up to the elderly. I have to admit that there were even people older than myself who were there. So if ever you find yourself in this area, at this time of year, you could do a lot worse than check out the Rock Fest at Mindya. I'm already looking forward to next year.
Tuesday, 12 August 2014
Now over the years of posting these blogs I have mentioned Gorna several different times, but unless you actually know the area I might as well be talking about Timbuktu. This morning I took one of our neighbours into the hospital at Gorna for her appointment. Whilst waiting out in the car park I started pondering what subject to cover in my next blog. Then I remembered that I had done a photo blog from the village, so perhaps I could do something similar for Gorna Oryahovitsa itself, after all they do say that a picture paints a thousand words. So without further ado here is a small photo guide to Gorna.
|Sitting above the town, like a silent |
sentinel, is a stone cliff.
Called, quite simply, The Stone.
|From the top of The Stone, |
you can see out over the town.
Including looking out over the airport
|Being a transport hub, there are many ways to get here.|
Maybe you'd prefer to let the train take the strain.
|Can you guess which is the village bus?|
|Then again there is always the bus|
|The Bus Station looks different|
|Sometimes the road system can be a bit confusing,|
just wait until there's a roundabout here
|The Municipality building|
|Put your Hands up for |
|Churches are a common sight|
|Some have different roofs or cupolas|
|Some mix in well with their newer surroundings|
|Home to GO Lokomotive, maybe not the Theatre|
of Dreams but they give plenty of teams nightmares
|The local museum well worth a look, once you|
work out how to get in
|You can see the stone from almost everywhere|
|Open air concerts? Step this way|
|Perhaps you are hungry and fancy trying some |
local fruit and vegetables
|Maybe you prefer meats, there is a sausage named|
after Gorna Oryahovitsa
|You would be surprised at how many places|
you can buy fruit
|Sometimes its nice to have a stroll in the|
|Or maybe go for a coffee|
|Plenty of trees for shade as you head |
for something to eat, or another coffee
|Another claim to fame. |
The largest handmade
|The Central square is a great place to |
watch the world go by
|Listening to the splash of the fountains in the |
|Or trying to decipher exactly what is shown|
on the mosaic above CBA
|The best bit is at least three Ice Cream|
stalls to choose from
|Remember to stop for people using |
|Especially when the crossing is next to the court house|
|A small church|
|Watch out for Sleeping Beauty behind Lidl|