Along a backroad in Bulgaria, a woman sells her wares and welcomes some strangers.
I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again. I travel for the people.
We are driving on some pot-holed back road in the Bulgarian mountains. There is a slight misty rain falling, not enough to use the windshield wipers on full, just intermittent. It’s a little steamy in the car, between the weather and our conversation.
Then we turn a curve and see a couple of women who have set up a small table to sell their homemade jams and cheeses. We stop.
Continue reading Reflection #553 – Woman in Bulgaria
Traveling gives you the opportunity to get a glimpse into somebody else’s life.
I’m fascinated by homes around the world. You can tell a lot by a person’s home, and front yard for that matter.
Therefore, I’ve compiled ten photos of front yards from around the world. What can we glean from them?
This first house was the house Jim and I owned in Alaska. Alaska front yards contain a lot of snow, and usually the machines and tools that help you remove the snow or at least a couple of four wheel drives to get you up that [...]
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Nessebar Fishing Boat
I love fishing ports! Love’em! I don’t know if it’s because generations of my family were boatmen and fishermen, but I love all things fishing and boating!
While in the gorgeous coastal city of Nessebar on the Black Sea, I had a nice walk around the port. I love that there is always something to see, from a boat going out, to one coming in laden with the day’s catch, to net mending, to painting. On any given day you can observe so much in a port. Such great energy!
Nessebar didn’t disappoint and I love this shot [...]
Continue reading Reflection #486 – Nessebar Boat
Driving down the autobahn can be a freeing sensation, especially when you get to one of those few open stretches with no speed limits. But you won’t get that experience in many other countries then Germany. France and Italy, for example, both have speed limits and worse, the dreaded toll booth.
It’s bad enough having to slow down to pay the toll, but invariably there is going to be a stau, or traffic jam, generated by these cash drains. And to make matters worse, not all toll booths are equal. Some péage will require you to pay a set amount [...]
Continue reading Vignette – A Must Have for Driving in (Parts of) Europe
Everywhere we went in Bulgaria there were plenty of horsecarts, and the horsecarts were not complete without beautifully big red pom poms adorning the horse’s forehead. Much of the time, the sky was overcast while we traveled around the country, and I think this is why they chose red for the horse, it sure did make the countryside seem much more vibrant and colorful. It surprised me that so many people still depended on horse carts, like these two workers, to get around. They seem happy enough…maybe the potholes don’t bother them as much as they do those of [...]
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Walking along the sea barrier in Nessebar, Bulgaria, we came across this gentlemen meticulously drying out his tiny startfish. Even though I think it rather cruel to catch and dry these gorgeous little creatures, it begs the question, “what was he going to do with them?” Was it for sale “as is”, to put on jewelry or wooden boxes, or were they destined to catch a ride to China where someone will skewer them and eat them?
Driving around Melnik, we came upon this sight. The car looks old, but the building looks older. I wouldn’t own a better car than that anyway. Have you ever driven on Bulgarian roads? They don’t have potholes; they have craters!
There’s something mysterious about an abandoned building, and when that building is a church in the hinterlands of Bulgaria, it just seems more so. During the Soviet era when churches were all but banned, I’m sure there were plenty of abandoned religious sites. Now that these countries have been liberated for 20 years, you can still see the damage that was done. I think the lighting in this shot really highlights the mood of the photo as well. What do you think?
Our very first day in the country, and we drive south of Sofia to see the famous Rila Monastery. It did not dissappoint. It was gorgeous through and through. Even though there were more tourists here than any other in the entire country, it still evoked a sense of serenity and awe. One of my favorite moments was watching an old lady, dressed in black from head to toe, meticulously cleaning up and arranging the tapers.
You can read a little more about our trip to Rila monastery and Bulgaria here.
Continue reading World Heritage Site – Rila Monastery in Bulgaria
Traveling around Bulgaria, it sounds like the people are always yelling at you, or maybe about you. I don’t speak Bulgarian, so I just never knew what they were saying. It’s funny, though, they were so friendly. I stopped all over the country meeting people, shaking their hands, commenting on their gorgeous horses. So, whatever they were saying/yelling I guess doesn’t really matter. They weren’t being mean or unfriendly. I think this man epitomizes the people I met. I stopped on some back road somewhere to take photos of his horse. I didn’t see anyone around, but he came [...]
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