Monday, October 05, 2009

Hicking (kind of... :P) in Bulgaria


-Road to Plovdiv-

-Plovdiv Roman Theatre-

-Dam near Plovdiv-


-Face in the clouds-

-Seven lakes of the Rila mountains-



The ancient Thracian city of Perperikon (also Perpericon) is located in the Eastern Rhodopes, 15 km northeast of the present-day town of Kardzhali, Bulgaria, on a 470 m high rocky hill, which is thought to have been a sacred place. The village of Gorna Krepost ("Upper Castle") is located at the foot of the hill and the gold-bearing Perpereshka River flows near it. Perperikon is the largest megalith ensemble in the Balkans.

It is thought that the famous sanctuary and oracular shrine dedicated to Sabazios (similar to Greek Dionysus) of the Bessi was situated there.


One of Europe's oldest cities, it was originally a Thracian settlement before becoming a major Roman city in Antiquity. In the Middle Ages, it retained its strategic regional importance, changing hands between the Byzantine and Bulgarian Empires. It came under Ottoman rule in the 14th century. In 1878, Plovdiv was made the capital of the autonomous Ottoman region of Eastern Rumelia; in 1885, it became part of Bulgaria with the unification of that region and the Principality of Bulgaria.


The Plovdiv Roman Stadium is among the largest Roman structures in the Balkans. The massive edifive is 180 long and had capacity of over 30,000. It is believed that it was built during the reign of Septimus Severus (193-211).

Today, the stadium is located in the centre of the city, under the main trade centres. Only part of the edifice can be observed from the Dzhumayata Square, the larger portion is still underground. Further excavation would be very difficult and costly.

The stadium is one of the many Roman remains in the city which include the best preserved Theatre in the Balkans; the ruins of the Agora; a second theatre; remains of an aqueduct, temples and villas with some magnificent frescoes.

Source: Wikipédia of course...

Black Rain

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Le bonheur

" Ne demande pas que ce qui arrive arrive comme tu veux. Mais veuille que les choses arrivent comme elles arrivent, et tu seras heureux. " Epictète