THE ICE PALACE
Walking was so slippery I couldn’t risk it. I had no Bulgarian, my phone didn’t work, and I had only enough money for the day. So I stayed inside. Not much of a view in there. I was miserable because all I wanted was to see Old Town Plovdiv in the snow.
FROZEN IN PLACE In 1892 Lucien Chevallaz, the moustached gent on the statue above, created Tsar Simeon’s Garden: a large rambling park full of giant trees, floored in winter with thick snow. The drawing above was done before snowfall, but on the trip when I got stuck in the cafe, this was how it looked.
So when I wrote this post, I called Krasi, from the museum at the House of Dimitar Georgiadi. She took all these pictures, and allowed me to share them with you.
Thank you, Krasimira Marinova! Here she is in summer.
WHITE CASTLES This is how Old Town looks in snow. Fairyland!
It’s full of these multistoried gabled wooden houses, centuries old and lovingly maintained, many of them built in Ottoman times by Turkish merchants.
I’d never seen woodwork like this, combining long curving planes and sharp angles.
The Old Town covers the biggest of Plovdiv’s rocky hills, stone streets lined with ancient walls, huge trees and these fabulous storybook houses.
SNOW CAFE: Plovdiv in Winter NEXT: DARK CRYSTAL CHURCHES