THE ICE PALACE

THE ICE PALACE

Me, Snowed In ©2010 Trici Venola
Me, Snowed In ©2010 Trici Venola

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.

Lucien Chevellaz and Tree Hugger ©2009 Trici Venola
Lucien Chevallaz and Tree Hugger ©2009 Trici Venola

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.

An Ice Church ©2010 Trici Venola
An Ice Church ©2010 Trici Venola

 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.

©2014 Krasimira Marinova
©2014 Krasimira Marinova

Thank you, Krasimira Marinova! Here she is in summer.

Krasi in Summer ©2010 Trici Venola
Krasi in Summer ©2010 Trici Venola

WHITE CASTLES This is how Old Town looks in snow. Fairyland!

©2014 Krasimira Marinova
©2014 Krasimira Marinova

It’s full of these multistoried gabled wooden houses, centuries old and lovingly maintained, many of them built in Ottoman times by Turkish merchants.

©2014 Krasimira Marinova
©2014 Krasimira Marinova

I’d never seen woodwork like this, combining long curving planes and sharp angles.

©2014 Krasimira Marinova
©2014 Krasimira Marinova

The Old Town covers the biggest of Plovdiv’s rocky hills, stone streets lined with ancient walls, huge trees and these fabulous storybook houses.

©2014 Krasimira Marinova
©2014 Krasimira Marinova

SNOW CAFE: Plovdiv in Winter NEXT: DARK CRYSTAL CHURCHES

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