Plovdiv, Bulgaria: The time traveling entry

Ancient and Eternal- the city’s motto fits perfectly. Also known as “the city of the seven hills” due to its location, Plovdiv is the second largest city in Bulgaria and in the top five oldest cities in the world. 

It’s one of my favorite cities and last time I was here was the day after my 18th birthday; the day I fell in love with the way ancient and modern history blend in like it was meant to look this way even 5000 years ago. 

The city consists of two parts: old town and modern day Plovdiv. As you guys should know by now I’m a sucker for history, so I was quick to put on my walking shoes and “get lost” in the most ancient part of the city. 

Starting at the East gate which still has the original pavement from over 6000 years ago when the area was part of the Roman Empire. The East gate was the shopping district, housing only the wealthiest families with the road, leading to the amphitheater and the coliseum up the hill. 

Crossing the modern day road, I climbed my first hill, a gorgeous blend between the ancient roman road(5000 yo), Turkish Empire castle walls (built in the 15th century) and the 150 year old post slavery houses. 

Continuing up, I have to note my favorite feature about post-slavery houses from the beginning of the 20th century. You will notice on the pic below how one part of the house is constructed outward- a traditional Gossip room. What is that you ask?- after about 500 years of slavery, the Bulgarian aristocracy was fast developing. The socialites spent their days drinking tea and coffee in said rooms, keeping track on everything happening below them on the then Main Street of Plovdiv, who was spotted with whom, the works. A whole room designed exclusively for a vintage (or maybe original is the word), Gossip Girl! 

We reached our destination- Nebet Tepe. 

Believed to be a magical place, not just because of the view. This hill is said to be a sacred ground for ancient Thracian tribes, who enhabited Bulgaria 7000-8000 years ago. It’s believed the goddess Hekate preformed rituals here so the place is loaded with positive energy. Another theory states that’s the whole reason ancient Romans chose it as the main fortress in the area.  


Tunnel entrance, dating back to Roman times, believed to be a part of an underground tunnel system, spreading throughout Europe

Just a few blocks up another hill, one can find the magnificent amphitheater, still performing over 5000 years after it was originally built. The entrance is only €5 per person and it’s an absolute must-see! 

Our guide was a local ❤️

Another fabulous street down before the majestic Coliseum:

The original Coluseum remodel: just thinking that 5000 years ago, real gladiators walked these roads, sacrifices took place, people walked, preparing to face or possibly meet death itself… 

the original Coliseum

Such a small part remains, yet it’s still so easy to feel the excitement as you walk the tunnel passage leading to the battle grounds. Even the bravest warriors must have paused for a second, hearing the crowd’s roars louder and louder. 

Once you are up the steps and you look ahead, you get an instant “slap” back into present day times. Welcome to downtown Plovdiv, the shopping district! 

There are still quite a few places I didn’t manage to cover in this visit but I’ll definitely be coming back here! 

There are cats EVERYWHERE! Adding a little extra to the Roman vibe ❤️

outfit details: H&M kimono style dress, Banana republic leggings, Esprit heels, Guess bag, Oakley shades

Focus on creating memories, invest in experiences, not material possessions! 
Love, Silvia Mèlange

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Tsari Mali Grad

IMG_8265Last Sunday I went on a little getaway with my significant other. We visited Belchin; a small town in western Bulgaria, about 40 minutes out of Sofia. The village stands since Roman times and back then it was called Tsari Mali Grad. There’s a cabin lift that takes you to the top of St. Vlas hill, revealing a breathtaking panorama of the whole town.

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Church entrance and a plan how it used to look like in the 4th century

First we visited a gorgeous little church St. Petka that was built in the 15-th century. It’s a very unique place due to the fact that it’s foundation is the remains from a 4-th century Christian church. Right next to it with three towers still standing, is the Tsari Mali fortress built between 2-nd and 4-th century. You can walk through the grounds and even look down from the towers, daydreaming of how it once was. The main part is turned into a museum full of coins, ceramic dishes and weapons discovered on the grounds, some of which date all the way back to 4-th century. The whole place is surrounded by nature. I strongly recommend taking a stroll on the Eco path next to the fortress. Enjoying the pure air and spending some time around the centuries old forests. It’s an amazing place for picnics, meditation and reconnecting with nature. There’s also a very nice mineral pool and spa complex just a few miles down in town if you are in a mood to spoil yourself. With population of less than 500 people, the locals resemble one huge, happy family. Everyone we met was friendly and helpful (of course we got lost!) and eager to let us sample local organic fruits and vegetables and various kinds of homemade cheese. We had an amazing day and came back refreshed and inspired for the new week, glad we discovered another amazing place somewhere in the world! Don’t forget to ask which road to take on your way back so you can check out the 22 stork nests, homes of about 100 white storks annually. To the Bulgarian people storks are like shooting stars so make a wish if you see one! XO, Silvia Mèlange

View on the way up

View on the way up

Vintage weapons

Vintage weapons

Inside the chapel

  Inside the chapel

Coin collection with Roman emperors heads found in the ground

Coin collection with Roman emperors heads found in the grounds surrounding the area

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Inside the fortress

Миналата неделя, с моят любим решихме да избягаме от града за ден. Посетихме Белчин- малко селце в западна България, на около 40 минути от София. Селцето съществува от римски времена, когато е носело името Цари Мали Град. Кабинков лифт ни качва на хълма Св. Влас, разкривайки невероятна панорама на градчето. Първо посетихме църквата Св. Петка, построена през 15-ти век. Уникално място поради факта, че основите й датират от 4-ти век, също от църква. Точно до нея с три от кулите все още използваеми, е крепостта Цари Мали, строена между втори и четвърти век. Човек може да се разходи до наблюдателницата и да си помечтае как е било някога. Част от крепостта е превърната в музей, помещаващ монети, керамични съдове и оръжия датиращи около четвърти век. Цялото място е заобиколено от природа! Препоръчвам разходка по Еко пътеката,за да се насладите на вековни гори и чист въздух. Страхотно място е за пикник, медитация или за приятно прекарване сред природата. На няколко километра надолу има страхотен спа център с минерални басейни ако сте в настроение да се поглезите. С население по-малко от 500 души, местните са дружелюбни и отзивчиви (разбира се, че се загубихме) и предлагат домашни органични плодове и зеленчуци и домашно сирене. Прекарахме си страхотно и се върнахме освежени и вдъхновени за новата седмица, щастливи че открихме още едно невероятно местенце на света! На тръгване не забравяйте да попитате по кой път да тръгнете, за да видите 22-те гнезда, подслоняващи около 100 бели щъркела годишно! За българите щъркелите са като падащи звезди, така че си намислете желание ако ги видите! С обич, Силвия

The Eco path

The Eco path entrance

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Chillin’ in the tree

We made a few wishes

  We made a few wishes on our way out