May 26, 2015
Children's day

Children’s Day

The holiday celebrated on the 1st June seems to be the most awaited by the children. It is called the Children’s Day and is recognised in a great number of countries around the world. The Children’s day flag breakdown: The green background symbolizes growth, harmony and fecundity. The figures in different colours stand for diversity and tolerance. The star formed by the figures is for the light (the light that everybody can be for the world). Each of the rays stands for each of the continents. In the centre of the star is situated the globe – the planet we all belong to no matter gender, race and religion! It all started during the World Conference on Children’s Health which took place in Geneva in 1925 when the League of Nations passed the Declaration on the Rights of Children. The main point of the document is that on account of their physical and mental immaturity, children need special care and health protection both before and after their birth.     […]
May 20, 2015
The Cyrillic Аlphabet - The Story - Oh when the saints go marching in!

Oh when the saints go marching in! – The Cyrillic Alphabet

Why is the Cyrillic Alphabet so important? The writing stays forever, the words fly away, said a Latin philosopher and he could not have been more right. Today we cherish the fruits of the strenuous efforts of our ancestors by using the alphabets they created. This is the story of the Cyrillic Alphabet- the fifth most used alphabet in the world with over 220 million people enjoying its letters every day. The creators of the Cyrillic Alphabet The official records say that in the 9th century AD the Byzantine Empire commissioned the brothers Cyril and Methodius to assemble an alphabet for the Slavic nations. The goal was to prevent them from falling under the influence of the Roman church. The writing they created was called glagolitsa. It was rather complicated for the common folk so one of their disciples, Climent, simplified it and shaped it the way we use it today. The History of the Cyrillic Alphabet There is another theory though, which has not penetrated the history books yet. Not until […]
May 17, 2015
Brace yourselves, Prom is coming! - End of Highschool | Free Plovdiv Tour

Brace yourselves, Prom is coming!

The Bulgarian Prom Days are like nothing you have ever seen in your life! Prom … with this post we will try to prepare you mentally for the upcoming armageddon in May. It all begins with the choice of THE DRESS. Most girls in highschool spend hundreds of hours looking for the perfect one. Very often this includes a day trip to Asenovgrad, because that’s the Bulgarian capital of wedding and prom dresses! Boys, as you may imagine, usually go to a few shops with their mother where they chose a costume. After long month of preparation, reservation of restaurants, cars (pay attention, it is of great importance to arrive at your prom in the most extravagant or luxurious way, you get bonus points for screaming out of your window), hairdressers, makeup artists, photographers and so on, the Prom day has come (most schools celebrate around the 24th of May)! After a lavish family gathering where the grandparents shed tears of joy and lots of presents, the graduate takes off […]
May 6, 2015

Parking adventures in Plovdiv – update 2020 – Parking Lots

If you are coming to Plovdiv by car you may be a bit worried where to park while you are on the Free Plovdiv Tour. Let us be your guides on this parking adventure as well and show you some nice spots. Read on to learn all of our secret tips on how to park your car in Plovdiv like a pro. Blue Zone in Plovdiv (Синя зона) One of the easiest ways to park is in the “Blue Zone”. This means that you can park on the streets but you have to pay. Almost the entire center is a Blue zone. In some countries “Blue Zone” means restrictions for the EURO eco category. This is not the case in Plovdiv – all cars are allowed. A convenient feature of this parking method is that once you get your ticket you can move your car within the Blue Zone until your ticket (paper or SMS) expires. Usually, on the new spot, they will check its validity. You can park for […]
April 23, 2015

Handmade craft culture

Interested in traditional craft and arts in Bulgaria? From the 23rd to the 26th of April the Spring Craft Fair will transform Plovdiv, and more precisely Rajcho Daskalov Str., known as the former Uzun Charshi. Source: With more than 80 craftsmen presenting woodworks, pottery, jewellery, furriery and many other unique and rare crafts. What is more, there will be a bread making workshop where the Bakers Guild will prepare delicious dough masterpiece right in front of you. Source: The festival features not only Bulgarian masters but also a few guests from the neighboring Balkan states. All of the participants will be dressed accordingly with folklore garments. source: Дина Карагяурова Last but not least, the children from Olga Skobeleva Social care Home will also take part in the festival with their ceramic pieces of art.
April 14, 2015

In vino veritas!

During the festival Wine and Gourmet in the Old Town („Вино и гурме в стария град Пловдив”) on the 9th and 10th of May Plovdiv’s guests can enjoy a truly bohemian experience – a two-day program of culture events finely enriched with delicious dishes and excellent Bulgarian wines. Source   The grand opening will be on the 8th of May at 18:00 at the Roman stadium, where centuries ago emperors have celebrated spring, life and wine. Then, on the next day a symbolical opening of the spring wine season will be made in the Lapidarium (one of the stops in our tour) at 12:00. This will be the starting point of your degustation adventure lead by the honorable members of “The European Order of the Wine Knights”. Source   The icing on the cake will be the folklore dance and music performances by Ensemble Trakia and other artists making the celebrations a real feast for all the senses. Source A glimpse of the map is enough to conclude there will […]
April 9, 2015
Clubs in Plovdiv

Who let the dogs out, aka hitting the clubs in Plovdiv – Part II

You can find “Who let the dogs out, aka hitting the clubs in Plovdiv” – Part I here. In the previous post we mentioned a few of the new and old gems of the Plovdiv club scene. We are going to pick up from where we stopped and offer you a few more options to explore while you are in Europe’s oldest living city (which has stayed that way because of its party people). Hitting the clubs in Plovdiv: Vintage House Location: 15 Gladstone st. You think your Bulgarian is good enough – try going to the local theatre. And if that’s not exactly your cup of tea, try a glass of whiskey instead in Plovdiv’s newest bar, which just happens to be inside the building of the theatre. Who knows, after a shot or two, you might feel ready to take over the floor and put up a show. HItting the clubs in Plovdiv: Kotka i Mishka – Cat and Mouse Location: 14 Hristo Dyukmedzhiev st. We are happy […]
April 3, 2015
Clubs in Plovdiv - Part 1

Who let the dogs out, aka hitting the clubs in Plovdiv – Part I

Over the past few years we have witnessed a rapid uprise of Plovdiv’s cultural life and the clubs have been on top of that tide. Considered to be alternative at first, they have now become the norm as more and more people get mesmerized by their charm and comfort. These are just a few that are a must if you want to see how the Plovdiv people take the pressure off. Clubs in Plovdiv: BASQUIAT Wine & Art Location: Bratya Pulievi st. The newest addition to one of Plovdiv’s most landmark neighbourhoods – the Trap, this bar quickly gained momentum as it harnessed people’s love for wine, cosiness and art. It’s a bar in the night and a comfortable café during the day. And to add to its awesomeness, Basquiat hosts comedy plays, lectures and small gigs, which is a combination not seen before in a Plovdiv bar. Clubs in Plovdiv: Rorschach’s inkblot – Petnoto Location: 36 Yoakim Gruev st. This club started out as a very unpretentious place for […]
March 22, 2015
Wedding on a tour - Free Plovdiv Tour

Encountering a wedding ceremony during the tour

The wedding ceremony The wedding is not only an institutional union between two people, but also building a relationship between a woman and a man in love with each other. In Bulgaria the traditional wedding continues up to a whole day. (What an exhausting event!) The wedding begins with ‘taking’ the bride from her home. This moment is usually connected with the custom of ‘looking for’ the bride’s shoe. When the groom finally manages to find it, he is made to put some money (not coins, of course) in order to make the shoe the right size for his beloved. The ‘visit’ at the girl’s house ends up with a traditional Bulgarian dance – horo. Horo is a common dance It is widely spread on the Balkans, in which people arrange either in a line, or in a circle. The next destinations are the ritual home and the church. In our country the civil marriage is the only legitimate form in the Bulgarian Family Law. In order to be legal, […]