July 15, 2015
National Folklore Festival of Rozhen - Featured Image

National Folklore Festival of Rozhen

Bulgarians from all over the country gather together near Rozhen peak. The fair in Rozhen is held every four years and musicians present their incredible skills. For the first time, the festival took place in 1898. Angel Indzhov – a priest in the village of Sokolovtsi – came up with the riveting idea of the festival. At that time, the frontier between Bulgaria and the Ottoman Empire crossed the peak of Rozhen. Nowadays, the fair is still a guardian of the tradition. The symbol of the festival is the orchestra “100 Kaba Gajdi” which literally means “100 Bagpipes”. Namely here Valya Balkanska sang her unforgettable song ‘Izlel e Delyo Haydutin’which was later put on the board of the space station Voyager along with the music of Bach, Beethoven and Mozart. What takes place this year? 400 bagpipers would perform on the first day The festival of Bulgarian folk art and stock-breeding starts on the 17th July there would be a Bulgarian flag of approximately 24.000 m2 demonstration of traditional Bulgarian […]
July 7, 2015

Happy third birthday, Free Plovdiv Tour!

For English scroll down. Третият рожден ден на Free Plovdiv Tour! Три пъти УРА! Три години са почти зад гърба ни. Три години изпълнени с неуморен труд, турове и усмихнати туристи. Преди около три години Сдружение 365 стартират амбициозния проект за безплатна пешеходна обиколка на град Пловдив – Free Plovdiv Tour .Разбира се, за стартова дата избираме 13ти, денят е петък. Датата и денят са ни късметлийски – другите ни два големи проекта също са стартирани на тази дата- 13-и август 2010 и 13-и април 2012. Ние сме сдружение с нестопанска цел в обществена полза, което се занимава с туризъм и култура. Сдружение от проактивни млади хора, където се случва нещо буквално през всичките 365 дни от годината – дори на дати като 1 януари, 3 март, 24 декември (почивен ден не се полага дори един, дори на високосна). Free Plovdiv Tour е нашият трети голям проект за безплатна пешеходна обиколка. Обиколката ни в Пловдив се превърна в един наистина успешен проект, но по пътя имаше много предизвикателства. Три години […]
July 3, 2015

3 years and still going

In the beginning there was the tourist. Or was it the guide? Whichever it was, it all began on the 13th July 2012 when Free Plovdiv Tour gave its first cry just like Simba when he was held up by Rafiki in the Lion King. The initial steps were insecure but exciting, tough but rewarding. It was no Hakuna Matata, that’s for sure. Looking back at those three years it is safe to say that Free Plovdiv Tour has become a global community of friends who help spread the word of the lovely city of Plovdiv. And if last year our celebration looked like this this year we are preparing something bigger to mark the lucky number 3. So join us on the 13th July to celebrate our birthday and to experience Plovdiv to the fullest. We’ll show you how to be ailyak (the Plovdiv hakuna matata, remember that word) and how to party the Plovdiv way.
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

Everyone has at least once spent some of their precious time in vain, looking for a parking lot! It can be even worse if you are in a foreign land. Plovdiv is not a big and vibrant city but parking might turn into an adventure. Whether you are an alien or a Plovdivchanin(as you know from our previous article, means a person from Plovdiv), this blog post will be in your favour! International parking sign Source There is a short list of some parking lots you might find useful: 2 Kapitan Raicho St. A place where you can leave your car without hesitation is the parking lot of Ramada Plovdiv Trimontium Hotel which is not far from the starting point of our tour. You cannot avoid paying for the stay, but it is a safe and reliable place. Source 37 Tzar Boris III – Obedinitel Blvd. International Fair Plovdiv offers more than 1300 parking lots! These spaces are not only available during the fairs and exhibitions, but also for the […]
April 30, 2015

Two Tours a Day During the Summer!

Beginning on the 1st of May all through September you're going to see twice as much of us as you have before. That's right, during the summer months, for the first time in Free Plovdiv Tour's history, we'll be serving up two tours a day. The starting times are 11 AM and 6 PM. The starting place, as before, is in front of the City Hall (Municipality building). So whether you are staying in Plovdiv for the night or leaving during the day, now you'll have a better opportunity to join one of our tours and get a guided introduction to the city. See you there!  
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: grabo.bg 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: europlovdiv.com 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.