In September I was lucky enough to visit the gorgeous amphitheater in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. What made this day even better was that there was a huge orchestra and singers practicing for a show taking place there later that evening!
First of all, Plovidv was one of the best places I have ever visited. I loved the combination of old ornate architecture and then a real modern bustling atmosphere. We met lots of lovely young people who told us about rock bars to visit and cool shops to go to. Here are a few of my photos from around the town.
The amphitheater is located in the old part of the town and the walk to get there (depending on which way you go – we may have got a little lost) takes you down beautifully quaint cobbled streets.
When we got to the amphitheater we were initially disappointed to find that it was all closed as we have arrived during the weekend of a special festival throughout Plovdiv. At first we couldn’t get it but we could hear amazing orchestral music coming out of the middle. In the end, fortunately a nice friendly security man allowed us to enter the amphitheater, have a walk around, take a few photos and listen to the music rehearsal.
This was a great opportunity, not only to take photos of the magnificent views (as the amphitheatrer is set into a hill, it gives you a great view out across the city) but also to hear the musicians prepare for their show in the evening. The sounds in the amphitheatrt were just perfect and we enjoyed it so much that we sat outside for ages drinking coffee in the sunshine and listening to the show.