101st post special: around Bulgaria

Venue: Sofia, Plovdiv, Silistra, Sozopol, Pomorie, Veliko Tarnovo, Kaliakra, Bansko, Rila and surroundings

Music: Emil Dimitrov – My land / Емил Димитров – Моя страна (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8sF15vGcZM)

I devoted my anniversary 100th post to my best photos of people and art, but I thought it’s only fair to have another collective post about my travels around Bulgaria. After more than a decade of living abroad, I moved back to my home country a little more than 3 years ago and many of my blog posts document my quest of rediscovering Bulgaria. Inadvertently many of these photos are associated with some of my best experiences from my life back home, but I also tried to compile a collection showing the objective beauty and diversity of the place. Enjoy!


I start my retrospection with a shot from the Starosel area from the fall of 2015, even before I got my current camera – https://kirilson.com/2016/08/21/welcome-home/.
And this is one my first shots with my current camera, from a winter trip to Plovdiv – https://kirilson.com/2016/03/31/a-winter-day-in-plovdiv/.
A more recent shot of Plovdiv and the typical architecture of its old town – https://kirilson.com/2018/06/03/southeast-bulgarian-road-trip-i-plovdiv/.
Moving further east on the Bulgarian map to a small gallery in the old town of Sozopol by the Black sea coast – https://kirilson.com/2018/07/28/southeast-bulgarian-road-trip-ii-shades-of-blue/.
Staying on the coast but moving a bit to the north at the port of Pomorie and its small fishing boats – https://kirilson.com/2016/08/25/burgas-and-the-black-sea/. To this day this is the most visited post in my blog.
Moving further north and inside the country to Veliko Tarnovo and the inside of a historic 19th century house – https://kirilson.com/2016/08/17/veliko-tarnovo-and-around/.
Reaching one of the northern-most points at the terrace of a tiny fish restaurant in Silistra on the coast of the Danube river – https://kirilson.com/2017/08/26/northeast-bulgarian-road-trip-i-along-the-danube/.
Staying up north to the cliffs on the northern seaside next to cape Kaliakra – https://kirilson.com/2017/09/04/northeast-bulgarian-road-trip-ii-the-black-sea-coast/.
Time to go back to my home city of Sofia and its more gloomy weather – https://kirilson.com/2016/11/29/happy-first-snow/.
Climbing Vitosha mountain right next to Sofia – https://kirilson.com/2016/09/16/still-life-without-woodpecker/.
Back to the city and its most iconic building, the Alexander Nevski cathedral mirrored in a puddle of water in fall – https://kirilson.com/2016/10/09/puddle-spotting/.
A long exposure shot of the backside of the cathedral at night – https://kirilson.com/2016/07/16/summer-evenings-in-sofia/.
On the road out of the city to the nearby town of Zemen – https://kirilson.com/2017/04/01/independence-weekend/.
Further south in the Pirin mountain to the ski resort of Bansko and its typical taverns with gypsy bands – https://kirilson.com/2018/01/09/happy-new-year-from-bansko/.
The deep frozen Pancharevo lake near Sofia – https://kirilson.com/2017/01/27/the-frozen-boat/.
More winter charm at the Rila monastery up in the mountains – https://kirilson.com/2019/01/02/happy-new-year-from-rila/.
And we finish our retrospective trip in a tiny attic room with a distorted view of central Sofia through an old dusty window – https://kirilson.com/2016/09/03/the-dusty-window/.

19 thoughts on “101st post special: around Bulgaria

  1. While not every single one is a masterpiece, you have excellent vision. You frame the photographs extremely well, and I particularly like the effects you place on several. Have you ever done film work?


  2. Thank you for following me. Much appreciated. My husband and I will be traveling to Budapest (been dozens of times beginning in the mid-90s), Bucharest (only once), and then onto Sophia (never yet) later this year. Very much looking forward to it– especially after seeing your lovely photographs.


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