Sunday, 31 August 2008

Yambol Apartment Block

Yambol Apartment BlockJust a typical scene of a Yambol block apartments seen from street level. They work and are really expensive in Yambol now. They are in short supply but you wouldn't think living in one of those would appeal unless you are in Bulgaria. Air-conditioning systems seem to be the fashion now with many having already been installed as you can see.

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Nest of Yambol Cables

Nest of Yambol CablesThis just caught my in eye as I looked above me in Yambol today. An assortment of telephone cables which seem to have no order. How the technicians work out whose is whose is a mystery, maybe they don't!

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Saturday, 30 August 2008

Yambol Hand Painted Log Truck

Yambol Hand Painted Log TruckThis Yambol truck scared the life out of me as I turned around the corner to come face to face with it. It is of course a truck for carrying logs. this one was parked in a residential street with learner plates on. the truck is hand painted, normal on this truck with a personality within.

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Friday, 29 August 2008

Yambol Police Station

Yambol Police StationThe massive police station in Yambol. the lady walking towards the building reported me for taking this picture and I was approached two policemen in plain clothes moments later. Luckily I could explain in Bulgaria why I was taking the pictures for my picture blog. Afterwards, they explained their disappointed as they thought I was a reporter for a newspaper!


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Thursday, 28 August 2008

Gypsy Beggars

Gypsy BeggarsThis two boys are Gypsies and their favourite place for begging is just outside the St Nikolai's Church in Yambol town centre. Business is good for them right now with tourists all around. Even in the winter I see them there, Bulgarian folk are a generous bunch and regularly give money and food to these two gypsy boys. There are usually other Gypsy children begging that hang around this area but not today.

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Wednesday, 27 August 2008

Dumped Car

Dumped CarThis old car has been parked here for as long as I have lived here. I see it day in day our year after year. It hasn't budged with it's obsolete number plate and vegetation growing around. It is strange no on does anything about it, especially so as it is parked just outside the Yambol police station!


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Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Caravan Home

Caravan HomeJust 200 metres from the town centre within a block of apartments is a caravan, this used to be someone's home, probably a place where a security man stay whilst building is going on in neighbouring buildings. Notice the set of stacked stones on the left to keep it 'stable.'

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Monday, 25 August 2008

Bulgarian Learner Driver

Bulgarian Learner DriverThere are Bulgarian driver and then there are Bulgarian kearner drivers, I can't think of anything worse driving on the road! There are loads on the road in Yambol right now.


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Sunday, 24 August 2008

Newsagent Kiosk

Newsagent KioskNext to Yambol's town centre park is a newspaper kiosk, this is used frequently. Before you can buy your newspaper or magazine, the owner has to be looked for and found sitting in the park most of the time in the summer months.


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Friday, 22 August 2008

Big Ads In Yambol

Big Ads In YamboNothing held back here as the advertising is made on an enormous scale providing some insulation to the apartments at the same time. The residents get a small payment for agreeing to have this there and they are the only people in Yambol who don't have to see it!

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Thursday, 21 August 2008

Yambol Commercial Complex

Yambol Commercial ComplexA massive commercial complex is being created in Yambol right now. It has been ongoing for the past year and was formally a old apartment block. It is being renovated and developed into a Commercial Centre right in the heart of the town next to St Nikolai's Church.

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Box and Steps

Box and StepsA Yambol shop whose entrance is a metre above ground solves the problem by sticking a box and some metal steps for customers to enter. The box is used for storing the ice cream freezer parlour.


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Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Yambol Factory Farm

Yambol Factory FarmThis is the back of a factory in Yambol where the workers grow their own food. This is typical of the other side to the industrial area of Yambol. Gardening in their break times in normal. the food goes back to their families when harvested. A good balance of industry and the environment surrounding it.

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Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Chair Lift

Chair Lift Another bicycle picture in Yambal. This time the cyclist is taking a chair home with him after work. Again no gears, no brakes, hand painted green, the same colour as his garden fence.


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Monday, 18 August 2008

Yambol Hardware Store

Yambol Hardware StoreHere is my favourite shops in Yambol's lower bazaar; the hardware store. They sell everything for a smallholding and that's the appeal. Inside, there are even more goodies including seeds and animal feed. I could spend all day there. I might even ask for a job working there one day.


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Sunday, 17 August 2008

Yambol Log Truck

Yambol Log TruckOn of the many trucks that carry the logs to households in and around Yambol. This is a common sight this time of year when winter fuel is bought before the prices go up int he autumn. I just love the chunky chap charactor of the truck.


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Saturday, 16 August 2008

Yambol Covered Bazaar

Yambol Covered BazaarIn the heart of Yambol town centre you will find the 17th Century covered bazaar. Outside, you will see this shop set up and a reminder that the Black Sea Coast reports are less than a hours drive if you own a black Mercedes or two hours if you own a Lada.

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Friday, 15 August 2008

Yambol Fast Food

Yambol Fast FoodIf you want fast food in Yambol this is one of the options. Sitting opposite the Dublin Bar
and a stone's throw from the impressive Town Park, this is the place to grab a snack before you march on. (And much cheaper place than the Dublin Bar as well)

Thursday, 14 August 2008

Bank of Flowers

Bank of FlowersAnother new bank in Yambol town centre - Yuk! But one of the nicest front to any shop just such a pity it's a bank!

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Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Simple Skoda

Simple SkodaIt was the colour of this Skoda car that caught my eye parked in the centre of Yambol today. The classical shape of a car that appeals. It is such a simple car, purely practical with no frills which is why it appeals to me so much.


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Monday, 11 August 2008

Yambol Street Cafe Scene

Yambol Street Cafe Scene
A typical Yambol street cafe scene with a relaxed atmosphere throughout. All age groups are about enjoyng the lovely Bulgarian summer during the early evening hours.

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Litter Bins in Yambol

Litter Bins in YambolI found a couple of litter bins in Yambol today. they are situated just outside the town centre in the park grounds of the church but use by Bulgarian walking past the road adjacent. They aren't new but well used, looked after and respected. they look new because they had just been recently painted. They may be only litter bins but oh how refreshing it is to see such a site in perfect condition!

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Sunday, 10 August 2008

The Dublin Bar - Yambol

The Dublin Bar - YambolThis is the popular Dublin Bar in Yambol, frequented by many English here, in fact the central meeting point of British expatriates once a month. The reason? The food is mainly deep fried, the staff all speak English and the theme is Irish which is close enough to be a home from for most Brits. A 'Little Britain' right in the heart of Yambol. I personally avoid the place like the plague, for the simple reason I'm in Bulgaria!

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Saturday, 9 August 2008

Yambol Delivery Van

Yambol Delivery VanA delivery van in Yambol centre, notice the bulgarian parking here, one car on the pavement the van side on to the kerb, normal in Yambol. These vans are full of character and should have names like Ivan or Hristo as they have personality. Unlike the white transit van brigade - YAWN!

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Friday, 8 August 2008

Yambol Newspaper Stand

Yambol Newspaper StandA newspaper stand abandoned in the centre of Yambol. No doubt it was the four hour break at lunchtime when this picture was taken today; or there wasn't any news in Yambol today!

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Thursday, 7 August 2008

St Nikolai's Church, Yambol

St. George Church, YambolHere is what see everyday, it's Yambol's attractive St Nikolai's Church. A fine building in the heart of the town amidst a well kept park. The church is often used by many especially on religious festive occasions. One of the priests of this church is my next door neighbour.


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