Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Weather for Cement in Yambol

Weather for Cement in Yambol
The work is still going on with this massive complex right in the centre of Yambol town. It is a case of non stop building right now as the weather is just right for laying cement right now. Not too hot not too cold!

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Monday, 29 September 2008

The Three Flags of Yambol

The Three Flags of Yambo
Bulgarian's love their flags. Right in the heart of the public area of Yambol, where all the public events are held are three flags; The European Union, Bulgarian Republic and Yambol Town. There only used to be two here before January 1st 2007. I say two's company three's definitely a crowd!
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Sunday, 28 September 2008

Yambol's St Nikolai's Church

Yambol's St George's Church
This an another view from a different angle of Yambol's St Nikolai's Church. This church is so photogenic whatever side of the church a snap is taken it makes a good postcard picture. I may ask my neighbour the priest is I can take a few pictures inside the church to publish.


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Saturday, 27 September 2008

A Grand Yambol Building

A Grand Yambol BuildingI'm not too sure what this place is but positioned just opposite the impressive Town Park it stands proud. Occasionally there are tables and chairs out on the veranda area where people talk eat and drink.

Friday, 26 September 2008

The 'Bulgarian' Sun

The 'Bulgarian' SunI know the sun is seen all over the world, expect the UK apparently this year. But today looking up warming my face was the 'Bulgarian sun as warm as ever this glorious weather in September. Most Bulgarian's try and hide from it in the summer, apart from lapping it up on the Black Sea.


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Thursday, 25 September 2008

A Lonely Yambol Gadulka Musician

A Lonely Yambol Gadulka MusicianThis man is quite often here next to the small park it the town centre. The music is traditional and appreciated by passing Bulgarian folk. I think the instrument he is playing is a gadulka fiddle, which just adds another Bulgarian dimension walking through Yambol town. He always gets enough to feed his family after an hour or two.



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Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Bazaar Shops

Bazaar Shops
The cobblestone road leading into Yambol's lower bazaar. No parking problems here ever as people just use their vechiles to pick up and drop of stuff. There's not enough business to warrant traffic jams here.
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Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Land Rover Police Car

Land Rover Police Car
As menitoned before, there are no Lada Police cars in Yambol anymore. As I passed the Police station car park today I see a Land Rover Police car. It may be an old model 'County' Land Rover but this is an up and coming police force now it seems.

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Monday, 22 September 2008

Yambol Back Street

Yambol Back StreetJust out of the main centre of Yambol are many back street, residential areas that are cobbleslone roads. Many of the houses there that used to be single dwellings have been converted into apartments. Initially this was for their own families, but increasing to rent or sell.

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Sunday, 21 September 2008

Yambol Apartment Block

Yambol Apartment BlockAnother closer look at an apartment block I pass every day. Each apartment is treasured home nowadays in Yambol as they are unaffordable to most Bulgarian first time buyers.

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Saturday, 20 September 2008

Yambol For Pedestrians

Yambol For PedestriansAnother picture of an area of Yambol where this walkway or boulevard is entirely dedicated for pedestrians. Many Bulgarian families use this for an evening walk after school and work. A ideal meeting place right next to the town centre park.

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Friday, 19 September 2008

Hand Painted Taxi Rank Sign

Hand Painted Taxi Rank SignThis sign telling us that there is room for three taxis on this rank is hand painted. Most of the traffic signs are done this way but there is now a movement quite evident brought in from Europe that all signs are to be replaced with Internationally standardised road signs. What a shame. The Bulgarian character and individualism is slowly eroding from the inclusion of the EU.

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Thursday, 18 September 2008

New Colourful Shops

New Colourful Shops
New colourful shops are making more of a presence in new Yambol. This one is a sportswear/fashion shop. It is so new that the wood used for the concrete supports are still lying on the ground outside the fence. Just a couple of years ago the colour schemes in new building would have been just grey or white!

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Wednesday, 17 September 2008

New Dustbins in Yambol

New Dustbins in Yambol
This is something you don't see very often in Yambol, shiny new dustbins. I had to put my sunglasses on as I went past with the glare.

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Monday, 15 September 2008

Yambol Park

Yambol ParkThis is the entrance to the Yambol town centre park. The two ornaments just set it off nicely. The park is well used by all gernations of Bulgarian and no vandalism anywhere to be seen, with a drinking water fountain always working there in the centre of the park.

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Bed and Car Tyre on Bike

Bed and Car Tyre on BikeThis is typical Bulgarian with the use of a bike in Yambol. This partucular Bulgarian is taking home with him a car tyre and a bed. Without the bike these would be going nowhere.

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Sunday, 14 September 2008

Yambol Cattle Statues

Yambol Cattle StatuesA prominant sight on the main through road are the cattle statues. They are bulls and another emblem of Yambol to do with 'big eating'. 'Yambol' actually means 'eat (yam) big (bol)'

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Saturday, 13 September 2008

Lada Rear Indicator Lights

Lada Rear Indicator Lights
This just caught the eye in Yambol this morning. A well worn Lada emblem and rear indicator lights. This Lada car is at least 20 years old and still retains the charactor.

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Friday, 12 September 2008

Ataka Headquarter in Yambol

Ataka Headquarter in YambolMr. Volen Siderov, a Yambol man, is the leader of Ataka, the Bulgarian Nationalist Party. Their headquarters are in the centre of Yambol town. Their campaign is to protect Bulgaria from the gypies and the Turks. Many non-Nationalist supporters believe that the party is made up of criminals and killers.

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Thursday, 11 September 2008

Yambol Town Centre Water Fountain

Yambol Town Centre Water Fountain
So many water fountains are in Yambol but I have never seen any of them work until today. It makes a big difference as I walked past, but cost money which is why they were turned off weren't maintained. Money is now rolling into Yambol hopefully this particular water fountain the first of many that will be working.

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Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Billa and Technomarket Stores

Billa and Technomarket StoresCompleted last year, the supermarket Billa and the white goods store Technomarket based on the first floor are now trading. This is situated 1 kilometre down the Sliven road on the bank of the beautiful Tundzha river. The ever increasing blots on the Yambol landscape. This complex incidently is where the first ever public escalator was installed.

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Tuesday, 9 September 2008

Half Bulgarian - Half Chinese Restaurant

Half Bulgarian - Half Chinese RestaurantThis restuarant tucked away between some arpatment block in Yambol town centre has Chinese owners. They do excellent Bulagrian food and Chinese as well. not many non Bulgarians know about it hence the low prices. The Bulgarian beer is serve ice cold as well.

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Monday, 8 September 2008

Yambol Apartment Block Communities

Yambol Apartment Block CommunitiesThere are many apartment blocks in Yambol and right in the cetnre of theme are thriving communities with their own shops, cafes and restaurants. Not at all the bleak sight you see in the distance.


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Sunday, 7 September 2008

Yambol's Yazaki Factory

Yambol's Yazaki Factory
The Japanese company Yazaki based in Yambol around 4 km on the Sliven road. They produce Renault car parts. Yazaki employs over 2000 local Bulgarians and Galia's son is one of them. This picture was taken as I took him there and dropped him off this morning.
Also have a look at: New Yazaki Factory in Bulgaria


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Saturday, 6 September 2008

Yambol Block 8

Yambol Block 8
Apartment blocks are a regular site in Yambol, a number is assigned and put on the side of each block so you know which block is which. This picture obviously shows apartment block number 8. Being numbered this way in typical Bulgarian style, somehow personally I think it's a better system than all this patronisation and calling them names like 'Nelson Mandela Block'.


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Friday, 5 September 2008

Yambol Tundzha River

Yambol Tundzha RiverStill in the town of Yambol, but just on the outskirts is the River Tundzha. Here you see many Bulgarian people fishing before and after work. The wildlife here is also little know, but for me a major distraction when driving past.

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Thursday, 4 September 2008

Yambol Street Name

Yambol Street NameA typical street sign giving the name of the road (Kabile) no doubt these will be replaced with modern equivalents and English text at some point.

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