Wednesday, 31 March 2010

A Children's Seating Contraption - Yambol Style

You may not know what this is if you didn't read the title. It  is a children's seating contraption but the wooden slats that fit on the parallel metal bars are missing. I don't know if these are unique to Bulgaria, but the kids have fin on them anyhow.

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

A Yambol House Built In 1989

With all the new renovations and developments going on in Yambol, well before the recession anyway, there are some interesting modern twists in designs and architecture. This particular house has the front wall of their house with a decorative floral themed fa├žade with the year in which the house was built. Quite unique.
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Monday, 29 March 2010

A Yambol Fence Repaired

This is part of the fencing surround of the main Yambol hospital toward the north of the City. For some reason the fence has been blocked up with stones and bricks. I can only assume that this is to stop the stray dogs that go around in packs from entering the grounds. Typical Bulgarian workmanship as you can see. 

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Sunday, 28 March 2010

Yambol's High School Of Languages

In the seemingly derelict waste grounds next to a major block of apartments in the Zlaten Rog area sits Yambol's High School Of Languages 'Vasil Karagyozov'. It alos is right next to the river Tundzha whose scenic riverbank path can be followed right into the hear of Yambol city.
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Saturday, 27 March 2010

Yambol's St Troica Church

Behind the dustbin is Yambol's St Troica Church. This is another grand place of worship in the Kargon area of Yambol tucked away in the mainly residential area 3 kilometres form the city centre. Like all the other churches in Yambol the gates of the church ground and the church itself are open every day.
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Friday, 26 March 2010

The Yambol Plastic Bottle Garden

Even though the temperatures in Yambol today were in the 20s, the nights are still cold and a thought for the garden comes into play. this little patch is in a public place and neatly arranged plastic bottles protect the plants from overnight chills. Typical Bulgarian this using recycling to good effect. 
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Thursday, 25 March 2010

Yambol's Tundzha Stadium Motto

Faster, higher, stronger are the three key words in Yambol's Tundzha Stadium.. It is taken from the Olympic motto and the Olympic emblems sign that are on sign of the entrance/exit onto the pitch is therefore appropriate. It looks very inspiring to sportsmen and women that use the grounds. Nice blue colour as well!

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Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Old Roof Tiles Stockpiled In Yambol Gardens

It is common in Yambol to see old roof tiles stacked up in gardens. These are usually form outbuilding that have fallen to pieces and the materials are gathered from these and stockpiled. Some of these roof tiles remains piled for years. There will be a day though when they will come in handy for repairs to existing building or sold. Unsightly or not, they are a valuable asset from old collapsed buildings.

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Tuesday, 23 March 2010

The Yambol Sports Centre Basketball Court

Part of Yambol's Tundzha stadium has a sports centre attached. With this complex is a big basketball court where anyone can just walk in an use it. I just strolled in and watched a few people just knocking a ball around. There is always someone here using the court which is a good alternative to the school playground basketball courts if the weather isn't too good.
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Monday, 22 March 2010

A Yambol School - Now Closed

A school in Yambol that is no longer used is now the subject of English lessons al fresco with the graffiti that has appeared. Probably from ex students of the school no doubt. I find it quite disturbing that schools close down and this is quite common in Yambol
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Sunday, 21 March 2010

The Yambol Bus Station Pubic Toilets

Tucked away out of sight, the Yambol Bus Station public toilets don't do a roaring trade from the men of Yambol. I will tell you why. Most men, including myself, take a short walk toward to the Tundzha River and relieve ourselves by the back of a building (the police head office building as it happens!) I know as the smell is so distinctive there. The price of using the public toilet is 30 stotinki and having accidentally walked into and used the ladies toilets some four years ago, I wasn't impressed with the hygiene of the place, but that may just be the ladies of Yambol!
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Saturday, 20 March 2010

A Pipeline Alongside Yambol's Tundzha River

I found this pipeline travelling alongside Yambol's Tundzha River, but for the life of me don't know what it is for. It is in an area of apartment blocks but I don't think it is for sewerage as it just wouldn't cope with the volume that comes out of big population here.

Friday, 19 March 2010

A Turquoise Trabant Parked Up In Yambol

My heart beats slightly faster whenever I see a trabant in good working condition in Yambol. There are quite a few years left in this one which is in excellent condition considering the number of winter it has gone through here in Yambol. The interior is also in fine condition with beautiful upholstered seats from traditional Bulgarian woven carpets.

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Thursday, 18 March 2010

Husky Dog Power Over Yambol's Tundzha River

Husky dogs are very popular in Yambol and are often seen out and about. this particular husky dog is in its element working away pulling a cyclist across the Tundzha River. It may seem pretty dangerous to thsoe who are accustomed to European roads with police surveillance everywhere, but is q common sight here without questioning.
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Wednesday, 17 March 2010

A Grand Old Yambol House In Disrepair

Yambol is swamped with fine house that need repairing. This is a classic example of a grander than normal house that is falling apart at the seams. The balcony at the front has fallen away from the door on the first floor completely. Strangers to the house would fall into the street if they opened the doors and walked out!  

Create A Digital Picture Album - Help Is There

As you know I love taking pictures of things. It has been a passion every since I was at school developing my own black and white negatives and printing my own shots using the enlarger and chemicals in the school darkroom Then later on having my own set up at home to carry on, even part-time work making money taking wedding photographs! Developing and printing then was all part of the process, byut nowadays it is so, so much easier to take picture and have result instantly.

The reason I am writing this post is to let you know of another new innovation where you can create you own digital album online. This can be used for any genre such as a family scrapbook, and autobiography, journal or diary or like mine, local pictures of you home town.

Photographs are a history and a valuable keepsake for you and future generations to come. It is not only scenic pictures that you might want to store but documents, letters, certificates and other important documents that can easily be turned out and added to a digital photo album. Even audio recording can be put alongside your digital photo album imagine having you album shown with your commentary explaining the pictures or creating mood with music alongside.

How about creating a digital anniversary photo album, for example you can set up an online photo album for your wedding and other anniversaries with personal thoughts or stories attached? The options are unlimited and a scrapbook that will become a heirloom for your future family. You can't buy memories like that.

My Heart Will is an online program that it safe secure and can support you in every way to create a digital photograph album. You can have our own personal page and regularly update it at your own convenience. 

Whatever photography you do I hope that the enjoyment that is give to millions continues to grow with the amazing technology that continues to make it far more accessible and affordable. 

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Tuesday, 16 March 2010

River Reeds In Yambol's Tundzha

You will find Yambol's Tundzha River full of reeds throughout its length. Ideal for wildlife who live within this environment. The river being so high recently hide the true height of these specimens. In the summer they will be fully revealed

Monday, 15 March 2010

Yambol's College Entrance Closed Today

This is the entrance to the high school of humanities called "Vasil Levski" and the high school of mathematics called "Atanas Radev". It was closed today and the wrought iron gates firmly padlocked. I know quite a few students who attend.

Sunday, 14 March 2010

A Yambol Garden Wall That Takes Your Eye Away

This photograph was next to a building project for yet more expensive apartments in the centre of Yambol. The garden wall just took my eye away so I took a shot. I like the way it leads you to the end of the garden. Not intentional art, but accidental I assume.

Saturday, 13 March 2010

A Wedged Shaped Yambol Store

I've often popped into this wedged shaped store adjacent to the Yambol's college. I is always full of students at lunchtime and after school finishes. I love wedge shape and there is a great traditional Bulgarian cuisine restaurant in the basement away from the tourist runs!

Friday, 12 March 2010

Another Typical Yambol Bicycle

I see so many of these types of bicycles around that fold up. However, I have never seen one yet that is actually folded. This one is a nice shade of green, headlamp and plastic carrier box (compulsory in Yambol apparently.) I just love the simplicity of these bikes.

Thursday, 11 March 2010

The Seating Of Yambol's Tundzha Stadium

The Tundzha Stadium has seating all around it and looking closely at the state of the seats they need maintaining. This is what they look like before the weed growing season. I assume they use weed-killer or cheap gypsy labour to clear this up in spring and summer.

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

An Old Yambol Train Carriage

This old train carriage sits in the midst of apartment blocks in the Zlaten Rog area. Formerly used probably as a home for night security personnel, it now is abandoned and in more disrepair. I can see this remaining there indefinitely as it cost money and resources to move and is not doing any harm - Eyesores never seem to be a problem here.

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Yambol's Stadium 'The Tundzha Stadium'
A sunny day enhanced the pictures of Yambol's Tundzha Stadium. It need a total renovation although it is still well used by many sports orientated clubs and individuals here. I just walked in unchecked and investigated inside and out without any approach from anyone. Again, no vandalism here as it respected from those who visit and use it. It is in the eastern side of Yambol in the Zlaten Rog area just opposite Yambol's Vermont Nightclub. 

Monday, 8 March 2010

Bad Yambol Drivers - More Evidence

You have to be here to believe what you see on the Yambol roads and the drivers that have no road sense whatsoever. This picture is more evidence of this. I really don't know how any car can not stay on the road and not drive at speed on pedestrians pathways where this sign once stood. Do you think I am surprised? Your right, I'm not. 
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Sunday, 7 March 2010

The Entrance To Yambol's St George's Church

You've seen Yambol's St George's Church Bell Tower from a distance, now you can see the base of the structure that is the entrance to St George's Church. It is indeed a grand entrance and creates a kind of reverence when going through to the main area of worship.

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Saturday, 6 March 2010

Yambol's Tundzha River Flowing Southwards

Still swollen from the massive amounts of rain we are still getting Yambol's Tundzha River has come to life this winter flowing southwards towards Elhovo and then Turkey. This shot was taken form the Kargon area of Yambol. Looks like a lovely place to start up jogging again, with an assault course of potholes to contend with as well.

Friday, 5 March 2010

The Old Homes In Front Of The New In Yambol

Another fine example of what is happening all around Yambol, out with the old in with the new. Not too sure how long it will take to completely take over but once the recession ends it will speed up even more for sure. Not too sure I like the way things are going as the people of Yambol are becoming priced out of their own city with these new 'designer' homes!

Thursday, 4 March 2010

Yambol's Vermont Night Club

Yambol's Vermont Night Club is the centre of the chalga music in the Tundzha district. They play solely pop folk and is always very popular with fans of chalga music, me included. Strangely enough not many people actually see Vermont during daylight so this is a rare sight to many who frequent this night club. A great atmosphere there by the way and no age discrimination it is a place for all ages although many 'old folk' don't like chalga.

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Wednesday, 3 March 2010

The Coffee Paradise In Yambol

As I wondered into a school playground, one side of the area has the backs of lined up Yambol homes. In this line of gardens and outbuildings is an old cafe called 'Coffee Paradise'. Although it looks run down an redundant it is still a working cafe. A school playground as a business spot for this is no problem as the school grounds are open for the public to use, including the basketball nets that stand there.
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Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Yambol's St. George's Church Bell Tower Entrance

I fin the bell tower of Yambol's St George Church more impressive than the church itself. It's bright yellow and white a dominant feature of Yambol's landscape. It is in pristine condition and nice to see that the respect remains in this area from all generations of Bulgarians.

Monday, 1 March 2010

A Yambol Teenager's Bedroom

I saw this poster as I walked alone and assumed that it was a Yambol teenagers bedroom, but not a very brigth one as the poster can only be seen from outside. It is a mystery why it is facing outwards.

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