Friday, 17 November 2017

A Simple White Road Bike Parked in Yambol (Ямбол)

A Simple White Road Bike Parked in Yambol (Ямбол)

Parked up in the Centre of Yambol (Ямбол) was something very dear to me. A simple white road bike the only extra is a stand which was n't being used in this case. The Royston is marked on the frame, sound very English but with no record of that it seems as if it is purely a fashion name. Looks the part though!

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Beautiful Place to Rest Your Legs in Stara Planina Yambol (Ямбол)


Only a couple of stones throws from my home in Yambol. (Ямбол),
 this is a beautiful place to rest your weary legs in the midst of well tendered gardens by locals. So happy to live in this part of the world!

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Colourful Tree Against a Bland Background in Yambol (Ямбол)


Tis colourful Autumnal tree just lights up a bland background in Yambol (Ямбол) in complete contrast. Natures way of showing beauty and embarrassing man made concrete structures.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Strange Solicitor Premises in Yambol (Ямбол)


This is the entrance to a Solicitor's premises. Very strange to have a four-leaved clover abou the main door and a black board to presumably make it secure from crime when closed.

Monday, 13 November 2017

The Catholic Church Near Yambol's (Ямбол) City Park


This is Yambol's  (Ямбол) Catholic Church seen from the street. If you look more closely as you pass the church you will see the entrance and garden untidy and in disrepair. Seems that there is a lack of care bind this grand and tidy facade we see in front of us..

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Yambol's (Ямбол) St Nicholas Church Seen Through the Trees


Peering through the trees you can see Yambol's Saint Nicholas Church glowing in the Autumn sun. It was so inviting I went in an lit a candle for good health.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Out of Tune Piano Bar in Yambol (Ямбол)


The Piano Bar used to be a decent place to wine and dine in Yambol (Ямбол). It is situated just south of the City Park. There was a Grand Piano in the place which used to be played, in fact I was offered the piano to practice many moons ago, although I think they were thinking of free entertainment for customers at the time. All changed now though as the Piano Bar is is need of tuning and completely run down since closing a few years ago. Shame" 

Friday, 10 November 2017

Yambol's (Ямбол) Court House


Yambol's Court House always surrounded by security and police. Woe betide anyone who parks there without authority.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Unique and Distinctive Landmark Near The Centre of Yambol (Ямбол)


This unique and distinctive land has been here for years near the centre of Yambol (Ямбол). A raised floor which must have had some function prior to covering secondhand cars up for sale.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Saint Archangel Michael Day Celebrated in Yambol's (Ямбол) St Nicholas' Church


The Bulgarian Orthodox Church dedicates the day of November 8th to St. Archangel Michael. People call the feast day Archangels’ Day. I went to Saint Nicholas' Church today in honour of this along with many other Yambol (Ямбол) Folk. As you can see the candle stand is full of candle lit with the many visitors having been here.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Making Space for Flowers in Yambol (Ямбол)


This isn't unique, in fact quite common to see a paving stone purposely removed to make way for flowers to be planted in Yambol (Ямбол). And of course respected by locals passing by to get established and bloom.

Monday, 6 November 2017

Golden Carpet of Leaves To A Yambol (Ямбол) Apartment Block


A warm feeling must be felt with this golden carpet laid out to an entrance to an apartment block in Yambol (Ямбол). With Autumn now firmly established the vibrant colours of nature never fail to appeal to the eye.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Home Grown Fruit and Vegetables For Sale in Yambol (Ямбол)


This is one of my favourite places to buy fruit and vegetable in Yambol (Ямбол). Situated in the Borovets area, local residents set up their home grown produce to sell the the public. Far better prices than the shops and the bigger market places and of course quality just as good with the generations of know how in Yambol small holdings and gardens

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Swastikas Still Seen in Many Places in Yambol (Ямбол)


There is a section of Yambol (Ямбол) folk who have Neo-Nazi tendencies. Proof of this is shown in Yambol with graffiti displaying swastikas seen on walls. Very distinctive and insulting, but that's freedom of expression I guess and somewhat tolerated here

Friday, 3 November 2017

Long Shadows Seen On Yambol (Ямбол) Streets



Walking the Yambol (Ямбол) Streets this evening is was quite apparent that the sun in it's Autumn postion give the resulting long shadows. I don't really have long legs, but the shadow gives that impression.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Smoking Chimneys and Green Tomatoes in Yambol


The smell of burning wood was the first clue to the sight of the first smoking chimney seen in Yambol this Autumn. Alongside the green tomatoes ready for picking and preserving is a sure sign of the Winter ahead

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Emergency Tree Surgery in Yambol


After a night of very strong winds, emergency tree surgery was needed to prevent this tree falling on the adjacent house. Danger over, but no great Spring blossoms on this tree next year.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Two Trees in Different Seasons in Yambol


It was quite mystery viewing these two similar trees next to each other in Yambol. Why was one in Autumn mode and the other in Summer? They are only two metres apart.

Monday, 30 October 2017

Walled Mural in Yambol City Centre


Many people walk past this pace and do not notice the mural on the side of the wall in Yambol City Centre. As with the tradition of Yambol being the centre of agriculture the design is based around farming and harvesting. Nice to see this reminder of the rural elements so akin to Yambol in the City Centre.

Sunday, 29 October 2017

A Traditional Little Grill Stand in Yambol Centre


It is nice to see this little grill stand is still practising the art of serving out Bulgarian cuisine. In the midst of junk food joint there is still the pleasure of choice around and glad to see the business made is constant, not least from me on occasion

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Yet Another Western Style Fast Food Joint in Yambol


This fast food joint suddenly appeared int he centre of Yambol recently. It used to be a cafe/bar where there were tables and seats outside - and well used I might add. This place now just has no atmosphere or character, such a shame Yambol is slowly bowing to junk food places like this.

Friday, 27 October 2017

Improvised Public Waste Bin in Yambol


Right in the heart of Yambol you will see many feats of improvisation, here is a perfect example given. The metal waste bin was probably salvaged by scavengers for illegal profit and replaced with a a former plastic water container. ...And it works as you can see.

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Yambol Leaves Swept Up and Collected

You will find many of these big sacks holding fallen leaves that used to carpet Yambol streets recently. They are swept up and collected on a daily basis in the height of the fall season.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Autumn Impinging on Yambol's Tree Leaves


These leaves above my head are just on the point of changing due to Autumn approached. Their two tone combination was quite a noticeable sight above my head in the bright sunlight that highlighted them further

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

UK Fashion Dominates Yambol Shops


It hasn't gone unnoticed, but in Yambol if you look at the fashion shops you will see that UK stated designs and the Great Britain flag dominates. This of course is reflected on the clothes Yambol people wear who of course buy them. Not sure what I think about that seeing as I wanted to get away from the UK so badly and am reminded frequently of it here. Unfortunately most people here just see the UK through media eyes and not from first hand experience hence the rose tinted glass view.

Monday, 23 October 2017

A Unique Yambol Ashtray


This sawn off post now functions as a unique ashtray in the centre of Yambol. Incidentally the post is around 40 cm high and I nearly fell over it on the find. 

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Musical Chairs with Yambol Banks


This used to be the the site for Unicredit Bulbank. It close down quite a few years ago with the place vacant. Now it has been reopened in the name of Societe Generale Expressbank. Much as I dislike banks, at least the site is now not derelict as it was for a few years.  

Saturday, 21 October 2017

The Unhealthiest Shop in Yambol


This Yambol shop has been trading here for many years. It has to be the unhealthiest shop in Yambol. I can't see one item that is good for your health. tobacco, alcohol, crisps, ice cream and coca cola. I might add that the shop is always busy.

Friday, 20 October 2017

Sign of Autumn in Yambol


This fruit juice stand is usually open all hours during the late Spring and Summer in Yambol. The lid is shut now and will remain shut through to next Spring. Yes indeed a sign of Autumn's arrival despite the warm weather we are getting this week.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

A Jet Plane in Yambol's Battle of Glory Museum


Yet another reminder of battles in Yambol's Battle of Glory Museum. this time from above with one of Bulgaria's jet planes. This one was used for training young air cadets.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

A Yambol Garage With a Waterproofed Padlock


With the wet season approaching this was spotted to combat rust. A Plastic bottle manufactured to fit over a metal padlock to protect it from the wet and damp conditions. And super economical cost with an eco based bonus! 

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Yambol's Dublin Bar Seemingly Being Demolished


Yambol's Dublin Bar is a magnet for many British visitors to Yambol. It is a landmark often referred to as an obviously meeting place being so central to the City. It is however being demolished for some reason. Whether modernisation or change of name will reveal itself in due course. 

Monday, 16 October 2017

An Armed Helicopter in Yambol's Museum of Battle Glory

This fine specimen of an armed helicopter stands in the Glory of Battle Museum. as you can see the public can get up close to touch and even enter into the passenger section of the helicopter. It give you a real sense of the suffering of war activities.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Yambol's Cheapest Pharmacy


If you ever get to visit this Pharmacy just 100 metres away from The Diana Hotel, you will have to wait to be served. It's always busy and for good reason. It is known to be the cheapest Pharmacy in Yambol, which is why I use it.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Georgi Mitev's Puppet Theatre in Yambol


This is the front entrance of Yambol's Puppet Theatre. Georgi Mitev the founder died in 2007 but the shows go on!

Friday, 13 October 2017

Yambol's Hotel Bulgaria


Yambol's Hotel Bulgaria still in business under the shadow of the posher Tundzha Hotel. Having spent a night in the place many years ago it just give s a basic room with a bed without views. For many though the price is the attraction, probably the cheapest in town.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Yambol Kids on World War Two Tanks

A trip to the Museum of Battle Glory sees a Yambol kid having fun on a World War Two tank. It is good that youngsters attend the museum and learn a bit about the negativity of war.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Dog Lovers in Yambol


Walking through Yambol City Centre it is quite obvious that the people of Yambol love dogs. The variety of breeds are quite diverse but the trend is own a breed that reflects the owners' personality typified in this picture

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Another Tank on Show in Yambol's Battle of Glory Museum

This fearsome tank is in fine condition on display in Yambol's Battle of Glory Museum. You are not allowed to take pictures in this area normally, but I was given grace on the Day of Bulgaria's Independence when I visited.

Monday, 9 October 2017

The Widely Hated Blue Parking Zone in Yambol

Until recently parking your vehicle in Yambol was free in most places. There trend spread from other town and cities is now to introduce a blue zone where yo have to pay a fee for parking or get fined a hefty amount to get your vehicle unclamped or recovered after it has been towed away. Big hate factor her in Yambol, especially as there is ample room for parking in the city and a money making exercise by the municipality! I have to agree having been fined for being clamped.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

A Former Rose Garden now Lawned in Yambol

This used to be an established Rose Garden and to be quite honest most of the year it looked quite scruffy prior and after the. roses were open. It is now a low maintenance lawned are with shrub borders. Roses somehow have a more desirable feature here especially as Bulgaria is famed for the roses.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Yambol's First 24 Hour Supermarket

There was a time when there were no 24 hour shops in Yambol. This was the first non stop supermarket and people don't really know how they coped without it. Often used for getting alcohol in the early hours of the morning after clubbing! (I know!)

Friday, 6 October 2017

At The Back of The Municipal Offices in Yambol


If anyone cares to wander round the back of Yambol's Municipal Offices in the City centre, you will find a shaded seating area with a small garden and historical reminders of old Yambol on the walls. Not many peoples see this area mainly because they don't know it is there and have no reason to explore after they have paid their bills in the office at the front.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Yambol's Brass Band in Action


Yambol's Brass Band often turn out for official celebrations and special occasions in Yambol. There are some real characters withing the fold. If you see them before and after their performances they are quite scruffy lot. But they tuck their shirts in when whilst in action. Most play the music by memory.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Ebu Bekir (Eski Cami) Yambol's Ottoman Mosque


This is another view of Yambol's Ottoman Mosque that stands just off the centre of the City. A reminder of the Turkish rule not too long ago. It is still used by the Turkish Muslim minority in Yambol..

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Bulgarian Orthodox Souvenirs in Yambol's Newest Church


Adding to the Priests' profits the newest Bulgarian Orthodox Church in Yambol have some souvenirs for sale. They are I might add reasonably priced and you will find these in most Bulgarian homes including our own.

Monday, 2 October 2017

Yambol's Business Centre The Mall Without Business


This grand business centre or The Mall was a spanking brand new complex that dominated the centre of Yambol. Intended for businesses seemed like a good idea. There was a bank and various retail shops including a Piccadilly Supermarket on the lower levels. they have all closed down and moved out in recent times. Rent too high? Yambol folk without disposable income? Probably a combination of both. The building however still dominates but nobody hangs around the place now and is like a ghost town.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

A New Fast Food Joint in Yambol


This is one of Yambol's newest fast food joints. The rise in fast food takeaway shops continues. The name Aladin is part of other fast food joints already established under the same company. typical food for sale there as pizza, hamburgers and kebabs and of course chips with everything. Can't say I'd use the place when so much Bulgarian traditional food is for sale elsewhere.

Saturday, 30 September 2017

A Mobile Bread Making Machine in Yambol's War Musuem


At first sight you may not know what this is. It is in Yambol's Battle of Glory Museum and is a mobile bread making machine. Even in war food is essential and this fits the bill for fresh bread on a daily basis

Friday, 29 September 2017

A view Of Yambol's Kaufland


From the 11th floor of a Yambol apartment block there is a clear view of Kaufland Supermarket in the distance. Further in the distance on the left is Bakadzhik Hill, I hate heights and wanted to get to ground level a.s.a.p.

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