Sunday, 31 December 2017

Stage Ready for New Year Celebrations in Yambol

New Year, Celebrations, Yambol
The stage is up and ready for New Year Celebrations in Yambol. Full of anticipation for a big party on the streets to welcome in 2018.

Saturday, 30 December 2017

A New Flower Bed Appears in Yambol City Centre

Flower Bed, Yambol City Centre, yambol,
This was just a paved area a short time ago. Suddenly a new flower bed appears and perks up the area from a bland space to display of organised bright  coloured splashes of flora.

Friday, 29 December 2017

Redundant Parasols in Yambol City Centre

Redundant, Parasols, Yambol City Centre. Yambol. Winter
It may be Winter and normally parasols are redundant and stored inside during most of this season , but with an extended warm period throughout Christmas and the New Year, they are still ready for action.

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Plastic Bottled Flower Garden in Yambol

Plastic Bottles, Flower Garden, Yambol, frost, ice,

Plastic Bottled Gardens in Yambol are common place with frost and ice due for certain during each Winter. Of course, the plastic bottled are recycled and can be used again and again and do a grand job I might add.

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Traditional Bulgarian Dancing in Yambol's City Park

Traditional Bulgarian Dancing in Yambol's City Park, Christian, Bulgarian Folk Music,
Christmas Day and on this mild sunny winter's Day a festival of Bulgarian Dancing is being performed in front of an enthusiastic Yambol crowd who enjoyed it immensely. Traditional Bulgarian Folk Music with singers and acoustic band had us memorised for hours on end on this special Christian Day..

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Petkarna Metko Replaces Short Lived Yummy Yummy

The picture posted in November this year under the name of 'Yummy Yummy' Didn't last even one one month! Not just fast food then.
See for yourself...

Monday, 25 December 2017

The Riders MC Yambol, Still Going Strong

The Riders, Yambol, Cafe, Motorcycles, Hell's Angels

The headquarters of Yambol's famous The Rider MC stands proud with its title and motif marking its mark on the landscape for all to see. Hell's Angels? Well maybe, but a nice lot of motorcycle fanatics who like to party.

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Classic Kid's Playground Car Still Causing Excitement

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This classic playgound car has been in one of Yambol's small play areas for decades, yet it still creates much excitement for children int he area.

Saturday, 23 December 2017

Sacks Maniacs Lurking Somewhere in Yambol City Park

sacks,. yambol City Park, fallen leaves, maniacs,

Numerous sacks full of fallen leaves are left abandoned in Yambol Centre Park. Thee sacks maniacs are nowhere to be seen but must ben lurking around somewhere.

Friday, 22 December 2017

A Broken Pink Manhole Cover Broken in Yambol

manhole, pink, yambol, broken, twigs, cobbled roads,

Local found a broken pink manhole cover and decided to warn people about it by putting twigs. The very next day there was a new cover replaced. This is a common sight on Yambol's cobbled roads.

Thursday, 21 December 2017

The Dismantled Dublin Bar in Yambol Stagnant

Yambol, Dublin Bar, Stagnant, Irish

The popular Dublin Bar in Yambol was dismantled some time ago and now has been lying stagnant every since. The temporary covers tarpaulin that went up does make me wander whether the Irish put it up seeing as it is upside down!   

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

The Intriguing Ottoman Stonework in Yambol City Centre

yambol city centre, yambol, stonework, ottoman,

You will see plenty of this intriguing stonework left in the bygone age of the Ottoman in Yambol City Centre. It is a reminder of the legacy of history that Yambol has. 

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Umbrella Stands Laid Bare in Yambol

yambol, umbrella, umbrella stands, coffee, cold weather,

This is a sign that the cold weather has finally arrived in Yambol. Umbrella stands laid bare with no seating for the popular outside coffee drinking that goes on here. they are of course all inside in the cafe nice and warm and cosy.

Monday, 18 December 2017

Sliver Birch Trees Planted Seven Years Ago in Yambol

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Back in July 2007 these silver birch trees were planted, picture can be see in this link:

They have developed well over those seven years having been cared for and not abused. The concrete casing at the base will not contain them for much longer.

Sunday, 17 December 2017

The Hypnotic Walkway in Yambol Centre

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You will find this pattern on many walkways in Yambol City Centre. I find it quite hypnotic and there is a tendency to follow the straight lines when walking along. 

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Simple Bicycle Parked Up in Yambol

Parked outside a local butcher shop this bicycle was seen and typifies the types of two wheeled transport commonly found in Yambol. No brakes, no gears and the compulsory rack for baggage, presumable meat as the owner was shopping in the butcher shop.

Friday, 15 December 2017

Improvised Seating in Yambol

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Tree trunk making a seating area by placing a bit of laminated chipboard on top. Typical inprovisation you see many time in Yambol. 

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Simple Christmas Decorations and Setup in Yambol

Christmas, Yambol, decorations,

Less than two weeks to Christmas and the yearly Christmas setup is in place in Yambol. Enjoyed by many Yambol folk and children with picture galore being taken. Just love the simplicity and innocence of the scene.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

A Sculpture with a Chemist in the Background in Yambol

yambol, sculpture, chemist,

An abstract sculpture stands on a small green area in Yambol with a Chemist in the background. This is often seen by Yambol folk while waiting for their prescriptions as I have done in recent weeks having been ill.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Chinese Restaurant Opens up Again in Yambol

yambol, chinese, chinese restaurant, duck,

We have been without a Chinese Restaurant for a few years in Yambol. The only previous one in town closed down and n new has now opened in the same location. I'd never go there after being ill with a duck dish they gave me!

Monday, 11 December 2017

Yambol Preparing for Christmas

yambol, Christmas, christmas tree, decorations,

Two weeks before Christmas and Yambol is now preparing for Christmas. The yearly tradition of decorating the big fir tree in the town centre has begun. Nice to know that the timing is just right with the 12 days before Christmas traditionally when the festive season begins.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Out With The Old Trees and In With The New in Yambol (Ямбол)

Trees, Old Trees, Yambol, Ямбол

Yambol (Ямбол) has thousands of trees, many have aged well, but there is a time when they become a liability and have to be replaced with new trees. This is exactly what has happened here to the relief of the homes became vulnerable to damage from falling dead wood.  

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Another Vilton in Yambol (Ямбол) Market 2

Vilton, Yambol, Ямбол, Market,

Number 2 in the line of Vilton markets in Yambol, (Ямбол). Bulgarian run and owned with many items just as competitive as the bigger German Supermarkets that try to dominate Yambol.

Friday, 8 December 2017

Looking North Towards Yambol's (Ямбол) Bazaar

Yambol, Ямбол, Bazaar,

A view looking North towards Yambol's (Ямбол) Bazaar. A well used area with a variety of shops and seating areas for coffee and quick snacks. Some good and healthy food always available in the bazaar of course.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Yambol's (Ямбол) Blue Telenor Shops (Formerly Green Global)


Formerly the Global Telephone Company which was in bright green, now Telenor Telephone Company with a light blue identity has taken over. This is where we pay our mobile phone bills currently and we wait for another change of company in due course which seems to be the fashion nowadays.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Cinbad Yambol's (Ямбол) Oldest Fast Food Joint

Cinbad, fast food joint, pizzas, yambol, Ямбол

The longest standing fast food joint in Yambol (Ямбол) under the banner of Cinbad with a regular flow of youngsters who frequent the place. Often a meeting and talking place for people as it is well situated next to the bazaar and main pedestrian walk through the centre of Yambol City.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

The Ever Popular Sweetcorn Stand in Yambol (Ямбол)

fast food, pizza, sweetcorn, yambol. sweetcorn stand, Ямбол,

If ever you are a little hungry and just want a quick health snack then this Yambol (Ямбол) sweetcorn stand fits the bill. There is an old lady that serves you but she is supported by a younger man on occasion. Very popular and better for you than the pizzas only fast food joints only 20 metres away.

Monday, 4 December 2017

Non Working Escalators in Yambol's (Ямбол) City Centre

escalators, Yambol' City Centre, Ямбол,

These are the escalators in Yambol's City Centre Shopping complex. If this was a video the picture would remain the same as the escalators are no working. Can't really recall many times when they are working to be quite honest, not sure whether faulty or just saving energy. In al instances the place doesn't attract many customers anyway so not a great inconvenience.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

One of Many Vilton Supermarket in Yambol (Ямбол)

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There are many branches of Vilton in Yambol, (Ямбол), this is one of them. You know where you stand with this supermarket with reliable home grown service and product. It is nice to know that is is a Bulgarian firm serving Bulgarian people which is refreshing with the domination of German superstores trying to strangle out Vilton any way they can.

Saturday, 2 December 2017

The Closed Down Yambol (Ямбол) Business Centre

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A view of Yambol's (Ямбол) Business Centre looking through the children's play area now deserted throughout the year due to no one visiting the Centre as firms have vacated and the centre closed down. 

Friday, 1 December 2017

Base in The Basement in Yambol (Ямбол)

Base, The Basement, yambol, young people, Ямбол,
Well they call it the Base for good reason, it is in the basement under the road. Never been down there as it looks like a place for young people after dark.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

A Dove From Above Sign in Yambol (Ямбол)

dove from above, dove, Yambol, Ямбол, sign,

This monument made up of doves and an olive branch doesn't exactly hit you in the face dynamically. What is does though it give a very calming feeling with it's soft coloured metal and message given over. I would say many people walking past don't even notice it as the metal is life a mirror and is almost camouflaged with the reflection of the surround as you can see in the picture.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

The City Centre in Yambol (Ямбол)

The City Centre, Yambol, Ямбол,

A front view of City Centre Yambol where there are an array of designer shops inside. Never seen this place busy at all, but convenient as they have a free toilet use there! Only been in their once this year, and that was to spend a penny. Can't be doing with designer stuff prices.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Piles of Leaves Gathered Up for Collection in Yambol (Ямбол)

Piles of Leaves, Yambol, Ямболm, women, men

After the women have swept up the leaves into numerous piles all the way down the road, they are now left for collection by the men on their trucks in due course. A common sight this time of year.

Monday, 27 November 2017

A Cosy Bed for a Yambol (Ямбол) Dog

Cosy Bed, Yambol, Ямбол, Dog

Not a conventional bed for a dog, but he fits like a glove under the grapevine on a bed of leaves as a mattress. Looks very cosy indeed there and didn't mind having his picture taken.

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Tree Cutting in Progress in a Yambol (Ямбол) Suburb

Tree Cutting, Yambol, Ямбол,

There comes a time where trees become a liability. With so many trees in Yambol this has to be done on a selective basis as here. There has been damage to property with the aged trees which are now being cut down. Shame to see them go, but will they be replaced. We will see over the next few days and weeks.

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Grapes Fermented and Ready for Rakia Making in Yambol (Ямбол)

Grapes, Fermented, Rakia Making, Yambol, Ямбол, alcohol

It is rakia making season in Bulgaria with the grapes being fermented out to go on an be distilled into the National Bulgarian drink Rakia. This was seen on the street where the hydrometer showed zero meaning all the sugar has been converted into alcohol and ready to take to the Rakia making stills in homes and rakia houses scattered around the country.

Check out my Rakia Site on this subject:

Friday, 24 November 2017

Appropriately Placed Shop Advertising Board in Yambol (Ямбол)

Shop Advertising Board. Yambol, Ямбол, hole in the ground,

With a hole in the ground from a dislodged paving slab the shop decided to appropriately place their advertising board over it. Sensible or what?

Thursday, 23 November 2017

A Nice and Well Looked After Yambol (Ямбол) Childrens' Playground

Looked After, Yambol, Ямбол, Childrens' Playground

It is no surprise that Playground's are looked after in Yambol (Ямбол). Many are not in good condition solely because of the age and wear from extreme weathers, never from criminal damage. this one will last for decades and the children's' children with use it in the future

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

An Apartment Block in Yambol's (ямбол) Stara Planina

Apartment Block, Yambol, ямбол, Stara Planina

Living together in an apartment block for many is not their choice of home. However, it is home to thousands in Yambol who are very happy they have a place to live that is warm and economical to run. This block is in a decent area of Yambol, well looked after and only five minutes walk fro the Centre of Yambol (ямбол). 

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Simple Boot Scraper on a Yambol (ямбол) Street

Boot Scraper, Yambol, (ямбол), street, muddy,

This was quite hard to spot when walking past. On closer inspection it was quite apparent hat this was a boot scraper cemented into a public walkway. Good idea, but there was no sign of muddy areas in the vicinity. Guess the owner(s) of the property it stands out must work in muddy conditions and use it before entering their  grounds

Monday, 20 November 2017

No Entry Sign on Nearside of Yambol (ямбол) Trailer

No Entry Sign, Nearside, Yambol,ямбол, Trailer,

Attention to detail and safety in Bulgaria is sometimes hard to find. In this instance it is a gem with this no entry sign on the nearside of Yambol registered trailer. It lights up as well which is a bonus. however will other driver adhere to the warning?

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Improvised Pipe Seating Area in Yambol (ямбол)

Pipe, Seating Area, Yambol, bench, yambol folk, ямбол

Swa this locally and nothing surprises me in terms so innovation by local Yambol (ямбол) Folk. This improvised pipe seating area is a typical example of using what is available for practical purposes. Quite often I will see it being used by a row of elderly gossipers on a warm and barmy evening.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

New Gambling Venue in Yambol (Ямбол)

gambling, yambol, Ямбол, bank,

A new gambling venue has just opened in Yambol (Ямбол). This replaces another former gambling institution namely a bank. This new business is at least a bit more upfront about it. There is a saturation in advertising lotteries to an audience who can only dream about winning unfortunately they become even more worse of by taking part. 

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.

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