Monday, 22 October 2018

Yambol's City Park Fountain On Full Power

Yambol, Yambol City Park, Fountain, Full Power,

Another walk in Yambol's City Park and another joyous view of the fountain seen on full power. Luckily it wasn't indy so I didn't get soaked passing which happens on occasion. This is one of the most photographed spots in the park.

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Obesity Exists in Yambol - The Broken Bench Proves It

Obesity, Yambol, Broken Bench,

Obesity is an increasing problem worldwide in Western Society and Yambol is no exception. Proof of this is seen in this broken bench that seemingly couldn't take the weight of a person. Fast Food is to blame. 

Saturday, 20 October 2018

Season for Peppers Evident in Yambol's Market Stalls

Season, Peppers, Yambol, Market Stalls,

The smell of roasting peppers has invaded Yambol which reminds you that it is the pepper season. Every family has a pnag for these delicious vegetables and Yambol's market stall are flooded with them to cope with demand. Of course most are cooked and preserved for the coming Winter and Spring as we do each year.

Friday, 19 October 2018

A New Second Hand Clothing Shop Opens in Yambol

New, Second Hand, Clothing, Shop, Yambol,

there are many second hand clothing shops in Yambol and they thrive with business from folk who can''t afford new clothing. Here is another one. I like this one as I can sit on the wall outside in the shade and wait for my partner who frequents the place.

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Sinbad Fast Food Seen From Yambol's Kabile Hotel Restaurant Balcony

Sinbad, Fast Food, Yambol, Kabile Hotel, Restaurant, Balcony,

Having been luck enough to attend a party at the Kabile Hotel I got the view form the restaurant balcony on the 3rd floor. This is of course the smoking area as smoking is not allowed in the restaurant. (Well at least until 22:00!) You can see Sinbad Fast Food Chain down below still trading at this late hour.

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Local Produce of in Yambol's Fruit and Vegetable Bazaar

Local Produce, Yambol, Fruit and Vegetable, Bazaar,

Vibrant colours galore amongst the variety of fruit and vegetable mainly locally produced in Yambol's Bazaar. I often take this as a diverted route on my travels as it is just like walking through a garden.

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

A Semi Decagon Cover for Yambol's Bazaar

Semi, Decagon, Cover, Yambol, Bazaar,

Having been in place for decades, tnis semi decagon cover for Yambol's Bazaar goes unnoticed by many folk. Quite unique in design with supporting poles at each angle it is eyes raised each visit to appreciated the art amongst the busy trading that goes on there.

Monday, 15 October 2018

A Mural on the Wall in Yambol - Plus Swastika

Mural, Wall, Yambol, Swastika,

Having taken this picture once before, it is being shown again with swastika which has been added since. These swastikas have been appearing in random places on an increasing frequency. Shame to distort the beauty and peaceful nature of this mural in Yambol

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Yambol's Covered Bazaar Viewed Coming from Rakovski Street

Yambol, Bazaar, Rakovski Street,

Taken from the top of the steps that lead from Rakovski Street, yo can see the Covered Bazaar in Yambol. always a hive of business there. However I do tend to find the prices of fruit and vegetables are higher than my local shop so I don't usually shop there. But I do buy my honey which is better than any supermarket honey.

Saturday, 13 October 2018

A Playground replaced the Jet Fighter Plane in Yambol

Playground, Jet Fighter Plane, Yambol,

What use to tbe place for a Bulgarian Jet FIghter Plane is now transformed into a playground. What a contrast in emblems from war to play! If you want to see the original jet it is here: Bulgarian Jet Fighter in Yambol

Friday, 12 October 2018

New Laid Grass and Shrubs in Yambol

New Laid, Grass, Shrubs, Yambol,

After extensive renovation and redesign Rakovski Street is now laid with new grass and shrubs nearing completion. Still barred from the public right now it will be a pleasure to stroll the 1 km length of this road when open.

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Probably The Biggest Advert in Yambol

Biggest, Advert, Yambol,

Opened this week, this shoe shop probably has the biggest advert in Yambol, Who could fail to notice it? 

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Clothing Hanging Out to Dry at the Back of Yambol's Battle of Glory Museum

Clothing, Hanging Out to Dry, Yambol, Battle of Glory Museum,

One thing you don't expect is for the Battle of Glory Museum in Yambol to have clothing hanging out to dry. Well the lady who acts as a guide there spends 6 days a week at the museum so I guess it makes sense to make use of work premises with not much time at home.

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Road Signs Nailed and Clustered on a Yambol Tree

Road Signs, Nailed, Clustered, Yambol, Tree,

Road sign in Yambol come in a variety of modes. This one is quite common with a cluster of signed nailed to a tree in Yambol. Quite interesting that driver ignore them in the main and not for the reason of  a canopy from the tree obscuring the view. 

Monday, 8 October 2018

First Piles of Autumn Leaves Gathered in Yambol

Autumn Leaves, Gathered, Yambol,

with some chilly nights experienced it was only a matter of time to see the first leaves gathered in piles on the streets of Yambol. A month ahead of industrious work for the street cleaners wo I might add do a fantastic job without the aid of machines.

Sunday, 7 October 2018

A Grape Press in Yambol

Grape Press, Yambol,

Needless to say, Autumn is the time of the grape harvesting so seeing a grape press is a common sight. This one is quite modern compared to many manual machines in Yambol. If not used for wine then rakia will be the result.

Saturday, 6 October 2018

Nectarines and Grapes on A Garden Table in Yambol

Nectarines, Grapes, Garden Table, Yambol,

On a warm sunny Autumn day with local fruit ripened it was njo surprise to see this outside on a table waiting for an indulgence. Not just the natural colours of the fruit but the complement of the Bulgaria table cloth it sits on. 

Friday, 5 October 2018

Inside the Rakia House in Yambol

Rakia, Still, Rakia House, Yambol,

A view of the inside of a rakia house in Yambol can be seen here. With different sizes of stills for the distilling this place is very busy in October and November from grapes having been harvested and fermented out. The distinctive smell of rakia lingers throughout the factory.

Thursday, 4 October 2018

A Local Rakia Making House in Yambol

Local, Rakia, House, Yambol,

Today was rakia making day for me as I attended the local rakia making house in Yambol. Situated in a off the track remote part of Yambol give the feel of a village location. by midday 47 litres of rakia were on the way home to last the year ahead. Yes, it was raining an d didn't stop all day!

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

A Young Guard Dog in Yambol

Young, Guard Dog, Yambol,

Guard dogs chained up are popular in Yambol as I witnessed another one on my travel through the Yambol streets. This one was young, just past the puppy stage, but it learns fast as it barked at my approach.

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Plum Stones Discarded in Yambol

Plum, Stones, Discarded,Yambol,

A walk led me to see a pile of plum stones that had been discarded on the street. A strange thing to see and didn't make much sense. It took a couple of seconds to realise that these were the remnants of plums that had been fermented for rakia making! 

Monday, 1 October 2018

A Public Watering Hole in Yambol's Bazaar

Watering Hole, Yambol, Bazaar,

you will find this watering hole in Yambol's Bazaar by the old Bus Station. Used by all workers and shoppers, a useful resource in the long hot summers. I've never seen it break down, even in mid-winter.

Sunday, 30 September 2018

Sweeping Brushes, Very Popular in Yambol

Sweeping, Brushes, Popular, Yambol,

A Yambol home is never without one of these sweeping brushes. They are entirely made from natural materials and very effective sweepers used extensively for the home and workplace. From first experience, you can't beat these brushes with anything in the plastic world of cleaning.

Saturday, 29 September 2018

Secondhand Jam Jars for Sale in Yambol

Secondhand, Jam Jars, for Sale, Yambol,

Nothing is wasted in Yambol and recycling and reusing is part of the culture. An example is the sale of secondhand jam jars in Yambol seen today. These may however be third or fourth hand knowing how things work here.

Friday, 28 September 2018

Autumn Flowers Blooming in Yambol

Autumn, Flowers, Yambol, Blooming,

It may be Autumn, a time where nature slows down and looks towards winter retreat, but here in Yambol it is still tine for blooms. Flowers seen blooming in their prime in Autumn is a late treat as I pass by with other plants looking tired.

Thursday, 27 September 2018

First Fog of Autumn in Yambol

Fog, Autumn, Yambol,

07:30 in the morning and the first fog of Autumn greeted me as I made my way to the City Centre. My thoughts were on the possible reports of accidents on the Bulgarian roads on the news which is what normally happens on the first day of fog.

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Yambol's Brass Band Playing on Bulgaria's Independence Day

Yambol, Brass Band, Bulgaria Independence Day,

September the 22nd in Bulgaria's Day of celebration of their independence from the Turkish Ottoman Rule. The band turns out each year to play during the formal celebrations that take place at the Museum of Battle Glory. Music makes a big difference to the event. 

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

A Typical Childrens' Playground Swing in Yambol

Children, Playground, Swing, Yambol,

this is a typical swing found in many childrens' playground all over Yambol. No plastic in sight as the materials are metal and wood. Durable and of course looked after and respected by the locals without any vandalism. This particular swing is many decades old and still works as well as it did on the first day.

Monday, 24 September 2018

Stray Cats Swarming Yambol Streets

Stray Cats, Cats, Swarming, Yambol, Streets,

Cats are all around us in Yambol. Stray cats swarming and there is a very good reason for this. Unlike the stray dogs, the locals feed the cats so they thrive on human help. However, they do keep the mice at bay although the big rats tend to scare them. 

Sunday, 23 September 2018

One of the Many Wild Dogs of Yambol

Dog, Wild Dogs, Yambol,

The are hundreds of wild dogs in Yambol. Resting on the streets in during the day and at night you can hear them howling and hunting as some gather in packs. Individually they are harmless, but gathered they are dangerous if you are a vulnerable person or young child.

Friday, 21 September 2018

Fig Tree Growing in a Yambol Apartment Block Foundations

Fig Tree, Yambol, Apartment Block, Foundations,

This is quite common where fruit trees and grapevines are planted outside apartment blocks in Yambol. In this instance it is a fig tree, however besides the figs each year as a bonus I do wonder what is happening to the foundations of the apartment block and whether some serious damage is being inflicted below ground level.

Thursday, 20 September 2018

The Simple Number 36 on a Yambol Apartment Block

Simple, Number 36, Yambol, Apartment Block,

The simple number 36 painted on a the side of a Yambol apartment block is so unassuming. A grey concrete background with a darker grey coloured number makes it that way. Not meant to stand out in contrast but does enough to be read clearly in a sub camouflaged way.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

A Unique, Multi Materialed Bench That Works in Yambol

Unique Multi Materialed, Bench, Works, Yambol,

PVC, wood and metal are three types of material used in the build of this unique bench. All recycled I might add Regularly used by locals and typical of DIY benches seen on a daily basis.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Another Yambol Bench Well Worn with Wear

Yambol, Bench, Well Worn, Wear,

With a plethora of choice, this bench yet again shows from the signs of wear that it is well used positioned in the shade of the apartment block both from sun and wind.

Monday, 17 September 2018

A Bench With Its Address on the Back in Yambol

Bench, Address, Yambol,,

This caught my eye today. A simple bench that has its address on the back. It don't think it goes anywhere with a return to sender scenario. not quite sure why this is here other than officialdom.

Sunday, 16 September 2018

A Communal Carpet Beater Frame Outside a Yambol Apartment Block

Communal, Carpet Beater, Frame, Yambol, Apartment Block,

Outside almost every apartment block in Yambol you will find a communal carpet beater frame. It is commonly used in Spring and Autumn and also has a dual purpose as a gymnastic frame for pull ups for local fit Yambolians. 

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Eco Friendly Bottled Garden, Typically Seen at Autumn in Yambol

Bottled Garden, Autumn, Yambol, Eco Friendly,

You always know when Autumn has arrived when you see bottled gardens in Yambol. With the forecast of slightly cooler nights a very eco friendly and practical ideas that has been going for decades.

Friday, 14 September 2018

A Mysterious Block of Cement in Yambol

Mysterious, Block, Cement, Yambol,

This block of cement suddenly appear on a Yambol street. Quite mysterious as to where it came from and how it got there as it is too heavy to lift by hand. Will it still be there later in the year?

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Former Thriving Shop Dead in Yambol

Thriving, Shop, Dead, Yambol,

This bland shop front is just typical of failing businesses in Yambol with its falling population and poverty stricken folk. It used to be a thriving colourful business and is now dead. In a prime position I still can't see who would take it up again, people just don't have disposable income. It will get worse if or should I say when the Euro hits Bulgaria.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Vacated 'Fresh' Stand Looks Like a Bandstand in Yambol

'Fresh', Stand, Bandstand, Yambol,

Last summer a fresh juice business stood here, it was called Fresh and was shaped like an orange and it did good business. this year the stand was vacated and all summer it felt like waiting for a brass band to turn up as the position looks like a bandstand. Pity, we enjoyed the smoothies from this former 'Fresh' business.

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Early Autumn Leaves and Compass Tree in Yambol

Autumn Leaves, Compass, Tree, Yambol,

Early Autumn leaves gathered and waiting to collection next to a tree which acts as a compass in Yambol. In case you din't know moss gathers on the North side of trees due to favouring the cold and damp. You can never loose your bearings with trees about.

Monday, 10 September 2018

A Yambol Car Hibernating in Summer

Yambol, Car, Hibernating, Summer,

Hibernation usually takes place in Winter, but for one car in Yambol it happens in the Summer. With the natural cover of low tree branches and a nylon cover, that car sure looks cosy. and of course protected from the searing heat of the summer sun. I did wonder whether the owner owns that garage behind it though!?

Sunday, 9 September 2018

White Lines being Laid on the New Yambol Road

White Lines, Yambol, Road,

Three workers and a supervisor is all it took to lay down white lines on this new Using a piece of strong to get the line straight works wonders. When finished they can say to folk, "I drew that line!" A deserved party piece.

Saturday, 8 September 2018

Brand New Nursery School Now Open in Yambol

New, Nursery School, Open, Yambol,

It has been a long haul but this Nursery School is finally completed and open for children. The simple but effective bunting surrounding the complex is a nice touch to welcome learners coming into this world.

Friday, 7 September 2018

Virgin Tarmac on a Renovated Yambol Road

Virgin, Tarmac, Renovated, Yambol, Road,

Now looking like a road, this stretch now has tarmac laid, virgin tarmac only 30 minute old. It was still hot to walk on. This will turn out to be the best road in Yambol when finished. 

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Battle of Glory Museum Emblem Displayed in Yambol

Battle of Glory Museum, Emblem, Yambol,

All around Yambol you will see this emblem for the Battle of Glory Museum, usually giving directions to the site. Always nice to see road signs hinting a bit of class rather than sterile and uninspired signs that are commonly ignored by drivers.

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Old Lights, New Building in Yambol

Old Light, New Building, Yambol,

A new office block has been built recently in Yambol but the lights in the street are a complete contras as you can see.

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Daily Life Goes On Yambol Despite Chaos Around

Daily, Life Goes On, Yambol, Chaos,

With total chaos reconstructing the main road in Yambol, daily life goes on in the neighbourhood with the delivery of wood for the winter.

Monday, 3 September 2018

Official and Unofficial Trees Planted in Yambol

Official, Unofficial, Trees, Planted, Yambol,

It is great to see Yambol streets being filled with new trees by the local council. However some people feel that they are not putting enough in so they add their own trees as a supplement. As you can see it is quite obvious which tree planted is the officially and which tree is the unofficial. Love the tyre surround! 

Sunday, 2 September 2018

The River Tundzha Running Through Yambol City Park

River Tundzha, Yambol City Park, Yambol,

The ever changing scenery of the River Tundzha running through Yambol City Park. Each time the river is seen it has a unique look as the seasons change. Summer of course bring out this wonderful display of bright reflections of the blue sky and tree lined banks.

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