Thursday, May 23, 2013

Bulgaria from the CAR

 Varna is the farthest city in the mission from Sofia, it takes about 5 1/2 hours to drive. We are in Varna at least once a  month, spending a lot of time in the car. So here are my shots of Bulgaria from a car.     This is Beautiful country!!!!

In a earlier post, there were fields of yellow, now the red wild flowers are coming out. Every time we drive through the country side there are different flowers, crops and colors. WOW!

 Sometimes it is hard to get a picture from the car, there are trees everywhere, the foliage is so thick

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 We drive through several село (villiages) on our trip. There are not many freeways over here. It is kind of nice to be forced to slow down and see the sights of the country.
This is the local hardware store
Little roadside shops are all over
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                              I LOVE this carts!!!!  They are all over!!!!! One day I'll be in one!!!

Марин дринов

 This is our street (Улица), it is in the center of Sofia and a very safe place to live. I forgot to get a picture of our art work (graffiti)on the buildings, I'll do to soon, just adds to the charm.
This is our street

Picture from the balcony
Lots of apartment buildings
OK all apartment buildings
Who is worried about loose wires hang down? It is that charm again.
The sidewalks can be a little tricky,  if you don't always look down.
This house is abandon, it is a couple of block over. I love it! If I lived here permanently this is where I would want to live. I'm going to have to figure out how to see the insides.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Istanbul - The Basilica Cistern

There were 7,000 slaves that were used to construct the cictern. The cistern was used in the 14th century.

 This columns is engraved with raised pictures of a Hen's Eye, slanted braches, and tears it represent the hundreds of slaves that died while constructing the cistern. 
Tradition has it that Medusa's head was oriented sideways and inverted in order to negate the power of the Gorgons' gaze, 

Yes, there are carp in Istanbul

The ceiling is supported by a forest of 336 marble columns,

Before being converted to a cistern, a great Basilica stood in its place, built between the 3rd and 4th centuries during the Early Roman Age as a commercial, legal and artistic centre.

It is spring in Istanbul!!! Turkey is famous for tulips. And I always thought that was Holland?
Who stands in the middle of the freeway selling water? REALLY!!!!! At least he has a helmet on.

It is Spring in Bulgaria

 Our Elders and Sisters are always prepared in all they do, whether it is tracking, teaching or going out in freezing cold weather.
 This is the bottom of a stairway to the Elders apartment. There are 340 stairs, I counted them on the way up to their apartment for an apartment inspection. Great for a daily workout.

                  Veliko Tarnovo is a city built on a hill, up are always going up or down stairs.

 One day I'm going to get out of the car and get a great picture of the Gypsy carts, maybe I'll talk them into letting me drive, or at least seat in the cart for a picture.

 This is a beautiful country with rich black soil. These fields are mustard. Pretty soon the sunflowers will be out in bloom. When that happens the whole country is a yellow blanket. It is beautiful.

Snapped these pictures on the freeway. There are no fences here, the herds have shepherds and watchmen that look over them all day and keep them safe. It is amazing to see the herds follow their shepherds at the end of the day. It is a nice step back in time! I love it!!!

Hotel in Ankara

This is what you get when you step into an elevator thinking that they just cleaned the elevator floor because it is wet, but realize just as the doors shut and you are trapped and someone puked all over that elevator doors. A 30 second ride can seem like hours as you try not to breath or let anything you own touch the floor or the sides of the little square box. To bad we didn't get to the room until around 10 p.m. and left by 8 a.m. The walk-in closet was a nice touch.