A cloudy afternoon in Veliko Tarnovo

Struck by a little inspiration this morning, I decided to end the year writing about the last road trip of the year – last month in Veliko Tȃrnovo. It’s one of the new places I discovered in 2014 that brought old and new friends in my life, new experiences, learning to love design even more and I became a happier, better version of myself.

This little medieval town located in northern Bulgaria is easy to reach and perfect if you want to travel for a quiet weekend away from the big cities. It’s got a big church, old city ruins up the hills, narrow paved streets and old houses and most importantly the feeling of a place stuck in a different age.

In Romania we have a few well preserved medieval towns of our own like Brasov, Sibiu, amazing little Sighisoara not to mention the old places of England I’ve seen this year. However Veliko Tȃrnovo is special for struggling to remind the history of this settlement through spikes of soviet architecture. The pictures below will show you a blend between the medieval sites such as Tsarevets fortress, grand Orthodox churches of the valley, old houses and communist blocks above the hills.

Over all this comes the voice of today’s youngsters and artists with graffiti over walls, electricity boxes, fences and gardens. The drawings and colours merge incredibly well with the historic sites and brings the place to a modern, lively age.

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