Don Feidner

Last Update:   17 April 2013

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11 - Vidin, Bulgaria

CIMG0908 Ferrybot

Ferry Boat - are the words on the sign in Cyrillic letters. In the distance, I could see a new bridge being built. The reason was clear; the huge ferry was loaded with cars and very long trucks. Every 15 minutes the ferry left from each side of the river.

Fähre Boot steht auf dem Schild in kyrillischen Buchstaben. In der Ferne sieht man eine neue Brücke, die gebaut wird. Der Grund war klar; die grosse Fähre war mit PKWs und langen LKWs geladen. Alle 15 Minuten ist eine Fähre von beiden Seiten des Flusses gleichzeitig gestartet.

CIMG0909 Bulgaria Entry

Passport Check and 3 Euros Tax to Enter Bulgaria

The Cyrillic script ( /sɨˈrɪlɪk/) or azbuka is an alphabetic writing system. It is based on the Early Cyrillic, which was developed in the First Bulgarian Empire during the 10th century AD. It is the basis of alphabets used in various languages, past and present, in Eastern Europe and Asia, especially those of Slavic origin, and non-Slavic languages influenced by Russian. As of 2011 around 252 million people in Europe and Asia use it as official alphabet for their national languages. About half of them are in Russia.

With the accession of Bulgaria to the European Union on 1 January 2007, Cyrillic became the third official script of the European Union, following the Latin and Greek scripts.

CIMG0913 Alexander and Danny
CIMG0847 Vidin Bulgaria - autobahn

Ghetto Outside Vidin
The Numbers on the Buildings Remind One of Military Barracks

CIMG0850 Vidin Bulgaria - city wall

Gypsy Collecting Glass - Which One is the Horse’s A...?

CIMG0854 Vidin Bulgaria - beach

City Park on the Danube - Lawn Needs Mowing

CIMG0856 Vidin Bulgaria - mounuments

National Monuments

By now, you get the picture of my first impression of Bulgaria - The prices were about half compared to the prices in Romania, but the quality of the products is also halved. The two Bulgarians at the bottom of the previous page, Alexander and Danny, were amazed at how clean it was in Calafat, Romania. What they didn’t know is that Calafat is dirty in comparison to many cities further east in Romania. Let me show you a few things that are much nicer in Vidin.

ich glaube jetzt verstehst du was ich in der ersten Stunde in Bulgarien erlebt hatte - Die Preise warn nur halb so teuer wie in Rumänien, aber die Qualität von den Produkten war auch nur halb so gut. Die 2 bulgarische Männer auf der vorherigen Seite, Alexander und Danny, waren überrascht wie sauber es war in Calafat, Rumänien. Was sie nicht wüssten ist das Calafat schmutzig ist wenn verglichen mit anderen Städten weiter ostwärts in Rumänien. Erlaube mir Dir etwas schöneres in Vidin zu zeigen.

CIMG0863 Vidin Bulgaria- Orthodox church

Orthodox Chapel

CIMG0858 Vidin Bulgaria - Mosque and Library - Osman Pazvantoglu

Mosque and Library - Osman Pazvantoglu

CIMG0870 Vidin Bulgaria - Baba Vida fortress walls

Fountain and Entry Portal

CIMG0868 Vidin Bulgaria - Baba Vida fortress walls

Entry Portal in City Wall

CIMG0875 Vidin Bulgaria - monument

Soldiers’ Monument in City Center

CIMG0879 Vidin Bulgaria - Downtown

City Center in Vidin

CIMG0895 Vidin Bulgaria - public library

Public Library in Vidin

CIMG0882 Vidin Bulgaria - Orthodox church

Orthodox Cathedral

CIMG0897 Vidin Bulgaria - Turkish Konak (Town Hall) Koluka

Casket at Turkish Konak (Town Hall) Koluka

CIMG0901 Vidin Bulgaria - Turkish Konak (Town Hall) Koluka

Turkish Konak (Town Hall) Koluka - Front View

CIMG0903 Vidin Bulgaria - ATAKA building entrance

ATAKA Building Entrance

Baba Vida Fortress (Photo Below) from Wikipedia

Baba Vida is a medieval fortress in Vidin in northwestern Bulgaria and the town's primary landmark. It consists of two fundamental walls and four towers and is said to be the only entirely preserved medieval castle in the country. Baba Vida served as Vidin's main defensive installation during the course of the Middle Ages and acted as the most important fortress of northwestern Bulgaria. The Baba Vida stronghold stood an eight-month-long siege by Byzantine forces, but was destroyed and once again erected. Between 1365 and 1369, the fortress was suddenly attacked by the forces of Louis I of Hungary, but it took several months to conquer Baba Vida. In 1369, Ivan Sratsimir managed to regain control of his capital, albeit he had to remain under Hungarian overlordship.

The fortress played a significant role during the Ottoman rule of Bulgaria. serving as a weapon warehouse and a prison, as it has been no longer used for defensive purposes since the end of the 18th century.

Today, Baba Vida is a fortress-museum, where information about its history are kept. Being a popular tourist attraction, the fortress was restored to its former appearance.

CIMG0851 Vidin Bulgaria - horses ass

Danube River between Calafat, Romania, and Vidin, Bulgaria

CIMG0845 Vidin Bulgaria - sign

Tourist Roadsign with Cyrillic and Latin Scripts

Das kyrillische Alphabet oder Kyrilliza (Кирилица, Кириллица, Ćirilica/Ћирилица), nach den traditionellen beiden ersten Buchstaben a (slawisch as) und b (slawisch buki) auch Asbuka (азбука; transliteriert Azbuka) genannt, ist eine Buchstabenschrift, die für zahlreiche, vor allem slawische Sprachen in Europa und Asien verwendet wird. Sie ist nach Kyrill von Saloniki (826–869) benannt, der jedoch nicht die kyrillische, sondern die ihr vorausgehende glagolitische Schrift entworfen hat.
Seit dem Beitritt Bulgariens zur Europäischen Union 2007 ist die kyrillische neben der lateinischen und der griechischen eine der drei offiziell verwendeten Schriften in der Europäischen Union.

Alexander and Daniel. I met these two gentlemen (left) on the ferry from Vidin, Bulgaria. They both spoke English. These two university students (Philosophy and Economics) are in Romania for the first time. They said, “Romania is so clean!”  Actually, Calafat is not nearly as clean as some cities in Romania, but much cleaner than Bulgaria. They were impressed. We talked for about an hour about their plans for the future. They were both born after the revolution and know nothing about the Communistic regime that existed in their country before the fall. They plan to visit Berlin soon.

Alexander und Daniel. Diese zwei Gentlemen habe ich auf der Ferry zwischen Vidin und Calafat kennengelernt. Beide sprechen Englisch. Diese zwei Studenten aus der Uni (Philosophie und Wirtschaft) in waren zum ersten Mal in Rumänien. Sie sagten, “Rumänien ist so sauber!”  In Wirklichkeit, Calafat ist gar nicht so sauber wie einige Städte in Rumänien, aber viel schöner als in Bulgarien. Sie waren beeindruckt. Wir haben etwa eine Stunde geredet über ihre Pläne für die Zukunft. Sie waren beide nach der Revolution geboren und wissen nichts über die kommunistische Regime, vor dem Fall in ihrem Land existiert hatte. Sie möchten bald Berlin besuchen.

CIMG0846 Vidin Bulgaria - sign

Bulgarian Super Highway and Autobahn
Overgrown with Weeds (Bicycles are Allowed)

CIMG0849 Vidin Bulgaria - high-rise apts

City Wall - Not very Pretty

CIMG0853 Vidin Bulgaria - river

Vidin Beach - One Customer - At Least He had a View of the River

CIMG0855 Vidin Bulgaria - garden

National Monuments - No One to Pull the Weeds

CIMG0860 Vidin Bulgaria - Orthodox church

Orthodox Cathedral

CIMG0859 Vidin Bulgaria - Mosque - Osman Pazvantoglu

Mosque - Osman Pazvantoglu

CIMG0864 Vidin Bulgaria - chapel

Entry Portal Through City Wall

CIMG0871 Vidin Bulgaria - Soldiers Monument

Soldiers’ Monument

CIMG0872 Vidin Bulgaria

Typical Architecture - Building with Watch Tower

CIMG0878 Vidin Bulgaria - Downtown

City Center in Vidin

CIMG0894 Vidin Bulgaria - Downtown

City Center in Vidin

CIMG0896 Vidin Bulgaria - Downtown

City Center in Vidin

CIMG0884 Vidin Bulgaria - Orthodox church

Orthodox Cathedral

CIMG0899 Vidin Bulgaria - Turkish Konak (Town Hall) Koluka

Turkish Konak (Town Hall) Koluka

CIMG0898 Vidin Bulgaria - Turkish Konak (Town Hall) Koluka

Turkish Konak (Town Hall) Koluka

CIMG0902 Vidin Bulgaria - Wailing Notices

Wailing Tree

CIMG0904 Vidin Bulgaria - old house

Old House in Vidin

CIMG0885c VIDIN Baba Vida

Baba Vida Fortress

CIMG0921 Train

Clickety-clack, clickety-clack,
the next day I rode down a
rickety train track.

Continue on to Leg 12
The Road to Bucharest

Weiter nach Etappe 12
Die Strasse nach Bukarest

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