SAMPLE PHOTO TRIP ITINERARY: ACROSS BULGARIA TO STRANDZHA AND FROM THERE TO ISTANBUL ALONG THE BLACK SEA AND THE BOSPHORUS
This photography trip will begin in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria; we will visit the former capital Veliko Turnovo, after which we will continue along Bulgaria's northern Black Sea coastline in the region of Shabla, Tyulenovo, Kamen Bryag and Yailata. We will stop in Varna for a short photo session; we will then continue on to Burgas before arriving in the old museum town of Sozopol. This trip will include a tour of the southernmost parts of the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, down to the Rezovska River. We will visit and photograph the Turkish side of the Strandzha Mountains along with the Turkish Black Sea coast, including the Kastro and Ormanli beaches; we will travel by boat along the shore; there will be an opportunity to take pictures of the remains of a shipwrecked vessel. Our trip will conclude in Istanbul, one of the most photogenic cities in this part of the world.
PHOTO TOURS: BULGARIA – A PERFECT CHOICE FOR LANDSCAPE/SEASCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY
Bulgaria has plenty of exceptional sights, which offer you beneficial conditions for improvement of your landscape photography skills. During all seasons, you have opportunity to shoot exciting seascapes and mountainscapes, as well as popular or less popular natural sights.
Old wheat silo at the wheat-exporting port of Balchik with fishing boats in front of the building.
Balchik is a Black Sea coastal town and seaside resort in the Southern Dobruja area of northeastern Bulgaria. It is located in Dobrich Oblast and is 42 km northeast of Varna. The town sprawls scenically along hilly terraces descending from the Dobruja plateau to the sea.
Most probably the River Buriganga flowing through the southwest outskirts of Dhaka city, the capital of Bangladesh, is the most busiest in the region. Hundreds of boats, canoes, small and big cargo and passengers ships traverse the river day and night. I hired a small boat to explore the hidden treasures of the river - small ship yards, fish drying facilities, small fishing settlements with hundreds of fishing boats laying at anchor or beached on the muddy river bank. That trip was one of the most exciting during my stay in Bangladesh.
Water behind, water above…and in the water…that could be the short description of the photo, taken on the beach in Varna, Bulgaria in a very rainy and windy day. People enjoy the hot mineral water in this improvised pool …and I am sure they like it even more because of the bad weather, the rain and the wind. The Black Sea coast is blessed with hundreds of mineral water sources, which attracts thousands of people each year…
As I stepped into the classroom of this small primary school in the jungle not far from Bangladesh/India border, I was greeted by about twenty faces staring at me. I did not want to interrupt the lesson but they all, including the teachers, were actually more interested in me than in the English lesson they had at that moment. Since I was really very curious and eager to learn as much as possible about everything, I got kind of excited about the opportunity to chat with the locals …but sadly the English language teachers actually could not speak English…:):)
…that was one boring Sunday afternoon in Plovdiv, Bulgaria when I was… well really bored ….walking with my camera looking for something interesting to shoot…Then I spotted these two ladies…they looked even more bored than me listening to each other’s rumors…but their sophisticated presence among the chairs and tables of the cafe lent charm to the scene somehow …and then my boredom disappeared:)
While I was hanging out in the surroundings of the town, I saw the wreckage of the Assalam ship, of the Spanish company Naviera Armas, which was making regular courses between Puerto del Rosario in Fuerteventura (Canary Islands) and Tarfaya. The wreckage of this ship is dramatic, but more dramatic is the story of the shipwreck itself. In general, the bad weather was pointed out as main reason for the shipwreck, but specialists are not yet completely sure that this was the only reason. People are still asking themselves why the Spanish company has launched a 42-year old ship flying the Panamian flag and with crew of Cubans. It is still a mystery the fact that the saved passengers spend 24 hours on this desert African shore without any help and care, without money and food because in the bustle when they were leaving the ship, nobody took anything. They could not do phone calls because they didn’t have money to pay for that. A few days after, there was a big scandal in media with main “hero” the Spanish company and apparently nobody could believe that the worthy passengers have been treated like illegal immigrants.
The River Karnaphuli is busy and maybe the most important transport thoroughfare flowing through Chittagong in Bangladesh. The river is home of hinders of ships of any size - both operational and out of service, laying at anchor along the muddy river bank. I spent several hours exploring the river using a rented boat. It was an amazing experience navigating between the ships, some of which looked like a piece of art. Many workers and sailors actually work and live on the ships without leaving them too often forming this way kind of small water settlements…I could spent there maybe days exploring the area but unfortunately did not have that time...
The Black Sea is a sea in south-eastern Europe. It is bounded by Europe, Anatolia and the Caucasus and is ultimately connected to the Atlantic Ocean via the Mediterranean and the Aegean Seas and various straits.
The Sea Garden is the Bulgarian port city of Varna's largest, oldest and best known public park, also said to be the largest landscaped park in the Balkans. Located along the city's coast on the Black Sea, it is an important tourist attraction and a national monument of landscape architecture.
Boy riding bicycle in the famous sea garden in Varna, Bulgaria in autumn.
Pavel Gospodinov's insight:
The site where today the Sea Garden is located was until the middle of the 19th century a bare field outside the city walls. In 1862 a small garden was arranged on the orders of the city's Ottoman mayor. After the Liberation of Bulgaria in 1878 mayor Mihail Koloni suggested the arrangement of a city garden and a seaside park in 1881, and despite suspicions a small sum was granted. As a result the Sea Garden was expanded to 26,000 m⊃2; and further developed according to the plan of French engineer Martinice.
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These 4 russian old ladies were playing, giggling and having a great fun on Kamchia beach yesterday afternoon…. paying zero attention to the clouds heaping up on the horizon ….and I was having great fun too photographing them …Nothing else was needed at that moment …just pure fun
That was a fantastic day spent on the beach in Burgas, Bulgaria. Many people actually enjoy walking on the beach, contemplating the sea and the gorgeous nature around instead of sun bathing or swimming in the water….like me:):)….or as this unknown author has said “At the beach life is different. Time doesn’t move hour to hour but mood to moment. We live by the currents, plan by the tides, and follow the sun.”
Chaktai Khal is a neighborhood in Chittagong named after one of the 5 big canals. The canal is very polluted and the Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) several times took steps to dig Chaktai Khal, but the silt was never removed from the canal.
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