Every journey can be experienced quite differently by different people. More than that, the same person can feel in a different way on the same place. This could be due to their mood, travel company or even the weather. We are always trying to take as much as we can from our journeys, even if not everything is happening according to plan. We are trying to stay positive and experience the joy of our travels as fully as we can.
However, the fact that there are many points of view doesn’t mean that only one of them is positive. It is actually the opposite. The more we learn and discover, the more beautiful and interesting things we will find out about every place, every person and every experience.
We were reminded of these wise thoughts during our trip in Haskovo, Bulgaria. The person, who contributed to that the most, was our local guide there. She told us a lot of interesting stories about the city.
Let’s start with the Virgin Mary Monument in Haskovo, since everything in the city seems to start there.
On the one hand. This monument is famous for its height and beautiful sculpturing. It is one of the best places in the city and attracts locals as well as tourists. People go there to take photos, to have some fun, to be with their loved ones and much more. It holds a Guinness World record for the tallest statue of the Holy Mother of God with the Infant Jesus in the world.
On the other hand, we were told a very interesting story about the creation of this monument. The urban legend says that Haskovo was facing a big problem. It was pretty dangerous to pass by this hill. There were no street lights and the locals were trying to avoid it from afar. Then the wise men and women from the city gathered and instead of just solving the problem they came up with a great idea. They managed to completely transform the place with the creation of this monument. Thus not only solving a nasty problem, but turning it around in their advantage. Inspiring!
Near the Holy Mother of God Monument is the belfry.
Around both of them there is a wonderful park, which is a great place for a picnic in a warmer weather.
Apart from that, the belfry provides a view towards the entire city and a nearby open-air cafe with some cool design. The eyes pass though the Macedonian neighborhood, where there are no Macedonians, until it reaches the green trees of Kenana. Interesting!
In Kenana everyone can find something interesting.
Forest park, zoo, walking paths, tennis courts and football fields, villas and much more can be seen in Kenana. It is kind of like the Orange County of Haskovo. Breathing the fresh air in the area is a gift for rich and poor alike though.
Local superstitions or something more?
Never do you ever go under a road sign! In Haskovo it is believed that this will bring you bad luck. Now we know and we will go around it. At least that is what our local guide told us. She was born and raised in Haskovo, so we trust her. We go around the road signs and never under.
Closer to the city center of Haskovo there are a lot of monuments, fountains and clock towers.
Some of the monuments are best used by the kids. The nice story about this is that every generation of kids remembers this monument as the best slide ever. This speaks both of continuity between the generations and decades of fun. Wonderful!
There is also a monument of Jealousy… And one of Kaunya! (In some parts of Bulgaria this means “melon”.)
There are also 2 clock towers very near each other in the perfect center of the city. One of them is actually an attempt to recreate the other one. The most important thing is that the Kaunya is in the middle.
A little bit further from the city is The Alexandrovo Tomb.
There is also an interesting story about its funding from Japan. Thanks! The prince of Japan himself was there when it was opened for visits. But then again, how can you miss the grand opening of a Thracian tomb from 4000 B.C.!
Actually it turned out we couldn’t see everything that we wanted in Haskovo. The amazing professionals at Tourist Information Center in Haskovo gave us so much suggestions and ideas, that we just have to visit the city again. It’s always lovely when you have hosts like those! See you soon, Haskovo!
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