Bulgaria 20 September: Kazanlak - Plovdiv

a busy day in Bulgaria

Many thanks to the "Hotel Champion" in Kazanlak for hosting our team!

..we arrived in one of Bulgaria's historic places: Kalofer.

...kids greeted us on the way into the city...

..unusual instruments - made of sheep skin...

...the mayor received the torch...

...we climbed the stairs to the monument of the national hero of Bulgaria: Hristo Botev.

Thank you Kalofer for the nice welcome!

Karlovo was next...

...the deputy mayor welcomed our team...

...a colorful meeting!

...an excellent performance....

...the kids enjoyed to run...

Thank you Karlovo for the heartfelt welcome!

Hisarya gave us an enthusiastic welcome...

...a small, but heartfelt meeting...

Peace can be felt in the heart...

Thank you Hisarya for the fun!

...we arrived in Plovdiv...

Plovdiv is one of Europe's oldest cities and an old Roman settlement. Another name is also "Philippoplis", named after Philip, the father of Alexander the Great...

...a group of local athletes carried the torch into the city...

...Bulgaria's "biggest" talent in sports: Lilyana Georgieva...

...it was real fun to run through the city...

..we arrived at the main square. An exhibition about the Peace Run was on display...

...great costumes...

Mr. Georgi Tityukov, Deputy Mayor of Plovdiv, received the flaming peace torch on behalf of the ancient city!

Many special guests joined the ceremony: Nikolay Buhalov, 3-times Olympic Champion in Kanu...

Penka Stoyanova, Olympic Medalist in Basketball...

...and her team mate, Angelina Mihaylova, Olympic Medalist in Basketball...

...Lilyana Tomova, European Champion over 800 meters...

...Zlatozar Atanasov, triple jump athlete...

Our gratitude for attending the Peace Run!

...Lilyana received a special painting by the founder of the Peace Run, Sri Chinmoy...

Thank you Plovdiv for the outstanding hospitality!

...we left Plovdiv...

...our last stretch to Krumovo...

...running into Krumovo...

...a quick presentation at the local school...

...the principal received the torch...

...we went on to the city hall. Once more a unique musical welcome on the "Gaida"...

The mayor received us with kind words...

Krumovo joined the world-wide family of Peace Blossoms!

...symbolic steps for peace!

Thank you Krumovo for the excellent meeting! We appreciate your sincere efforts for Peace!