Bulgaria 21 September: Plovdiv - Velingrad

Peace-time in Bulgaria

Big thanks to the "Hotel Intelcoop" in Plovdiv for hosting the Peace Run!

Good morning Plovdiv! It was school time...

...it was real fun to meet all the kids in the morning. A great way to start the day!

...airborne...

...the kids took us on a loop around the schoolyard...

Thank you Plovdiv for the enthusiastic meeting!

...we paid a short visit to the Peace Tree which has been inaugurated during our last visit in 2014. Its doing great!

...we went on and reached Stamboliyski. A group of runners awaited us at a huge map of Bulgaria...

...running into the city...

...kids lined up on our way in....

...and on the way we picked up many more runners...

...the greeting committee...

...the mayor of Stamboliyski welcomed us with kind words...

...again we were welcomed by the "Gaida", an Bulgarian instrument....

Thank you Stamboliyski for the heartfelt meeting!

...we arrived in Pazardzhik....

...a group of runners and cyclists joined in....

...nice performances on the main square...

..the deputy mayor of Pazardzhik received the torch...

Thank you Pazardzhik for the nice welcome!

...Peshtera was next. A first group picture with the local runners...

...we arrived at the city hall...

The deputy mayor welcomed the team and passed the torch on to the people. Thank you Peshtera for the friendship!

...we were invited into the city hall for refreshments...

...actually lots of refreshments...

...and we continued to Batak...

..the kids showed their endurance running uphill...

...the city representative of Batak welcomed the team...

Batak joined the world-wide family of Peace Blossoms!

Thank you Batak for receiving the Peace Run!

...and we arrived in Velingrad. Young athletes carried the torch...

...a small, but heartfelt meeting at the city hall...

The mayor of Velingrad received the torch...

...nice performances...

Thank you Velingrad for the hospitality!