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Euromeet 2019

The Euromeet in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Hosted by John Gayton.

I'm shamelessly copying the event text from the Facebook pages below. Remember, it isn't just for VT'ers, although we started it so long ago.

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VT Euromeet Plovdiv 2019

Hi all. Welcome to my draft itinerary for our 2019 Euromeet in the European Capital Of Culture city of Plovdiv.

I want to keep everything very simple and so will only be arranging 3 dinners and 2 activities. There will be another couple of optional suggestions which fit in with these.

At the moment this is just a draft and so I’d welcome any feedback or further suggestions. I intend to get back to Plovdiv in January/February and finalise things then, along with prices. In the meantime I’m posting the meet here without too many details just to get an idea of the rough numbers.

For all 3 dinners I reckon we should eat Bulgarian-style - a meze of starters and main courses (there will be plenty of vegetarian bits) and so no need to choose in advance. If anyone wants desserts they can order those themselves.

Dinner #1 Friday 31st May.

Hotel Leipzig, Russki Boulevard. I’ve chosen this for the 1st dinner since it is cosmopolitan and a good introduction to Bulgarian eating. If available I’ll book the LGarden room.


Dinner #2 Saturday 1st June

Smokini, Otets Paisiy. I’ve enjoyed dinner here before, when it was called Chuchura, and it looks even better now. Great location in the centre, on the street running parallel to the main pedestrian boulevard. The courtyard terrace looks the best option.

Dinner #3 Sunday 2nd June

Stariyat Plovdiv, Jolio Curie. I love the location of this one, in the heart of the vibrant Kapana district. The rooftop garden looks ideal for us and before dining I reckon we should meet up a little earlier and I’ve give you a little tour of the Kapana (The Trap).


You can, of course do your own research into these but I refuse, point-blank, to refer anyone to ShitAdvisor.

Activity #1 Guided Tour of Plovdiv and its Old Town. Saturday 1st June 10am to 1pm.

I did originally consider doing this myself but on second thoughts I’m going to ask if the Tourist Office will give us a guide. I’m going to suggest starting in the city centre, probably at the Post Office and meander from there into the Old Town with its fascinating Bulgarian Renaissance architecture. Maybe a wander up the top of Nebet Tepe for great views across the city. The Old Town is where the Roman Amphitheatre is and so I’ll add that as an optional extra for those interested.

Activity #2 Buchkovo Monastery. Sunday 2nd June 10am to 3pm.

The Buchkovo Monastery is the 2nd largest in Bulgaria (Rila being the first) and is located about 30 km out of the city. I’ll hire a bus to get us there and back. It might be an idea to take a picnic lunch.
Avraham has kindly offered his services as a guide for which I’d be more than grateful.


In addition to these couple of activities you might want to consider doing your own things. The Capital of Culture group are running a couple of things that weekend. There’s the “Move Week” for those who feel like joining in physical activities around the various parks. With the 1st of June being Bulgaria’s National Children’s Day and there will be lots happening around the city, including a “Children City” at Youth Hill, where local youngsters create their own mini city using recycled materials. There’s also the “Plovdiv Kavarna” - a travelling extravaganza of theatre, dance, music and other arty stuff.

There will be other Plovdiv 2019 events which are being organised on an ad hoc basis and a monthly programme will be published closer to the time.

OK that’s all for just now. Hope this whets your various appetites. Over the coming weeks I’ll add some information regarding hotels, transportation and other practicalities. Looking forward to catching up with you all.

Posted by Skandinavisk 06:56 Archived in Bulgaria Tagged virtualtourist euromeet meetup plovdiv Comments (6)

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