Friday, August 18, 2017

285. Kool Cats from the Hood ...


... cat-street-art in Sofia ...

I can't believe that I am posting a blog on Facebook about pretty puddy-tats - but I have met quite a few of the furry critters along the way during my 11-month odyssey in Eastern Europe and Italy - most of them have been homeless street kittys, so although very photogenic, they are rather wary of a tourist with a camera creeping up on them ...

... Peanut chillin out in Budapest ...

... Ginger-Meggs doing a spot of gardening in Varna ...

... Blackie about to ponce in Prague ...

... Cuddles soooo laid back in Milano ...

... Little Man ponders life lived in Belgrade ...

... Fluffy couldn't care less about the tourists in Milano ...

... dinner time for Bud and Bob on the street in Catania ...

... Midnight in Venice ...

... Snowball balancing-act in Prague ...

... Red Head totally cute in Tirana ...

... Milo has the best view over Athens ...

... and Zeus lives with the gods up on the Acropolis ...

... while Rocky hangs out in the hills above Athens ...

... Ginge sun-baking in Sarajevo ...

... Tom impersonating a garden gnome in Varna ...

... Dusty hoping for a titbit in Varna ...

... Rascal ready for a game in Belgrade ...

... Spot cruising the park in Bucharest ...

... Pebbles has dinner-interruptus in Bucharest ...

... Raven settles for the morning in Prague ...

... Smokey readies to pounce in Catania ...

... Snowdrop roof-resting in Dubrovnik ...

... Gypsy chills it in Belgrade ...

  ... Spook keeps watch over Prague ...

... Ginger and Jazz steppin out in Palermo ...

... while Bonnie and Clyde plan a heist in Edinburgh ...

... sunbaking in Dubrovnik ...

... up close with Nite-n-Day in Dubrovnik ...

... Patches keeping watch over dad's wheels in Palermo ...

... Homeless sleeping rough in Napoli ...

... KitKat lounges in the park in Belgrade ...
 
... Bandit behind bars in Catania ...

... Lazy Boy looking very Italian in Milano ...

... Whiskers looking not-too-sure about this in Prague ...

... Jock keeping watch in Edinburgh ...

... Romeo and Juliet window-boxing it in Venice ...

... Mischief keeping watch for the traffic cop in Sofia ...

... Old Grey beating the heat in Palermo ...

... Slim highing it in the hills above Tirana ...

 ... The Three Musketeers in Varna ...

 ...Buddy and Mate skylarking in Venice ...

... Dorian Grey window ledges it in Milano ...

... and the final word from Greedy in Sofia ...

... purfect ... 


 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

284. Bulgarian Street Art

Completing my "Senior's Gap Year" in Eastern Europe, I decided on a return visit to Sofia - the capital of Bulgaria. My first visit was at the end of winter in April/May and now in August the city is in the height of summer with temps in the high 30s - quite a contrast ... back then it was Tulips in all the municipal gardens - now the Marigolds and the Petunias have taken over - back then it was jacket, beenie and scarf, now it's t-shirt, shorts and sandals ... !!! ...

I returned to Sofia because I found the city friendly, clean, interesting and not crowded with those pesky tourists that get in the way - and also to continue exploring Bulgarian art and to visit the sites I missed last time ...

The Bulgarians love their Street Art and their graffiti - well, at least the artists do - not too sure about how the residents who have the messages scrawled over their walls feel about the subject. I did get some "frowning" looks from many of the locals as I wandered the streets taking photos ... !!! ... but certainly no abuse nor threats of deportation ...

So here are some of my favourites from both visits - from my visit to the coastal city of Varna then from Sofia. 

Street Art in Varna ...






 



Then onto Sofia ...


... a parking lot in central Sofia ...









... telco and power boxes are a favourite ...
























... detail ...







... I tried to translate this, but got hopelessly lost ...
Google Translate can't handle different scripts ... sorry 











... even skip bins make a good canvas ...


So there are just a few examples of the more "creative" Street Art in Sofia - I'll probably discover more as I wander the streets over the next couple of weeks, and maybe even enough for another blog. 

I'll let you be the judge as to whether or not it is art or graffiti - or is art graffiti - or graffiti art ... ??? ... Glory be - must be time for a drink ...