Sunday, April 30, 2017

245. It Must be Spring ...

It must be Springtime here in Sofia 'cause the Tulips and the Violas have suddenly started photo-bombing all the sights ... the municipal gardens and parks and even some of the road median-strips are bursting with beautiful colours welcoming in the warmer weather and hopefully, an end to my long-almost-twelve-month-long-winter ...

... the Central Military Club ...

I guess we associate the Tulip primarily with the Netherlands, but it is interesting to research that the wild Tulips’ centre of diversity is in the Pamir, Hindu Kush, and Tien Shan mountains. Its range extends west to the Iberian Peninsula, through North Africa to Greece, the Balkans, Turkey, throughout the Levant (Syria, Israel, Palestinian Territories, Lebanon, Jordan) and Iran, north to Ukraine, southern Siberia and Mongolia, and east to the Northwest of China. It is of course a bulbous plant belonging to the lily family and there are around 75 wild species - here is just a glimpse of a few of the cultivated species on show in Sofia.



 



 ... National Art Gallery ...


   ... Bank NP Building ...




 ... National Archaeological Museum ...


 



 
 ...Russian church of Saint Nikolay Mirlikiiski ...

... Cathedral of Saint Alexander Nevski ...
 
 ... monument to the unknown soldier ...


 ... National Art Gallery - Quadrant 500 Palace ...

  ... National Palace of Culture ...


 

 

 

 


 

 


 
 



 ... Cathedral of Saint Alexandar Nevski ...
 

 ... Sofia University ...


 
 ... Monument to Tsar Osvoboditel ...

 ... Holy Synod of Bulgarian Orthodox Church ...

... Central Mineral Baths ...


It’s a special treat for me to be here in Sofia to see this wonderful display of colour – I shouldn’t imagine the flowers last long – so it will be interesting to see what blooms fill the gardens in summer when the weather heats up … might have to come back later in the year to check it out …