As I said before, there is always something happening in the Old Town of Plovdiv, Bulgaria – The One and Only. This weekend there was a crafts’ fair or the fair of crafts, I am not very sure how they call it in English.
There was a small concert between the old houses, just a few steps away from the Balabanov’s House – the one with the Delightful Exhibition in the Heart of the City, that I told you about a few days ago. Sunny day, nice weather, lots of people, laughter, small stage, singers…what more would you want for the weekend. Well, that’s exactly what we saw.
But, lets get back to the fair. Last year these pavilions were on the main street. I got to say I liked, that they were in the heart of the Old Town this year. Honestly, the atmosphere there is more like in the mood of the fair. At the very beginning of one of the narrow streets, were the first tents. One with a very old loom, but perfectly preserved, drums and some magnets, which were very interesting. Most of them were in the shape of bagpipes. A few steps to the right, was another small tent, which I found very likable, because it was full with sweets. There were biscuits, candies and small cakes. Yammy!
We continued to the rest of the pavilions, and were amazed by the crowd. Just to make it clear, I have to mention the fact, that everything was handmade on this fair. Almost every tent offered magnets. I, myself, am a magnet collector. Surprisingly, I didn’t have one from my home town. So, I decided to get one from here. There was a variety of crafts, including handmade bags, rugs (and there was an old lady, dressed in a traditional Bulgarian dress, that was weaving on a loom), candles, jewelry boxes and clocks. The pottery was astonishing. The shapes and the colors – incredible.
There was a man who was showing how to make things from clay. You can imagine all the kids around him, trying to make vases or plates. The smiles on their faces, were priceless. We found that in one of the houses, people were showing how to make a soap. Unfortunately, we couldn’t enter, because again it was full with kids.
Also, there were stuff made from metal and wood, such as spoons, ladles, plates. One of the pavilions really attracted my attention. There were things, like pictures you can hang on a wall, but all of them were made from glass! The work was so fine, and the color so bright, that I asked myself, how one person can be so talented.
Not to mention the jewelry…the rings, earring,bracelets and necklaces…made from silver, metal, plastic, wooden beads…everything was absolutely beautiful. And finally, the paintings! So much talent in just one painting.
When we decided to go home, we heard music coming from the main street. With a surprise we found out, that there was another concert there. So, we stayed for a while enjoying the soft sun, light autumn breeze and the nice music.