In 2018 I travelled thousands of miles in a camper-van to document the countries of the European Union on the eve of Britain’s departure. This is a collection of blog articles chronicling the people and places I encountered on my travels.
NOTE: This blog was migrated to here from a different platform for posterity. Whilst the posts themselves retained their formatting, the navigation sadly did not.
Vestiges of the ancient city are still visible: Thracian walls, Hellenistic towers, a Roman staircase, a reservoir dating from the Middle Ages. We pick our way across strewn boulders to stand on the crumbling walls where lie some of the best views of the modern city and its 350,000 inhabitants.… Continue readingPlovdiv: European Capital of Culture 2019
I get up at dawn to photograph the site. It’s very windy and I expect to be alone but I instead bump into a small film crew. They are students making a documentary about how this building reflects Bulgaria, how it symbolises the plight of their country. The young man behind the camera is Bulgarian, a student of Architecture in Paris. He applied to get access to the inside but was refused by the authorities.… Continue readingFrom Thracian Tombs to Communist Monuments: Bulgaria’s rich history
He fires off a flare high into the Bulgarian sky. It echoes around the valley and lights up the pale blue sky. Simple pleasures, redolent of youth and the promise of a life yet lived.… Continue readingSimple pleasures in the Bulgarian countryside