My name is Plovdiv. I am over 7,000 years old and they keep telling me that I am the oldest continuously inhabited city in Europe. Today they call me Plovdiv, but before I have been called Trimontium, Puldin, Filipopol, Pulpudeva and other names. I don’t know many others who have as many names as I do! Sometimes now days they misspell my name and write it PLOVEDIV, but I actually like that because I have come to understand that LOVE is power and I am a romantic myself. I like to host couples in my parks, but especially in my Tsar Simeon Garden. There, they have given me a ‘singing fountain’ and another one, which is a bit smaller but made by design. Both are favorites to my guests! Maybe you don’t know this, but I am pretty unique too: I have seven hills! Rome, Athens and San Francisco are some of my other siblings who have seven hills, but mine are the best. Mine are closely connected with my many names and correspond with my age. My hill, Nebet Tepe, is the one I am most proud of and that’s why I try to take my guests there as soon as they come to see me. From Nebet Tepe you can really see and understand the real ME: PLOVDIV! I am colorful, rich, diverse and very intelligent. Maybe, someone will consider me to be the McDreamTown and give me yet another name? 😉
I love to have good time and I am also pretty sociable. I love music and I love to share it with my guests. Within the past few years, after visiting with many doctors, my broken bone KAPANA was restored, recovered and today it works in full swing. I am grateful to those who helped me during my recovery period and I like to share that story with all of my guests and friends. Oh, I forgot to say that although I am not overweight, I do enjoy good cuisine too! So, I share my yummie and healthy meals, that help me keep the KAPANA strong, with all of my buddies. If you haven’t yet heard the story of my broken bone KAPANA, it is worth listening to. I dare say that I was pretty lucky about it!
You might wonder what has kept me alive for over 7,000 years, right? Well, here is the secret to eternity: walking! I am pretty short when measured in kilometers, so I walk most of the time. The center of my being is the longest pedestrian zone in Europe and I walk it day and night through the millions of steps that my friends, family and guests do. My walking lifestyle tends to be contagious to everybody around me! Of course, I am not that mean and understand that not everyone I know can walk as much as I can, so I offer meals and drinks on the way…and I must say they are pretty dang good if you decide to take a break. 🙂
I do like to eat and I am an excellent walker, but I like to row too! Rowing keeps me in shape. I love rowing while looking at the Rhodope Mountains on the south and myself in the mirror on the north. I like to describe myself as evenly tempered, so I rarely get too cold or too hot. I maintain a great body temperature for all kinds of sports and offer my fields and alleys to young and old. You should come and row with me sometime! I promise I will be nice and let you win. 🙂
Although, I am pretty happy with myself, especially as my fame grows and I welcome the new year in my life–I have been proclaimed one of Europe’s best things for next year 2019–I do have my pains and worries. It really hurts me to see how after I feed my family, friends and guests, they don’t clean after themselves, but let me do it all alone. I offer the best home-made drinks I can fix, but they drink too much and get angry with me, and they hit me or spray me all over. 🙁 Being over 7,000 years old, I do have some rotten bones and joints in my body that are still usable, but fragile. It hurts me the most when they play and hit my old bones. I have done such a great work preserving myself and I am willing to share my entire life story, but if my old bones break, there won’t be much more to share. I also don’t like to see how my lungs are being poisoned because of my family, friends and guests’ smokes and the vehicles they bring. I am small and I can’t make enough space for their big foreign machines. I often cry at night and clean the dirt they have left with my tears…only to find it again the next day. I like to put colorful carpets down for all of us to enjoy, September-November, but then those barking animals poop all over my carpets and I am again left alone to clean it all. Sometimes I wonder if I will have enough tears to continue? After all, I am pretty old and not getting any younger.
Throughout my lifetime, however, I have learned to forgive and to move on. It is the benefit and wisdom of the centuries that I have been blessed with. I have been taught to do good and to give. So when I hear them say: “Let’s go and visit Plovdiv!”, I open my gates and welcome all who are coming! I have many names, but there are strong loving values and principles standing behind each one that have been given to me by my ancestors.
My Name is Plovdiv Filipopol Trimontium Puldin…what’s yours?