Plovdiv was known
as Philippopolis (and I kind of wish they’d left it at that) after being
conquered by Philip II of Macedon, the father of Alexander the Great. It became
a centre of great cultural significance during Roman times, with numerous
public buildings, shrines, baths, and this theatre. Like Rome it was built on seven hills, and the remains
of the theatre, still in use today, are splendidly located on a ridge between
two of them overlooking the main part of the city.
Charlene Brown is a Canadian painter who started writing about painting trips during the ten years she and her husband lived in Dubai. The Gulf Weekly began publishing her accounts of painting trips in that part of the Arabian peninsula -- then said they might consider other countries, even such exotic locations as Canada! She had written about painting trips in over twenty countries by the time her husband retired and they returned to Canada to live.