Glenn Hughes mural in Kavarna, Bulgaria

Kavarna’s Heavy Metal Murals

If you ever make it to the Bulgarian Black Sea coastal town of Kavarna, you’ll likely find yourself staring at this two-and-a-half story high mural of heavy metal journeyman Glenn Hughes which graces a building just up the block from city hall near one of the city’s main squares. Further up the block you’ll find yourself standing between a giant shirtless Billy Idol and a crooning John Lawton of Uriah Heep fame.

This heavy metal urban beautification is the brainchild of Mayor Tsonko Tsonev, whose primary quest since taking office has been to turn this city of 12,000 into Bulgaria’s rock capital. By any measure he’s been wildy successful.

An avid hard rock and heavy metal fan, Tsonev has attracted dozens of top metal bands to his hometown –Deep Purple, Motörhead, Manowar, The Scorpions, and Robert Plant among them– as part of the annual Kaliakra Rock Fest, later renamed the Kavarna Rock Fest.

How deep is his passion? In October 2010 Tsonev unveiled the world’s only statue memorializing former Black Sabbath frontman Ronnie James Dio. The 250 kilogram bronze, dedicated just five months after Dio’s death, has pride of place in the center of the city’s main park.

Ronnie James Dio memorial in Kavarna, Bulgaria

Ronnie James Dio memorial in Kavarna

More of the murals are below. Can anyone help with the name of the Bulgarian musician?

Tarja Turunen mural in Kavarna, Bulgaria

Tarja Turunen in Kavarna

Holy Diver Ronnie James Dio mural in Kavarna, Bulgaria

Holy Diver Ronnie James Dio mural in Kavarna

Ian Gillan mural in Kavarna, Bulgaria

Deep Purple vocalist Ian Gillan

Joey DeMaio mural in Kavarna, Bulgaria

Joey DeMaio of Manowar fame

Billy Idol mural in Kavarna, Bulgaria

Rebel Yell

David Coverdale mural in Kavarna, Bulgaria

David Coverdale

Lemmy Kilmister mural in Kavarna, Bulgaria

Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister

Klaus Meine mural in Kavarna, Bulgaria

Klaus Meine, frontman for the Scorpions

John Lawton mural in Kavarna, Bulgaria

Uriah Heep’s John Lawton

Can someone help with an ID for this musician?

Can someone help with an ID for this musician?



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Wind farm near Kavarna, Bulgaria, October 2012.

Wind Power – Pic du Jour

Wind farm near Kavarna, Bulgaria, October 2012.

Wind farm near Kavarna, Bulgaria, October 2012.

I came across the Thomas Dolby song Windpower earlier tonight, which led to a much-needed final look at some photos I took in Kavarna, Bulgaria, in October. Among them this quick snap of one of the area’s ubiquitous wind farms. Bulgaria boasts one of the fastest-growing wind power production industries in the world, much of it in this region along the Black Sea.

For the 80s music fans among you, here’s a live version of Windpower in what was apparently Dolby’s only appearance on the BBC’s Top of the Pops. You’re welcome. :)

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Somewhere between Bohinj and Bled, 24-Sep-2012

A Train, a Bus and a Stolen Bike – #frifotos

Somewhere between Bohinj and Bled, 24-Sep-2012

My bike was stolen today, the third since I moved to Ljubljana. It was locked but still snatched in broad daylight, ruining what was an otherwise excellent day. I’m leaving in 94 days so I won’t dwell on it. One less thing to store, right?

Chairs are this week’s #FriFotos theme on twitter to celebrate places we like to park our behinds. One of my favorites was my bike, but I’m not dwelling on that. So instead, I’ll go with what is probably my second favorite mode of transport, a seat on a train.  The one above was taken in late September, somewhere between Bohinjska Bistrica and Bled, Slovenia, on the way back from a would-be camping trip that was a disastrous washout. (It would be the last time my bike was on a train.) Below is a quick snap taken earlier this month on bus somewhere between Varna and Kavarna, Bulgaria. It broke down about a half hour later which made me wish I had my bike. But let’s no dwell on that.

Between Varna and Kavarna, Bulgaria, 03-Oct-2012

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Early stages in the men's race - Kavarna 2012

2012 World Half Marathon Championships – 27 pics

Early stages in the men’s race – Kavarna 2012

I was in Kavarna, Bulgaria to cover yesterday’s World Half Marathon Championships – below is a gallery of 27 shots of some of the world’s finest distance runners.

Zersenay Tadese of Eritrea dominated the men’s race, clocking 1:01:19 to win by 32 seconds and to take the title for the fifth time. The women’s race was won by Ethiopian Meseret Hailu in 1:08:55. Complete results are here.

By the way, I really like this new gallery layout feature.

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Kavarna, Bulgaria, 04-Oct-2012

Coffee Cups and Bodybuilding in Kavarna (Pic de Jour)

Kavarna, Bulgaria, 04-Oct-2012

A quick snap from a quick stroll through the center of Kavarna, Bulgaria earlier this afternoon. More about this Black Sea coast town next week when I get back home but I am very curious about the symbolism linking the coffee cup to a bodybuilder. If you can read Cyrillic and understand Bulgarian, please advise. Thanks! :)

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