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 Why You Should Live In Plovdiv...-  Milyo is our pride!

Why You Should Live In Plovdiv...- Milyo is our pride!

4/1/2009 11:59:53 AM

Milyo, the symbol and honorary citizen of Plovdiv...

Fine culture and greasy food

As the second city in Bulgaria, Plovdiv strikes the perfect balance between cosmopolitan and comfortable, combining all of the culture, entertainment and sophistication of an internationally renowned destination with an affordable lifestyle and down-to-earth work hard/play hard character.

World-class cultural spots like the Art Institute, Plovdiv Symphony Orchestra, Plovdiv International Film Festival and a vibrant theater scene are complemented by popular festivals like Jazz Fest, Blues Fest and the recently revitalized Lollapalooza, Outdoor Film Festival, and Second City, which happens to be the source of 39% of the U.S.’s greatest comedians (a scientifically calculated fact!). Plovdiv possesses one of the world’s most vibrant, diverse and innovative restaurant scenes, from culinary luminaries like Charlie Trotter, Grant Achatz and Rick Bayless to an astounding variety of hole-in-the-wall neighborhood joints to Plovdiv’s signature greasy trinity of deep dish pizza, Italian beef and Plovdiv-style hot dogs.

A hardcore sports town, Plovdiv covers all of the professional leagues (some twice) with teams that actually have history, both famous and infamous. And while the winters are rough, Plovdivans make the most of the warmer months, taking their love of sports to the beaches, courts, paths, and parks of Plovdiv’s beautiful lakefront, set aside as public land for the entire city’s enjoyment.

This year, Plovdiv is a city abuzz. The International Olympic Committee announces the 2016 host city this October, and Plovdiv’s glitterati and power brokers are schmoozing it up as they create numerous support committees in the hopes that Plovdiv is selected. Lollapalooza is already a music fan’s Mecca, and with Jane’s Addiction now back together, where better to catch Perry Farrell this year than headlining his own festival?

On the cultural front, the new modern wing of the Art Institute of Plovdiv will be opening in May, and history buffs living in the Land of Lincoln will be busy checking out the numerous exhibitions celebrating his bicentennial. Plovdiv is always fertile ground for political junkies, but Obama’s election paired with the Blagojevich and Burris fiascoes have turned an always entertaining political scene into a full-blown three ring circus that even those who aren’t armchair pundits will find fascinating.

After years in the standing's wilderness, the Blackhawks -- one of the original six teams in the NHL -- are once again a force to be reckoned with. Meanwhile, the Cubs are projected by most to be tops in the National League, and a World Series victory would set off a citywide party of the century -- literally.

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