The first thing I noticed when I disembarked from the train in Stara Zagora and walked up the Methodi Kusev street was the ongoing city–wide renovation. The second, when I managed to navigate the labyrinth of construction fences and got to the hills on the city's north edge, was the burning red pomegranates in the gardens. What an iconic combo for the last hot day of the Summer!
Stara Zagora in June 2022
Four years later I visited Stara Zagora again. The main street renovation was long over and the city was enjoying a hot Summer day in the countless cafés along the boulevard Tsar Simeon Veliki or hiding from the heat under the massive trees in many city parks.