The Plovdiv ethnographic museum is located in the old town of Plovdiv in one of the grandest and most beautiful house. You cross a delightful little garden and enter in a very big hall. There is a small entrance fee of 5 levas at a reception desk where you can also buy little souvenirs. The interest of the place is not only the exhibits but the house itself because it gives the visitor an opportunity to visit one of the house of the rich merchant who build it and have an idea of their way of life. At the ground floor there is an exhibition of agricultural instruments and, what I found really interesting, of jewelery of this area of the Rhodopes, mainly in silver, some covered with a little gold. The wood staircase of the house is very beautiful and the big room upstairs, which mirrors the big hall downstairs is magnificent, with a very intricate ceiling and beautiful wood benches covered in velvet cushions overlooking the big bow window on the garden. It is fascinating to see the influence of the French fashion at the time on the wealthy bourgeoisie of Plovdiv. "A la Franca" was a way to dress like in Paris (there are two pretty dresses), and also to decorate the house with French style furniture. I am happy we visited this house, it took us to another time and you still feel a presence there, like the old owners are welcoming you.
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