Random Sofia

17 09 2015

Here is my final post on Sofia with random photos during my trip to Bulgaria‘s capital in August, 2015.

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Until next time!





Other Churches in Sofia

16 09 2015

There were the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the “Russian Church” in Sofia, Bulgaria I wrote about.  A few other notable varieties in the city.

The Church of St. George

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The Church of St. Petka of the Saddlers is found below the street level.

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The Banya Bashi Mosque

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The Sofia Synagogue

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Really wanted to see the inside of the synagogue but was met with the sign above.  It happens to me a lot.

 





A Roof Top Bar in Sofia, Bulgaria

15 09 2015

There aren’t many tall buildings in Sofia and there seems to be fewer bars high up.  This was an exception, something new to the city.

Sofia's first designer hotel.

Sofia’s first designer hotel.

The lobby area.

The lobby area.

Going up in the elevator.

Going up in the elevator.

A magnificent view.

A magnificent view.

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Ditto.

Here I am drinking a glass of Tattinger. Bliss.

Here comes my glass of Champagne. Bliss.

Ditto.

Lovely.

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A glass of white. The only time I chose French over Bulgarian.

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Another view.

Snobbish?  Yes, definitely.  I could stand it as it was early in the evening and the bar didn’t have many customers yet.  I also got a seat on the edge with the best view of the cathedral.  Lucky me.  🙂

Sense Hotel Sofia





Buildings I Liked in Sofia, Bulgaria

13 09 2015

I love looking at buildings, just randomly while taking walks.  Apart from churches and other monumental buildings, here are some of the random buildings, or facades thereof, I liked in Sofia.

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Honey in Bulgaria

11 09 2015

During my stay in Sofia, Bulgaria, I saw a lot of honey being sold in markets and other stores.  I also saw from the ride between Sofia and the Rila Monastery what looked like honey farms in several villages.

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@ Jenski Pazar, the “Women’s Market” in Sofia

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More from Jenski Pazar

I bought a few jars to take home for friends and family in a shop in a residential neighborhood near my apartment in central Sofia.  The ones I bought were not labeled and looked like homemade.

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This shop had other goodies as well.

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About Bulgaria and its honey





People in the Park in Sofia, Bulgaria

8 09 2015

So I am back to writing a bit more about my trip to Sofia, Bulgaria.

My visit having been in the summer, the days were long and everyday it was quite hot, around 30C, when the sun was out.  In the evening it cooled down to more comfortable levels and that’s when people started to come out to the parks.  And they did so in big and small groups of all ages, families and friends, young adults often drinking out of big bottles of beer (I think), after purchasing in nearby stores.  Kids were doing homework.  Lots of baby strollers.  Students in big groups talking, smoking, drinking.  Overall very busy.

And there were serious chess games going on (which seemed to start early in the afternoon).

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Do you see the clock?

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Very peaceful.

 





Rila Monastery, a World Heritage Site

1 09 2015

The second stop on our one-day group tour outside of Sofia, Bulgaria was the Rila Monastery, a World Heritage site, one of the reasons for my visiting Bulgaria in the first place.

Getting there, we first had parking problems as it was very busy.  Felt sorry for the guide, I tagged along to wherever he was going to park which wasn’t too far but if you’re a tourist and expect to be dropped off right in front of, this wasn’t for you. ^^

The monastery is breath-takingly magnificent, grand, and serene.

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A few of us also stopped by the museum in which a very elaborate hard-to-believe (you really have to see it and there is no good picture of it in the cyberspace as far as I could tell) meticulously carved cross is displayed; no pics allowed of course.  Our guide told us that when the UNESCO people came to check out the premises if it was worthy of being named a World Heritage site, one look at the cross, they said it was enough to grant the badge of honor.








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