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... It was built around 900 and twice enlarged slightly. The original was about the size of a one car garage and now is about the size of a two car garage. It persisted through Ottoman times. There were beautiful but very old frescos. Queen Elizabeth is buried there in a modest grave. From there we traveled further into Bulgaria to the famous Rila Monastery. It was founded by St. Ivan who was a monk in the 13th century and became a hermit living in a cave ...
... unlike the ones in the rest of the museum, which were in Bulgarian and English.
Next came the National Gallery, which wasn't quite as big as I was expecting. There was a photography exhibition by an American called Brian Dailey, mostly very colourful portraits but also a 'Morpheus' series of surrealist, dreamlike photos that I particularly liked. Upstairs was a big exhibition of works by the 20th-century Bulgarian artist Nikolay Nikov. It was filled with photos of ...
... some games until finally we arrived in Sofia. Yay! Whilst for a lot of people there destination had been Sofia we still had to get into Romania and so reserved a seat on a train heading for Moscow that passed through Bucharest. Everything was fine until about 1am. The carriage we were in was empty and another ticket collector came through shaking us all awake and wanting to see our tickets. Our American friend was given the ok but ...
... were about to be sent to Germany but in the meantime the Bulgarian king decided to send a letter to Hitler where he explained that he actually needed these people to work in Bulgaria so all the trains were stopped on the borders and sent back. This is how the king saved 50,000 persons. After the WWII most of the Bulgarian Jews left for a newly established state of Israel. This year Bulgaria is celebrating 70 years (1943 - 2013) since saving of 50,000 innocent lives.
Today we visited a baby centre that we first went to last year. We dropped off some boxes full of goodies for the babies and spent a few moments chatting to Danni, the manager. It was really good to discover that Pavel, the little boy who had been left in the street wrapped up in a jacket and who we met last year, now has a family, having been adopted earlier in 2012.