Gloria Palace Hotel
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... for a bit. There was a service going on; a group of people were standing in the middle, flanked by six poinsettia arrangements. Choral music filled the cathedral, but I couldn't see any choir anywhere so I assumed that was through a sound system. I bought and lit a beeswax candle for Dad.
On my walk around Sofia I noticed several streetsellers selling branches of fir tree, branches from another type of tree (which I ...
... Nevsky and we had an inside visit. Sorry but by this time the ABC rule is starting to kick in - (for those not in the know - "another bloody church") but I could see that some of our group were really interested so I just sit and look and admire and tune out.
By the time we left the church the rain had stopped and it stayed dry for the rest of our walking tour. This wasn't a very long one and we were then given about two and a half hours of free ...
... with living rooms and drawing rooms. No formal bar area, but mixers and beers and liquors in the kitchen. The staff just asks you what you had and you pay whenever. Very informal. Abby would love it. The other notable bar was the former headquarters of the communist secret police. It was a complete underground bar. No electricity, only candlelight. No licenses, so if the cops were to come they would simply shut and bolt the door until they leave. While we were there we ...
... Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the second largest cathedral on the Balkan Peninsula.
When our tour came to an end, we grabbed lunch at Happy, which was essentially the equivalent of every major US moderately-priced dining establishment rolled into one. Imagine TGIFridays, Moe's, Outback Steakhouse, and a sushi joint all crammed into one building, and you've kinda got the idea.
After lunch, and not having yet reached our history quota for the trip, we ...
... a nervous wreck and I went up to ask if we could pay for 3 seats and share the 2 remaining seats on the bus. We were so desperate at this point that we would have sat on each others laps. She let us know that it was illegal to do that and the bus driver would be fined. She then said she was sorry there were only the two seats and we could not get on the bus. The nice man waiting with us said something firmly to her in Greek. She then picked up the phone and stated talking in Greek ...