Hotel Gloria Palace - Holiday Village Diplomat
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... too.) I'm glad this visit was included because I wouldn't have had the gumption on my own.
The inside was tiled beautifully, though I think the prayer carpets could use replacing (or perhaps a good cleaning). Not that they were dirty, but they were starting to curl and I kept tripping. There is a niche inside that's roughly the equivalent of a Christian altar, and a set of steps that rises into a small turret where the imam goes for special blessings. ...
... would be a tragedy if any visitors damaged the frescoes either thoughtlessly or deliberately, but it was still a bit offputting! It was nevertheless a great experience, with the interior being truly breathtaking both artistically and historically. We were all really glad we'd come. We enjoyed the small park surrounding the church before hunting around for a taxi to take us back to the cathedral near the hostel.
... each with frescos on the ceilings and walls. Men attended the services in one room whilst women were in a separate room. Since we were only a small group the lady let us see the chapel, privileged. We thought the churches in Russia were something but this one topped everything.
Sofia, the capital is the second highest capital in Europe behind Madrid. Now we are in hustle and bustle but we drove two hours ...
... around and pulled us up to dance with them. Most of us ended up standing on our chairs dancing. There were a couple of conga lines going a few times through the night. I had a great time. After all the dancing, we headed back to the hotel. The hotel we are staying at has a casino in the lobby and a piano bar upstairs. I was exhausted and went straight to bed, though others seemed to enjoy rest of thine night in true Bulgarian ...
... a lovey place by the stream for lunch, where we had freshly caught trout. a truly beautiful spot.
From here we headed to the Macedonian border. Bulgaria is a very poor country, and many villages have been abandoned, or have only the elderly remaining to work their farms. After crossing into ...