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... or soil to grow them. The industry continues in Bulgaria right up to the present day, but is much reduced these days.
There was also interesting information about and exhibits from the traditional building, tobacco, linen flax and cotton industries, embroidery, woodcarving and traditional soap made from pig fat and limestone.
As well as Bulgarian exhibits, there was a room of Japanese prints and woodcuts and another room with traditional, colourful, spun ...
... 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 ...
... under the roof of the church. After explosion the roof fell on everybody's head inside of the church, however, the king survived because he was fashionably late and at the moment of attack he wasn't inside of the church. The Kingdom of Bulgaria was ended and replaced by another political order called "republic" but this happened a little bit later.
From the St. Nedelia square we had quite a nice view of the statue of St. Sofia. According to the legend she was ...
... there, as the sun slips down behind the hillside, I dig in to the most delicious meal of the trip so far, beginning with a small plate of foie gras with peaches, followed by tender slices of veal in a lemon sauce with brussel sprouts and topped off with a panna cotta with blueberries and another glass of a darker, sweeter, rakija my waiter served on the house. Waddling away from the table and listing to the lobby, I prudently take a cab back down the hill to the Balkan and ...
... above the city of Shumen. It was built in 1981 to commemorate the 1300th anniversary of the First Bulgarian Empire. The monument is built in concrete in a Cubist style, and designed by Bulgarian sculptors Krum Damyanov and Ivan Slavov. It is 450 m above sea level and can be seen from
30 km away.
A true delight was Saint Nikolas Russian Church, built in the 13th century as a small family church on today's Kaloyan Street behind ...