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... and everything you need. Plus, it's only blocks from the city center. We were STOKED!
The rep told us that we were in a very safe area,....so once she left,....we dumped the bags, and headed out. We walked around for about an hour,....got some water, and snacks, then returned.
Finally,....these two TIRED PUPPIES are going to sleep. It's been a LONG two days.
So,.....on this first blog of the BALKANS,......goodnight from Sofia, ...
... the pool and enjoyed the sun for a while.
At 9.30 PM we ate a traditional Bulgarian dinner, made by Georgi’s mom. This was surprisingly good! We had to honour the tradition of drinking rakia but to be honest, this was disgusting... until we mixed it with some appeljuice!
At 11.30 PM it was time to sleep because our alarms were set at 5 AM! The night was calm, the beds were hard.
Greetings from Bulgaria,
Ine, Jurgen, ...
... Sofia itself is relatively modern and clean and has quite a lot of parks! There's not loads to do here but enough to fill our day with!
The main attraction of the day is the large cathedral. Most of the cities we have been too have great religious buildings, Sofia is no exception. The inside has tons of wicked murals everywhere and the candles and everything make a cool atmosphere. We strolled around more of the sights. More communist history and art markets.
... a chat to him, even if it was all in English.
Before leaving the next day, Kevin and I went to the Ladies Market, as I'd heard that Scarlett Johanssen had visited a few years ago and had developed an unhealthy fascination for World War II memorabilia, particularly that of the Nazi party. But since we couldn't find any of this (probably for the best, it would be tricky to get that stuff through Australian customs) I spent a few minutes recording some ...
... 2 hours south of Sofia. Again I saw the beautiful snow-capped peaks. He said they were around 2000 meters - or was it 3000? In any case, they were lovely to look at and so were the rounded hills before we reached the turn-off for Rila Monastery. Here it became more wooded in the valley following the rushing river swollen with melted snow waters. Very scenic. The villages that we drove through were notable for their grape arbors in front of almost ...