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... the outer, front part of the church, but didn't go into the inner bit because we were in rather a hurry. I made a mental note to come back again later or tomorrow for a proper look. After looking at the Roman remains for a little bit we walked on under the arch at the side of the President's Building, past the Archaeology Museum and onwards. We passed by St Nicholas Russian church, distinctive with its onion-shaped golden domes.
Once we got to ...
Was awake by 0300 so just got up for ablutions. Had remembered I had not uploaded yesterday's blog yet so finalized same. Wifi can be a good and bad thing.
Said farewell to Mike as the Explore flight was only leaving the hotel at 0540. Downstairs to meet Richard and Amanda. Got a boxed brekkie of a sandwich, yogurt, apple and juice.
Trip to the airport was quicker than I thought. They had actually had a taxi arranged via Explore even ...
... to be fair most of the times they have the same word written in Latin under the original word.
We said bye to our guide in front of the National Assembly looking at the Monument of Tzar Osvoboditel which is a bronze statue that portrays the Russian Tsar Alexander II on horseback. Bulgaria had the statue built in his honor because thanks to Alexander II and his troops Bulgaria was liberated from the Ottoman rule.
When the tour was over we decided to have lunch ...
... which transport to get back to our hotel. There is a huge variety of public transport here including buses, trams, metro and a weird sort of electric bus that looks straight from the Soviet era.
Made our way to the Cathedral of Saint Alexander Nevski which is an amazing church and Sofia's one big highlight.
We then walked through the centre of town which has some amazing ...
... into the city, planning to meet Nikki's bf (Nikola) back at the train station in 3 hrs.
An elderly man and woman became our personal escorts off the tram and to the city center. Neither really spoke any english, but both insisted on walking us to our destination (they initially saw us studying our guidebook on the tram and offered help). What a warm welcome to Bulgaria! We walked around the city center, went into a church that big but heavily ...