Rila Hotel Sofia
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... Air flight was also delayed because they were waiting for a few late passengers. So maybe I wouldn't have had to worry too much if my Delta flight had been late. I ended up in a middle seat in the very back row next to a lady with a cough who kept rubbing at some imaginary spot on her Eddie Bauer windbreaker, and a nice Filipina lady from New York who had decided to vacation in Sofia on her own. She looked a bit shell-shocked, like she wasn't sure what she'd gotten ...
... which seemed even more desolate. It was back to the freezing carriage through the morning until 9:00am where we rolled up at Plovdiv for a two hour break.
Plovdiv, at first sight, appeared to be a rather bleak Eastern European town. On closer inspection though, there was plenty of life going on. It was just that I'd come from a densely populated city to a place more reminiscent of a large town. For instance, the streets were lined with shops, ...
... I'll say it again - at any moment you can decide to sit down for a beer or a drink or a shopska salad in the city, and you will be able to do so within a block or two. Even if you are in a park. Actually, especially if you are in a park.
Thursday was my dad's 63rd birthday. This was the first time I've celebrated it with him since 1998. We went out for dinner at his favorite place in town, and I asked my parents questions about how they grew up. Their answers were ...
... 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.
... area can be done in less than couple of hours. One very interesting monument we saw was called Church of St. George which was a red brick rotunda, considered to the oldest building in Sofia. It's behind the a hotel in the courtyard surrounded by modern buildings. The church was built by the Romans in 4th Century that used to be a site of pagan temple and during the Ottoman period it was used as a mosque. I'm pleased that no-one's fighting here with ...