Travel Blogs from Sofia
... We were staying in the massive 16 bed dorm. It's all the style of an old farmhouse - wooden beams and balcony and the loft is our room for the night. It was pretty hot but not too loud and again had a nice feel to it.
I say not too loud we did have one very loud snorer in the room RIGHT BETWEEN ME AND CHARLY. Literally one bed apart and it's this guy.
We woke up this morning about 10, had a nice breakfast and headed to the station to sort our train reservations ...
Sofia - Bulgaria: Capital city - visited plenty of churches and monuments today. First icon we noticed on arrival was the Macdonalds symbol - doesn't matter where you are in the world, they seem to be there. In the afternoon visited Rila Monastery about 2 hours out of town in the mountains - Sofia is surrounded by mountains. Christine enjoyed the Monastery, although it was difficult as it bucketed with ...
... museums there. Driving was slow out of the city because of traffic. As we emerged into the countryside, we began to stop at all the villages to take on and discharge passengers. Three pm came and went. I really had no idea where Koprivshtitsa was on the schedule - I thought it was probably last but didn't really know and communication was poor. Finally a bit before 4, the man next to me who had gotten on in Sofia as well was ready to get ...
Pleasant surprise of the day: Sofia. What a lovely and very grand city. As we don't have the LP for Bulgaria we really had no idea what to expect. We heard that it had 1.2million people so it's around the same size as Adelaide. I guess it's quite a few centuries older than Adelaide so has managed to accumulate a lot more interesting, grand and very old building from several eras (sorry Adelaide, you are great, but Sofia you are ...
... Cathedral (built between 1882-1912 - post Ottoman rule). Most Bulgarians are Bulgarian Orthodox Christians. As I mentioned in my earlier post, taking pictures inside these religious buildings is prohibited. Suffice it to say...all are breathtaking. Soaring domes, ostentatious (but beautiful and large-than-life) chandeliers, dramatic murals and mosaics, candelabra, incense burners, and lots of icons of Jesus, Mary, and other saints. There was ...
- Shuttle bus service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service
- Free parking