Blogs from Sofia City , Bulgaria, Europe


Europe » Bulgaria » Sofia City June 26th 2019

My Mother and I always delighted in hearing the whistling of trains as they passed through our town and even more so when once the train brought the circus to town. My first train journey of any length was as a child when my Mother and I traveled by train from the southeastern United States to Canada. The overnight journey included meals in the dining car and sleeping in a Pullman car sleeping bunk that had been made up by a Pullman porter. The train whistles, and the clackity-clack sound of cars on the rails is still a sound I love, and traveling by train in Bulgaria recently brought back all of those warm memories. The state operated rail system in Bulgaria is the BDZ and the BDZ train we boarded on Platform 1 of Sofia’s ... read more
Sofia Central Train Station - Platform 1

Europe » Bulgaria » Sofia City » Sofia June 14th 2019

For well over 10 years there has been a gathering in Europe of the former members of the once popular travel blog site, VirtualTourist. Refusing to let the bonds of friendship be broken even though the website that brought them all together is gone, every year these former members vote on a proposed site for an annual gathering called a "Euromeet" where they reunite. When the votes were counted for Euromeet 2019, the winner was announced: it was Plovdiv, Bulgaria, one of two cities chosen as Capitals of Culture for 2019!! It was an exciting choice to be sure! Bulgaria, a country we have never visited previously, would present some challenges due to the "many moving parts" of the trip. Most of us would be traveling independently and would make travel decisions as such, but many ... read more
BBQ Takeout Restaurant
Grave of the Unknown Soldier with St. Sophia Church in Background
 Bulgarian Lion Guarding the Grave of the Unknown Soldier

Europe » Bulgaria » Sofia City » Sofia June 28th 2018

HE SAID... Today we were travelling from Sofia (Bulgaria) to Hobart (Australia). We woke early to an overcast and rainy day in Sofia, which reflected the weather we would meet at our destination – we were heading home to a cold and wet winter in Hobart. We had a small and simple breakfast (muesli, yoghurt, croissants, jam and tea) in preparation for our long haul flight, because we knew there would be ample food on the planes. All up, given taxi and car travel to and from airports, and stops in Doha and Melbourne, we were preparing for a 30+ hour journey from our hotel in Sofia to our home in Tasmania. We relaxed in our room until mid-morning, then checked out of our very comfortable hotel, jumped into a taxi and headed to the airport. ... read more
sofia airport
sofia airport
sofia airport

Europe » Bulgaria » Sofia City » Sofia June 25th 2018

HE SAID... Today we were travelling north from Gorno Draglishte to Sofia (via Rila Monastery). We woke reasonably late following the feast and free flowing wine the night before. After gathering ourselves and our packs, we headed down to our homestay family’s small dining room for breakfast, where we enjoyed scrambled eggs, toast, mekitsi (fried dough), local jam and peppermint tea. After bidding farewell to our incredibly affable hosts, we left the homestay and headed northwards with Boris the bus driver at the wheel. We were making our way to the Rila Mountains, where we were visiting the Rila Monastery. The monastery is located in a forested valley deep within the Rila mountain range, and when we arrived mid-morning, the air was brisk and mist shrouded the surrounding hills. While the building and surrounding structures were ... read more
rila monastery
rila monastery
rila monastery

Europe » Bulgaria » Sofia City » Sofia June 19th 2018

My hubby could have been a Palace Guard in Bulgaria once upon a time. Out of a whole group of tourists from UK, Canada, USA, Chile, South Korea, Russia, Australia and Spain, he was the only one who fitted the criteria to get this once well paid and illustrious job. All he had to do was catch an eagle and pluck a tail feather to wear in his hat and the job would have been his. What is this illusive criteria you ask? You just have to be blonde, blue-eyed and over 185 cms in height. However these days those rules are relaxed as there's not many blue-eyed blonde tall Bulgarians to choose from. Plus there's an eagle at the local zoo that supplies the feathers and the job is less prestigious with less pay. We ... read more
Street art on concrete flats, Sophia
Rotunda of Sveti Georgi surrounded by communist buildings
Ex Royal Palace with yellow brick not fit for purpose riad

Europe » Bulgaria » Sofia City » Sofia June 19th 2018

Bulgaria day 4: Sofia, graffiti, a cemetery and a lost car park Today I got shouted at. I have no idea what they said. Maybe they were angy at England’s victory in the World Cup last night... But more of that anon. It keeps you reading and gives you something to look forward to. We had originally planned to visit Plovdiv and just do half a day in Sofia before we fly but, again, some idiot has stuck a mountain between us and Plovdiv so we went for the closer option. Plovdiv had also sounded more appealing but Claire found some things ‘off the beaten track’ in Sofia that sounded interesting so we headed there. We found somewhere to park by a Metro station where it was Park and Ride....and then we walked. It’s only 34 ... read more

Europe » Bulgaria » Sofia City October 20th 2017

Before I continue, a few interesting facts about this country: • Bulgaria was the third of the current European states after San Marino and France • Bulgaria is one of 12 countries that use the Cyrillic script, created under king Boris I The Baptiser • Yogurt is a national product containing Lactobacillus Bulgaricus which was isolated in the early 20th century • Bulgaria is ranked third in Europe in terms of the number of archaeological sites, following Greece and Italy • Bulgaria is famous for rose oil which used to be called 'liquid gold' as a gram of rose oil was equivalent to a gram of gold before modern extraction techniques evolved Wednesday 11 October I didn't let mummy sleep much last night. I could tell she was tired (when I tried to wake everyone up ... read more
Plovdiv - Popular art
Plovdiv - Secular church that is now the "Friday" mosque
Plovdiv - Mosque and roman forum ruins

Europe » Bulgaria » Sofia City » Sofia September 15th 2017

Takze nakoniec moj trip zacina uz o den skor a to vo viedny, kde hral svoj vonkajsi zapas ac milano. O 12/30 koniec v robote, doma rychla sprcha, strihanie a zbalenie minima veci. V sofii ma caka slnecno nad 30C. Avsak tu je zima a veterno. Naskakujem na vlak a cez tt sa dostavam do bratislavy, na fakt prisernu stanicu. Hanba hlavneho mesta. Keby som turista a vystupim z vlaku na takomto mieste, hned dam spiatocku a padim kade lahsie. V Ba si vystojim peknu 10.min frontu na listok, zistujem cenu jednosmerneho do viedne, krasnych 12€, spiatocka 14€ a spiatocka s celodennym mhd 18,80€. Berem poslednu moznost, kedze sa este musim presunut z hlavnej stanice vo viedny k stadionu metrom. Mensi problem s platbou, platit som chcel fio kartou ale chuj som zabudol,ze uz mam dnesny ... read more

Europe » Bulgaria » Sofia City » Sofia August 15th 2017

Sofia, capitala Bulgariei O destinatie perfecta pentru o escapada din Bucuresti fara aglomeratie, nervi pe drumuri si vreme adecvata. Am gasit hotelul Bon Bon Central chiar in centru, cu parcare, camera aranjata frumos cu prosopele in forme de scoica, cu tv, wifi. Locatia lui este perfecta pt explorarea orasului, vizite in muzee si mall-uri si iesiri la terase tarzii in noapte. Statiile de metrou sunt adevarate santiere arheologice in aer liber protejate. Am stat 2 nopti=110 euro... read more
interior camera Hotel Bon Bon Central

Europe » Bulgaria » Sofia City August 4th 2017

Lennon, Lenin, Lion and Lloyd During our last week in Bulgaria we spent much time hiking in the mountains. We have decided to write about the hikes in a separate blog entry. The hiking blog w will start writing as soon as this one is finished. But in between the hikes we also had time to see and do some other things. Rila Monastery - In the first of our blog entries from Bulgaria we mentioned that if you make a list of the Top 100 Places You Must Visit in Europe it is quite possible that not a single one of them is in Bulgaria. But if you expand that list to Top 200... it is quite possible that Rila Monastery makes it into the list. If you travel in Bulgaria this is a place ... read more
Rila Monastery
Rila Monastery
Rila Monastery

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