My experience here in Sofia has been more than satisfying and a breath of fresh air. The hotel owners, waitresses, and people on the street here have all been courteous and helpful. Thankfully, I finally hooked up with the walking tour before I take off for Istanbul tomorrow. I just wish I had a few more days here. I highly recommend this capital city. The food is very high quality and inexpensive. What’s furthermore, the design and decor of the restaurants are so pleasing and well-executed. The city planning and renovations they have going on are quite inspired as well. They are really making an effort here regardless of the limited funds and corruption that plagues much of the Balkans. Sofia is also making the most of the many archaeological sites throughout the city, and in one case even integrated one of them with their Metro system.
When I come back to finish up with Europe in 2017, I will probably return here and do some additional exploring. My advice to others is to get here before the prices go up. It has a much more European feel here than the rest of the region.
5 Vintage Hotel – My little palace of a budget hotel. Air Conditioning, Flat Screen, and Blazing Fast Wifi. All for $25 a night and all the comforts of home.
MY COZY ROOM
ELECTRICAL BOX – Painted to look like Bulgaria’s favorite matchbox from South Africa.
HADJIDRAGANOVITE IZBI – Delicious Lamb Shashlik.
SAINT SUNDAY’S CHURCH
Walking tour guide at a 7th-century church.
ROMAN RUINS – To be converted into an open-air museum.
NEO-BYZANTINE PUBLIC BATH
ORIGINAL COMMUNIST HEADQUARTERS
Roman gate to the city integrated into the Metro.
THE ROTUNDA OF SAINT GEORGE – 3rd-century church
I took the picture at the wrong angle, but the man who did the goldwork lost his job for putting a golden pee-pee on the cherub.
YELLOW BRICK ROAD – This was installed instead of the dull and boring grey bricks at considerable cost in the center of the city about a hundred years ago. However, when it rained the citizens found out that they were quite slippery, and were quite outraged that such great expense had been gone to in order to bust their butts during rainstorms. Such was the outrage that the government fabricated a story that the bricks had been a gift of the Austrian king. A lie that is still believed by many to this day.
HAGIA SOPHIA – The Church that the city is named for.