19 June 2012

Sofia GO

I'm such a cheat! I'm in Hamburg and want to tell you about it but first I must get up to date with the few days we spent in Sofia, Bulgaria. As interesting as Hamburg is, I do find myself wishing for a bit of that sweet Bulgarian weather and the cheap, cheap food!

After landing around midnight, and thankfully being allowed into the country, we took a taxi and settled in at our hostel. Turns out having our own room actually translated into having an entire apartment to ourselves!

The next morning we got started with what has to be the best way to get to know the city: we took the FREE SOFIA TOUR. The tour wrapped all the major sights of central Sofia, its history, and some fun facts into just over two hours. Fillip was a great guide!

Some points of interest that you'll see in the pictures include:

  • The Palace of Justice
  • The Holy Sunday Church / St Nedelya Church
  • A Roman tomb with the Church of St Petka of the Saddlers on top
  • The Sofia Public Mineral Baths
  • The Rotunda of St George
  • The Largo
  • The Ivan Vazov National Theatre
  • The National Art Gallery
  • The Russian Church
  • Sofia's Hagia Sophia
  • The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.
  • Sofia University

In the afternoon we were taken to visit the Boyana Church. The mediaeval frescoes there are on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Our guide was an absolute treat. He liked to move our attention around, clutching the nearest girl's upper arm or guy's shoulder to turn their body and thus the whole group along with them, to follow his pointer.

We extended our day of fun with a bit of Geocaching with some new friends. We saw the Sveti Sedmochislenitsi Church, amongst other things. For a sweet ending we enjoyed some epically delicious gelato at Confetti Gelateria.

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