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Aug 18, 2017 - Belgrade to Sofia

We drove out of Belgrade intohigh rolling hills. Saw lots of patchwork quilt farms of corn, sunflowers, orchards sewn in with green deciduous trees. Red-roofed villages were sprinkled throughout the countryside. We turned off the freeway at Nis to head east to the Bulgarian border and Sofia. Nis is a large city with a four lane highway through it. Once through the city we could see a new road but were taken back on the old. Soon. It just needs connecting. The old road was rough, needing repairs. We went round the corner...and voila..we were...

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Jun 15, 2017 - Sofia

some work on the computer before heading down for breakfast, then back to my room making plans on what to see today, head off walking to the center of town checked St. Sophia Basilica, went to underground tombs below the church. Then past the eternal flame for the unknown warrior, next stop the Alexander Nevaky Cathedral built between 1882-1912 then I got a got on the city sightseeing bus for a ride around the city, a nice easy way to get around. LOL Watched the changing of the guards at the Presidency got a couple post cards had to go to...

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Jun 14, 2017 - Sofia, Bulgaria number 94 the last one on this trip

Up this morning work on travel blog packed my bags then off to get a taxi to the center bus station a short wait for the bus loaded up my bags then we are off to Sofia. The bus made a couple quick stops before we reached the border a quick check of passport out of Macedonia then next stop the Bulgaria border and quick passport check and we are off. This now makes my 94th country, 11 new ones for this trip getting closer to my buck-et list of 100 might make it yet LOL. We set our watches ahead one hour at the border so what seemed like a 5...

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Nov 13, 2014 - Good-bye Bulgaria

There is so much more to see here in Bulgaria. Such a rich history. Before Romans settled here, the Greeks had settlements. Before them was the Thracian culture. But, I still have 8 more countries to visit here on the Balkan Peninsula. It's time to move on. The next city on my rough trip plans is Skopje in Macedonia. I knew that there are no direct trains between Bulgaria and Macedonia. But, I also knew, from my research prior to this trip, that it would be possible to take a train from Sophia (Bulgaria) to Nis (Serbia) and then connect to...

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Balkans 2014

Nov 12, 2014 - Tourist in Sofia

Today was a very productive day. I saw many of the attractions in Sofia (Bulgaria) and more. I decided that, since I'd now been in Eastern Europe for an entire week, that it was time to try American fast food. So, I walked to a nearby Dunkin' Donuts for breakfast. Can you imagine that it didn't open until 9am? Could a Dunkin' Donuts survive back home if it didn't open until 9am? I think some of them have made half their profits for the day by 9am. I contented myself with what seemed to be a typical Bulgarian breakfast at a nearby pastry...

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Balkans 2014

Nov 11, 2014 - Train to Sophia

The plan was to visit some of the attractions of Varna today. They have some of the world's best preserved Roman baths and a Roman amphitheater. That's impossible now. The bus ride to Bulgaria took all day. Another bus back to Varna would take another day. A train or bus to Sophia will take yet another day. I'm due in Sophie on Wednesday (more on that later). There's just not enough time. So, I decided to head directly to Sophia. As if yesterday wasn't bad enough, the main bracket on my backpack broke. The weight of the entire backpack is...

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Balkans 2014

Aug 4, 2014 - Sofia

Sofia is the capital of Bulgaria. We drove all day and got in about 3:30pm. We had to go through another border. This means another stamp on my passport!  The country side looks really pretty but the houses a pretty rough. People live in homes made out of poorly placed bricks and no windows. It looks like a third world country. The economy is still pretty bad. But once you get into the city everything is clean and taken care of. The people are really beautiful too.  We walked around and were shown a few buildings. We went into an Orthodox...

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Taking Back My Brave

Jul 30, 2012 - Sofia

Hi, Well we were travelling again today from Bucharest to Soffia Bulgaria. A long jaunt..we blew a hose again today which caused us to take longer to get to our destination. Lots of farms and horses and carts again. Went through the mountains...not much to tell just a few pics along the way. We are staying at the Hilton for the next 2 days..it is nice here,and really hot today 35 C!! We will be doing a tour of this city and will have more pics and better blog then. Till then we are off to drink some more wine. talk to you...

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Jun 26, 2012 - Sofia - Bulgaria

Bulgaria is the land of gypsies and sunflowers. We spent a lot of time in the bus getting from Belgrade to Sofia and all I seemed to see was sunflowers. The trip was very rural and less advanced than what I’m used to with farmers still using hand tools in small plots. The highlight for Sofia was the Gypsy night where we visited a gypsy centre and ate lots of meat while watching traditional dancers. The drinks were free poured rather than measured which lead to inhibitions disappearing and dancing on the table – not me mind you – I just...

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Finding Cheryl 2012

May 16, 2011 - Serbia to Bulgaria

Monday, May 16, 2011 Belgrade, Serbia to Sofia, Bulgaria After a wonderful night at the Best Western on Mike’s free points, we woke to another great breakfast buffet. The staff here has been so fun with lots of good service and fun laughs. We gave them the coordinates to the hotel so they could put them on their website for travelers coming in without maps on their GPS’s. We are so thankful for a fellow cacher in Phoenix for getting the Europe GPS Maps. They have taken us everywhere without any problems and even Serbia which local car GPS’s...

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trail cachers trips

Jan 23, 2011 - Bulgaria

Approaching Sofia it started to rain. Again we were arriving in a new capitol city by night and now the added challenge of navigating the streets while it rained. We found the hostel we were to stay at but found it challenging driving through the narrow, scaffolded driveway to the parking. Hostel Mostel, owned by Assen’ was again someone who Erik had met at the Dublin conference. The common room of this hostel was simply delightful. Creatively decorated it certainly added a great vibe to the place. One of the highlights was their staff....

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Sep 6, 2010 - Dupnitsa

Today we left Sofia for Rila monastery, which is located about 2 hours south of Sofia in the mountains. On the way we stopped in the town of Dupnitsa, which has a large Roma population. There are quite a few gypsies in Bulgaria, and they are some of the poorest people in Europe. In Dupnitsa, we visited a fairly well-to-do family in a typical Roma neighborhood, who prepared a simple lunch for us. It was very interesting, but I had mixed feelings about it. I'm not sure if it was my own uneasiness with the poverty; part of me felt like a rich...

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