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Nov 4, 2018 - Goodbye Bulgaria

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD We’d spent our first ten days in Sofia and then travelled by train to Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s ‘second city’. The two places couldn’t have been more different, and we were happy that we’d made the effort to see more than just the capital. We stayed six nights in Plovdiv and then returned for a couple nights to the same AirBnB apartment. We were fortunate that our host agreed to let us leave our main suitcases with him, so that we could travel with only our carry-on luggage to weigh us down. The trains are so reliable...

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Oct 27, 2018 - Vitosha Gondola And Chairlift

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Romania & Bulgaria has to say about Vitosha Nature Park: “The Mt Vitosha range, 23km long and 13km wide, lies just south of Sofia; it’s sometimes referred to as the ‘lungs of Sofia’ for the refreshing breezes it deflects onto the capital. The mountain is part of the 22,726 hectare Vitosha Nature Park, the oldest of its kind in Bulgaria (created in 1934). The highest point is Mt Cherni Vrâh (Black Peak; 2290m), the fourth-highest peak in Bulgaria, where temperatures in January can...

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Oct 25, 2018 - Sofia's Religious Buildings

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Romania & Bulgaria has to say about Sofia houses of worship: “Sveti Georgi Rotunda Built in the 4th century AD, this tiny red brick church is Sofia’s oldest preserved building. The murals inside were painted between the 10th and 14th centuries. It’s a busy, working church, but visitors are welcome. Sveta Petka Samardzhilska Church This tiny church, located in the centre of the Serdika metro complex, was built during the early years of Ottoman rule (late 14th century), which explains...

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Oct 22, 2018 - Central Sofia

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Romania & Bulgaria has to say about central Sofia: “Ancient Serdica Complex This remarkable, partly covered excavation site, situated just above the Serdika metro station, displays the remains of the Roman city, Serdica, that once occupied this area. The remains were unearthed from 2010 to 2012 during construction of the metro. There are fragments of eight streets, an early Christian basilica, baths and houses dating from the 4th to 6th centuries. Sofia Monument Erected in 2001 on...

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Oct 19, 2018 - Sofia, Bulgaria

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Romania & Bulgaria has to say about Sofia: “Bulgaria’s pleasingly laid-back capital is often overlooked by visitors heading straight to the coast or the ski resorts, but they’re missing something special. Sofia is no grand metropolis, but it’s a largely modern, youthful city, with a scattering of onion-domed churches, Ottoman mosques and stubborn Red Army monuments that lend an eclectic, exotic feel. Recent excavation work carried out during construction of the city’s metro...

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Aug 5, 2018 - 27/28th July

Dear all, As you know the titled date is the date we visited these places and the other date is the actual date on which I am writing. I say this because we have just arrived at Belgrade and the wifi is working well. The photos are from our time in Sofia in Belgrave. All the towns we visit have lots of large churches, mostly Christian Orthodox. Sofia has Roman ruins which have been found during the repair and rebuild from damage caused during the 2nd World War and the revolutions when the former Yugoslavia states broke up and the communist...

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Our Big Trip

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

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