Me, my mum & sister outside Alexandar Nevski
I am currently visiting my family in Bulgaria. Many of you may know I am half Greek and half Bulgarian, I consider myself a citizen of the world as I was born in Bulgaria and raised in Greece and live in the UK. I love the mixture of culture and people even though I still consider my self more Greek.
Up until University I visited Bulgaria only once or every two years for 10 days during school holidays and it was always to visit family so there was no exploring. However once I grew up and started University I started visiting more my sisters who moved to Bulgaria. After retirement my parents came here as well and now the whole dynamic has shifted to Bulgaria.Now I come here every few months to see my cute nieces and we have a chance to explore the city of Sofia. I never had the chance but I find Sofia a very pretty city with some very nice places to visit and I would recommend for people to come and check it out. They even have a mosque in the city centre where you can pray before you continue exploring.Sofia is slowly but surely receiving a makeover and starting to resemble a European city. There are many malls and international companies that have been established here and business is growing as well due to favourable taxation policies. There are plenty of coffee shops in the city centre and in the surrounding areas where you can enjoy a drink before continuing your sightseeing, I really miss these type of coffee shops in the UK sometimes. On a sunny day it is great to get some fresh air and enjoy many of the cultural exhibitions and activities in the city.
The mosque in the city centre of Sofia
Yesterday we went around the city and the main “Oxford” street with some boutiques and many more coffee shops. You can walk from the cultural centre down the Vitoshka street and explore the city and you will find at the bottom the parliament, the mosque and also some ancient discoveries close to the underground. From there you can take a walk and visit the Alexandr Nevski church while on the way you explore the museums and galleries.
Sofia also has a metro which can take you to various places and help you explore more of the city, even though I have never used it I know it is very efficient method of transportation.They have a ski resort only 30 km away from the city centre and there are some amazing views from there. I have been there and I can recommend it for a visit.Accommodation wise there are many international hotel chains in the city centre of Sofia such as Hilton, Sheraton and Radisson Blu all of them are in close proximity to all sight worthy places around Sofia. In the city centre you can find many places with halal food for Muslims as there are many Turkish restaurants in the area.Also if you are brave enough you can take the train from Sofia to Plovdiv and explore this old historic town as well. I used the train on this route few years ago and was pleasantly surprised by how clean and new the train was. Plovdiv is approximately 150km away from Sofia and Rynair flies from there to London, which can prove to be a cheap weekend destination.You can definitely drive in Sofia just pay attention to the signals and also the drivers as some of them are crazy. Also make sure you pay attention to the police officers as you can find many of them on every corner, usually if you are OK with “tipping” you can get away without a fine. ;)Overall the more I explore this country the more I like it.