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Rila Monastery, Bulgaria — August 2, 2021


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The Virgin Panhymnitos, Sofia, Bulgaria — July 28, 2021

c 16th - 17th century, from Nessebur; now in Chrypt Al. Nevski

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The unexpected fairytale land of Plovdiv, Sofia, Bulgaria — July 29, 2021


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Cathedral Saint Aleksandar Nevski, Sofia, Bulgaria — July 28, 2021


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St. George kills the dragon, Sofia, Bulgaria — July 28, 2021

Early 17th century

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Bulgarian Socialist Party office, Sofia, Bulgaria — July 28, 2021

I found this office wandering by one day. I had never heard of this political group before, but I thought it was an interesting photo (and possible and interesting subject, so I took the pic.) I will need to research further.


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Ceiling fresco, Rila Monastery, Bulgaria — August 2, 2021


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Cathedral Saint Aleksandar Nevski, Sofia, Bulgaria — July 28, 2021


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St. Athanasius of Alexandria, Sofia, Bulgaria — July 28, 2021

17th century, from Sozopol, Bulgaria

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Judgement, Sofia, Bulgaria — July 28, 2021

1829

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St. John the Theologian, Sofia, Bulgaria — July 28, 2021

c 1620, Poganovo Monastery, Serbia

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Christ the High Priest and King of Kings, Sofia, Bulgaria — July 28, 2021

late 16th century / early 17th century

Bulgaria 2021 Journal

Tuesday, July 27 — Sofia

Wizz Air flight. A nice lady at the airport called a taxi and we head to Les Fleurs Boutique Hotel, where I check into room 603, with a quite easterly view over terracotta rooftops.


Wednesday, July 28 — Sofia

One great thing obout Sofia is the center is compact and many of the sites are walkable. There's alao a metro. Even though it was a hot day, the heat was dry so it was manageable with water in tow. After breakfast, I walked over to Aleksander Nevski Memorial Church and toured the cyrpt museum first displaying a wonderful collection of icons from the 5th century onward, mostly from the 17th - 19th century. Flashless photos were allowed so I took some and realized I need to leearn a bit more about the apostles, etc. Afterward I walked to passed the Russia Aleksander Nevski Memorial Church with it's classic dombe, so I figured I'd stop in. The was a mosiac icon art that was quite neat.


Thursday, July 29 — Sofia

Checked in at Grand Harbour Hotel
Dinner at San Paolo Naufrago
Brian has tummy ache


Friday, July 30 — Plodiv

Nice breakfast. After, I head over to Sofia Metro Serdica Сердика station and head northish for two stops to the Central Railway Station, where I exit. The station is of the classic era, and most of the writting is in Cyrillic, which could cause some to get nervous, but luckily I have some time to figures things out. The first thing I notice is my train БВ 8611 doesn't have a track assigned yet, so I have to wait. In about 10 minutes, I notice my train is assigned to that track 11и. I previoulsy did some research and learned that there were two track 11s: 11З & 11и. With a bit of tranlate helpf, I realized that З meant West, Запад, and и meant east, изток. It all makes sense as Plovdiv is east of Sofia. All set. I find the first class carriage, which is quite old, but at least the windows roll down. At 13:20, on the dot, we roll out of the station. We average about 33mph and the trip takes a bit less than three hours. It is very hot outside, about 35 Celcius, so as long as the train is moving with the windows down, there is a bit of breeze to cool things off a tad. But when we pull into a station without an overhang, it becomes a pizza oven!

Eventually we pull into Plovdiv station, and a taxi takes me to HillHouse, where a very nice attendant checks me into room #302.


Saturday, July 31 — Plodiv

Checked in at Grand Harbour Hotel
Dinner at San Paolo Naufrago
Brian has tummy ache


Sunday, August 1 — Sofia

Bus back to Sofia, chedck into room 401.


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