Savannah Grace

Bulgaria Photo Essay

We were in Bulgaria for just over two weeks and spent most of our time in the capital city, Sofia and relaxing on the beach in Varna. We met many locals and travellers. Strolled the streets of Varna eating ice-cream and soaking up the sun rays. We saw monasteries, churches and even a mosque on our sightseeing adventures. We saw the Unesco Site, Rila Monastery, the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria.

We took local transport and unfortunately Bulgaria was the only place we had a REAL struggle with buying the correct tickets and were nearly tossed off the trams on several occasions. We were there years ago, so maybe things have changed, but be careful with buying tickets, they check them EVERY time, and don’t take lightly to mistakes, even if you are a visitor.

After a wonderful summer spent exploring Eastern Europe with my best friend, Terri, I was sad to see her leave us from Sofia to head back to Vancouver at the end of the holidays.

We stayed with the first of what would be MANY Couch Surfers on our grand RTW backpacking adventure. They were a lovely family who welcomed us for a week, showing us around and cooking delicious homemade meals for us each night.13105919_600680713427719_1525918324_o

The Roman Thermae

The Roman Thermae are a complex of Ancient Roman baths in Varna. The baths were built in the late 2nd century AD.

Varna Bulgaria

Varna is the largest city on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast. The oldest golden jewelry in the world, came from the Varna culture, going back to 4600 BC.

Varna Bulgaria

A little beach time in Varna on the Black Sea.

The Dormition of the Mother of God Cathedral

The Dormition of the Mother of God Cathedral is the largest and most famous Bulgarian Orthodox cathedral in Varna, and the second largest in Bulgaria. It opened in 1886.

The Statue of Sveta Sofia

The Statue of Sveta Sofia replaced a statue of Lenin in 2000. – Sofia

The SS. Cyril and Methodius National Library

The SS. Cyril and Methodius National Library is the national library of Bulgaria. -Sofia

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is a Bulgarian Orthodox cathedral in Sofia that opened in 1912.

Church of St Nicholas the Miracle-Maker

Church of St Nicholas the Miracle-Maker, is a Russian Orthodox church in central Sofia, it was opened in 1914.

The Church of St George

The Church of St George is the oldest building in Sofia and sits amid remains of the ancient town of Serdica from the late 3rd and early 4th century.

The Banya Bashi Mosque

The Banya Bashi Mosque is the only functioning mosque in Sofia, a remnant of the Ottoman rule of Bulgaria that lasted nearly five centuries. This mosque was completed in 1576.

Mineral water Sofia

We filled our water bottles with the mineral water fountain found next to the Central bath and Banya Bashi Mosque. Sofia was built next to tracian mineral water springs.

watering flowers

I guess the mineral water is also good for the flowers. -Sofia

Slaveikov statues

We couldn’t resist a visit and and rest with the famous poets Petko Slaveikov and his son Pencho, on Slaveikov square. – Sofia

The National Palace of Culture

The National Palace of Culture, is the largest multifunctional conference and exhibition centre in south-eastern Europe. It was opened in 1981 in celebration of Bulgaria’s 1300th anniversary.  -Sofia

Bulgaria

There is beautiful scenery all over Bulgaria.

Rila Monastery

The Monastery of Saint Ivan of Rila became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.

Rila Monastery

Rila Monastery is the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria.

Plovdiv

We enjoyed a day in Plovdiv, the second-largest city in Bulgaria.

The Church of the Holy Mother of God

The Church of the Holy Mother of God has been sitting on one of the seven hills (Nebet Tepe) in the city of Plovdiv since the 9th century.

Ancient theatre Plovdiv

The Ancient theatre is probably the best-known monument from antiquity in Bulgaria. It was built in the beginning of the 2nd century during the reign of the Roman Emperor Trajan.

Plovdiv

The Ancient theatre was built in the beginning of the 2nd century during the reign of the Roman Emperor Trajan.

Plovdiv

Strolling down the medieval streets of old Plovdiv is very relaxing.

Hristo Danov Mural In Old Plovdiv

Hristo Danov Mural In Old Plovdiv.

Forest Sofia

We went for a lovely walk through the forest with our host family near Sofia.

Sofia Bulgaria

Our hike took us to this view of Sofia.

Guards at the presidential offices

Waiting to see the changing of the guards at the Presidential Offices in Sofia.

Sofia Bulgaria

The beautiful streets of Sofia, capital city of Bulgaria.

Stay tuned for more #FridayFotos. Next week is BRUNEI

View more photos of Bulgaria here.

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Savannah Grace

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