AT#570 – Travel to Sofia, Bulgaria

Travel to Sofia, Bulgaria - What to Do, See and Eat (Podcast)

Hear about travel to Sofia, Bulgaria as the Amateur Traveler talks to Stephanie Craig from about her time in that country.

Stephanie says, “I feel like Sofia is magical. The first time I went in there I didn’t really know anything about it and I Think that sometimes it’s those places that you have no idea, that you really don’t know what to expect, that can blow you away. I literally went there in November because it was the cheapest sky scanner flight out of Greece.”

Stephanie went from traveling more or less accidentally to Bulgaria to moving there for a time because she fell in love with the place. She takes us on a virtual walking tour through downtown Sofia, to the churches, the museums, the markets, and the monuments.

We talk about some of the complicated history of Bulgaria, from it’s time as part of the Roman Empire, to the Bulgars, to the Ottomans to liberation, to time under communism, and then to freedom again. You can see this complicated history and its architecture, ruins, museums, and food.

Stephanie tells us how to take a day seeing some of the Communist history of the city, which of late has been taken down and moved to one central museum.

We marvel at some of the ancient churches as well as the impressive Alexander Nevsky Cathedral which dominates the center of town,

We learn where the locals and the ex-pats eat, both international cuisine and local Bulgarian fare.

Then Stephanie tells us a couple side trips to take out of the city to the iconic Rila Monastery as well as to the Roman ruins and street art of Plovdiv.

See if Sofia doesn’t surprise you and capture your heart as it did for Stephanie.

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Show Notes


Ottoman Empire

First Bulgarian Empire

Second Bulgarian Empire

Free Sofia Tour

Vitosha Boulevard

Sofia Central Mineral Baths

Rila Monastery

Saint Sofia Church, Sofia


Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Sofia

Alexander Nevsky Crypt Icon museum

Alexander Nevsky


33 Gastronauts

Mr. Pizza

Banitsa (Bulgarian Cheese Pie)

Ayran (yogurt drink)

The 365: Communist Tour of Sofia

Museum of Socialist Art, Sofia

Tour in an old Communist Car

The Bells Monument

The Bohemian Blog

National Historical Museum (Bulgaria)

Boyana Church

Eleonore Reuss of Köstritz

Cinecitta Restaurant

National Gallery for Foreign Art

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Saints Cyril and Methodius

Plovdiv (city with Roman ruins)

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Travel to Sofia, Bulgaria - What to Do, See and Eat (Podcast)

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