Bulgaria, a holiday destination

Rila Monastery, like something out of Shangri-La

Bulgaria, a country that’s both old and new: Bulgaria can be said to be a country that’s very old as well as very new.  It’s ancient history dates back to the Old Stone Age period of the 1st millenium B.C. and yet it wasn’t until 1989 that it broke away from the Eastern Bloc and […]

Shopping on your Sofia holiday, Bulgaria

Shopping in the city centre

The Shopping Scene: Over the past years more multinational companies have been setting up in Sofia and there are now more luxurious hotels, shopping malls, restaurants and entertainment centres in the city centre.  Along the big boulevards like Tsarigradsko Shousse and Nikola Vaptsarov, a variety of modern business centres are also being built. The brand […]

St. Sofia Day Celebrations in Sofia, Bulgaria

St Sofia Feast Day Ceremony

Helen meets a President on her Bulgarian holidays: It’s not everyday that one meets a President of a country whilst on holiday and it’s certainly not something that you plan for in your travel itinerary. So if by some fluky alignment of the planets, an extraordinary encounter like this happens, it adds to that special […]

Eating out in Bulgaria

Snezhanka - a thick creamy yoghurt

What Bulgarians eat: Although Bulgarians love their meats, salads and soups are also important elements of their cuisine.  Traditional cuisine combines influences from the Ottoman Empire with peasant cooking styles. Fresh vegetables are plentiful and these are eaten raw, roasted or stewed with meat in terracotta pots.  Meat dishes mainly comprise pork, veal and chicken […]