Bulgaria

Saving its traditional craft

[August, 2011] We came back to Sofia, where we started our tour. Having whole afternoon, I went to the Ethnological Museum. Bulgaria is famous for its embroideries or lacework, and you can see very nice…

Bulgaria

This is the Rila Monastery

[August, 2011] The last highlight of the Ancient Macedonia tour was this Rila Monastery in Bulgaria. It has to be the last, otherwise, we would not be impressed by all other churches and monasteries if we…

Bulgaria

Open air opera concert

[August, 2011] When we stayed in Bansko, Bulgaria, they happened to have the Opera Festival. At 9pm, it started at the open air theatre. It was really a proper opera performance with the real orchestra, though…

Bulgaria

A photo taken before being told off

[August, 2011] This is Church of Holy Trinity in Bansko, Bulgaria. It is totally different from those we have seen in Bulgaria, Macedonia and Greece in this tour, which were full of icons. This one looked…

Bulgaria

Changing of the guards

[August, 2011] This is the ceremony of changing of the guards in Sofia, Bulgaria. They are protecting the Presidency. According to our guide,  the president is a kind of symbol. She said ‘ I don’t think…

Bulgaria

Icon Worship

[August, 2011] Aleksandur Nevski Church is the largest church in Sofia, Bulgaria. It took 30 years to build from 1882. It can contain 5000 people, apparently. Our guide said that Bulgarian people are not so religious,…

Bulgaria

Sophia, towering into the sky

[August, 2011] This is the statue of Sophia in Sofia, the capital city of Bulgaria. According to my guide book, there used to be a statue of Lenin here, but removed in 1989. Now Sophia is…

Sofia

The road work is still on in Sofia

[August, 2011] We joined a tour which visits ancient Macedonia. The first place was Sofia in Bulgaria. The same metro construction work which I saw three years before when I visited there first time was…