Socializing with locals

Bulgaria Revisited: Surprising Sofia

DATE : October 12, 2016

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Sofia's Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, one of largest Orthodox churches in Christendom, takes on golden tones when it's floodlit at night. (photo: Cameron Hewitt) It once towered over Sofia from a pillar in the city center, but now this statue of Lenin is a relic in a museum sculpture garden. (photo: Rick Steves) I have an affinity for Bulgaria — so overlooked and underappreciated…and yet so charming, in a Slavic way. In my student days I spent lots of time exploring Bulgaria and its capital city Sofia: playing chess in the park, watching paranoid people huddled on street corners talking sports (and wishing they could talk politics), seeing locals dutifully lining up to visit waxy figures in public mausoleums.
Recently I returned to Sofia, and found those same parks where people still gather, and the old guys still play chess. But, today the country is free and, step-by-step, building a new prosperity.
Because of its strategic position just north of Greece and Turkey, Bulga..


Gràcia Festival : Would you like to visit biggest Street Festival in Barcelona?

DATE : September 13, 2016

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Fox reveals that each year in August the streets of Barcelona’s Gràcia district come alive with a week-long fiesta that sees the barrio transformed also called Festa Major. La Fiesta de Gràcia is an eagerly awaited event in Barcelona’s busy calendar. If you are in Barcelona in August make sure that you head to the up-town […]