Sofia News January 2008

Sofia News January 2008 – paintings of Bulgarian monasteries

Sofia news – where and what to visit in Sofia in January 2008 – paintings of Bulgarian monasteries and climbing the wall in City Center Sofia Mall.

If you like paintings don’t miss the exposition of the Bulgarian monasteries in the National Museum of History.

The oil paintings are created by the artist Rumen Yovov. The exposition is inspired by the Christian Monasteries and their role in preserving the Bulgarian national spirit through the centuries.
»» Sofia News January 2008

Sofia News December 2007

Sofia News, Where to go before Christmas.

Article by Ali Grigorova

Sofia news – To visit the workshop of Santa Claus

There is a workshop of Santa Claus in front of National Palace of Culture in Sofia. Snow-Whites will be there from December 14 to December 23 and will help children make their own Christmas decorations by themselves as well as write letters with their wishes.
»» Sofia News December 2007

Sasa – Japanese Restaurant in Sofia

Sasa – Japanese restaurant is in hotel Hemus in Sofia.

For reservation: +359 2 963 54 14; +359 885 88 90 80

Go to the hotel Hemus in Sofia (just across the street of Sofia City Center mall (SCC), very close to NDK).

Take the elevator to the 18th floor and you are in Sasa. The restaurant is very refined, the furniture is carefully selected and you can see that every detail is perfectly executed.

Me and my girlfriend Kami, spontaneously went to Japanese restaurant, after we had a coffee in SCC.
»» Sasa – Japanese Restaurant in Sofia

Popa (The Priest) – Popular Places in Sofia

Popa, The Priest – the small square or to be more precise, the small triangle locked between the central streets of Vassil Levski Blvd, Graf Ignatiev Str and Patriarch Evtimii Blvd possesses the monument of the last partiarch of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom – Patriarch Evtimii.

The statue remains, however, unnoticed among the so many people that crowd it in the Sofian evenings. The place is where everybody meets. Mostly young people, pupils and students.

It used to be notorious with the riots of the football hooligans, the fans of Levski FC who used to tie their blue scarves on the tree that towers over the meeting spot. But that is part of its history.

The location is very lively and busy. You can always see someone waiting. That is why there are so many public phones, too. Lovers, friends, business partners they all take off and find their way from one and the same spot. So I can freely call it an egalitarian spot.
»» Popa (The Priest) – Popular Places in Sofia

Sofia Restaurants – Sea Food in Tambuktu

I like to eat in Sofia restaurants because the food is perfect quality and I enjoy having a talk with friends while drinking good wine.
»» Sofia Restaurants – Sea Food in Tambuktu

Etara – Return to the past

Etara, or Etar is old Bulgarian village, now it is a village-museum, where you can touch the past!

Article by Ali Grigorova

You are walking on the beaten track and in some kind it’s becoming nice to your heart….

A bagpipe is singing somewhere with a brisk voice. The birds take up the song and fly off with a rush along the craftsman houses, as if they feel the emotion in your heart.
»» Etara – Return to the past

New Bulgarian University in Sofia

New Bulgarian University pulls many young people ready to take up the knowledge.

You can feel the dreams and hope in the air.

The variety, the freedom, the contemporary university…. NBU …

Article by Ali Grigorova
»» New Bulgarian University in Sofia

Sushi Bar in Sofia at the Heart of the City

Eat delicious Sushi, drink Bulgarian wine and have fun in Sofia.

My favorite sushi bar in Sofia is at Denkoglu street, it is on walking distance from NDK (National palace of Culture), TZUM (shopping center), St. Sofia church and 50 meters from Vitosha street which is walking area.
»» Sushi Bar in Sofia at the Heart of the City


To Discover the Land of Orpheus, The Devil’s throat and Yagodinska caves.

27 kilometers away from Devin, not far from the border that separates Bulgaria and Greece, is situated the village of Trigrad.

Village houses have firmly stitched to the rocks of the Rodope Mountains and altogether form that small village.
»» Trigrad

Reconstruction works of the oldest known fountain (faucet) started in Kardzhali

Kardzhali municipality, Rotary club and Istikbal foundation initiate reconstruction works of the oldest known fountain Aishe Molla. The plan is to renovate not only the faucet but also the area around it.

The initiation is under the motto “Our fountain is symbol of the tolerance”.

In order to raise money the municipality sells post cards on the value from 1 to 1000 BGN. Cards on the value of 500 and 1000 BGN are silver and gold-plated. On the card’s façade you can see the construction plan and on the other side is the legend about Aishe Molla fountain as is written from Mara Mihailova in her book “Kardzhali”.

You can buy such cards from the municipality lobby and some non government organizations took the responsibility to find market for donation cards. Every card will have unique number and names of the people who bought them will be written on the plaque which will be put on the fountain.

Raised money will be used for fountain renovation. The purpose is to raise 55 000 BGN for flooring and 30 000 BGN for lighting.Pictures of the construction plan:
»» Reconstruction works of the oldest known fountain (faucet) started in Kardzhali

Sofia University “Kliment Ohridski”

One of the most impressive buildings in Sofia is the edifice of Sofia University.

I believe few of you can remember a place in the world where the University is in the heart of the city.

The land and the money for the construction of the building were part of the will of the trader and banker Evlogi Georgiev and his brother Christo Georgiev (whose statutes are sitting in front of the University, sculptor K. Shivarov).

The University exists from October 1st 1888 when Prof. Ivan Shishmanov started teaching history and philology. But the institution of higher education did not yet inhabit the present building. The foundation stone of Sofia University’s new edifice was laid on 30 June 1924.
»» Sofia University “Kliment Ohridski”

Burgas is the Capital of South-East Bulgaria

I was born in Burgas and proudly want to show you its beauty – the sea garden, the beach and the artistic spirit that lives there.

Note: you can see Burgas written as Bourgas in other resources. I prefer the first way.

My favorite place in Burgas is the sea garden

It is situated along the beach and is a place where people like to meet, have a walk, drink coffee, have fun and even sleep! The sea garden is full of greens – different types of trees, plants and grass. It is very relaxing to walk the alleys while your eyes meet beautiful green views. You can sit on a bench and watching the fountain or reading a book.
»» Burgas is the Capital of South-East Bulgaria

3 Miracle Working Icons in Sofia from 3 Bulgarian Monasteries

Three miracle working icons gathered in Sofia to help discharge Bulgarian nurses and Palestinian doctor locked up in Lebanon jail. All three icons of Virgin Mary are famous because of the miracles they can do and Bulgarians believe that if all people come at one place and pray together this is enormous power in favor of unfair kept in prison nurses and doctor.

Queue in front of Alexander Nevski for miracle working icons of virgin Mary

The initial plan was to return back icons in their monasteries after the pray, but people from all parts of Bulgaria continue coming and waiting to see icons from close.

There was a huge queue in front of the Alexander Nevski cathedral. These days temperatures in Sofia were very high but even under the danger of heat stroke people patiently wait for their turn to see miracle working icons of Virgin Mary.
»» 3 Miracle Working Icons in Sofia from 3 Bulgarian Monasteries

Eagle’s Bridge in Sofia – Boiling Point

Everybody in Sofia knows Eagle’s bridge. It is a starting point of many explanations how to reach a place in Sofia.

Probably the reason is because many public transport buses have a stop there.

Sofia public transport is memorable experience, but this is another story :-).

Article by Ali Grigorova
»» Eagle’s Bridge in Sofia – Boiling Point

The Central Hali in Sofia

*You may notice that after “Hali” I’m using “are” and after that it’s shown that it’s one building, not two or more.

This is because in Bulgarian the word “Hali” is in plural form and no matter that the place is one we are talking as if there are more.

The name means “The Halles”. It’s a direct translation from French.
»» The Central Hali in Sofia