Monday, September 7, 2009

Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, reminded me of Belgrade or Skopje. The city is not touristic, but gives the traveler a taste of real life in a former Communist society.

The city contains a wealth of religious history, as evidenced by its synagogue, Catholic church, mosque and numerous Orthodox churches. My favorites include the Russian Church with its gold domes and green and white walls; and Aleksander Nevsky Cathedral, the symbol of Sofia. This latter structure reminded me of a layered caked, as it appeared as a series of domes stacked on top of one another.

One intriguing phenomenon is the large number of McDonald’s (including McDrive’s) in the city center. Furthermore, there was a fair number of Dunkin’ Donuts. Lastly, pizza is a popular fast food here and believe it or not, it is the American thick-crust variety that is loved!

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