We woke up quite late after the feast and free flowing wine the night before. After packing ourselves and our rucksacks, we went to our host family’s small dining room for breakfast.
Refreshingly, she was expected to do the same thing that was expected of Lara Stone: to take a beautiful photo.
We made our way to the Rila Mountains, where we visited the Rila Monastery, where we enjoyed scrambled eggs, toast, mekitsi, local jam and mint tea.
We wandered the site with other tourists?
But strangely enough, the place didn’t seem overcrowded. I’m not sure if it was due to the sheer size of the place or if the crowds gathered in one area and not far from the main church, but I didn’t feel overwhelmed by tourists in the monastery.
We drove over the Lions Bridge and made our way to the Sofia Synagogue, then sheltered in the Central Market Hall until the recurring (but short-lived) afternoon rain was over.
After feeling refreshed after an espresso, we walked a short distance to the small but inviting Banya Bashi Mosque and then descended into the old Serdica complex.
We were exhausted after a long day of travel so we drove back to the hotel and crashed.
I had low expectations of Sofia as a city, but absolutely loved the place after the walking tour. This was an easy city to drive and it was a beautiful city – despite its ugly, steadfast, and stubborn communist surroundings. Sofia has a very average facade when you enter the city but once you get lost in the old town everything changes.
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