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Old 10th April 2015, 20:49   #1 (permalink)
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I'm visiting Sofia for the first time, flight & hotel booked for November. Any 'street-wise' warnings would be gratefully adhered too!
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Sleepy will hopefully see this, and be along soon to advise you.
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Old 10th April 2015, 23:03   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Sofia, Bulgaria, in November

Maybe a hint on which part or where in Sophia you are staying might be also be helpful along with anything in particular you would like to see or visit.
Also early November or late November, the difference could be snow or no snow.
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seek out YUGO and DIVAKA restaurants(try the divaka soup & a dark beer OR the BG rakia made from fruit) both on 6th of September street, 2 minutes from each other, with outside seating. Great value, quality, variety. The food in BG including the alcohol(no chemically infused Raki or Efes is without a lot of the chemicals found in the turkish s.......) & HALF the price, & wiil be prepared with clean hygiene practices. You see there are no million dollar palaces/lifestyles to subsidise.
If you have lived/endured turkey, you will think you have died & gone to heaven. Sofia has a village feel. Your hotel will have places to visit info. Sofia is safer than most capitals but still excercise diligence, do not use street money changers etc. Unlike turkeys cold/wet weather, I hear Sofia & rest of BG is today basking in the sunshine. Remind me why anyone would chose to live in turkey, we are here because either we did not carry out due diligence, were conned by the turkish bluff of an ex-pat judas goat, or its allahs way of showing us that we have not suffered enough.

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The new metro underneath the airport opened last week so you will not have to deal with the taxis when going to the city centre.
Sofia is an extremely safe city ...so no real worries there ..Though the strip bars are best avoided as you could lose more than your shirt!
Eating and drinking is very cheap as are taxis if you need to travel outside the metro system.
If you require more specific info regarding watering holes,restaurants etc just shout.
Oh and I also love Turkey!
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I have only been to Sofia once; in 1972. It was an extraordinary place then. I remember the yellow cobbled streets through the centre of town and the classical music and lighting display around a lake with fountains in a roadside park. When building a pedestrian subway under the main road they had discovered Roman ruins. So they added alcoves to the subway, put in wooden tables, and put the vases, busts and other artifacts they discovered on display. I wondered how long loudspeakers, lamps and archaeological finds, within easy access of passerbys, would have lasted in city in the UK. It was taken for granted in Sofia at that time.
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seek out YUGO and DIVAKA(try the divaka soup & a dark beer OR the BG rakia made from fruit) restaurants both on 6th of September street, 2 minutes from each other, with outside seating. Great value, quality, variety. The food in BG including the alcohol(no chemically infused Raki or Efes is without a lot of the chemicals found in the turkish s.......) is HALF the price, & wiil be prepared by trained persons in clean hygiene practices.
If you have lived/endured turkey, you will think you have died & gone to heaven. Sofia has a village feel. Your hotel will have places to visit info. Sofia is safer than most capitals but still excercise diligence, do not use a street money changers etc. Unlike turkeys cold/wet weather, I hear Sofia & rest of BG is today basking in the sunshine. Remind me why anyone would chose to live in turkey, we are here because either we did not carry out due diligence or its allahs way of showing us that we have not suffered enough.
Haha! makes me wonder why people living in bg keep coming back on Turkish forums, apart from the ones who are trying to sell property, lol
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We don't live there but, we are lucky to have our holiday homes in both Turkey & Bulgaria Stuart, and no we are not selling ours.
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Thanks for all the replies. It's my 'big 60' so expecting some company to fly in during my two week stay! I've booked into the 'Rila', an old communist bloc monolithic hotel which is bang in the centre, not salubrious but hope it meets my basic needs!
26 years (on & off) in the TRNC, I'm well aware of the pitfalls living either there or Turkey!
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