Sunday, April 30, 2006

Sunday photo-blogging: Sofia, Bulgaria

It may have been the last day of April but it was damn chilly! The clouds and stiff breeze didn't help. Nippy weather, however, never seems to stop the good locals from getting out and about. When I was here in February, the main streets were crowded with pedestrians even at -20C! It's much easier to talk myself into a walk when everyone else is doing it, so, that's precisely what I did. Here's a flavor of the city on an early - chilly - Sunday afternoon.

Sofia Chinese Restaurant
Vassil Levski Blvd

Often when the restaurant sign contains English, it will read "Chines" food.

11th Century Eastern Orthodox Church
Vitosha Street, Sofia

15th Century Jewish Synagogue
Behind Central Hall, Sofia

The Orthodox Church, the Synagogue and an Islamic Mosque are all within three blocks of each other. I will get a shot of the Mosque and post it later.

My friend, S, writing postcards
Central Hall, Sofia

Note the Subway franchise on the second level. There's no escaping the United States no matter how far away you may go.


Friday, April 21, 2006

The former YUGO-slavia

Without going into all of the details, for over ten years after the breakup of Yugoslavia, the Republic of Macedonia was called the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), and, as far as the Greeks are concerned, that will always be its name because the name MACEDONIA, by god, belongs to the Greeks, period, end of report. Everyone might want to note, however, that there's still plenty of "YUGO" left in Macedonia as evidenced by these pictures taken on Thursday, 20 April, in Macedonia's capital city, Skopje.


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