Category Archives: City

Brewing up a hill

The competition organisers put on a couple of excursions which any competition participants could join if they wished.  The first was to the Voss Brewery. It is situated above the town where we were staying and from the balconies visible

Brewing up a hill

The competition organisers put on a couple of excursions which any competition participants could join if they wished.  The first was to the Voss Brewery. It is situated above the town where we were staying and from the balconies visible

Spring snow

My next trip to a European country was to Norway in April.  I was invited to judge the European Indoor Skydiving Championships being held at VossVind.  The competition included Formation Skydiving and Artistic Events, which have different judging panels.  During

Spring snow

My next trip to a European country was to Norway in April.  I was invited to judge the European Indoor Skydiving Championships being held at VossVind.  The competition included Formation Skydiving and Artistic Events, which have different judging panels.  During

Why is Sofia called Sofia?

As mentioned in my first post about Sofia, the city was originally called Serdica.  It lay on a much trafficked trading route between Istanbul and Germanic Europe.  A church, on what was the western edge of the city would be

Why is Sofia called Sofia?

As mentioned in my first post about Sofia, the city was originally called Serdica.  It lay on a much trafficked trading route between Istanbul and Germanic Europe.  A church, on what was the western edge of the city would be

More walking around Sofia

After leaving the shopping centre, we walked a little further south to a spot from which you can see a synagogue, a mosque, and the Eastern Orthodox church we had just heard about. There is a catholic church nearby too,

More walking around Sofia

After leaving the shopping centre, we walked a little further south to a spot from which you can see a synagogue, a mosque, and the Eastern Orthodox church we had just heard about. There is a catholic church nearby too,

Free Sofia Tour

This is not a tour to free a captive Sofia, rather it is a free walking tour around the city of Sofia.  You may recall, my visit to Sofia was in January and only morning I had available for touristing

Free Sofia Tour

This is not a tour to free a captive Sofia, rather it is a free walking tour around the city of Sofia.  You may recall, my visit to Sofia was in January and only morning I had available for touristing

St Aleksander Nevsky Cathedral

The architect who build St Nicholas’ Russian Orthodox church was being supervised by A Smirnov, who was building the Aleksander Nevsky Cathedral a few blocks away.  This is a Bulgarian Orthodox cathedral and is home to the Patriarch of Bulgaria.

St Aleksander Nevsky Cathedral

The architect who build St Nicholas’ Russian Orthodox church was being supervised by A Smirnov, who was building the Aleksander Nevsky Cathedral a few blocks away.  This is a Bulgarian Orthodox cathedral and is home to the Patriarch of Bulgaria.

St Nicholas

On my first walk out in the city, found the Russian Orthodox church of St Nicholas governed by the Moscow Patriarchy.  It is a lovely little church with the most stunning gold and copper work on and around its roof.

St Nicholas

On my first walk out in the city, found the Russian Orthodox church of St Nicholas governed by the Moscow Patriarchy.  It is a lovely little church with the most stunning gold and copper work on and around its roof.