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    A dentist in time of need

    by ardelean Updated Jun 3, 2013

    Favorite thing: If you have any kind of dental problem, then contact Dr. Dimitrov. He has been looking after me for some years. It does not matter where I travel, I always return to him to get my teeth done. Having trained and worked in USA, he is not cheap by Bulgarian standards, but he is cheaper than UK, even with the travel costs.

    Location Sofia 1504 . 23, San Stefano Str. . Entr.3 . Ground Floor .
    Tel. +359 2 846 77 77 .
    E-mail: sofiasmile2000@yahoo.com
    Web site http://www.sofiadentist.com

    Fondest memory: Dental treatment is never easy, but at least he minimised the inconvenience.

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    Cheap Beer And Freebie WiFi

    by johngayton Written Nov 26, 2011

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    Favorite thing: Sofia can be a bit of a rip-off city regarding beer prices (but then aren't most capitals?) and one of the worst culprits is the bar at the airport. Most of my Bulgaria visits I fly in and/or out of Sofia but try and give the city itself a miss and get the train or bus onwards/inwards.

    Usually I'll have a bit of time between connections and rather than hang at the airport I like this little bar opposite the main entrance to the central railway station. Service is always pleasant (though note that you order from the bar) and the beer is only 1.65 leva for a large one (summer 2011). In winter the cafe is positively cosy whilst in summer there's a pleasant little terrace with a well-kept garden.

    As a plus you can pick up the railway station's freebie WiFi and as a doubleplus you can smoke indoors as well as outdoors.

    Summer Terrace
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    Jazz In The Park

    by johngayton Written Nov 24, 2011

    Favorite thing: The Ivan Vazov National Theatre is undoubtably one of Sofia's most attractive buildings and the little park in front of it is a great favourite of locals and visitors alike. As soon as you even get a hint of sunshine the outdoor cafes blossom and the park becomes a hive of activity.

    On my last visit (May 2011) I caught some excellent weather and whilst enjoying a beer (or two) at one of the cafes was treated to a lively jazz concert. These guys were good and out to enjoy themselves (and make a few Leva) and it was just a pity that they didn't have any CD's for sale. Never mind I gave them a couple of Leva anyway for which they seemed more than grateful.

    Warming Up Getting Into The Swing In Full Flow The Ivan Vazov Theatre
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  • Sightseeing Sofia

    by inaka Updated Nov 22, 2010

    Favorite thing: Hi Esse13,
    The most interesting places in Sofia are: Boyana church, The Naitonal Museum of History, Alexander Nevski Cathedral, Rotunda St. George and St. Petka Church.

    You can also make a trip around the center of Sofia with the Sightseeing Double Decker. The ticked is ‘hop-on hop-off’ and is valid 24 hours. It costs around 11 EUR.

    If you have time you can visit Rila Monastery which is around 150 km from Sofia and is a must for a visit to Bulgaria.

    For more useful info about a trip in Bulgaria you can visit the following page [url]www.bulgariatour.eu[/url]

    Have a nice trip :)

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    Subway

    by tim07 Updated Aug 8, 2010

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    Favorite thing: Subways are found throughout the city centre, their main purpose is obviously as a way to cross busy roads and to provide an entrance to the metro. They also contain public phones and toilets as well as souvenir shops, grocery stores and eateries.

    Subway between the Presidency and the Party House

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    Sofia at night

    by HORSCHECK Updated Feb 28, 2010

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    Favorite thing: Most of Sofia's main sights are beautifully illuminated at night.

    So a stroll in the darkness is highly recommended, especially when the weather during the day is grey as it was during our days in Sofia.

    Among the well worth seeing buildings at night are first of all the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, but also the Saints Cyril and Methodius National Library, the Ivan Vazov National Theatre, the Russian Church as well as the building of the Central Military Club.

    Central Military Club at night Alexander Nevsky Cathedral at night Alexander Nevsky Cathedral at night Saints Cyril and Methodius National Library Russian Church at night
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    Political stands in the parks of Sofia

    by georeiser Updated Jun 12, 2009

    Fondest memory: Political stands were held in the centre of Sofia this day. It looks like the Bulgarian people like to listen to what others have to say.

    A newcomer came on the stage, grabbed the microphone and tried to be funny.

    Political stands in the parks of Sofia Political stands in the parks of Sofia Political stands in the parks of Sofia
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    Cyrillic alphabet

    by georeiser Written Jun 12, 2009

    Fondest memory: The bulgarian people use the cyrillic alphabet, which is hard to understand for tourists. But if you put together the letters in the alphabet below, you will probably make the right pronounce.

    А = a
    Б = b
    В = v
    Г = g
    Д = d
    Е = je
    Ё = jø
    Ж = zh
    З = z
    И = i
    Й = j
    К = k
    Л = l
    М = m
    Н = n
    О = o
    П = p
    Р = r
    С = s
    Т = t
    У = u
    Ф = f
    Х = h
    Ц = ts
    Ч = tsj
    Ш = sj
    Щ = sjtsj
    Ъ = _
    Ы = y
    Ь = '
    Э = e
    Ю = ju
    Я = ja

    Cyrillic alphabet
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    Bulgarian Wines

    by Stoyanov Written May 21, 2008

    Favorite thing: Many people know about the qualities of Bulgarian wine but many don't. My advice is, try it when you visit Bulgaria. Many good restaurants in Sofia offer a good list of quality wines. Here's a list of our best wines for 2008 that took part at the 'Decanter World Wine Awards 2008' in London:


    Commended
    Bessa Valley Enira 2006
    Southern Region, Bulgaria
    (Red - Still)

    Commended
    Damianitza Redark 2005
    Trakiiska Nizina, Bulgaria
    (Red - Still)

    Bronze
    Damianitza Uniquato Rubin 2006
    Trakiiska Nizina, Bulgaria
    (Red - Still)

    Silver
    Edoardo Miroglio Brut 2005
    Southern Region, Bulgaria
    (White - Sparkling)

    Commended
    Edoardo Miroglio Chardonnay 2007
    Southern Region, Bulgaria
    (White - Still)

    Commended
    Edoardo Miroglio Pinot Nero 2006
    Southern Region, Bulgaria
    (Red - Still)

    Bronze
    Edoardo Miroglio Sauvignon Blanc 2007
    Southern Region, Bulgaria
    (White - Still)

    Bronze
    Edoardo Miroglio Traminer 2007
    Southern Region, Bulgaria
    (White - Still)

    Bronze
    Katarzyna Estate Contemplations - Triple Red 2006
    Southern Region, Bulgaria
    (Red - Still)

    Bronze
    Katarzyna Estate First Vintage 2006
    Southern Region, Bulgaria
    (Red - Still)

    Commended
    Katarzyna Estate Question Mark 2006
    Southern Region, Bulgaria
    (Red - Still)

    Silver
    Terra Tangra Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
    Southern Region, Bulgaria
    (Red - Still)

    Commended
    Terra Tangra Chardonnay 2007
    Southern Region, Bulgaria
    (White - Still)

    Silver
    Terra Tangra Cuvée 2006
    Southern Region, Bulgaria
    (Red - Still)

    Silver
    Terra Tangra Grand 2007
    Southern Region, Bulgaria
    (Red - Still)

    Commended
    Terra Tangra Grand Reserve 2006
    Southern Region, Bulgaria
    (Red - Still)

    Silver
    Terra Tangra Mavrud 2007
    Southern Region, Bulgaria
    (Red - Still)

    Silver
    Terra Tangra Merlot 2006
    Southern Region, Bulgaria
    (Red - Still)

    Bronze
    Terra Tangra Roto, Exclusive Sélection 2006
    Southern Region, Bulgaria
    (Red - Still)

    Bronze
    Terra Tangra Traminer 2007
    Southern Region, Bulgaria
    (White - Still)

    Commended
    Villa Hissar White Metaphor 2007
    Southern Region, Bulgaria
    (White - Still)

    Cheers!

    Dan

    Terra Tangra Terra Tangra
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    SixT Car Hire and Tourist Services

    by johngayton Updated May 4, 2008

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    Favorite thing: The SixT group is predominantly a multi-national car hire company but here in Sofia also provides other tourist services such as hotel reservations, tours, folk nights and currency exchange. I have only used their services once when I got half-price deal at the Princess Hotel through them but they seem very efficient and despite the hotel being literally across the road it was actually cheaper to book and pay through SixT than to book direct with the hotel.

    The office is a minute or 2's walk across the road from both the Central Bus and Train Stations (at the front of the Princess Hotel) and is worth dropping into if you have arrived without pre-booked accommodation. Staff are multi-lingual, helpful and all major credit cards are accepted.

    Unfortunately they don't seem to have any hotel info on their website but the phone number below is for their hotel services.

    + 49 (0) 180 - 5 00 22 01

    SixT Office Opposite Princess Hotel
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    More language

    by unaS Updated Apr 30, 2008

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    Favorite thing: In many cases I found that a single French word was more effective than a single English word.

    Examples:

    Pardon instead of Excuse me (For getting someone's attention.)

    Garderobe instead of Closet.

    Gare instead of Station (or Avtogar for bus station.)

    Mersi instead of Thank you (With the S instead of the C it is actually a Bulgarian word.)

    Salata instead of Salad

    Fondest memory: Where you can try very hard to learn a few words in Bulgarian. It helps in many ways!

    Salata, Mersi, Ciao (bye), Da (yes), Ne (no), Molya (please), Kolko? (how much?) Dobro (good) and Toilata (toilet) for example are easy enough for an English speaker to learn and to use.

    Just Do It !

    WOW! A sign in English! Busker in City Park, Sofia The [eternal] beginning... The graffiti is more attractive. City park, Sofia
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    Language difficulties

    by unaS Updated Apr 30, 2008

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    Favorite thing: It is absolutely essential to either learn (memorize!) the Cyrillic alphabet or to carry a copy of it with you at all times.

    All street signs are in Bulgarian only, all place names are in Bulgarian only, all bus destinations are in Bulgarian only.

    To use a map you must be able to transliterate the street signs.

    To understand what you are looking at, or the name of the building, or what is in it, you must be able to transliterate the signs...

    Fondest memory: The Cyrillic alphabet is available in a number of places:

    1. For a card sized transliteration that you can easily Copy & Paste to carry with you go to:
    Cyrillic

    2. There is a copy with pronunciation help in the Sofia In Your Pocket on line (.pdf)
    In Your Pocket

    3. I found that the same was available in my Rough Guide, which was invaluable in many ways.

    another format available... (from in internet) Dual Lang. Map - wish it existed for the cities! See what I mean? Or to find a good cheap restaurant.
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    Call-an-audioguide

    by bijo69 Written Jul 24, 2007

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    Favorite thing: All around Sofia near landmarks and other ponts of interests you'll find signs with a number you can call for information. Haven't seen this anywhere before and I think it's not a bad idea in general. But I must admit that I didn't call, so I can't comment on the quality of the information given.
    The service is available in Bulgarian and English and costs 1,20 BGN per call.

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    Hotels and Hostels

    by bogomil Written May 9, 2006

    Favorite thing: *****
    Grand Hotel Sofia
    http://www.grandhotelsofia.bg/grandhotelsofia.html
    Starting from EUR 135

    ****
    Maria Luisa
    http://marialuisa-bg.com/

    Downtown
    http://www.hotel-downtown.net/
    Starting from EUR 140

    ***
    Diter Hotel
    http://www.diterhotel.com/
    Starting from EUR 65

    Hotel Lozenetz
    http://www.lozenetzhotel.com/

    Starting from EUR 68

    ** and *
    Slavjanska Beseda
    http://www.slavyanska.com/indexeng.html

    Starting from EUR 35

    Hotel Tsar Assen
    http://www.hotel-tzar-asen.hit.bg/

    Hostels
    Rossi Hostel
    9 EUR / per night
    http://www.rossihostel.com/quickrev.htm

    InterSof Hostel
    http://www.sofia-hostel.net/
    Single room - 10 EUR
    Double room - 16 EUR
    Room with 4 beds - 26 EUR

    Art Hostel
    http://art-hostel.com/
    7 EUR / per night
    -: Mixed Dorm

    Kervan Hostel
    http://www.kervanhostel.com/
    Bed + breakfast + clean sheet 10 Euro
    Bed in the double room + breakfast + clean sheet 15 Euro

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    Mobile Phones

    by ardelean Written Aug 22, 2005

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    Favorite thing: It's expensive to use mobile phones on roaming in Bulgaria. I mean really, really expensive... for both operators. US$3 per minute and the minute starts with the second '0', so you pay even if you don't get connected. Get a local sim card and put your own mobile on divert.

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