Borisova Garden, Sofia
A huge park, looks like a forest in some parts. So many things there: stadiums, tennis-clubs, monuments, outdoor swimming pools, go-carts, tennis tables............... There is this this fantastic house decorated by carved wood and stone, made by a single man, they call it Dvoretza (the Palace), it's near the Russian Embassy (on the pics). I love this place.
This is Sofia's biggest and best known park and is certainly well worth a wander, especially to escape from the ubiquitous infernal-combusting engined machines for a short while. Boris's Garden was constructed in the late 19th century as the behest of the then mayor, Ivan Hadzienhov to be showcase for Bulgaria's Capital City.
A showcase it certainly is with miles of tree-lined avenues, interesting sculptures and many other features, including of course the obligatory Soviet Monument. Even on a November Monday lunchtime there were plenty of locals out enjoying their city-centre oasis and by all accounts it is especially popular with families during the summer.
I'd only visited between buses but next time I'll give it a proper visit.
Borisova Garden Park (or Boris Park) was named after Bulgarian Tsar Boris III and construction began in 1884 and remains the oldest and largest park in the capital. Between 1948 and 1989 the park was named "Freedom Park" due to the Russian influence, during which time many statues were erected, as you can see in the photograph.
Drinking beer or another drink in the Borisova Garden is a very romantic action. I will never forget my Athenian and Sofian park-drinkings.