Tuesday, February 09, 2016

STREETS, MONUMENTS & CHURCHES

SOFIA, BULGARIA, JULY 2011

Some of these pictures are very similar to the ones taken in 2006. Check the differences :-)

"PRIVATE BUILDINGS AND HOTELS - The Military Club, the Sheraton and the Hilton on the right"

"BOULEVARD OSVOBODITEL"

"SOUVENIRS"

"PUBLIC BUILDINGS - Sofia in the middle. From top left to bottom right: University, Parliament, Ministerium, Former Building of the Comunist Party, Presidency, Public Baths,Central Bank and Justice Palace"

"CHANGING OF THE GUARD - At the Presidential building"

"ROTONDA CHURCH"

"CHURCHES, MOSQUEE & SINAGOGUE - Quite close from each other"

"STREETS OF SOFIA"

"FOUNTAIN"

"CULTURE PALACE - And the views thereof..."

"FROM EINSTEIN PIZZA TO CASINO - Strolling around"

"MOUNT VITOSHA"

"MARKET FAÇADE"

"DINNER AT THE VODENITZATA - The Watermill Restaurant at Mount Vitosha"

Thursday, July 02, 2015

BACK TO SOFIA

SOFIA, BULGARIA - JULY 2011

My first time in Bulgaria was in 2006. Five years later, I went back actually to have an exactily equal programme. So the biggest interest of the next posts will be to check the differences, if any...

"VITOSHA BOULEVARD - With a view to Mount Vitosha, on the way to the Boyana Residence"

"BOYANA RESIDENCE is a governmental residence located 8km south from the centre of Sofia. Surrounded by a large park at the foot of the Vitosha Mountain, the building was constructed in 1974 and has hosted a number of high-ranking guests – royals, heads of states and me... :-) According to the publicity, «the complex welcomes individual guests as well as organised groups who are taking part in international conferences, seminars, congresses and workshops, providing superb conditions for meetings as well as sports and business tourism. The vast park is excellently maintained, providing unique recreation and walks among magnificent water cascades, lakes and rare flora species». The latter I can confirm, as I always walked my one hour morning tour in the gorgeous park...

"ROOM 226 - A bit dated. Old style...

"RISING SUN"

"VIEWS - From my roon and from my chair at the Conference"

"CITY PARK - In my first visit to Sofia, I stayed at the Grand Hotel Sofia. My first post at the former Blogtrotter - Welcome to the Balkans - showed basically how were in 2006 the buildings you are going to see next"

"FOUNTAIN & THEATRE -

"AROUND THE PARK -

"ST. NICHOLAS

"ST. NICHOLAS -

"SAINT SOFIA-

SAINT SOFIA - INTERIOR

"NEVSKI -

"VIEWS OF NEVSKI -

"NEVSKI INTERIOR -

Saturday, April 25, 2015

LONDON STOPOVER

LONDON- JULY 2011

On the way to Sofia, Bulgaria, a short stopover in London, one year before the Olympic Games...

"RIAS BAJAS - Airplanes from Lisbon to London sometimes take the west cost of Potugal. When the weather is fine, a wonderful view of the Rias Bajas in Galicia is available..."

"PATERNOSTER PLAZA - Views of Saint Paul's Cathedral from the Paternoster Plaza"

"WEST FRONT - According to Wikipedia, «for the Renaissance architect designing the west front of a large church or cathedral, the universal problem was how to use a facade to unite the high central nave with the lower aisles in a visually harmonious whole. [...] Wren's solution was to employ a Classical portico, [...] but rising through two storeys, and supported on paired columns. The remarkable feature here is that the lower storey of this portico extends to the full width of the aisles, while the upper section defines the nave that lies behind it. The gaps between the upper stage of the portico and the towers on either side are bridged by a narrow section of wall with an arch-topped window»"

"AROUND ST. PAUL'S"

"LONDON SKIES - Usually grey..."

"TATE MODERN - Preparing to cross Millennium Bridge. Not alone..."

"MIRÓ - Unfortunately, no pictures were allowed inside. So we have to stay only with what was shown outside."

"SOMETIMES THE SUN..."

"PUNCH & JUDY - A nice balcony for a beer at the end of the day in Covent Garden"

"PEOPLE - Always lots of people in London"

"TRAFALGAR SQUARE - Preparing for the 2012 Olympic Games"

"NELSON - Definitely turned his back to the show..."

"STROLLING AROUND"

"DRIVING ON THE RIGHT..."