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Sofia, Bulgaria

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National Parliament

National Parliament

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National Assembly Building

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Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

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With a population around 1.4 million, Sofia is both the capital and largest city in Bulgaria. Having thrown off the shackles of Communism, it has woken up and is now a young, dynamic, fast-moving Eastern European metropolis, with a unique blend of East-meets-West-meets-ex-Soviet architecture, as well as many beautiful orthodox churches. Often unfairly overlooked in favor of destinations like Budapest or Prague, Sofia is truly something special and worth a visit. After all, how many other world capitals can lay claim to having a developed ski resort—Vitosha Mountain—within sight of their downtown?

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No-Cost Tour of Europe's Affordable Capital
No-Cost Tour of Europe's Affordable Capital

Gain an overview of this Balkan gem via a Free Sofia Tour, led by an English-speaking guide. Sights include yellow-brick streets, a market, churches.

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A Beauty of a Basilica
A Beauty of a Basilica

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, named for a Russian prince, honors soldiers who died in the 19th-century Russo-Turkish War. The dome is gold-plated.

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Bulgarian Broadway
Bulgarian Broadway

Theaters line Georgi Rakovski Street, lively center of the city's nightlife. Jazz and locally popular pop/rap music called chalga spill out of clubs.

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Romantic and Great Honeymoon Destinations for a Second Honeymoon

Here are some great romantic getaway ideas and locations and great honeymoon destinations to spice up your romantic life by going on a second honeymoon.

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Christian Catacombs, Roman Ruins
Christian Catacombs, Roman Ruins

A museum under 6th-century ST. Sofia Church contains ancient tombs. See remains of Roman amphitheater in the Areana di Serdica Hotel.

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Protecting Yourself Against Bedbugs

5 telltale signs of these formidable pests and what to do about them before they eat you out of hotel — and home.

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Taste Local Tradition
Taste Local Tradition

Try old-style Bulgarian dishes at popular Pod Lipite ("Under the Linden Trees") Order dry flat sausage, an onion pasty or nettles mixed with cheese.

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