I arrived in the rain to Bulgaria's capital of Sofia and to be honest, drab was my first impression but not just because of the dreary overcast. The skyline I saw as we skirted the city was of a Soviet influenced gray and I thought of stereotypical communist austerity and uniformity.
Once downtown, walking the damp streets in a light drizzle, I was surprised by the splashes of color and vibrancy. I had drawn my conclusion too quickly!
In the historic old town, a yellow brick road glistened with puddles and the rooftops of green and gold of cathedrals and mosques colored the dusk. Though there was an old world atmosphere, there was an unmistakable energy in the air.
Old monastery, outside Sofia
Sofia is not drab by any means and though not all dressed in spring finery quite yet, it will be.
Driving through the surrounding mountains and villages today, the unexpected again caught me unaware more than once. Storks nesting high on crumbling chimneys, majesty surrounding as snow covered peaks, and the gardens everywhere in spring preparations. I am told that even the simplest yards burst forth in vibrancy.
We recently caught up with Tripsite Traveler, Liz Ling, who had a blast on our 8 Day Tulip Tour aboard the Quo Vadis. Along the way, she snapped some lovely photos from the bike path. Heres what Liz had to say about her trip: Adventure and being active is what we love, especially when traveling. I work in a busy trauma hospital as an anesthesiologist, so vacation time is precious and trips are booked carefully. Read More
Don't get us wrong, we could bike through tulip fields and sample creamy Dutch cheese with no complaints (obviously), but sometimes we crave something a bit different.
Picture this: Exploring the Galapagos by bike & boat and getting to see the infamous Blue-Footed Booby or learning about World World II from the perspective of the Dutch pedalling by battlefields and bunkers. Maybe you don't have to say goodbye to tulips and cheese after all! We aren't trying to reinvent the wheel. Read More
After the bustle of Rome, Umbria was a romantic movie set. Lesley and I were charmed to see children playing in Spello’s piazza fountain, their mothers sitting nearby chatting, and old men soaking up the sun. We went through an impressive stone archway and began our 2 km walk uphill to our lodgings. Jasmine framed the doorways and covered the ancient stone walls, filling the air around us with its scent. Read More