According to the “Seattle Times”, Sofia might be poor, compared to London, Paris or Berlin, “but delightfully livable”. The author of the article, Rick Steves, has spent lots of time here years ago, “during my student days”, playing chess on benches at the Ivan Vasov Theater. Now he returned for a visit.
Sofia, he writes, was overlooked and underappreciated, which might be accurate. He makes the case that the Bulgarian capital is worth a visit, because hardly anyone else visits it.
On strolling vibrant boulevards, one can find an “airy, open street plan with fine old architecture. Very true. The article gets into Sofia’s Roman heritage as well. And, about the multi-ethnic aspect is says: “In Sofia, within a few steps, you’ll find churches, mosques and a synagogue.”
And what about the streets? “The city even has an actual yellow brick road. The bricks were a gift from Austria’s Emperor Franz Josef — who, after what must have been a muddy visit in 1907, wanted to encourage Sofia to pave its streets.” The latter is still necessary.