It reminds us of Barcelona ! The food is wonderful and I like the Bulgarian Syrah ! What more could I ask for ?!?
We've had two evenings of rain and dinners in the hotel. Well, we'd have eaten in the hotel on our late arrival night anyway. However, the good news is that the hotel food is 5 star, from my viewpoint (fork in hand / food in mouth !). The breakfast buffet also hits the spot.
The food isn't spicy, tending to cheese and richer food though. Italian food seems to be the favorite foreign cuisine -- pizza, pasta etc. everywhere.
The main drag is a pedestrian mall like Barcelona only, in some ways, better setup. No tapas, but that doesn't matter :). We've now wandered it a couple of times, had lunch, some Proseco ...
There's no big red bus !
This morning we headed to the local mountains, very local in fact. From the ski hills you can see Sofia. We could drive to just before the tree line. In the winter, I suspect that you'd take the tram/gondola to that elevation. The road would be a longer drive than the tram.
We like Sofia ... which is a good thing because Sandy is here 5 nights without me.
The bike is together but not ridden at this point. Thursday a.m. I'll drive to Sliven where the ride starts, about 3 hours away.