❤ Sofia is a green city. There are lots of parks and all streets are lined with trees: plane trees, birch trees and Chestnut trees.
❤ Wherever there is a garden or a yard or a green spot in the city, there is a cozy restaurant or a vibrant café. Obviously, people love the outdoors.
❤ Sofia is supposed to be the most polluted capital in Europe, according to data of the European Environment Agency (what is this? Another useless bureaucratic European Agency?). Nevertheless, during my long weekend stay there, the sky had a deep blue color, the air was crispy and cool and all together the feeling was great.
❤ The supermarkets stock lots of Italian and Greek products. Sofia is the only city I have visited so far (besides Italy, of course) that sells lavazza coffee capsules but not Nespresso ones. Maybe Mr Clooney is not that popular here.
❤ Pizza is the national dish! It is everywhere!
❤ The smooth slopes of Vitosha Mountain start just outside the city limits. You can see its snowy top from everywhere in the city.
❤ Sofia is a very safe city for tourists and most probably you'll never encounter any threats. Of course, one has to take all reasonable precautions when walk in deserted streets in the night.
❤ The roads in the city are in very poor state and there are dangerous potholes everywhere. The pavements are in even worse state and one has to be very cautious not to break a leg or arm.