Girl Meets Bulgaria

Musings of an American expat in Bulgaria (with detours in Utah and Alaska)

The Hobbit, Shopping, and a Visit to Sofia’s Christmas Market


I spend a lot of time indoors by myself these days, so when the weekends roll around I am more than ready to head out into the city for some fun.

This week was even more solitary than usual as Vince was out of town on business for a few days and then had to work on Saturday to make up for a day off awhile back (I will never understand this weird Bulgarian obligation to make up days off. How is it a day off if it has to be made up?). Anyway, by yesterday (Sunday) morning, I was dying to get outside and do something. Anything! 

On the agenda: shopping, The Hobbit, a visit to Sofia’s Christmas Market, and dinner.

Giant Christmas Tree in downtown SofiaMy mom is flying into Sofia on Friday to spend Christmas with us, so we had to go out and buy an extra pillow and a few other things. We hit up The Mall (yep, one of the malls in Sofia is named The Mall–clever or lazy? I can’t decide.) because we could do all our shopping and see the movie in one place. I usually avoid malls like the plague this time of year, but we braved the packed parking lots and masses of people to get what we needed at Carrefour.

After dropping everything off at our car, we headed back into the mall to the movie theater. I am a huge LOTR fan, so I knew I had to see The Hobbit on the big screen. I usually hate seeing movies in 3D, but apparently it was the only way they were showing the movie, so we donned our attractive glasses and settled in. I didn’t tell Vince that it was a 3-hour movie until it was too late for him to back out. He wasn’t too happy about the length but he ended up really enjoying the film. I did too.

Gandalf--The Hobbit

After the movie we drove a short ways to the city center of Sofia to find the Christmas Market.

Sofia's National Theatre and Christmas MarketIvan Vazon National Theatre--Sofia, BulgariaChristmas Market in from of Sofia's National TheatreSofia's Christmas MarketSofia's Christmas MarketStar light, star brightDelicious mulled wineMe and mulled wine at Sofia's Christmas Market, 2012Lamplight

This year it’s situated next to the beautiful National Theater. The market is small but cozy and features various Bavarian-esque food and drinks. Vince and I shared a cup of mulled wine and it was delicious.

Our short visit was more than enough to have us giddy with excitement for our trip to see the “real thing” in Vienna this weekend. YAY!

After snapping some photos we headed over to the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral so I could take some pictures of it lit up against the foggy night sky.

Festive decor near Alexander Nevsky CathedralSt. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, from a different angleSt. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Sofia, Bulgaria

I was glad to get some photographs of different spots around the city before everything in blanketed in snow.

All lit up

Church of St Nicholas the Miracle-MakerA foggy night

On our way home we grabbed some take-out for dinner and spent the rest of the night relaxing in our cozy apartment.

It was a great way to spend a Sunday and I am looking forward to many more like it in the coming weeks.


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8 thoughts on “The Hobbit, Shopping, and a Visit to Sofia’s Christmas Market

  1. Pingback: 2012: A Year in Review « Girl Meets Bulgaria

  2. I think I ‘d enjoy Christmas a lot more if I weren’t in the US. Or at least just not in retail. Your photos make me hunger for decorated trees and mulled wine! Have a happy one!

  3. Wow, the photos are beautimus! I’m hoping to see the Hobbit in theaters too, I loved LOTR! Tell me how kid friendly is it? My daughter is 9?!?!

  4. Looks like you had a blast. The buildings in Sofia are gorgeous at night! I better make it there one day…

  5. Sounds like you’re settling in quite nicely in your new home :)! I love your photographs, they’re quite nicely done and edited too. Enjoy Vienna!

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