Sofia, Capital of Bulgaria
Where McDonald's leads, a modern consumer society tends to
follow, even using the Cyrillic alphabet, as above.  At least
that is the direction in Sofia, where I explored a world-class
shopping center suitable for the new Bulgaria, a member of
the European Union.    
This was extreme, even for McDonald's, which appeared
sovereign over one part of Bulgaria.
Sofia's past is represented by the Church of St George, built
in the 4th century, and surrounded by modern Sofia.
Golden domes adorn the Aleksander Nevski Memorial
Church, completed in 1912 as another monument by Russia
to its soldiers who died winning Bulgaria's independence.  It
has become a symbol of both Sofia and Bulgaria.
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Intrepid Berkeley Explorer's free video of this trip, "Draculas
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