Villa Melnik, the beautiful and bold face of the new Bulgarian wines, reflects a deep love for wine and a formidable talent for making it.
It's been a lot of fun to watch the transformation of Sofia over the last couple of decades. The city has emerged from its communist past and is gently defining its new personality as a modern European capital. You will find an eclectic mixture of Slavic, Western European, Ottoman, Soviet, and simply nouveau rich elements that will range from magnificent to amusing. Some people may consider the absence of "must see" sights of global significance to be a draw back. To me, that's an advantage. It means that you don't need a checklist and there is no wrong way to spend a day or two in the city. Below is just one suggestion, based on my Stay, See, Savor, Shop framework.
If you are an independent traveler to Bulgaria, you have many options to do your own research through guide books and searching online. However, Bulgaria is not a destination that is comprehensively covered and many of the most wonderful attractions - think small organic farms, magnificent but lesser known mountain villages,scenic drives - are often not covered in English at all and not discover-able through a Google search in English.