The People’s Republic of Bulgaria was the official name of the Bulgarian socialist republic that existed from 1946 to 1990. The Bulgarian Communist Party was ruling the country and the prime minister was Georgi Dimitrov until 1949, then Valko Chervenkov and Todor Zhivkov after him. I found the Bulgarian socialist past an excellent ‘fil-rouge’ to dig into Sofia’s architecture, art and monuments, from the city centre to the Museum of Socialist Art and the several areas in the outskirts built according to the standards of socialist architecture to accommodate the multitude of people who came from the countryside to work in the new factories that the Party wanted.
It goes without saying that I turned the book launch in Milan into a whole weekend of explorations!
My day in Milan begun at the hipster Pave Café: sat on a yellow chair, I checked my day’s plan while sipping a creamy cappuccino; the plan included a brand new museum located in a res-industrial district, the monumental cemetery and some outer areas off the beaten path.
Have you noticed all the buzz around the hashtag #MuseumWeek?
You should know by now how much I love industrial archaeology: walking through abandoned factories makes me feel as I’ve just survived the apocalypse, while browsing all the machinery (once loud and majestic, now rusty and no longer in use) is my way of meditating on the fleeting substance of life.