Thursday, 02 October 2014

Featured Destination


Greece
Five Places in Greece That Are Not To Be Missed in June

June is the “last train” to Greece, before the summer season is in full swing and its coasts cave into the sea, made heavy by the crowds. The summer is already breathing hot air into our necks and the cooling blue of the Mediterranean starts to become irresistible. Full Story


Epicure


Balkans
Five Delicious Aubergine Recipes

The coming of fall in the Balkans brings with it more than a drop in temperatures and a change of scenery. This time of the year also means good news in the culinary department. Full Story


News


Greece
A Doc Fest to Warm up Thessaloniki, Greece, This Weekend

10 March 2014 | The new, 16th edition of the lively documentary festival of Thessaloniki, starts later this week. To break last year’s record, it needs to attract over 45 000 viewers – a realistic task, considering the event’s growing popularity amongst neighboring countries, and their rapidly developing film industries. Full Story

Greece
Opera-ting Greece!
Greece
Greek Tourism Minister Issued Reassuring Statement


Routes Less Travelled


Greece
Mount Parnassus in Greece Beckons Off-the-Beaten-Track Travellers

In the world of tourism, the phrase "off-the-beaten-track" is mostly identified with remote and exotic excursions. But in Greece, it can easily mean a way to avoid pricey destinations that often come to mind Full Story

Greece
Northern Greece: Every Street Has its Own Zorbas
Greece
The Dönmeh: the Judeo-Islamic Mystery of Thessaloniki


Curiosity Chest


Balkans
Greece and Albania: In the Kingdom of Ali Pasha

While travelling through the Balkans, Morelle Smith gets to know the infamous Ali Pasha, the “Lion of Ioannina.” First through the eyes of nineteenth-century writer Dora d'Istria and then through the impressive architectural heritage he left in Albania and Northern Greece. And she falls for his charms. And how could she not, knowing how fiercely Ali Pasha treated the women who turned him down? Full Story




Hidden Sofia


Bulgaria
Bulgaria’s Capital Sofia: Queen of the Balkans

Alive and stirring, Sofia is like a butterfly about to emerge from its chrysalis. Neon lights, posh hotels, fancy restaurants and brightly lit shop windows now illuminate its avenues, but a walk through the city gives visitors a glimpse into its varied past – from medieval churches and mosques dating to Ottoman rule to a newer, golden-domed cathedral, from ornate nineteenth-century façades to communist-era architecture.
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Bulgaria
Sofia, Bulgaria: A City of Ecumenical and Earthly Delights
Bulgaria
Some 20 Reasons to Feast in Sofia

Hidden Bulgaria


Bulgaria
The Crystal Heartbeat of a Mountain Lake

With summer slowly melting behind us, September often awakes craving for fresher waters, for landscapes more sensitive towards the change of seasons than the uniform, uniseasonal sea coast of sand and blue water. Full Story

Bulgaria
Bulgaria’s Most Contested Monastery, St Ivan of RIla
Bulgaria
Bulgaria in 3 Days: Sofia and Mount Vitosha






Balkan Coasts & Mountains


Meteora, the Second Sky Over Greece

Greece

The unearthly view of the 700-metre high stone pillars, crowned by monasteries, is a James Bond film décor and an inspiration to the musicians of the neo-metal band Linkin Park who named one of their albums after this place. Full Story

Samothrace: Nike Doesn't Live Here Anymore



Balkan Towns


To the Side of the Acropolis: the Gazi Neighbourhood in Athens

Greece

It is the end of November. It is still warm in Athens and tourists are still roaming around. The metro is jam-packed, but only to the Akropoli stop. I get off at the next one. I end up in a massive, concrete underpass. Concrete dominates the landscape outside too. Noise comes from a large boulevard. Chimneys and cranes stick out. The city’s industrial zone used to be situated here – now this area is known as the Gazi neighbourhood.
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November Weekend in Thessaloniki