Monday, 22 December 2014

Featured Destination


Kosovo
The Haunted Charm of Ancient Artanë, Kosovo

This famous hilltop metropolis, located 20 kilometres east of Kosovo's capital Prishtina, was once famous for its silver production. Having for a long time fallen into ruins, the archaeological remains now make for an atmospheric day trip out of the city.

It was a sunny day and I was again getting one of those rushes in the middle of working day – a rush to be out in the open and taking photographs, so I had all afternoon to decide my next destination.
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Epicure


Kosovo
Kosovo: Pristina’s Best Qebaptores

As much as we might hate to admit it, everyone of us regularly gets that yearning for a plate of those meaty bundles of joy most of the region refers to as qebapa.
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News


Kosovo
Rivalry Blocks the Salvation of the Balkan Airlines

16 November 2012 | A full-scale revolution is taking place in the former Yugoslav skies. National airlines are constantly in the red and low cost flights are expanding. Full Story

Balkans
Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia Mark Mother Teresa’s Centenary
Kosovo
Kosovo's Muslims Celebrate Ramadan


Routes Less Travelled


Kosovo
Kosovo: Off, Off, Off the Beaten Track in the Balkans

The Balkans, this troublesome part of Europe that in the last two decades flooded Western European and US media with news of violence, hides the greatest variety of pristine, off-the-beaten track destinations on the Old continent.

With Kosovo’s status now apparently resolved, even more spots become accessible to adventurers – from the underdeveloped ski-resorts and spa wells, hidden in majestic mountains and numerous, yet-to-be-explored natural parks, to the rich and intriguingly cultural heritage sites brimming with controversy. Full Story

Kosovo
The Serbian Monastery of Dečani: a Blind Prodigal King in a Sea of Frescoes
Kosovo
The Serbian Patriarchate of Peć: Wild, Barbaric Colours against the Dark Prokletije Mountains


Curiosity Chest


Kosovo
The Balkans: Natural Born Historians

The obsession with history is so commonplace on the Balkans that local people do not even notice it. For outsiders, however, it quickly becomes a part of the experience of being precisely in the Balkans and nowhere else. Raymond Detrez, a Belgian scholar of Bulgarian and Balkan Studies, describes this sometimes entertaining and other times annoying, and even dangerous, social phenomenon. 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


Ararat: The Mountain Where Noah’s Journey Ended

Turkey

Eastern Turkey, 10 kilometres from the Iranian border. The raven-strewn landscape is a barren yellowish red. On one side rises Ararat, the twin-topped dormant volcano that is rightly considered as one of the world’s most impressive sights. Full Story

A Blue Cruise in Turkey's Magic Waters
Fresh Fish, Olives, and the Albanian Bay of Ksamil: All to Yourself



Balkan Towns


Five Not-To-Be-Missed Cities around the Balkans for 2009

Balkans

To many the Balkans region may be more popular for its nature than for its sprawling metropolises. And while the majestic mountain ranges of Bulgaria, Montenegro and Albania or the crystal sea waters of Croatia and Greece are impressive, the region also boasts an amazing collection of cities. Full Story