Wednesday, 01 October 2014

Featured Destination


Romania
Follow the Bees

Romanian beekeepers came up with innovative idea to attract adventurous individual travellers – their new initiative is to organize tours along the traditional bee paths in the area of Constanța, near the Romanian Black Sea coast. 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


Balkans
Romania, Albania and Turkey Sell “Racist Cookies”

14 September 2011 | Black Man chocolate flavoured cookies, which were spotted on sale in Romania, Albania and Turkey this week, triggered heated discussions on Internet. Their shape of “a man with braids, a wide nose and big lips” was seen as an attempt at profiting from racial stereotypes. Full Story

Romania
Romanian Winemakers Unite to Tackle US Market
Romania
WWII Jewish Mass Grave Found in Romania


Routes Less Travelled


Romania
Romania’s Haţeg Land: Shades of Blue

On a quest to find Romania’s oldest church, Sorin-Alexandru Cristescu of www.incogniterra.org browses the region around Haţeg Town in Transylvania, central Romania. He discovers old, older and even older churches, and realises that he is traveling against time. Eventually he finds the most ancient temple
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Romania
Bukovina: Romania's Centre of Spirituality
Romania
Perishing or Jovially Surviving in Transylvania


Curiosity Chest


Balkans
The Balkans' Street-Renaming Obsession

The battle over renaming streets in Eastern Europe since the fall of communism reflects their importance as symbols of identity, history and power. 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.
Full Story

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


Rafting along the Nera River in Romania's Banat Region

Romania

The Nera River valley, in Romania’s Banat Region, is a superb destination for adventurers: it is isolated, authentic and it features dramatic landscapes. Sorin-Alexandru Cristescu of the Romanian www.incogniterra.org writes about his journey there, involving some grief over derelict architectural heritage, but also intoxicating rafting down wild waters and fine enough dining on the Cerna River bank Full Story

Northern Dobrogea: On the Danube and Via Pontica Crossing



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