Thursday, 24 April 2014

Featured Destination


Turkey
Ten Plus Reasons to Love Izmir

Aquamarine sea, bone white ruins, the smell of tomato sauce in the air and laundry drying in the sun. Antique temples, horse-drawn carriages. A glass tulip, full of tea, in front of an open backgammon board. Breakfast with hard-boiled eggs and fresh tiny cucumbers, salted by the sea breeze. The horns of ships Full Story


Epicure


Turkey
Turkey Wins Expats' Hearts With Excellent Food and Nice Weather

4 March 2014 | Excellent local food and good weather won Turkey the 11th place in the world in expats' hearts - in a ranking, published by HSBC. No other country in South East Europe had made it to this charter. Full Story


Routes Less Travelled


Turkey
Turkey: The Troubadours of Allah

The mystical whirling dervishes, which have been hypnotising Europe for centuries with their unearthly dances that lead them into a trance, are nowadays becoming a part of Turkey’s tourist industry. On the Old Continent, it is a little known fact that their Mevlevi Order practices one of Islam’s most liberal forms, based on Neoplatonism, and that their ideas have influences some of the most prominent intellectuals, from Shakespeare through Andersen.
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Turkey
Intimations of Byzantium: Hidden History of Turkey’s Caucasus and Eastern Anatolia
Turkey
Ishak Pasha Lived by a Road. The Silk Road


Curiosity Chest


Turkey
Bright Colours and Four-Day Weddings in Çomakdağ, Turkey

With its stone houses boasting colourful wooden trims, clove-flavoured coffee, festive weddings and the famous Çomakdağ women and their authentic costumes covered in flowers, Çomakdağ is easily the Aegean’s most beautiful spot.
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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
Ten Things To Do in Pamukkale



Balkan Towns


Turkey: The City of Mardin Though the Eyes of its Children

Turkey

Built on a hill in the middle of a flat plain in south-eastern Turkey, Mardin is a perfect natural vintage point over the Sirian desert. Its yellow stone houses, built in the rocks, ancient labirints and cobbled streets resemble from a distance a prehistorical gygantic tower, a behive of immense proportions. As Melih Uslu writes, the best way to experience the city’s atmosphere, see its architecture, taste its food and meet its people is through Mardin’s children.
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İstanbul: The Ever-Changing City that Still Remembers
Turkey: Stroll Along Istanbul’s Theodosian Walls