Friday, 28 July 2017

10 Top Tips for Travelling to Southeastern Europe in 2014

January 2014 | Macedonia, Bosnia, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania – the countries in the Balkans vary greatly in character and in what they have to offer to a traveller. Still, there are some common rules, which would make your trip in the region in 2014 more enjoyable and rewarding.

1. Enjoy the living standard differences and try to arrange a luxury holiday. The five star hotels and fancy restaurants of South and Eastern Europe do not always provide the level of service you expect, but they do try, and it often costs as much as a budget service in London, Paris, Amsterdam or New York.

2. Be adventurous with food. Local cuisines are rich, surprising mixture of eastern and western influences and the ingredients are often biological even when unannounced, especially in the former Yugoslavian republics.

3. Try local wines. Most of the Balkan countries, especially Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Serbia, Macedonia, Croatia, and even Turkey, have achieved extraordinary progress in winemaking. Many of them produce wines of world class. Alas, in Turkey they are also extraordinary pricey.

4. Try to relax about traffic and driving manners. To people, coming from the disciplined and polite societies of Western Europe, first encounter with the Balkan traffic can be slightly stressful. Try to see it as part of the local character. You can’t do much about it, and, at the end, the rate of accidents is only slightly higher.

5. Read as much as you can beforehand. The Balkans do little to show their real treasures to travellers, and you need insider’s information to find out about many of them.

6. Take not only GPS, but also good, recent printed maps.

7. When in need of direction, take your time and ask more then one person. You might find the instructions of two people contradictory, and would need to ask a third party.

8. Try to attend at least one local folklore festival. These are amazing, enchanting, sometimes disgusting, but authentic local events.

9. Learn some words and expressions in local language, especially if you are heading for the countryside.

10. Do try to strike conversations with locals. They will love it, and you will probably enjoy it too – the locals are often what you would write home about.




Foreign Wines Outnumbered Bulgarian Ones on Vinaria 2014 Competition

11 March 2014 | National wine tastings, preceding Bulgaria’s biggest wine fair, Vinaria 2014, started today with a surprise: foreign wines exceeded in number Bulgarian ones first time in history of the competition. Full Story

Curiosity Chest

Dimitur, who visualisеd the Bulgarian expression “Pumpkin Head!”

26 February 2014 | He is 26 and he tried to enroll in the national Fine Arts academy. Academics, though, refused to recognize his talents, and this is how he searched for consolation in food carving. Full Story


Bansko Jazz Festival in Bulgaria: The Hills Are Alive with the Sound of Music

Although Bankso is still best known as Bulgaria’s biggest and most modern winter resort and a skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts’ favourite, the town – nestled in the Pirin Mountain, has also established a reputation among music lovers as the host town of one of the country’s biggest jazz festivals. Full Story