Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Curiosity Chest

Serbia: Tito's Mausoleum in Belgrade

Whatever your opinion on communism, many people across Eastern Europe and the wider world have a romanticised view of the former Yugoslavia’s grand leader Josip Broz Tito. Full Story

Get Greasy in Edirne

Sports are the healthiest hobby a man can have, one of the four major phenomena – in addition to religion, politics and art, which drive large groups of people over the face of the earth. And so it is with Turkey’s Kırkpınar greased wrestling -... Full Story

Serbia's Football Mania: Collecting Stickers in Belgrade

The World Cup is about much more than what takes place on the field. For many Belgraders, the daily exchange of football stickers is just as exciting. Full Story

Exhibition of Ancient Greek Theatre Art to be Displayed in the Getty in Los Angeles

14 June 2010 | The exhibition “The Art of Ancient Greek Theatre,” which will open at the Getty Villa in Malibu in August will be “the first exploration in nearly sixty years of the many ways Greek plays and stagecraft inspired classical artists,... Full Story

Greece: Archaeological Museum Displays Eretria’s Ancient Treasures

7 June 2010 | The exhibition “Eretria: Insights into an Ancient City,” which showcases the life of an antique Greek city through excavation finds, drawing reconstructions, models and video projections, is on display at Athens’s National... Full Story

Turkey: Hagia Sophia Displays Treasures from Tombs of the Sultans

28 May 2010 | Various items discovered during the restoration of the Hagia Sophia Tombs of the Sultans will be on display in Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia Museum as of May 29. Full Story

Archaeology: Ancient Statues Recovered and Displayed in Greece

25 May 2010 | Two marble statues of male youths, dated between 550 and 520 BC, were displayed at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens last week, following their recovery by the police from farmers who were allegedly planning to sell them... Full Story

Balkan Museums Stay Open Late for Global Celebration

18 May 2010 | Museums across the Balkans kept their doors open into the wee hours of Saturday as they celebrated "The Night of Museums", an event held throughout Europe to celebrate International Museum Day. Full Story

Bunkers in Albania Converted into Hotels and Bars with Stunning Views

18 May 2010 | In Albania, projects to convert some of the 750,000 bunkers built during Enver Hoxha’s totalitarian regime and scattered all over the country into hotels, cottages and bars are underway. Full Story

Serbia’s Railways Join Night of the Museums

14 May 2010 | Serbian Railways, along with many of the city’s more standard art institutions, will take part in the Night of the Museums events on 15 May, the company announced. Full Story


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

Useful Reads

In Sfakia: Passing Time in the Wilds of Crete (2008) | By Peter Trudgill

Crete has long been acknowledged as one of the most singular and unique parts of Greece. Its people keep a fierce hold on their traditions, customs and history. Practically a country of its own, this vast island looms over all others in Greece. Nevertheless, as In Sfakia author Peter Trudgill aptly notes in his preface, “some parts of Crete are more special than others, and Sfakia, on the remote south coast, is certainly one of those.” Full Story


Serbia Surprises with Choice of Little-Known Singer for Eurovision

12 March 2009 | A little-known Serbian singer and composer, Marko Kon, has surprised many by emerging as his country's representative at the 54th Eurovision in Moscow.
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