Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Curiosity Chest

Bulgaria's 100 Tourist Sites

Here is the list of the current 100 Bulgarian Tourist sites, selected by the Get to Know Bulgaria movement and published in the booklet 100 National Tourist Sites: Bulgaria – That is my Homeland. Full Story

Booklet with Bulgaria’s Top 100 Tourist Sites: A Retro Trend That’s Hot Right Now

The booklet 100 National Tourist Sites: Bulgaria – That is my Homeland is obviously targeted at Bulgarians – as testified by the its name and the fact that it is only issued in Bulgarian. It could, however, be used by any tourist with a taste for... Full Story

A Prayer Carried by the Winds

All over Bhutan – from the cities, by the roads and in villages, one can see colourful pieces of fabric, imprinted with Buddhist images and texts, blowing in the wind. These are prayer flags, unique to the Himalayan branch of Buddhism. The idea... Full Story

Balkan Mysteries: Veda Slovena, the Bulgarian Epic from Old Testament Times

Bulgaria’s Homer perplexed Europe in the nineteenth century with the biggest literary mystification in the peninsula’s history. In hastily put-together verses, he described events from 4,000 years ago, while scientists in London, Paris and... Full Story

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... Full Story

Yearly Flour-Throwing Festival Takes Place in Greece

Every year the Greek town of Galaxidi gets covered in 1,500 kilograms of coloured flour that residents and visitors from home and abroad throw at each other in a tradition that marks the end of Carnival season celebrations. Full Story

Every March, Red and White Strings Welcome Spring in Bulgaria and Romania

I remember walking along Canal Street in New York’s Chinatown on March 2 a few years ago, when I saw a man sporting a small ornament made of red and white thread pinned to his coat lapel. He must be Bulgarian, I thought to myself with a sudden... Full Story

Oscar-Wilde-Type Mystery Surrounds a Bulgarian Monastery on Mount Athos

One of the most enigmatic Bulgarian treasures is hidden away in … Greece. A secluded sanctuary of Orthodox Christianity, the Zograf Monastery on Mount Athos was named after St. George, who miraculously covered an empty piece of wood with his own... Full Story

Borosana, the Shoes that Unite (and Divide) the Balkans

From Belgrade to Zagreb, and from Kopaonik to Opatija to Dubrovnik, if there is one thing uniting Serbia and Croatia since the disintegration of the Yugoslav federation, it would be the Borosana shoes – an orthopedic, open toe and heel model.
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White Tower, Bloody Tower

The Ottoman tower at the eastern end of the waterside promenade of Thessaloniki is not only the city’s symbol, but also one of its most controversial monuments. It was built in its present form by Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent in the sixteenth... 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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