Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Routes Less Travelled

Among Prilep's Thunder and Lightning

Treskavec, Macedonia’s most inaccessible monastery, stands in the eye of the hurricane.

“I’ll drive only as far as I can!,” the driver waves his finger around and angrily scratches his... Full Story

Ishak Pasha Lived by a Road. The Silk Road

In 1784, the Kurdish warlord Ishak Pasha picked out a high plateau near the mythical Ararat Mountain, located in present-day eastern Turkey.

The place had a great strategic significance for him, as the Silk Road passed in the valley below, and... Full Story

Belogradchik: What Rocks May Come

Belogradchik, in Northwestern Bulgaria, is a stone field inhabited by collective dreams.

You would not drop by Belogradchik on your way to somewhere else. Beyond the town, both the road, and Bulgaria itself, come to an end. 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

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

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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