Friday, 23 June 2017

News


Belgrade's Metropol Palace amongst the best new hotels

29 August 2013 | A Serbian hotel made it to the top 63 new hotels of Conde Nast's latest selection. "An intriguing 1950s-era hotel that harks back to Belgrade's heyday as the glamourpuss of... Full Story



Kosovo
Rivalry Blocks the Salvation of the Balkan Airlines

16 November 2012 | A full-scale revolution is taking place in the former Yugoslav skies. National airlines are constantly in the red and low cost flights are expanding. Full Story


Albania
Developers Ruin Albania's Landmarks

Historic buildings all across the country are in danger, as owners, real estate developers and local authorities conspire to rebuild on their sites. On August 16, the people of the southern Albanian town of Korca woke up to an unpleasant surprise. Full Story


Bulgaria
Bulgaria to restore wildlife on Vitosha mountain

12 November 2012 | EU funds will help Bulgaria restoring some lost or nearly lost species from the original flora and fauna of Vitosha Mountain. Visible from many parts of Sofia and considered by many its jewel, the mountain is a nature park... Full Story


Macedonia
Runaway Lion Panicked Circus Visitors in Macedonia

12 November 2012 | The animal escaped during a performance and horrified parents and children in the Macedonian town of Kavadarci, Full Story


Bulgaria
Bulgaria’s Patriarch Maxim Dies at 98

6 November 2012 | After serving for 41 years as the head of Bulgarian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Maxim died early this morning in hospital. Born in 1917 under the name Marin Minkov, he took over the management of the Church in 1971, after the... Full Story


Bulgaria
At least five victims of the explosion of Israeli tourist bus at Burgas, Bulgaria

18 July 2012 | A bus with tourists from Israel exploded at Bulgaria’s Burgas airport an hour ago, killing at least five people and injuring many. The Bulgarian Interior Ministry reported a terror attack.
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Bulgaria
Next weekend will be Vampire weekend in Sofia, Bulgaria

11 June 2012 | The vampire skeleton, found days ago in Bulgaria, will be on display from the coming weekend in Sofia, National History Museum’s Director Bozhidar Dimitrov announced. Full Story


Greece
Greek Tourism Minister Issued Reassuring Statement

29 May 2012 | “Greece is as timeless, as the warm welcome of the Greeks. That’s the way it has always been – and 2012 will be no exception.” Full Story


Serbia
Belgrade in Black: Metallica Coming Soon

10 May 2012 | The trash metal band Metallica will perform before a Serbian audience for the second time in its history. Its concert is planned to become the central event of the forthcoming Jelen Live music festival
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Epicure


Bulgaria
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


Bulgaria
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


Greece
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




Music


Serbia
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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