Wednesday, 23 August 2017


Archaeology Sites in Greece Stay Open for Full Moon

30 August 2010 | Visitors of many archaeological sites in Greece got a rare treat last week, as more than 90 archaeological sites across Greece remained open through the night for the full moon.
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Croatia: Former Army Tunnels on Island of Vis Attract Tourists

27 August 2010 | The army tunnels dug by the Yugoslav army during communism on the Croatian island of Vis are starting to attract tourists and locals since they opened up to the public in the early 1990s. Full Story

Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia Mark Mother Teresa’s Centenary

27 August 2010 | Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia are marking the birthday of Mother Teresa, born 100 years ago in Skopje. Full Story

Bosnia and Herzegovina
Tradition Merges with Modernity during Ramadan in Bosnia and Herzegovina

27 August 2010 | Bosnia and Herzegovina reflects on the spirit of Ramadan, as long-held traditions merge with modernisation during the Muslims' holy month. Full Story

UNESCO Probes Albania’s Care of Butrint Heritage Site

26 August 2010 | The expansion of the road linking the southern Albanian town of Saranda to the Butrint archaeological park has stirred a row, with some local and international experts charging the government with poor management of the UNESCO... Full Story

Cheap Flights Still Unavailable from Macedonia’s Airports

26 August 2010 | After the visa liberalisation with the EU and the Turkish company TAV’s modernization efforts of the Skopje and Ohrid airports, the registered increase in the number of flights from Macedonian airports is minimal and no cheap... Full Story

Serbian Muslims Mark Ramadan in Division

26 August 2010 | As Serbia's almost 240,000 Muslims celebrate Ramadan this month, the divide between two groups remains. As the communities maintain the holiday traditions, many say they are hoping for peace and tolerance.
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Archaeologists Uncover Burial Sites from the Trojan War Period

26 August 2010 | During excavations of the ancient burial site Baalar Kayryak, located in southern Bulgaria near the town of Yambol, archaeologists discovered four burials from the late bronze age, around the time of the Trojan War, 1300 BC. Full Story

Archaeologists Unearth Ancient Dye Production Facilities in South-Western Turkey

25 August 2010 | An archaeological team has unearthed 1,500-year-old dye production facilities during excavations of the ancient city of Myra- Andriake in Turkey’s Mediterranean province of Antalya. Full Story

Western Balkans Regional Projects Not Driven by Yugo-Nostalgia, but Money

25 August 2010 | Although many regional projects including the former Yugoslav states are automatically labeled as Yugo-nostalgic and attract anti-Yugoslav reactions, what in fact drives them isn’t a sentiment but financial interests, the Nova... 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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