Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Balkan Coasts & Mountains

Balchik: Here Queen Marie Left Her Heart. In a Jar

It was in 1940. In a glass jar in a chapel in Balchik on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast rested the heart of Queen Marie of Romania. It was her last wish before she died. She had loved Balchik. Full Story

Just like in the Movies: Treasure-Hunting in Bulgaria's Rodopi Mountains

While Bulgaria’s seaside and mountain resorts continue to attract the bulk of both domestic and international tourists, more unconventional destinations around the country are also starting to become popular with travellers. Full Story

This July, Splash Around in Four Lakes and a Dam Throughout the Balkans

As the summer comes into full swing and the temperatures in the region become unbearable, most travellers and holidaymakers to and around the Balkans head to the region's coastal resorts along the Adriatic, the Mediterranean, the Aegean or the... Full Story

Camping Like There’s No Tomorrow on Bulgaria’s Black Sea Coast

Every year, at the onset of the summer holiday season, the majority of Bulgaria’s population gets an itch. As the sun rays warm up, the temperatures soar and the days become longer, they stir up the imagination and make the need to decide where... Full Story

Roman Ruins and a Rural Paradise in Bulgaria’s Western Rodopi Mountains

In the spot where the majestic Pirin and Rodopi Mountains come together, around 50 kilometres south of the major ski-resort of Bansko, lays perhaps the best destination for rural tourism in Bulgaria. Full Story

The (Possibly) Last Outpost of the Bulgarian Black Sea’s Old Charms

Only 30 kilometres from the Turkish-Bulgarian border, Ahtopol is considered to be one of the last spots that have preserved the old charms of Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast. Full Story

Cruising Along the Blue Danube

Southeast of Budapest, one of the mightiest European rivers carries you down to the somewhat shabby, but vastly unexplored world of Balkan historical and architectural heritage sites. Full Story

Gökçeada, Turkey: The Island and its Treasures

Visiting new lands always brings excitement and a certain kind of solemnity. The row of cars, winding slowly towards the island’s interior, somehow highlights this important moment. I too am on Gökçeada (familiarly called “the Gökçe” by my... Full Story

Turkey: All's Quiet Between Çanakkale and Babakale

The Aegean coast of Turkey boasts empty beaches closest to the heart of Europe. Free of foreign tourists and yet hospitable, the 70-kilometre stretch between Troy and Babakale is an ideal, and very affordable, escape from the resorts’ crowds even... Full Story

Rafting along the Nera River in Romania's Banat Region

The Nera River valley, in Romania’s Banat Region, is a superb destination for adventurers: it is isolated, authentic and it features dramatic landscapes. Sorin-Alexandru Cristescu of the Romanian writes about his journey... 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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