Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Balkan Coasts & Mountains


Armenian History Floats on the Waters of Lake Van in Turkey

We sit in the restaurant across the road from the dock, waiting for the boat to pick up enough passengers. We help ourselves to some tea, from cups that are unusually dirty for Turkey. It is as if... Full Story



Greece
Meteora, the Second Sky Over Greece

The unearthly view of the 700-metre high stone pillars, crowned by monasteries, is a James Bond film décor and an inspiration to the musicians of the neo-metal band Linkin Park who named one of their albums after this place. Full Story


Turkey
Ten Things To Do in Pamukkale

God created the world in six days and rested on the seventh; but when did he have fun? It is unclear which day of the week the bearded sage set aside for this purpose, but it seems that, on that day, he created Pamukkale, the Cotton Castle in... Full Story


Romania
Northern Dobrogea: On the Danube and Via Pontica Crossing

How adventurous you are? Test yourself among the snakes, plains and Roman ruins of Dobrogea, one of Europe’s most authentic parts.

Wide and fast after the Ruse-Giurgiu crossing, the Danube could have continued to flow directly to the east,... Full Story


Greece
Samothrace: Nike Doesn't Live Here Anymore

If she were still standing in her spot with a head on her shoulders, the winged Nike would see a surrealistic landscape: trees, twisted in unnatural forms; pieces of shiny marble columns, scattered about like an enormous luxurious Lego set; a... Full Story


Bulgaria
Bulgaria: Strandzha's Mysteries

Indi Pasha, where shirts and lacy underwear grow in the darkness, is a place that cannot be found by simply following roadside signs. It is true that this holds for most places in Bulgaria, even for some of the big cities. But Indi Pasha... Full Story


Turkey
Mount Nemrut, Turkey: Guarding the Gardens of Eden

Deep into Turkey’s Anatolia, the giants on top of Mount Nemrut are reminiscent of the Moais of Rapa Nui on Easter Island, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

Like the Egyptian Sphinx, they guard the secret tomb of their not as ancient but... Full Story


Croatia
From Opatija to Ioannina

From retro European splendour and Ibiza-type clubs to Ottoman bazaars, wild beaches and monumental views, the 1,200 kilometre-long Adriatic coast offers at least as much as the French and the Italian sea sides put together.

My journey begins... Full Story




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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