Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Featured Destination


A Dive into Macedonia's Past at Lake Ohrid

Discreet, charming and on the shore of Europe's oldest lake, the town of Ohrid in Macedonia has barely changed since Kapka Kassabova's grandma grew up there Full Story



Greece
The Other Olympics

''The grass I sit on is the grass Zeus used to step on!,” says Anastasia. The 25-year-old Greek from Larissa sports a purple toga and a fern wreath in her hair. “And you know what he did on these meadows, don’t you! Chased his many lovers! Just... Full Story


Croatia
Dubrovnik, Croatia: The Journey Within

Like Jonny Bealby in his book Silk Dreams, Troubled Road, Morelle Smith takes us on a journey to and through Dubrovnik that is as much physical as it is inner. In her lyrical, poetic and dreamy account, she visits some of the city’s traditional... Full Story


Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnia: Four Things Not to be Missed in Sarajevo this May

By plane, Sarajevo is still not as well connected to the Balkans and Western Europe as other cities in the region. And that’s a pity. The smallest and least accessible Balkan capital has character – lively cafés and restaurants, a shimmering... Full Story


Turkey
A Bird’s Eye View of Istanbul

From the hills on dry land, houses and streets seem to be flowing down to the shimmering waters of the Bosphorus.

The thick smoke from the grills along the ports, where fish, corn and chestnuts are being grilled, rises and, for a little while,... Full Story


Macedonia
Ghosts of the Past Endanger Macedonia’s Future

The drive to forge a new identity, as heir to the world of Classical Antiquity, creates identity crisis at home and worsens tensions with neighbours. Full Story


Bulgaria
Along the Trail of Fairytales over Vratsa

Before becoming a Bulgarian beer brand, the name Ledenika only referred to a cave of unearthly beauty in north-western Bulgaria, surrounded by educational hiking routes Full Story


Albania
Five places to discover in Albania in October

With all of Albania being so much off-the-beaten track, seeing the country’s unknown side is not so much an exotic experience, as the only one that is available to its visitors. Pristine beaches, ancient ruins and cities carved in stone, desolate... Full Story


Balkans
Capturing the Immaterial: Videos of UNESCO's Intangible Heritage in the Balkans

Travellers usually associate UNESCO with places: buildings, ruins, towns, natural phenomena. Its impressive World Heritage list contains nearly 900 properties in 148 countries and is considered by many as the best guide to what is really... Full Story


Turkey
The Bustling, Mystical and Appetizing Bazaars of Anatolia

With their local flavors, bustling markets, historic hans and guild traditions, the bazaars of Anatolia are a vibrant world bursting with surprises at every step. The legendary markets, linked on the historic Silk Road, promise a different kind... 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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