Thursday, 23 March 2017

Featured Destination


Belogradchik, Bulgaria: Little White Town

Belogradchik, the ‘little white town’, is both little and white, and dwarfed by a petrified landscape of giant, reddish rock formations thirty kilometres long. This is the centre of Bulgaria’s... Full Story



Montenegro
Old Houses and Ancient Churches Along Montenegro's Kotor Bay

Kotor may be the jewel of the 25 kilometre-long Montenegrin bay, to which it gives its name, but this stunning inlet is studded with charming fishing villages of old stone houses, draped in bougainvillea, grand palaces and ancient churches.
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Serbia
Summer in the City: Belgrade, Serbia

Despite having endured four armed conflicts only in the twentieth century, Belgrade always seems to manage to spring back to life and is currently one of the Balkans’ most interesting urban destinations. In recent years, the city has gained a... Full Story


Albania
Browsing Albania

Morelle Smith's account of her journey to Saranda and Butrint reads like an excerpt from a diary. A diary we wish we all had.

The early morning sky in Saranda is clear blue and cloudless and full of light. I sit out on my balcony and watch the... Full Story


Kosovo
Kosovo: Tea and Tito in Mitrovica's North

It's known as "Bosnian Mahalla". Home to many of northern Mitrovica's Bosniaks, the neighbourhood in the city in northern Kosovo is also frequented by Albanians and Serbs, making it an ethnic mixing bowl.

On the surface, life feels tranquil.... Full Story


Serbia
Eastern Serbia, an Unexplored Diamond

From Roman memorials to Neolithic sites, medieval fortresses and deep gorges, this little known part of Serbia has more than enough to impress travellers.

A trip to Eastern Serbia has many sights of interest - Golubac, Kladovo, Lepenski Vir,... Full Story


Albania
Life is a Promise in Durres, Albania

Morelle Smith crosses the Adriatic from Barri to Durres and marvels at the biggest Roman amphitheatre in Albania and the Balkans, while taking in a fresh dose of optimism from a violinist from a dismissed orchestra
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Macedonia
In Eastern Macedonia, a Lost Fortress of Justinian

High on a windswept ridge in Macedonia’s barren northeastern expanse, some 17 kilometres down a rough dirt track heading towards Kratovo, it stands as a cryptic reminder of the country’s still largely undocumented past: the rocky remains of what... Full Story


Greece
Mastering the Art of the Libation in Greece: A Day in the Life of the Café

If you’re considering heading to Greece this summer holiday season, don’t think that your vacation has to be filled entirely with climbing to ancient ruins, island-hopping on ferries or roasting in the sun on a beach. As Christopher Deliso... Full Story


Kosovo
The Haunted Charm of Ancient Artanë, Kosovo

This famous hilltop metropolis, located 20 kilometres east of Kosovo's capital Prishtina, was once famous for its silver production. Having for a long time fallen into ruins, the archaeological remains now make for an atmospheric day trip out of... 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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