Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Featured Destination

Skiing in Bulgaria: Bansko? Try again

As you drive south of Sofia, first you see nothing. Wide fields, some hills, covered with trees and bushes, over a dozen of unremarkable villages that, seen from the road, even look ugly. Then,... Full Story

Stunning Landscapes, Outdoor Activities and Plum Brandy in North-Western Romania

As part of the Transylvania region, the north-western part of Romania is usually associated with Count Dracula. But in actuality the area is free of vampires and rich in stunning scenery and opportunities for outdoor activities. The karst... Full Story

Hidden Spots in the Balkans to Visit this October

As the hot, beach-perfect summer days are behind us and the winter with its enticing opportunities for playing in the snow is still far away, provides you with five places throughout the Balkans that warrant a visit during... Full Story

Five Nostalgic Places to Visit in Turkey in September

Amazingly diverse and rich with natural and historical wonders, undiscovered and cheap, Turkey is one of the best destinations for any adventurer at any time. Even more so – in September.

At this time of the year the summer heat and the... Full Story

Five Rivers to Float on through the Balkans in August

In August, when the Balkans’ seaside resorts along the Adriatic, the Aegean and the Black Seas are bursting at the seams, the regions’ rivers beckon with their coolness. Some, like the Danube, can be enjoyed from abroad a ship, from atop a beach... Full Story

Five Places in Greece That Are Not To Be Missed in June

June is the “last train” to Greece, before the summer season is in full swing and its coasts cave into the sea, made heavy by the crowds. The summer is already breathing hot air into our necks and the cooling blue of the Mediterranean starts to... Full Story

Luxury and Wild Partying Along Croatia’s Coast

The Croatia of Tito’s time becomes more and more a thing of the past and, despite the state policy of not privatising the Yugoslav-era seaside resorts, luxurious tourism and nightlife that compete with those of Ibiza are blossoming on its... Full Story

Guide to Serbian Medieval Monasteries

Eating a piece of pungent roasted lamb accompanied by juicy green salad and combined with home-made red wine is one of the great mid-spring pleasures in the Balkans. As the locals traditionally enjoy this ritual out in the open air, and namely on... Full Story

Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnia and Herzegovina in May: Five Things Not to Miss

Shaken by ethnic conflicts and devastated by economic depression, Bosnia and Herzegovina generally does not attract many foreign visitors. But the lack of tourist crowds, combined with the fact that that the country’s nature is at its most... Full Story

Bhutan: A Sharp Surge in Gross National Happiness

Satiated by Kathmandu’s crowds, smells and chaos, I board the Druk Air flight – the only airline with service to Bhutan, with a sigh of relief. We have been advised to get a seat on the left side of the plane, as to be able to glimpse Everest.
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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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