Thursday, 23 March 2017

Featured Destination


Use the Leap Year to Leap into the Balkans

Once every four years, we all get an extra day at the end of February. BalkanTravellers.com offers you a list of 29 inspiring ideas on how to mark it, by engaging in some armchair travel and other... Full Story



Egypt
Tea in the Desert after Lawrence of Arabia

A man in a white turban approaches the camel merchant and sits on the ground in front of him. A third man, a go-between, quickly steps out of the crowd, squats between the two, and begins to moderate their bargaining.

“I’ll give you a... Full Story


Thailand
A Walk Along Indochina's Brown Waters

Not everything in Bangkok is kitsch and shopping. The city from the period before Coca-Cola and McDonald’s is preserved in the old neighborhoods along the Saen Saeb Canal

Tour guides should be forbidden by law to make up metaphors and use... Full Story


Ethiopia
Follow the Bees in Lalibela, Africa's Jerusalem

Lalibela, in the midst of the high Ethiopian plateau, is Africa's well-hidden Jerusalem

At first it is pitch-dark. I can’t see the crowd before me, but I can sense it – through the sound of steps in the dust, the muted whispers coming from... Full Story


Montenegro
Black Risotto in Montenegro's Black Fjord

One best be brought here blindfolded. That, or when it is dark, which is almost the same - coming down from the high mountain of Cetinje, Montenegro's old capital. At first the darkness is impenetrable. Then the lights of Kotor's bay appear - far... 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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