Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Hidden Bulgaria


Bulgaria’s Most Contested Monastery, St Ivan of RIla

The Rila Monastery keeps contradictory relics behind its magically painted walls

A gate with large antlers hanging on it and beyond it – a quiet courtyard, fenced in by filigree-decorated... Full Story



Bulgaria
Julian Perry's Walks in Bulgaria's National Parks

Julian Perry, author of Walking in Bulgaria’s National Parks, describes three of his most loved routes through the Bulgarian mountains for the readers of BalkanTravellers.com. His book was published by Cicerone press last month. Full Story


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The Crystal Heartbeat of a Mountain Lake

With summer slowly melting behind us, September often awakes craving for fresher waters, for landscapes more sensitive towards the change of seasons than the uniform, uniseasonal sea coast of sand and blue water. Full Story


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Go Green in Bulgaria: 23 Eco-Hotels and Guest Houses to Choose From

Bulgaria's countryside is a pristine treasure. Poor and underdeveloped, many regions, with hills and valleys, mountains and gorges, have remained untouched for decades.
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From Sofia to the Village of Lakatnik in an Old Locomotive

About a century after Ivan Vazov wrote his short story “To Zhaluysha with Iron Train Cars,” in which he remarked on the great strides in railroad progress and development, present-day journalist, writer and photographer Stefan Galibov also took a... Full Story


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Scenic Waterfalls Surround Bulgaria’s Medieval Capital

The medieval capital of Veliko Turnovo in central Bulgaria is best known for its Tsarevets Fortress and its melancholic architecture from the late eighteenth century. Full Story


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Along Suleiman the Magnificent's Bridge in Svilengrad

The Ottoman bridge over the Maritsa River is not only a predecessor (and maybe even a prototype) of the famous bridge on the Drina, but it is also superior to it in terms of scale and splendour. The legend about its origins is as dramatic Full Story


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Genghis Khan’s Descendents Swap Central Asia’s Altay for Bulgaria’s Balkan Mountain

Picture this: In the foot of the Balkan Mountain, in Central Bulgaria, tourists gather for an authentic taste. But not of the quant villages scattered in the skirts of the mountain. Rather, for an authentic taste of Mongolia. Full Story


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Bulgaria in 5 days: Shumen, South of Nowhere

Patriotic ruins, a Coca Cola-branded mosque, a “stud factory” and a capsule, containing a message for future generations: these are only part of modern Shumen’s surprising charms. Full Story


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Bulgaria in 3 Days: Sofia and Mount Vitosha

Your three days in Sofia do not necessarily have to be spent entirely in sightseeing around the city. Mount Vitosha, which lies at Sofia’s outskirts and creates its unique landscape, can add a taste of nature to your trip and let you experience... 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


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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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