Sunday, 20 August 2017

Balkan Towns

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Three is a Magic Number in Sarajevo

While attending the Sarajevo Film Festival this July, for an afternoon, I escaped the red-carpet razzle-dazzle, the glamorous cocktail parties, and the sitting in front of the silver screen in... Full Story

The (Non) Provincial Charms of Novi Sad, Serbia

Novi Sad offers some provincial charm, a relaxed atmosphere, lively bars and restaurants and some cultural highlights. Full Story

İstanbul: The Ever-Changing City that Still Remembers

This is no time to sigh with regret about old Istanbul. Because it is still there, if you remember to pay attention to the places you’ve looked at but have not seen over the years. It is time to revisit the old, familiar sights as well. Pay no... Full Story

Towns of Note: Berat, Albania

Morelle Smith takes a lonely, somewhat bizarre, but beautiful journey through the ancient town. Startled by a knife dropped from an unknown hand, and shown around by strange and slightly obtrusive locals, she walks cobbled streets and wild paths... Full Story

Turkey: The City of Mardin Though the Eyes of its Children

Built on a hill in the middle of a flat plain in south-eastern Turkey, Mardin is a perfect natural vintage point over the Sirian desert. Its yellow stone houses, built in the rocks, ancient labirints and cobbled streets resemble from a distance a... Full Story

Five Not-To-Be-Missed Cities around the Balkans for 2009

To many the Balkans region may be more popular for its nature than for its sprawling metropolises. And while the majestic mountain ranges of Bulgaria, Montenegro and Albania or the crystal sea waters of Croatia and Greece are impressive, the... Full Story

To the Side of the Acropolis: the Gazi Neighbourhood in Athens

It is the end of November. It is still warm in Athens and tourists are still roaming around. The metro is jam-packed, but only to the Akropoli stop. I get off at the next one. I end up in a massive, concrete underpass. Concrete dominates the... Full Story

Tryavna, Central Bulgaria: A Picturesque Study in Contrasts

The town of Tryavna is one of Bulgaria’s top 100 tourist sites and, as such, it attracts tourists from around the country and abroad with its well-maintained architecture, quaint streets and traditional crafts workshops.

But, as... Full Story

Gjirokastër: Albania’s Town of the Stones

The city of Gjirokastër in the southern part of Albania has several claims to fame. Besides being the birthplace of two of the most important Albanians – communist dictator Full Story

A City to Remember: Sofia in August

August in Sofia is somewhat of a ghost month. The usual crowds vanish, and hairy and bearded loners populate the streets. Given up on finding a working barber (Gone swimming. Will reopen on September 1), they wander the streets in search of a... Full Story


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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