Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Balkan Coasts & Mountains


Breathtaking Highlights of a Balkan Cruise!

You probably know the feeling: You’ve arrived at your summer holiday destination, you can’t wait to hit the beach and then … it rains. Full Story



Albania
Fresh Fish, Olives, and the Albanian Bay of Ksamil: All to Yourself

Albania remains a rough diamond, undiscovered territory, the most challenging destination in Europe. Bob Berwyn of the Summit County Citizens Voice selects pictures from his travel files to compose this simple, and yet charming photo story, in... Full Story


Turkey
A Blue Cruise in Turkey's Magic Waters

Poet Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu went on a blue cruise in the 1950s with his literary colleagues, writing afterwards in his account: “The blue cruise is a fairy tale, untold, unwritten, unillustrated…” Full Story


Croatia
Biking Along the Adriatic Coast

A group of four self-proclaimed ‘Yugo-nostalgics’ ride their bikes from Trieste through Croatia to Ulcinj in Montenegro in 12 days, covering approximately 1,200 kilometres. Full Story


Macedonia
Macedonia: Nearly 50 Years Later, Lake Ohrid Overflows Again

As spring arrived and temperatures rose, increasing the water level of Lake Ohrid, many Ohrid residents recalled the dangerous water levels of the lake 50 years ago. In 1963, Ohrid Lake spilled over and flooded the old road between Ohrid and Struga. Full Story


Croatia
The Island of Vis in Croatia: From Isolation to Tourist Destination

Although reaching the island of Vis is a challenge, the nature, colourful Mediterranean streets and squares packed with fish restaurants are worth visiting.

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Bulgaria
Three Weekend Getaway Destinations in Bulgaria

Never spend a free day in a place you've already been is a rule many of us abide by – forcing us to take risky roads and end up in places we never knew existed, to get involved in conversations with strangers we never thought we'll be having one... Full Story


Bulgaria
Perperikon, Bulgaria's Delphi: the Ancient City of Excessive Pleasures

A rival of Delphi or the fruit of archaeologists’ fantasies, the half-ruined Thracian city of Perperikon is one of Bulgaria’s most interesting destinations. Discovered 20 years ago, it is still undergoing excavations and every consecutive step of... Full Story


Albania
The Blue Eye Water Spring in Southern Albania Beckons with Coolness

Once reserved for the communist élite, the Blue Eye water spring in southern Albania now beckons all visitors, regardless of their political leanings, with its cool waters and the shady grounds that surround it.
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Turkey
Ararat: The Mountain Where Noah’s Journey Ended

Eastern Turkey, 10 kilometres from the Iranian border. The raven-strewn landscape is a barren yellowish red. On one side rises Ararat, the twin-topped dormant volcano that is rightly considered as one of the world’s most impressive sights. 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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