Thursday, 05 July 2018 11:37

BULGARIA'S TOWERS

Lone Medieval fortifications evoke tumultuous times

Published in High Beam
Monday, 04 June 2018 13:50

MONASTERIES OF VELIKO TARNOVO

In the most glorious years of its past, when it was the capital of mediaeval Bulgaria, from 1185-1393, Veliko Tarnovo was a centre of military power and political intrigue, of busy commerce and even busier administrators. It was also the seat of the patriarch, the head of the Bulgarian Church. Surrounded by his staff and underlings, he presided over a vast network of churches, monasteries and scriptoria.

Published in High Beam
Friday, 04 May 2018 12:53

BULGARIA'S CLOCKTOWERS

Gems of 19th-century workmanship dot large and small towns

Published in High Beam
Friday, 30 March 2018 12:35

BRIDGES OF FREEDOM

America's War of Independence and Bulgaria's April Uprising began in a similar way: on a bridge

Published in Vagabond Features
Thursday, 28 December 2017 11:22

ETARA

Ethno village proffers idealised recreation of long-gone Revival Period Gabrovo

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Wednesday, 29 November 2017 14:03

TROYAN MONASTERY

For a small town, Troyan has a serious claim to fame. Located deep into some of the most inaccessible parts of the Stara Planina, the town produces and lends its name to the famed Troyanska Slivova, or Troyan plum Rakiya. It is also the place of origin of the ubiquitous pottery found all over Bulgaria's traditional restaurants. The so-called Troyan pots, with their distinctive multicoloured patterns, are amongst the best souvenirs visitors to Bulgaria can lay their hands on.

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Tuesday, 05 September 2017 13:32

UP AT SHIPKA

For the modern traveller, the Stara Planina is probably Bulgaria's greatest geographical obstacle: a massive mountain range, crossed by narrow passes which are slow, full of bends, and often closed in winter. In the past, however, the Stara Planina was an effective natural protection against enemies. One of its major passes, by the 1,326-metre Shipka Peak, is one of the best examples.

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Tuesday, 05 September 2017 13:31

ROZHEN MONASTERY

When visitors head to Bulgaria's southwest, their prime place of interest is Melnik, the picturesque traditional town located among surreal sand pyramids and famed for its red wine. Near the town, however, one of Bulgaria's most fascinating monasteries, a delightful example of 16th-18th century religious art and architecture, sits hidden in the hills.

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Monday, 31 July 2017 15:01

PREOBRAZHENSKI MONASTERY

You do not need to be able to read Bulgarian to understand the meaning and to feel the power of a fresco in the Preobrazhenski Monastery, near Veliko Tarnovo. You do not even need to know who the artist, Zahariy Zograf, was.

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Christ was an alien. Or if He wasn't, then four centuries ago there were UFOs hovering over what is now southwestern Bulgaria.

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Society

TRADITIONAL MUSIC AND DANCE

TRADITIONAL MUSIC AND DANCE

An excerpt from Shadow Journey: A Guide to Elizabeth Kostova's Bulgaria and Eastern Europe

Vagabond Interviews

SØREN JACOBSEN

SØREN JACOBSEN

Danish ambassador on promoting bicycles, healthy lifestyle in Bulgaria

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