When you go to Tirana, you do not seek stunning architecture or rich history. You go for the curiosity factor. Albania and its capital are shrouded in the atmosphere of a little-known, little-visited, isolated and poor country haunted by the memories of Europe's last dictatorship.

Published in Foreign Travel
Friday, 28 April 2017 14:20

STARA ZAGORA'  S MUSEUM OF RELIGIONS

Former mosque provides glimpse into spiritual past

Published in High Beam
Tuesday, 03 January 2017 12:59

SARAJEVO

"I cannot understand how these people continue with their lives surrounded by all these memories," says a British lady we meet at the Markale central market in Sarajevo.

Published in Foreign Travel
Thursday, 08 September 2016 12:34

AGUSHEV KONAK

Only exceptional buildings are worthy of becoming legend. One such building is in the village of Mogilitsa in the Rhodope. Between 1825 and 1842, the local Muslim lord Aguş Aga built a sumptuous konak, or residence, for himself and his three sons. High whitewashed walls protected the aga's greatest treasures: his peace, his money and his family.

Published in High Beam
Wednesday, 08 June 2016 13:43

KADIN BRIDGE

The builders' inscription is explicit. The 100-metre-long five-arched stone bridge over the Struma River is the work of Ishak Pasha, Grand Vizier of Sultan Mehmed II the Conqueror. Ishak Pasha built the bridge in 1469-1470 to facilitate travel from Constantinople to Skopje and the western Balkans. Despite this, the stories that locals have told about the construction of the bridge over the ages have no reference to the name of the man who did this good deed.

Published in High Beam
Wednesday, 11 May 2016 12:16

SVILENGRAD BRIDGE

The quality of highways and other large-scale infrastructure projects built in modern Bulgaria with EU funding is a matter for public debate. Interestingly, one town in this country has been using the same bridge over the Maritsa River for the past five centuries. Until recently, it was still used even by trucks.

Published in High Beam
Saturday, 09 April 2016 13:27

SBORYANOVO

Thracian and Ottoman heritage co-exist in a reserve in Bulgaria's north-east

Published in High Beam
Monday, 07 March 2016 14:14

SAMOKOV

Famous for its potatoes, but offering a lot more on its plate

Published in High Beam
Thursday, 24 September 2015 13:19

THE BEST BULGARIAN BRIDGES

Old and new, 'Roman,' Ottoman or Communist, this country's bridges span across rivers, epochs and cultures

Published in High Beam
Friday, 17 October 2014 10:45

OTTOMAN BULGARIA

Heritage from five centuries of imperial domination abounds throughout country

Published in High Beam
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