The Wheel of Life scene, on the southern wall of the main church, is self-explanatory. Here unfolds the human cycle, the eternal flux mirroring the passing of the seasons. The naivety of the child in spring blends into the confidence of the adult in summer, before […]
Japanese tourists often cannot believe their eyes when they alight from their buses and head towards the Creators of the Bulgarian State Monument in Shumen. For them, the statues of the rulers of the First Bulgarian Kingdom look as if they have come straight out of […]
The village has its fair share of ugly hotels destroying the view and the tranquility, but as it is far from the main hubs of tourist activities on the coast, these abominations are small in scale and leave enough space for true nature to survive, and […]
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. […]
Officially, not a single Bulgarian entry in UNESCO’s world heritage list is in danger. In actual fact, however, in the country of sun and roses, many historical and natural sites are in danger of being changed beyond recognition, or of being completely lost. Sadly, nature is […]
There are places in the history of each nation that represent a turning point of events. For the Americans, these are Liberty Bell and Gettysburg. For the British, there are Stamford Bridge and Waterloo. For the French, there is the Bastille, and for the Germans, the […]
Each country has a handful of it-places. They are instantly recognizable from millions of fridge magnets and Instagram posts, and their history, with its tragedies and triumphs, is part of the national consciousness. Veliko Tarnovo is one of Bulgaria’s it-places. Clinging to the slopes above a […]
Traveling around the countryside in Bulgaria is a true joy in late spring and early summer, when the days are long, the sun is bright, and lush greenery brings life to the empty villages and abandoned industrial ruins that still define the local landscape outside the […]
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