Tuesday, 03 January 2017 13:32

HELL IS NO JOKE

What first attracts your attention in a Bulgarian Revival Period church? The architecture? The silver-haloed icons of the Virgin Mary? The elaborate carvings of the icon doors? These may all be astonishing, but have you noticed the river of fire, on the outside western wall of most of the churches, flowing towards the gaping mouth of a dragon-like monster? Have you bent to see in detail the devils in the flames? Have you wondered what were the crimes of the sinners they torture?

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Thursday, 27 October 2016 13:19

IN THE COUNTRY OF SAD SOUVENIRS

One of the greatest problems a visitor to Bulgaria faces is what to bring home as a souvenir. On the surface, one is spoilt for choice. The tiny streets of traditional towns like Nesebar, the stalls at folklore festivals and the souvenir shops in large cities are all crammed with merchandise.

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Wednesday, 29 June 2016 12:42

C IS FOR SOFIA, A STANDS FOR BURGAS

In most European countries, licensing cars is a pretty straightforward business. Number plates usually reflect the year of the first registration, or the province where the car's owner resides, or sometimes they give out nothing at all except a unique combination of letters and numbers detectable by the traffic authorities and the police.

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Friday, 06 November 2009 13:49

BAD GUY

The Bulgarian State Security used every chance to pick up at the West – sometimes quite hilariously (although the comrades were dead serious)

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Wednesday, 01 August 2007 13:01

FOUND IN TRANSLATION

Paper steaks, troubled potatoes and old men from Bansko feature heavily in Bulgarian cuisine. A matter of language, really

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Sunday, 01 June 2008 14:05

BAY GANYO OF THE BALKANS

For Bulgarians, running away from their abominable Bay Ganyo is like running away from their shadows

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Wednesday, 01 October 2008 09:35

MEMORIES FROM A HOT SEA AND BUYING A ROPE

Thirty years after being sent, East German tourists' postcards show a forgotten Bulgaria
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Society

AMERICA FOR BULGARIA FOUNDATION CELEBRATES BULGARIAN SUPERHEROES

AMERICA FOR BULGARIA FOUNDATION CELEBRAT…

Over 500 representatives of the Bulgarian NGO sector, entrepreneurs and diplomats attended the annual meeting of the America for Bulgaria Foundation with its grantees in Sofia, on 30 January. Everyday...

Vagabond Interviews

CREATING SOFIA'S DIAMOND-SHAPED MARVEL

CREATING SOFIA'S DIAMOND-SHAPED MARVEL

Investor Claude Tabet on how Ellipse Center transforms both the cityscape and the way we work, combining business and relaxation  

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