WHERE IN BULGARIA ARE YOU?

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You are just 30 miles outside Sofia and there is no sea nearby, but it feels as though you are on the Isle of Iona. You are surrounded by unusual, Celtic-looking crosses of all shapes and sizes, and your imagination might conjure up Medieval sagas of knights and monks better suited to Scotland or Ireland than the middle of the Balkans.

You are in one of Bulgaria's traditionally most backward and undeveloped regions, not a “real” tourist destination at all. Communism has had a stronghold here for a century: Georgi Dimitrov, Brigo Asparuhov and Georgi Parvanov were all born in the surrounding villages, and at present unemployment and social woes force the locals to come to Sofia in search of work.

All of the above did, with varying degrees of success. What remains, however, are the crosses – and the mysteries they hold.

WHERE IN BULGARIA ARE YOU?

Email your answers by 10 February 2008 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and you can win a weekend for two at the Ambassador Hotel, Sofia, courtesy of Victoria Spa Centre, where you will experience the ultimate in relaxation and service. The winner will be selected in a draw.



Elizabeth Kostova, the world-famous US novelist who wrote The Historian, the international bestseller, is this month's Where in Bulgaria competition winner. This is the answer she sent to Vagabond: Noviya most, or the New Pier, in our beloved oilscented city of Burgas. Mrs Kostova and her husband, who is actually from Burgas, win a weekend for two at the Armani Sport Hotel in the village of Godlevo.

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