Friday, 02 June 2017 12:28

ERIC LEBEDEL

French ambassador on Bulgaria's quaint villages, storks and why he is not eager to talk with Ataka

Published in Bulgaria Interviews

Borisov's Bulgaria sleepwalks into increasingly undemocratic future

Published in Bulgaria Politics
Friday, 02 June 2017 12:13

AMAZING SINEMORETS

The Bulgarian southern Black Sea coast might be overdeveloped, but a few corners of pristine nature and immaculate beauty still survive amid the concrete, the lack of proper sewage systems, the hideous new buildings and the jam - packed beaches. Sinemorets, one of the last Bulgarian villages before the border with Turkey, is one of those places.

Published in High Beam
Friday, 02 June 2017 12:12

NOT TO AN US COMPANY

Pavel Shopov, the MP for Ataka, was nominated for deputy transportation minister in charge of information technologies.

Except for his extreme nationalist views, Shopov is also known for his inability to put on a pair of simple headphones.

Published in Joke of the month
Friday, 02 June 2017 12:02

VELIKO TARNOVO CHURCHES

As a city that remembers its glorious past as one of Bulgaria's mediaeval capitals, and its importance in the 19th century as the nascent Bulgarian nation struggled for independence and recognition, Veliko Tarnovo has a collection of churches that have witnessed or played a part in many historic events.

Published in High Beam
Friday, 02 June 2017 11:58

THE ART OF ART MANAGING

Can culture industries become a thing in Bulgaria? Trailblazers Shelagh Wright and Peter Jenkison provide advice, optimism and inspiration

Published in Bulgaria Art

Being a flight attendant was a glamorous job during Communism. Uniformed beauties on calendars for Balkan Airlines, the state air carrier, reinforced that the job as an aspirational one, while for the more practically minded, the profession had another advantage. When local shops lacked essentials like toilet paper, working on an international fight meant having the opportunity to buy foreign luxuries (whisky, perfume, fur coats and Levi's jeans) and sell them for a good profit on the eager Bulgarian black market.

Published in High Beam
Friday, 02 June 2017 11:46

QUOTE-UNQUOTE

"Who knows what sort of funny pictures we must have taken at Buchenwald."
Deputy Prime Minister Valeri Simeonov, of the extreme nationalist United Patriots, on his party's deputy urbanisation minister-designate's snapshot giving a Nazi salute

Published in Quote-Unquote
Friday, 02 June 2017 11:43

GOD'S BRIDGE

Mighty stone arches loom over a tiny river, the moist air hangs over misty greenery, and the flutter of wild birds' wings is amplified in the dark caves; the atmosphere of Bozhi Most, or God's Bridge, is as intriguing as its mysterious name.

Published in High Beam
Friday, 02 June 2017 11:26

IAŞI SURPRISES

The lady at the ticket booth of the Iaşi Philharmonic Orchestra is surprised. She is not used to seeing tourists entering the building and asking for tickets for a classical concert. We, too, are surprised. We are not used to tickets for classical concerts costing about 18 euros for two.

Published in Foreign Travel
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