Natural Macedonia
Cave, Matka Canyon

Natural Macedonia

In brief: Though small, Macedonia features plenty of inviting open spaces and reserves. Mavrovo National Park All over the Balkans, we have seen splendid, inviting terrain so we were not surprised that Macedonia enjoys its…

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Ohrid – anything but horrid
Western wall, St. Sophia church, Ohrid

Ohrid – anything but horrid

In brief: The ancient hillside city of Ohrid is an historical and natural splendor, but it still knows how to put on a party, especially a wedding . Ohrid hillside The UNESCO World Heritage city…

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Tracing the Thracians
Thracian cup

Tracing the Thracians

In brief: The surprise of discovery often stirs us in our travels. Uncovering remnants of Thracian culture along the Black Sea was a perfect example. Votive marble frieze The Thracians occupied more a spot on…

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Sofia’s Charming Tapestry
Sofia atop her city

Sofia’s Charming Tapestry

Grand boulevards, leafy parks of all sizes, pedestrian streets lined with bars and restaurants, majestic turn-of-the-century buildings, cafes and narrow streets...Sofia, like all sizable European cities, offers these impressive and delightful resources - for its…

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Plovdiv: lots of old, lots of new
Bulgarian revival houses, old town Plovdiv

Plovdiv: lots of old, lots of new

In brief: The layers of history that emerge in Plovdiv provide a multi-faceted charm we couldn't resist. Bulgaria's second city Plovdiv - set on seven hills, 150 kilometers east of Sofia - has been called…

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