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From Laughter's Kingdom to a Shell from the Past

Legend has that it was founded by a woman with a name of a gift sent from heaven above. Yet it was not Bozhana, but a colourful and witty citizen, who made his way to Bulgaria's folklore and became one of its best known and most loved characters.

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Mount Freedom

Events that took place on this hill almost 130 years ago have inspired many a poems, the best and most moving one being Ivan Vazov's classic "Epic of the Forgotten". Today, it is still one of the main symbols of Bulgaria's fight for liberation and hundred

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Up the Hills and into History

Bulgaria's history is a rich one, speckled with fierce battles and great leaders and throughout the country there are places that have kept the spirit of those times. A preferred destination for retirees from the UK, Veliko Tarnovo is one such place - a p

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Little Vienna Under the Bridge

When Bulgaria was preparing to pop the champagne in the very last seconds of its existence as a non-EU country, many chose to celebrate in an unusual way, going to the Danube Bridge and being the first to cross a now obsolete border. Now, a month and a ha

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The Unconquerable Fortress

You don't need to go to Denmark, France or Britain if you want to see medieval fotresses and palaces. You can just come to visit Bulgaria and see with your own eyes what an unscalable fotress means.

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In the Hearth of Bulgarian Melpomena

Bulgaria's National Theater Ivan Vazov with its 100 years of history is one of Sofia's emblematic cultural monuments. The City Garden in front of the theatre's renovated building has been a favourite place for walks and social meetings of Bulgaria's court

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Spa the Winter Out in Velingrad

Winter was late in coming to Bulgaria, but that didn't stop the blues from spreading, as the deceiving sunshine only deepens depressions, psychologists believe. That is why one should take up any chance to vent out the winter frustrations, and what better

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Aladzha - Devine Hewn into Rocks

By Ivelina Puhaleva Not far away from the northern Black Sea coast there is a beautiful spot.

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Bulgaria: Unready for EU, Successful in Private Enterprise

Reform-weary, riddled with crime and corruption and wholly unready for EU membership - it seems the European Commission will have to keep the pressure up on Bulgaria after accession. Nevertheless, private enterprise has been successful, with far faster gr

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Top 5 Tips for Surviving Sofia

"Traffic in Sofia is a real nightmare!", I told an American teacher of mine at the university some ten years ago. "It's nothing compared to the traffic in Asia!," she fired back.

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Take It Vitosha Style

By Ivelina Puhaleva The mostly frequented mountain of the two-million-large Bulgarian capital Sofia is attractive during any season with two wildlife reserves, three climatic zones, highest peak Cherni Vruh, varied flora and fauna, curative mineral sprin

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Hitting the Slopes

Some have been waiting for this moment for as long as last March - the moment when the slopes are again covered in snow and they can grab their skis or snowboard and head downhill fast. Over the past few years Bulgaria has become the dream destination for

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Charmed by UNESCO Frescos in Sofia

Located at the foot of the Vitosha Mountain in the Sofia suburb of Boyana, the church's unique murals will come back to display next Monday. Even nowadays experts and historians, more than seven centuries later, still stay stun with their beauty, expressi

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Poetry in a Bottle

The cultivation of grapes and wine-producing throughout the Bulgarian lands find their origin in the high antiquity. Indisputable proofs about that are the archaeological finds, preserved until nowadays.

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Open the Window to "Bulgaria in Miniature"!

The thousand-century history and rich cultural traditions of Bulgaria have offered vast creative ground to the promoters and developers of a unique project. The mobile exhibition "Bulgaria in Miniatures" presents three-dimensional reproductions of Bulgari

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The Fairytale Underworld

In the northwest of Bulgaria, just 100 kilometers away from Sofia, up in the Balkan, lies a magical place where imagination can run wild and nature's seemingly random forms take familiar faces and shapes. By Petya Sabinova

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Switzerland? No, This is the Paradise of Smilyan!

Mention the village of Smilyan to a Bulgarian, and he will be quick to tell you the story of the gigantic kidney beans grown here. But it is as the only producer of yellow cheese in the country that the village is gaining popularity now.

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Bulgaria: Traditions, Talents, Hi-Tech

The woman adroitly pushes the shuttle though the loom and a beautiful flower blooms before the eyes of the curious visitors. Even if you have already been acquainted with the traditional Bulgarian motley carpets, pots and icons they all seem to take on ad

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In the Chic of Ski & Sports

By Ivelina Puhaleva Many foreign investors are still lagging behind recognizing the winter tourism and sports potential of Bulgaria, though the country offers one of best conditions in Europe.

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To La Reunion and Back

There is no need to fly to the Indian Ocean to learn more about La Reunion, the exotic southernmost department of France, 500 miles of Madagascar. All you need is a forty-minute drive from the capital Sofia to the town of Svoge and then northward to the n

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The Brightest End of Bulgaria

By Ivelina Puhaleva The wind of legends and history never stops here, on the farthest east cape of Bulgaria - Cape Kaliakra.

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