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[Bulgaria] Between Heaven and Earth: the Rock Churches of the Ivanovo

[Bulgaria] Between Heaven and Earth: the Rock Churches of the Ivanovo

Once, the rock churches of Ivanovo drew hermits, kings and pilgrims. Now, it’s the tourists’ turn. At the beginning of the 13th Century, a monk named Joachim was so charmed by the picturesque cliffs near the Rusenski Lom River that he decided to settle there […]

[Bulgaria] Nesebar: Life on the old Island

[Bulgaria] Nesebar: Life on the old Island

Because of the thousands of summer tourists, it’s hard to look around Nesebar. But a stroll along its meandering streets and among its half-ruined churches is always worthwhile. In the 6th Century BC, the Greek city-states of Megara and Miletus contended to control of the […]

[Israel] The Israel Museum and the Shrine of the Book store the Jewish past and pose riddles of symbolism

[Israel] The Israel Museum and the Shrine of the Book store the Jewish past and pose riddles of symbolism

5000 sq m is a lot of space, but not enough for the Israel Museum to display all the artistic and cultural monuments of the Jewish people and the Holy Land. 8000 years of history is too much time. However, what the museum in western […]

[Thailand] Big Buddha, little Buddha: once it was golden. Now he’s pink

[Thailand] Big Buddha, little Buddha: once it was golden. Now he’s pink

In the future Buddha will be a towering giant… After the Chinese, Buddhas must be the most numerous folk on the globe. With 360 million Buddhists worldwide, each having at least two or three statues of their founder, this amounts to about a billion copies […]

[Spain] Fiesta in Pamplona: the fierce and colorful San Fermin festival

[Spain] Fiesta in Pamplona: the fierce and colorful San Fermin festival

In early July Pamplona becomes the scene of bullfighting, bull running, bull talking and memories of Hemingway. In 75 BC the Roman General Pompey the Great established a military camp in the northeast of present-day Spain. But Pamplona only began to attract interest in the […]

[UKRAINE] Food Guide: Where To Eat And Party In Lviv

[UKRAINE] Food Guide: Where To Eat And Party In Lviv

“Secret” is, perhaps, the best word to describe Lviv, a city in the southwest of Ukraine. Narrow streets, old buildings, and picture-square courtyards hide evidence of historic events, rebellious Ukrainian character and charming stories of a daily city-life. “Secret” is, perhaps, as well the most […]