11 things you’ll love about Belgrade

Once there was a country called Yugoslavia. It was a federation of six republics that existed through most of the 20th century. For much of that time, it was essentially held together by one man, Josip Broz Tito. Marshall Tito died in 1980. Soon after, [...]

2019-06-12T12:10:47+01:0013 November 2017|11 things, Magic of Cities, Serbia|

In transit: Syria without war is the dream destination

Camp Sounio, Greece 16 September 2016 Camp Sounio I've been teaching conversational English today. And hearing stories of the dreaded crossing from Turkey in little dinghies, filled to the brim and then some. About having to stand up in the boat during rogue waves, while [...]

2018-11-13T07:16:28+01:0016 September 2016|Greece, People you meet, Real-time|

Day out Sofia: Rila Monastery

Last week, I told you about a wee church - but a very special church - on the outskirts of Sofia. Well, I decided to remain in Bulgaria just a bit longer. This week, I thought I'd take you along to another treasure. Today, we're going [...]

World at a Glance: The Magic of Boyana

Inside this unassuming building in a woodland park just outside the Bulgarian capital is an absolute treasure. This, you see, is Boyanska tsărkva, or Boyana Church of St. Nicholas and St. Pantaleimon. It's actually a bit bigger than it looks here, comprising three buildings, in an interesting [...]

Ostalgie: What is freedom, anyway?

This Sunday marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. I'm brought back to my first visit to Berlin, a divided city then. Crossing from West to East Berlin, we had to exchange 25 Mark (about 20 USD) into 25 Ostmark (East Mark). [...]

2018-11-05T16:00:49+01:006 November 2014|Balkans, From the heart, Germany, Idle musings|

Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb

A short post today. Just a note, really: One of the striking features of Croatia's capital city is this bright and cheerful building on Marshal Tito Square in Zagreb's Lower Town. This is one of five branches of the Croatian National Theatre, known as HNK [...]

2015-10-04T23:18:02+01:0026 June 2014|Art and architecture, Croatia|
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