Balchik, Kamen Briag, and around

Europe, Bulgaria, Bulgaria's Black Sea Coast

Balchik, Kamen Briag, and around

No Comments 4 March 2011

In these photos from 2002, Maimunka explores Bulgaria’s northern Black Sea Coast. From a petrified forest and ancient tombs, to a Romanian princess’s palace, this stretch of coast packs quite a bit of intrigue.

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Schlepp travels: Episode 4

Special features, Schlepp travels, United States, Bulgaria, Spain, Ireland

Schlepp travels: Episode 4

1 Comment 29 August 2010

In this installment of the Schlepps’ travels, members of the clan of traveling bears visit Bulgaria, Ireland, Spain, and the United States. The images date from 2002-2003.

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Schlepp travels: Episode 6

Special features, Schlepp travels, Argentina, United States, Uruguay, Bulgaria, France

Schlepp travels: Episode 6

No Comments 29 August 2010

In a series of photos shot between 2002 and 2004, a few of the Schlepps visit some lovely places in Argentina, Bulgaria, France, Uruguay, and the United States.

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Schlepp travels: Episode 9

Special features, Schlepp travels, Argentina, Canada, Bulgaria, France

Schlepp travels: Episode 9

No Comments 29 August 2010

In this batch, the Schlepps and their pet dog, Pet, travel to Argentina, Bulgaria, Canada, and France. The photos are from 2004 and 2005.

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Varna and Nesebur

Europe, Bulgaria, Bulgaria's Black Sea Coast

Varna and Nesebur

No Comments 22 July 2010

Bulgaria’s relatively short coastline packs in some interesting towns and cities, as the Monkey demonstrates in these photos from his travels in 2002.

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Beyond the Frontier: The Politics of a Failed Mission, Bulgaria 1944
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Description of a Struggle: The Vintage Book of Contemporary Eastern European Writing
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