Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s second city

Europe, Bulgaria, Central Bulgaria

Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s second city

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Not every country can boast a 5,000 year-old city, but some can. As the Monkey learned during several 2002 visits, Plovdiv wears its age as a badge of pride.

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The Iskar Gorge and the Bulgarian Partisans

Europe, Bulgaria, Northwest Bulgaria

The Iskar Gorge and the Bulgarian Partisans

No Comments 21 July 2010

During his January 2002 trip to Bulgaria, the Monkey explored the Iskar Gorge north of Sofia. He went there to see the area around Batulia and Thompson, the scene of one of the Second World War’s countless instances of heroism.

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Koprivshtitsa and the April 1876 Rising

Europe, Bulgaria, Central Bulgaria

Koprivshtitsa and the April 1876 Rising

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You say you want a revolution? Will an uprising do? Back in 2002 the Monkey traveled to Koprivshtitsa, in Bulgaria’s Stara Planina Mountains, to learn about the village’s role in an uprising against the Ottoman Empire.

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Melnik and Rozhen Monastery

Europe, Bulgaria, Southwest Bulgaria

Melnik and Rozhen Monastery

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Southwestern Bulgaria is something of a spiritual heartland to the country, particularly for its associations with the Macedonia Question. Speaking of spirits, the Monkey’s were raised when he visited Melnik, one of Bulgaria’s ancient winemaking regions.

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Sofia’s religious architecture

Europe, Bulgaria, Sofia

Sofia’s religious architecture

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As a crossroads of cultures, Sofia has many religious buildings of outstanding quality. Here the Monkey visits a few of the Bulgarian capital’s classic churches, temples, and mosques.

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