• Venturing into Bulgaristan

    September 6th, 2010adminBulgaria, Byzantines, Ottomans

    Bulgarian Karakachani's wearing the traditional dress are seen during the annual Karakachani's festival near the town of Sliven, east of the Bulgarian capital, Sofia. (AP Photo/Petar Petrov)

    This evening, I’ll be taking a bus from Istanbul to Sofia, Bulgaria (or, as the Turks call it, “Bulgaristan”). I’m not bringing my computer, so I won’t be able to update as frequently for the next few days. But I may be able to upload photos while in Bulgaria. And I’ll definitely share photos upon my return.

    Here’s how Lonely Planet introduces Bulgarian history:

    The land that gave birth to the legendary Orpheus and Spartacus, Bulgaria is a country with a long, tumultuous and fascinating history. It  has been invaded, conquered and settled by the Greeks, Scythians, Romans, Byzantines and Turks, all of whom left their indelible marks on the landscape. Bulgaria’s medieval “Golden Age,” when the Bulgar Khans rules over one of the largest empires in Europe, was bright but brief…

    And so begins a story of so many rulers and so many empires, concluding with years as a Soviet satellite, the fall of the Eastern bloc, and, now, contemporary Bulgaria…

    …Should be interesting…

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