Five days ago, the Duchess of Cambridge wore a two-piece skirt suit by Bulgarian designer Petar Petrov during a charity event in London. Petar is a tailor at EPONINE – a bespoke womenswear brand, famous for its elegant garments in the styles of 50s and 60s.
Travelers can experience rural Bulgaria’s charming traditions in style, thanks to a new breed of ethical farmstays and a hip lodge, writes Kapka Kassabova.
„Who shot that?“ I point at the wolf skin on the wall while we wash down an organic beef stew with Shumensko beer.
„Mitko,“ says his grandmother.
Mitko is 14 and lives here at Wild Farm, where his scientist parents have swapped their city jobs for a radical farming lifestyle. They inherited the house and bought a few head of cattle. Ten years on, they have 500 cows and 10 woolly dogs of a famed regional breed called, like the nomadic shepherds who lived here, Karakachan. The dogs are big, and they need to be – because there is a large wolf population here in Bulgaria’s eastern Rhodopes, a mountain region with the highest biodiversity in Europe. Има още →
Almost everyone I mentioned it to looked at me with disbelief and said: ‘Bulgaria? Why?’
Well, I told them, Bulgaria had the most important Womble named after it and reached the semi-finals of the World Cup in 1994… it was the home of the Thracians, a parallel civilisation to the ancient Greeks… and it has been shaped by many great empires – Roman, Greek, Turkish and Arabic, not to mention communism. Има още →