Located only a few kilometres from the border zone, just before the Tundzha snakes into Turkish territory, lies Solena Voda, the rarely visited and ancient salted mineral spring- revered for millennia for its healing properties. Solena Voda was all but lost to the modern day, but with the continued and concerted efforts of … Continue reading Solena Voda: Thracian Mineral Springs
Life on Bulgaria’s Turkish Frontier (1957)
The village of Srem is less than 15 Km (as the crow-flies) from the Turkish border, which, during the Communist era, placed the village firmly within the third frontier zone. According to a fascinating online booklet- 1957 partly declassified CIA handbook- titled, 'Resistance Factors and Special Forces Areas- Bulgaria (O) marked 'SECRET,' and released in 2013, … Continue reading Life on Bulgaria’s Turkish Frontier (1957)
Alexander the Great’s Weapons- Made in Knazhevo?
It might seem extraordinary, yet archaeologists believe what most of us thought to be a Thracian burial mound, recently excavated in Knazhevo village (only 12 Km from Srem), is very the likely site of an important iron making centre, dating back to the days of Alexander the Great and his successor in Thrace, Lysimachus. According to … Continue reading Alexander the Great’s Weapons- Made in Knazhevo?
The Cult of the Sun and Sakar’s Mysterious Solar Sanctuaries
Sakar's Sun Circles and Sun Sanctuaries Possibly dating back to as early as the 10th to 5th century BC, Sakar's Sun Sanctuaries are the oldest Thracian ritual sites in existence, in fact, some believe they predate the Thracian culture all together, but what was the cult of the sun and where did it come from? … Continue reading The Cult of the Sun and Sakar’s Mysterious Solar Sanctuaries
Bulgaria’s Wild Horses- The Turpan
South East Bulgaria offers not only wild landscapes and nature, but wild horses too! https://vimeo.com/166141956 In early 2018, Reuters reported there are no true wild horses left on the planet, and while this might be true, (and of course, more than a little sad), the good news is, there is in fact, a semi-wild herd … Continue reading Bulgaria’s Wild Horses- The Turpan
Barefoot in Bulgaria
In 2018, we joined the growing equine barefoot movement and today, all our horse riding and carriage driving activities are now entirely barefoot. Put simply, all our horses are shoe-less and use only what nature intended- their hooves! Going barefoot on our rocky terrain- with gluey clay mud in winter and hard baked 'cement' … Continue reading Barefoot in Bulgaria
Riding in a Winter Wonderland
Winter horse riding in Bulgaria. Bulgaria can get cold, real cold, but for horses (and humans) there's a whole new world to discover... Let's be honest, Bulgaria is at its most beautiful in the summer months when the trees are lush and green, there's mile upon mile of colourful crops, and the wild flowers take … Continue reading Riding in a Winter Wonderland
Bulgaria’s Village War Horses
Do you know most Bulgarian village horses are actually related to ancient European Equine-Royalty? Bulgaria's endangered and indigenous Karakachan horse is believed to be the closest living relative to the Thracian war-horse. Over 3,500 years ago the Thracians were the most feared warriors in all of Europe- thanks to their fiery horses and extreme … Continue reading Bulgaria’s Village War Horses