The Rhodope mountain region in Bulgaria is folkloric landscape rich in time-honoured traditions and acres of unspoiled land. 


Commissioned by Suitcase Magazine, Volume 18. Rhythm Issue in 2016.

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Inside Bachkovo Monastery in Bulgaria, one of the oldest and largest Orthodox monasteries in Europe.

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Inside Bachkovo Monastery in Bulgaria, one of the oldest and largest Orthodox monasteries in Europe.

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Cultural map of Bulgaria

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Cultural map of Bulgaria

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Rhodope Mountains, Bulgaria

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Rhodope Mountains, Bulgaria

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Villa Gella in the Rhodope Mountains

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Villa Gella in the Rhodope Mountains

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Hebros, a hotel and restaurant in Plovdiv housed in a 200-year-old building.

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Hebros, a hotel and restaurant in Plovdiv housed in a 200-year-old building.

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Through the streets of Plovdiv. The city is thought to date back to 6000 BC – which would make it Europe’s oldest inhabited city – and has been named European Capital of Culture for 2019.

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Through the streets of Plovdiv. The city is thought to date back to 6000 BC – which would make it Europe’s oldest inhabited city – and has been named European Capital of Culture for 2019.

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Valya Balkanska, a singer whose recording of the ballad Izlel e Delyo Haidutin was selected for inclusion on the Voyager spacecraft, which launched in 1977.

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Valya Balkanska, a singer whose recording of the ballad Izlel e Delyo Haidutin was selected for inclusion on the Voyager spacecraft, which launched in 1977.

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Villa Gella in the Rhodope Mountains

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Villa Gella in the Rhodope Mountains

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Plovdiv, a city thought to date back to 6000 BC

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Plovdiv, a city thought to date back to 6000 BC

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Village life surrounding the Rhodope mountains.

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Village life surrounding the Rhodope mountains.

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An antique store in Plovdiv selling Soviet relics.

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An antique store in Plovdiv selling Soviet relics.

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Bachkovo Monastery, one of the oldest and largest Orthodox monasteries in Europe.

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Bachkovo Monastery, one of the oldest and largest Orthodox monasteries in Europe.

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