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The Balkans are a fascinating gastronomic region – Balkon3 interview with Zlatko Gall

“Eating only wholegrain cereal, some green leaves, drinking Evian water and running for 50 km a day. To hell with that! That’s not life” – Balkon3 interview with Zlatko Gall, a Croatian journalist, commentator, one of... Let people travel, not groceries
Food for the whole village – KESKEK

Food for the whole village – KESKEK

This tradition is on the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage of Turkey. Several women from a small village in southeastern Turkey are singing songs around a huge stone mortar filled with grain. They are... When are we going to try your keskek?
The district of Monastiraki: Athenian history at a glance

The district of Monastiraki: Athenian history at a glance

“If you stand at the centre of Monastiraki Square and take a 360 degrees look around you, you get a pretty full representation of the Athenian past and present facing you from within only a...
Road to the World of Trade Skopje – Istanbul

Road to the World of Trade Skopje – Istanbul

Traders have been going back and forth the roads between Skopje and Istanbul for centuries. States and Empires have changed but the strong trade relationship has survived them all. Nowadays, many products sold in stores... Like a bull in a china shop
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Eyup and Pierre Loti Café in Istanbul

See into the heart and soul of true Istanbul with Balkon3 If you have seen everything in the European part of Istanbul, such as Taksim square or elegant Beyoglu, the noisy Bazaar or the tranquil... No guide will ever take you there
Ortaköy – It’s time for pleasure while facing the Bosphorus

Ortaköy – It’s time for pleasure while facing the Bosphorus

It is winter in Istanbul… Occasionally, as if it is in a hurry to enter the new year… Shrewish, cold winds of december stroke Ortaköy with love, which is one of the pearl shores of...
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10 faces of Skopje – like 10 different parts of the world

Every major city has many faces. Some parts of it look like being in another city, another country, even another continent. Architects from around the world claim that in the last 50 years cities have... It is whole when there is everything
A trip in Antep style

A trip in Antep style

I vaguely remember Gaziantep, as I had visited the city for business purposes almost a decade ago. What remains in my head is rather an archeological legend, Zeugma; than silouette of the city. At the... Coffee, baklava and museums
Wintertime holiday season a la Greek

Wintertime holiday season a la Greek

To some it is the need to escape for a while from the gloominess of winter and the increasing difficulties of everyday life. Others see it as a spiritual uplifting occasion and a return to... Peek over our wintertime festivities
Finland best, Ukraine and Russia worst for bikers

Finland best, Ukraine and Russia worst for bikers

Interview with Konstantin Jovanovski – Press Officer with the EU Delegation in Skopje Konstantin Jovanovski is Press Officer with the EU Delegation in Skopje. He always wears a suit in the office, always smiling and... Streets of Kiev are the worst