“Neue Zürcher Zeitung”: Two of the Last Primeval Forests are in Bulgaria

Written by on August 19, 2016 in Leisure, Tourism - No comments

In an article entitled “Where Orpheus Used to Sing”, the Swiss publication “Neue Zürcher Zeitung” (NZZ) waxes lyrical about “two of the last primeval forests in Europe”, in the Rhodopes and the Stradzha mountains. The author of this piece, Manuela Nyffenegger, checked her history books. It says, crusaders in the Middle Ages had described those forests as huge, dense and darksome.

According to the article, the tree populations are young nowadays, because the victorious Soviet Union had demanded reparations after World War II and pillaged the forests.

There were hardly any tourists in this region, it says in the publication. Those who did go there, would find rhododendrons, old monasteries, birds, singing wonderful songs, and orchids.

The author also describes tiny villages in those regions, in which she saw donkey carts and elderly ladies working in gardens, were they were growing vegetables and fruit for personal use. There was hardly any industry, except for a factory, in which they filled mineral water into bottles.

In the village Shiroka, the author found the Folklore High School, saying that students from all parts of Bulgaria applied for the institution, which was teaching 72 adolescents, at this stage. Also, she liked the Batshkovo Monastery, founded well over 900 years ago.

By im.

The article by Neue Zürcher Zeitung.

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