23 Mar 2015 | Kempinski Hotel Marinela
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Andy's Culinary Book: French Baby Chicken with Basmati rice and sauteed spinach

Spring is already here, and with it the revived interest for cooking something spring-like, of gentle and fine taste that will refresh all our senses.

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19 Mar 2015 | Kempinski Hotel Marinela
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The oldest cactus in Bulgaria and the Botanical Garden of Balchik

The oldest cactus in Bulgaria "lives" in the Botanical Garden of Balchik and is over 90 years old.

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9 Mar 2015 | Kempinski Hotel Marinela
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St Sofia Church - More Than a City Relic

The history of Sofia is closely related to the church bearing the same name. This is the oldest relic of the city built at the highest point at that time which spread Sofia's fame within the vast space of the Roman Empire.

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27 Feb 2015 | Kempinski Hotel Marinela Sofia
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Martenitsa, The Bulgarian Amulet for Health and Luck

If you are a foreigner walking along the streets in Bulgaria on the 1st of March, you will for sure be surprised to see all people - and even their pets - wearing red-and-white threads in various shapes. Some look like tassels, others like human figures, and still others can be decorated with blue beads, small golden coins or colorful threads. They can be worn on the wrist, on your neck as a necklace or on the left side of your dress. This is the martenitsa, the traditional symbol of health, luck and reviving nature.

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16 Feb 2015 | Kempinski Hotel Marinela
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The Advice of the Concierge: Boyana Church

If you want to do a day trip around Sofia, Boyana Church is a great option, advises our Hotel Chief Concierge.

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16 Jan 2015 | Kempinski Sofia
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January - the Kukeri Month

Together with the heavy snow and bitter cold, January brings the sparkle of old traditions and spirit embodied in the colourful festivals of the mummers.

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19 Dec 2014 | Kempinski Sofia
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Bulgarian Christmas Eve Traditions

Christmas Eve is a very special time in Bulgaria featuring a number of diverse traditions which may differ from region to region, still share some key customs and messages.

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12 Dec 2014 | Kempinski Hotel Marinela Sofia
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The Highest Waterfall in Bulgaria

Bulgaria is a country of immense beauty and wonders of nature. Here, you can find a rich diversity of landscapes and sceneries, starting with mountains – snow-capped in winter and velvet-soft in summer – through to enormous green or lavender fields and long, golden-sand beaches and fantastic sunsets by the sea. You can witness intricate rock formations, fast-running rivers and calm lakes or grand waterfalls of unspeakable charm.

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4 Dec 2014 | Kempinski Hotel Marinela Sofia
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Kempinski Hotel Marinela brings the tastes of Christmas closer with baking and decoration cookies lessons!

Christmas is just around the corner! Festive decoration and spirit already warm the heart and make us look forward to the holidays with their unique flavour and tastes. For different people Christmas tastes differently: like oranges and tangerines, walnuts and raisins, cinnamon and ginger, peppermint, or even snowflakes melting on the lips.

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6 Nov 2014 | Kempinski Hotel Marinela Sofia
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The Oldest Bulgarian Tree

The oldest Bulgarian tree – and according to some, the oldest living tree in Europe – is an oak in the village of Granit near Stara Zagora. Its age is estimated at 1,666 years. If we think deeper into the age of the tree, we could calculate that it was planted in 345 AD and 336 years before the creation of the Bulgarian state. The tree crown spreads over 1,017 sq m (10,946.9 sq ft) while it stands at 23.4 m (76.8 ft), and the diameter of the trunk (also called circumference) is 7.5 m (24.6 ft).

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