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A Bulgarian Scientist's thoughts

magnifybulgariaThis article was written for Quest BG, by a famous Bulgarian Scientist called Prof. Lachezar Filipov, and gives his thoughts on life outside our planet.

 

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Paragliding in Sopot

The European paragliding inparaglidingdustry is undergoing tremendous growth - and more paragliding enthusiasts are flocking to Bulgaria to explore the full potential of the country's air-sports scene. A paraglider is a free-flying, non-mechanical aircraft, which is launched by the pilot taking a ‘running jump'. The pilot sits in a harness, which is connected below the large fabric canopy that billows out and catches the wind.

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Hunting in Bulgaria

big game hunterHunting is not everyone’s cup of tea. In the UK there is much controversy about the ethical issues of hunting as a sport. However across most of Europe it is considered perfectly acceptable with many countries having hunting museums, holding competitions and staging exhibitions explaining the logic behind this pastime. Hunting arose from the need to feed oneself and in Bulgaria local people still see hunting as a necessity to feed their family rather than a sport although clever entrepreneurs have developed hunting as a form of tourism bringing much needed revenue into the country, which actually goes towards preserving and managing the country’s reserve of wildlife. If hunting is a past time you would like to try then Bulgaria with its rich wildlife stock is the place to visit.

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Bulgaria and Horse Riding Facts

Bulgariaand horse ridingfactsHorse riding in Bulgaria is an inimitable experience, which offers a great deal of satisfaction, whether you are a novice or an experienced rider. The rich Bulgarian landscape, particularly the mountain areas offer varied terrain and some great routes for riding. Seeing Bulgaria from the saddle will also enable you to take in the breathtaking scenery at a slow pace as well as spotting some of its abundant wildlife.

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Ski Season in Bansko, Bulgaria

awaiting the ski season in bulgariaWith the "indian summer" we are experiencing in Bulgaria, not many of us are thinking about winter yet but ski-lovers will be counting the days to the start of the new season. Most are familiar with the old choices of France and Austria but with purse strings ever tighter, Bulgaria can be a fantastic option for those on a budget. There are many small resorts but the most popular remain Bansko, Borovets and Pamporovo. Non-skiers are well catered for with off-slope options: spa treatments, indoor swimming pools, beauty centres and more. Bansko is suitable for families as there are children's facilities so that they are kept amused.

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Motocross in Bulgaria

growing in popularityBulgaria is usually associated with outdoor sports like hiking and diving, but for those who prefer the adrenalin and thrill of motor sports, Bulgaria offers some fantastic facilities for those who love the popular sport of motocross and with a host of top circuits it is attracting leading bikers from around the world and is now firmly established on the international motocross championships calendar.

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Bikin’ Bulgaria

bulgaria on two wheelsBulgaria as we have so often said, offers the perfect landscape for a wide range of activity holidays. Cycling has become a popular way of burning calories whilst getting in touch with nature and the possibilities in Bulgaria for this sport are growing. Quest Bulgaria takes a look at what is on offer for those who would like to get on their bikes and ride.

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Bulgaria’s own Indiana Jones

Dr Georgi KitovKnown to many as “the Indiana Jones of Bulgaria” the late Dr Georgi Kitov who headed up Bulgaria’s archaeological team for Thracian Tomb Research was the leading authority on this ancient civilisation and was renowned for unearthing the greatest discoveries in Bulgaria to date.

Born in 1943 in Doupnitza, he graduated from Sofia University with a degree in History and Archaeology in 1966 and 11 years later he became a doctor within this faculty. In 1981, he was promoted to Research Associate in Thracian Archaeology and later to Chairman of the faculty.

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A Round of Golf at Ihtiman

Ihtiman golf course, BulgariaOpened in 2000, this is a parkland course with a links feel, it tests every single aspect of a golfers skill - a full repertoire of shots in the bag is needed to negotiate the 18 holes in a respectable score - Quest Bulgaria member, Stephen Rawlings, takes us on a round of Ihtiman...

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