Bulgaria’s capital Sofia is definitely worth a visit. The city certainly has plenty to offer. Its millennia of history reach from ancient ruins to modern-day communist monuments.
In Bulgaria, parts of the former Eastern Bloc barrier are still standing, now weathered and overgrown. It was here that East Berliner Hendrik Voigtländer tried to escape to the West — but it didn't end well.
Up until the fall of the Berlin Wall, at least 2,000 GDR citizens tried to flee to the West via Bulgaria. Most of them were caught — some of them killed. Historian Christopher Nehring researched their stories.
Torch-wielding, right-wing nationalists gathered in Sofia for the so-called Lukov March in remembrance of Bulgarian general and Nazi sympathizer Hristo Lukov. Many of the demonstrators came from outside Bulgaria.
A sea of flowers: Florists decorated Brussels' city hall with more than 100,000 flowers. Also on the show: the Petrolettes female-only biker festival and a city made of cardboard.
The Alphorn festival in Nendaz, Switzerland features an alpine horn competition, a parade in traditional costumes, as well as concerts. The group "The Alpine Sisters" even play rock music on their horns.
Cardboard boxes, tape and lots of helpers: that's all Olivier Grossetête needs to build an entire city. Aided by volunteers, the artist erected his largest work to date in the French city of Le Havre.
For women only: Bikers from around the world head to the Petrolettes festival. Held at Ferropolis, a former open-cast mine, it attracts some 500 participants. There are workshops, concerts and, naturally, bike races.
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