A relic of Sofia’s Soviet era towers above us, the nearly 12-foot-high Monument to the Soviet Army. On top stands a Red Army soldier flanked by a Bulgarian man and woman, while an array of figures lines the base — Bulgarians greeting soldiers of the Soviet Red Army, who invaded the country in 1944.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
Cooking is, quite literally, in Chef Anne-Sophie Pic’s DNA. The daughter and granddaughter, respectively, of acclaimed chefs Jacques Pic and André Pic, she is also the first French woman to achieve three Michelin stars and only the fourth female chef in the world to receive such an honor.