WHERE IN BULGARIA ARE YOU?

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Rezovska River is the only barrier between Strandzha's smallest village and Turkey. But to get across you need to make a long detour.

Until the early 1950s, Bulgarians and Turks on either side of the border used to go hunting together and paid one another friendly visits. But in the 1950s the Communists closed the border checkpoint as Warsaw Pact Bulgaria declared the entire Strandzha a border zone and restricted access to it. The village found itself at the very heart of a complicated system of defences and barriers, and even today guards will check your ID before you are allowed to enter.

Residents of the village, which until the middle of the 20th Century boasted 100 bustling households, saw no reason to stay.

Now only seven people live in that village that in Bulgarian bears the name of a popular – and rakiya making – fruit.

Where in Bulgaria are you?


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