From Roman Ruins? Sure, but Bulgaria’s Second City Offers So Much More in this morning's New York Times.

“Aylyak” is one of those untranslatable concepts you find in many languages: a distillation of a way of life, which, in Plovdiv’s case, is a carefree attitude characterized by an easygoing approach to daily routine and a sense of hospitality that dates back to the city as a crossroads of cultures