|Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin|
- Varna, Bulgaria
|Plaza Nezavisimost - Varna, Bulgaria|
|Gota Love Europe! - Varna Beach, Bulgaria|
|Black Sea Beach - Varna, Bulgaria|
|Shooting Music Video|
with Bikini Models - Varna, Bulgaria
|Primorski Park - Varna, Bulgaria|
Black Sea (Varna), Bulgaria (5/13-15/2011) - Welcome to the Black Sea resort city of Varna, Bulgaria’s third largest city.
Pretty calm during mid-May when we visited but Varna has a notorious nightlife during the main summer season. The Black Sea beaches are nice but even nicer for us was strolling through Varna's beautiful Primorski Park that runs along the beach for miles.
We stayed near Varna's gold-topped Assumption of the Holy Cathedral and the Opera Theatre and strolled the pedestrian walkway to the beach and park every day. Pat loves the corn with the wonderful Bulgarian spices while Wayne opted for the creamy ice cream – yum! A couple of highlights on Varna Beach were watching a music video being made with bikini models and having a fish lunch on the beach (see photos).
We also visited the rather sparse Varna Archaeological Museum that exhibits the Gold of Varna, the oldest gold treasure in the world dating back 6,200 years ago. They are also proud to show man-made tools dating back to 10,000 B.C. demonstrating how long Bulgaria has been inhabited.
A highlight of our stay in Varna was our day trip to Sveti Konstantin about 7 miles north from downtown Varna. The sandy beaches were lovely and there are many upscale hotels in the resort offering mineral water spa services. Wayne found a natural hot spring pouring into the sea and blissfully laid in it while the sea rocked him asleep.
How the Black Sea got its name... With little access to the Atlantic Ocean, the Black Sea has half the salt of the ocean. It is not known for sure how the turquoise blue waters of the Black Sea got its name. Two explanations by historians are: 1) ancient Greeks called it “inhospitable” because of storms and unfriendly people and 2) the Turks word for north is “kara” (meaning black) differentiating this sea from the southern Mediterranean Sea.
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