Bulgaria Journals

To the Beach at the Black Sea

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A travel journal to Bulgaria by TianjinPaul

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Partying by the Black Sea

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I am going to begin this article in the same vein that a celebrity might approach an appearance on Oprah. I am going to use the full disclosure approach. This is not to say that I have any huge skeletons in my closet. That would be a massive exaggeration. There is no history of drug abuse or philandering. However, in my younger days – I am focusing particularly on my university days here – I liked to have a bit of a party. Whilst this never brought any serious consequences, it may have contributed to my university results never quite living up to their billing and my making a fool of myself on a few occasions. In truth, since I have grown up a little, I have not really wished to re-visit my younger da...Read More

Shopping by the Black Sea

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If you have read any of my other journals, you may well have seen that I lived in China for four years. During that time, one of my favourite spots was the Xiushui Market in the Sanliturn area of the city. I wont for one minute pretend that this was some kind of hidden-away nook or some fantastic secret that only I knew about. It was actually a giant four-floor market that sold pretty much everything you could ever wish to buy. It dealt in fake designer goods, local handicrafts, jewellery, electronics, anything.I used to love Xiushui. First of all I liked it because it was a great place to shop, but I also liked it because there were no fixed prices and you were forced to barter with the s...Read More

Old Lighthouse Saint Nikolas Steak House

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Restaurant | "Shedding a Little Culinary Light"

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I travelled to Bulgaria with my girlfriend for three major reasons. The first was that I wanted to meet her family and to enjoy the Ramazan Bayram with them (they are ethnically Turkish). The second was that I wanted to visit the country that she comes from and to see some of its sights. The third was that I wanted a bit of R&R after a tough few weeks at work. Our trip to Golden Sands – one of Bulgaria's most popular tourist destinations – was very much designed to help with the last two points.After spending a few days with the family, we decided that we wanted some time to ourselves. So, we checked in to a hotel in Golden Sands to soak up some sun and sea. It proved to be very nice. ...Read More

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Old Lighthouse Saint Nikolas Steak House
Golden Sands
Varna, Bulgaria

Finishing my Sea Rainbow

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I was very excited when I first stepped into the Black Sea at Golden Sands because I was completing my full set of coloured seas. As a child, my parents took my to Hurghada in Egypt where I swam in the black Sea (and cut my leg quite badly on a coral reef if I remember correctly). And, in 2004, when I lived in Korea, I swam in the Yellow Sea. You could even count the Cote d'Azur where I currently live. As you might expect, I am about to make the rather lame joke that none of the seas actually looked at all like the colours they feature in their name. My girlfriend was unimpressed when she asked how I liked the Black Sea and I professed to be unimpressed as it was a little too green for my liking....Read More

Erma Hotel

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Hotel | "Pleasant Surprise"

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My girlfriend's family lives in the small rural village of Stoyan Mihailovskiy in Eastern Bulgaria. It is located about 20km from the city of Shumen and about 70km from the major coastal city of Varna. Therefore, on our trip to visit them, we spent quite a bit of time in Shumen, but also wanted to sample the delights of the Black Sea. To do this, we decided to stay in an apartment her uncle owned and rented out to students. As term time had finished it was available and, importantly for us, it was free. However, the last tenants had left it in an appalling state. The floor was dirty, the kitchen ransacked and curtains torn from the walls. Therefore, I declared to my girlfriend that we ought to move on...Read More

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Erma Hotel
28 Km from Varna Airport
Golden Sands, Bulgaria