Bulgaria’s Black Sea Coast

July 6, 2008 at 4:13 pm | Posted in adventures, bulgaria | Leave a comment

By Frank

As promised here are some photos from the Black Sea.

We spent about four days in Sinemorets, a small village only a few kilometers from the Turkish border. It’s one of the last stretches of relatively undeveloped beaches in Bulgaria, but unfortunately for those who love wilderness, it is being developed quickly; dozens of hotels exist, including a massive monolith right next to one beach, and dozens more are in various stages of construction. Sandy beaches are interspersed between rocky outcrops.

On one of our last days, we took a tour up the Veleka River and into Stranzha Nature Park. The tour was not so great, but the place was beautiful.

Veleka River: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nerdsinlove/2641794787/

At the end of the tour, we jumped ship and explored the beach at the river’s “delta”: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nerdsinlove/2641797351/

This beach had course sand and was wilder than the beach Sandra and I swam at; the sea was a bit more intense here, and unfortunately, there was more pollution than Oregon’s beaches.

Beach shot: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nerdsinlove/2642626406/

On the climb back up to Sinemorets, we saw beautiful flowers in the grassland and saw some horses: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nerdsinlove/2641802601/

We joined George, my Bulgarian friend who immigrated to America in 1989 and returned as a Peace Corps Volunteer in 2003, at a bar overlooking the beach. The bar was attached to a larger building, shaped like a ship, and the owner, George’s friend, rents out four private rooms to guests. We had a great time that night and stayed late, making friends. We met a Bulgarian couple, and the woman, Jenny, who was 24, had lived in Texas for a long time and had gone to Texas A&M. She couldn’t believe that Americans would go all the way to Sinemorets, and she kept saying how weird it was to hear an American speaking Bulgarian. We hope to meet up with Jenny and her fiance, Nikolai, in Sofia at the end of our trip.

George: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nerdsinlove/2641806595/

We watched the sunset from the bar before I drank lots of Bulgarian beer: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nerdsinlove/2642630982/

George drove us to Burgas on Saturday where we caught a bus to Nessebar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back to the 2nd millennium BC. We’re here now and have been swimming and exploring the town’s ruins, which are plentiful and beautiful: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nerdsinlove/2642636032/

I feel bad saying it, but we haven’t had much time to go into many of the churches here because we’ve been on the beach or eating or sleeping, but after I post this, we’re headed out to see more since it has finally cooled down. Old Nessebar church: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nerdsinlove/2642637948/

We still need to post some photos from our trip to Rila National Park. Tomorrow, we’re headed to Varna, Bulgaria’s largest coastal city, for two days before heading inland to Bulgaria’s medieval capital, Veliko Tarnovo. We have only 9 full days left in Bulgaria before landing in London for a day and returning home. Look back soon for some more photos and stories.

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