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- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Free parking
- Pets allowed
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The weekend revellers are absent in the morning and we enjoy the beautiful outdoor pool set-up in peace... no pumping music and only a few other punters. Hilli reads, dozes in the sun, crochets and swims. Guy combines reading, scribbling and the occasional dip with visits to an equally quiet spa area. Lovely. The hotel runs a bus-shuttle service to a beach it advertizes as its own... the 'lighthouse beach'. Guy decides to investigate on ...
We drive to Balchik itself on a road which stays about a mile in from the sea along mostly limestone cliffs. It winds down through the town until it reaches a small harbour area. On one side of the harbour are rather decrepit industrial workings plus old fishing boats and, on the other, is the face of capitalist Bulgaria doing its best to mimic an Aegean village. We get a drink in a cafe just up from the tourist drag before setting off to try to find Queen Maria's Balchik ...
... a switch gets thrown, we pass into Bulgaria and, although the contours of the land remain dull, a far greater sense of care and organisation is clearly in evidence. It has a sort of Norfolk coast feel to it but with straight roads! Population is sparse and yet we pass a road sign directing us to the 'Lighthouse Golf Resort', our booked-in destination. And, sure enough, ten miles further on, there's a road to the left ...
... for that price.
So, we were pleasant to meet other party-people and having awesome nights with them.
I also went to Varna, 1. to go shopping in the Grand Mall (highly recommendable) and 2. to have a walk in the park. I wasn't that impressed; it was nice.
... of Constantine and St Helena which is clearly where all the fancy pants people holiday. We went on a very rickety cable car (sorry no photos, I was clinging onto everything for dear life). We laughed at the pot holes. And the best part? We made friends with a lovely Romanian couple and their adorable baby girl. They introduced us to homemade Palinka (!!!), and warned us about the gypsies in Bucharest. And we drank beer! Just the ticket!